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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:23 am    Post subject: Custom Billy Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Reply with quote

A OSG forum bud posted a link to some ebay auctions with this guy doing Jupiter Thunderbird style bodies made for bolt on necks. I love me some bolt on goodness and had a nice neck sitting around, so I messaged the guy about building me a body. His had tele neck pockets on ebay and I wanted a strat one with humbucker routs so he went ahead and put one together for me. It is alder. Because it didn't have the bridge holes drilled, I was nervous and decided I would just pick up a Rik style bridge. That way I can intonate it, mark where the bridge is and drill the plate in the best location for the guitar. I also have a trapeze tailpiece on the way. I was so excited to get it today that it is already stained.

BTW the Allparts neck fit the pocket perfectly. I was surprised because I thought I would need to do some sanding.




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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was so excited to get it today that it is already stained.

I thought you meant something else. Then I saw the pictures.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks kool! I've always been a fan of these! What other plans beside the stain do you have for it?

I wonder if you could make a shortscale bass (or a Bass-VI *gasp*) out of the body..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Viljami wrote:
I wonder if you could make a shortscale bass (or a Bass-VI *gasp*) out of the body..


You are truly evil.
I want one!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if you can make a bass out of one. I don't see why not since there is a Jupiter bass. I am sure the guy could route the body however you wanted to. He was pretty open to custom work with them.

Still will be getting a trapeze tailpiece. Probably chrome covered humbuckers with creme rings. Might do gold Gibby style knobs. Not sure if I want to do a pickguard on it or not. I still need to have back plates made for it. Might hit up Cooterfinger to see if he could/would do it. Smile Once I get the parts loaded on to it, I will have an easier time making a custom guard template for it. (It will need to fit around the pickup rings and stuff.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put this together for my headstock. Not sure if gold or silver would be better.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gold outlined in Silver would be CLASS IMO
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim knocked it out of the park. Go gold+silver.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure how I feel about that. It's unique, I'll give you that.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I am normally nervous about set neck guitars because if there is any issues with the neck being damaged or broken, you are kind of screwed unless you want to remove the neck and purchase and finish a neck to fit it. Bolt ons appeal to me because you can pretty much buy a variety of priced necks that are different styles and such and just add it on with four screws. The headstock doesn't look like the Gretch one, but it isn't like that quirky body has a headstock that just screams to fit. Smile

Another one of my mutts I suppose. Very Happy

(Oh and gold and silver sound interesting.)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night I used zpoxy on the front. Tonight I will do a coat on the back. It really warmed up the color.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tweaked the logo a bit and found a fun image to go on the round part of the strat headstock. Smile


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been meaning to ask, what program do you use to do the fonts?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photoshop. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First coat on the sides are done and I did the second coat on the back. Looking good!





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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did the second coat of ZPoxy on the front and sides. Just have to let it dry before I can lightly sand it smooth and start spraying clear on it. Smile





The bridge and tailpiece I have for it. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Got the decal inked and applied. I like it. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the flying eyeball and pinstriping.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I got the clear coating done last night and now it is just getting dry before I smooth it out and put the tuners and parts back on the neck. I have been sick all week. If I feel better this weekend I might prep the body for clear coats.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The way the back is, it looks like a neck pocket that isn't routed. lol. Would make a cool double neck.
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