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    Member unfnknblvbl's Avatar
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    How do you do, fellow kids?

    Hello from warm sunny Tasmania!

    (I'm actually from Adelaide, so no I don't have two heads. Or any hot cousins.)

    After binging on the rather wonderful Crimson Guitars Youtube channel for a few months, I have decided that I'm going to build my own damn guitar for a change! With blackjack! And hookers!

    I aim to build myself a heavily customised Pitbull EXA7; through-body stringing with a fixed Hipshot Ibby HM7 bridge, Hipshot locking tuners, and Q-Tuner 2.0 pickups. I have the first version of these in my cheap-arsed Ibanez RG7321, and mein Gott im Himmel they sound great. Not to mention they look amazing. Also, I'm going to have an extra-large control cavity routed for future expansion - I hope to have some Piezo saddle piece pickups at some point in the future. Should be interesting on a 7-string!

    I'm also going to finish it with some of the more interesting techniques that Ben from Crimson Guitars has been showing off; either with a burned, stained & oiled finish, or with some kind of aged copper metal finish. Or both. Or something else. Who cares, it'll be great!

    Just one problem: I've never built a guitar before.
    This could be... interesting.

    I also need a 5-string bass. I've been meaning to buy one for years, but have never gotten around to it, so I just decided about an hour ago to buy an EX-5 kit and use that for practice. I mean, what's the worst that could happen? I cock up and get an unplayable bass for a fistful of dollarydoos? Much better that than specify exact details of a customised kit (for a few dollarydoos more), only to mess that up after 2-3 months of waiting, right?

    Anyway, I'll try to keep you all updated as I go, seeing as I don't have anything even vaguely resembling a workshop.

    Rock on, kids!

    - unfunk
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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    Awesome. Nothing like the deep end eh?😁
    Welcome aboard Unfunk, post many pics, ask many questions, read many diaries and we’ll get you through it!
    Project list:

    #1: 16/001: PBG EXA-1. Complete, finish fail, tweaking set up.
    #2: FrankenWashie Resurrection. Complete, playing with set up and fiddlin'.
    #3: 16/002: PBG SV-1. Final colour coats, Inlay Work.
    #4: 16/003: The Cliché Black LP. Still trying to get black flat.
    #5: 16/004: TLA-TH-TBA. Final coat, assembly and set up.
    #6: 17/001: The IB-Freebie. Covers, Shielding, Neck finals.
    #7: FrankenLab Experiment 2. The Silent Build.

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    Overlord of Music Fretworn's Avatar
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    Welcome aboard.
    Current:
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    welcome to the forum Unfunk, you have some cool plans for the EX-5 and EXA-7.
    I have a pre-built EXA-7 and it's a cool axe, haven't played it enough.
    Start a build diary when your EX-5 arrives and ask any questions you have there.
    Take your time and I'm sure you can build a great playing, looking and sounding bass !
    Current Builds and status
    scratch end grain pine tele - first clear coat on !
    JBA-4 - assembled - final tweaks
    Telemonster double scale tele - finish tobacco burst on body and sand neck

    Completed builds
    scratch oak.rose gum Jazzmaster - assembled needs setup
    MK-2 Mosrite - assembled - play in
    Ash tele with Baritone neck - neck pup wiring tweaks and play in

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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by wokkaboy View Post
    I have a pre-built EXA-7 and it's a cool axe, haven't played it enough.
    Given that your collection of axes can be seen from space, it is not surprising that you don't play individual guitars enough. IS it a case of you've got to move the Tele to get the PRS out the way so you can move the strat and the IB in order to get the LP7 out?
    Project list:

    #1: 16/001: PBG EXA-1. Complete, finish fail, tweaking set up.
    #2: FrankenWashie Resurrection. Complete, playing with set up and fiddlin'.
    #3: 16/002: PBG SV-1. Final colour coats, Inlay Work.
    #4: 16/003: The Cliché Black LP. Still trying to get black flat.
    #5: 16/004: TLA-TH-TBA. Final coat, assembly and set up.
    #6: 17/001: The IB-Freebie. Covers, Shielding, Neck finals.
    #7: FrankenLab Experiment 2. The Silent Build.

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    GAStronomist wokkaboy's Avatar
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    ahha Franky I scored the EXA-7 cheap off a forumite (can't remember who Matt someone) but I have enough built guitar racks to access most axes pretty easily.
    Current Builds and status
    scratch end grain pine tele - first clear coat on !
    JBA-4 - assembled - final tweaks
    Telemonster double scale tele - finish tobacco burst on body and sand neck

    Completed builds
    scratch oak.rose gum Jazzmaster - assembled needs setup
    MK-2 Mosrite - assembled - play in
    Ash tele with Baritone neck - neck pup wiring tweaks and play in

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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by wokkaboy View Post
    ahha Franky I scored the EXA-7 cheap off a forumite (can't remember who Matt someone) but I have enough built guitar racks to access most axes pretty easily.
    Sadly almost all of mine have to live in and out of cases. There are regularly small hands about in our house that don't understand complex instructions like "Don't Touch" or "Please leave the guitar alone" or the incredibly complicated premise "NO!".
    Project list:

    #1: 16/001: PBG EXA-1. Complete, finish fail, tweaking set up.
    #2: FrankenWashie Resurrection. Complete, playing with set up and fiddlin'.
    #3: 16/002: PBG SV-1. Final colour coats, Inlay Work.
    #4: 16/003: The Cliché Black LP. Still trying to get black flat.
    #5: 16/004: TLA-TH-TBA. Final coat, assembly and set up.
    #6: 17/001: The IB-Freebie. Covers, Shielding, Neck finals.
    #7: FrankenLab Experiment 2. The Silent Build.

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    welcome to the forum Unnie.
    Build #1 - ST-1 - Completed and upgraded
    Build #2 - LP-1SS - Completed | Co-Winner-May 2016 GOTM | Runner up GOTY 2016
    Build #3 - TLA-1R - Completed
    Build #4 - SGD-612 - Completed | Runner up Feb 2017 GOTM
    Build #5 - ES-1G - Completed
    Build #6 - STA-1HT | Completed | Co-Winner - July 2017 GOTM
    Current Build #7 - JBA-4
    Current Build #8 - Semi-scratch build Tele
    Current Build #9 - PRS-1H

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    Unnie? That's new!

    Thanks for the warm welcome, guys! I'll be sure to post plenty of pictures, from the unboxing to the finished product!
    On the peaks of radiant mountains, this truth is growing before me...

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