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I built a Hello Kitty Jazzmaster.

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:54 pm    Post subject: I built a Hello Kitty Jazzmaster. Reply with quote

Using the original pickguard from my first Hello Kitty Stratocaster (crudely DIY routed with a Dremel) and a Warmoth Jazzmaster swamp ash chambered rear routed body w/ Fender Lone Star Deluxe Stratocaster neck:






It's a fun guitar and sounds cool, used it in practice doing rhythm for a soul band which allowed to fine tune it further. But for that particular gig, the Mustang sounds so much funkier and looks more the part, too, so I went with a Mustang for the actual show. But I'm planning on gigging with my Hello Kitty Jazz in a couple of weeks when I'm playing lead, which is more what this guitar is made for. I'm using DiMarzio Area 58, Seymour Duncan Custom, Gibson 300k pots. Custom 5-way wiring configuration with a 24-pole switch (neck, neck + bridge parallel, neck + bridge series, bridge parallel, bridge series).

After wiring it, I found that the pickups were out of phase (as it often happens when you mix brands) so I flipped the two wires on the neck pickup. I really like the vibrato, it's a Wudtone Holy Grail plate with a Callaham block and GFS block steel saddles. I usually float my fulcrum bridges, but I felt like decking made more sense for this guitar, so it's decked.

Finish is Shell Pink from Warmoth. It's super thin like a PRS finish, so thin that I've already chipped it a bit, but that's fine, it'll build character quickly. Price was quite good because Warmoth was having a big sale on in-stock chambered bodies. It's my second time building with Warmoth, and the last time, it was a Mustang body, and I have to say, I like this body a lot better. All the work is top notch. Since it is such a custom build, I had to modify the body a bit, so I went in with a chisel and a Dremel to get the pickup positions just right.

Part of me wishes I made it a short scale, but I think I can live with the 25.5" scale on one guitar. The CBS Strat headstock is the best. My favorite Strat in the world has a maple fretboard with a CBS headstock (Fender Custom Shop Ken Stratocaster), and so did the original Hello Kitty Strat, so I'm glad I found the neck that has the right specs and also the right look for this guitar. Plus, it leaves room for the sticker.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is awesome. I love that. I'd probably love it a bit more with no guard at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think a full guard would cover up the lovely pinkness. The other, small option would be a tele guard, but then it would be a telemaster and that wouldn't be as cool. No guard though...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, fuckit, I'm talking balls. That looks great. The offset kitty eyes suits the shape brilliantly.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks very neat. Pardon my ignorance and laziness, are those the standard string trees for the Lone Star Strat?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very cool. love the attention to deal.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
I think a full guard would cover up the lovely pinkness. The other, small option would be a tele guard, but then it would be a telemaster and that wouldn't be as cool. No guard though...
Obviously this is a special project which is why I stuck a guard on a rear-routed body, which always feels a bit weird, but Warmoth has several options for Jazzmaster styled bodies. My least favorite is actually their regular pickguard, which to me looks wrong since it's just a bit misshapen.

But they do a Split Jazzmaster which is simply excellent.



Me gusto mucho. Obviously Strat jack is awful, but if you get rid of that, that's a nice look.

NickS wrote:
That looks very neat. Pardon my ignorance and laziness, are those the standard string trees for the Lone Star Strat?
These are GraphTech White TUSQ XL. The tuners were changed, too. They originally had Fender locking tuners, but I used them for another guitar and then drilled for auto locking Mini Rotomatics on there since those are my favorite tuners ever.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

honeyiscool wrote:
Obviously this is a special project which is why I stuck a guard on a rear-routed body, which always feels a bit weird,

100% goes with the Badtz Maru bass approach,
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickS wrote:
honeyiscool wrote:
Obviously this is a special project which is why I stuck a guard on a rear-routed body, which always feels a bit weird,

100% goes with the Badtz Maru bass approach,
The original Hello Kitty Strat did the same thing.

Unfortunately, the rear route is kind of not in the best place, so you can't really add more controls easily. The Warmoth rear routing is gigantic, gives you a lot more room to play.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

honeyiscool wrote:
Bacchus wrote:
I think a full guard would cover up the lovely pinkness. The other, small option would be a tele guard, but then it would be a telemaster and that wouldn't be as cool. No guard though...
Obviously this is a special project which is why I stuck a guard on a rear-routed body, which always feels a bit weird, but Warmoth has several options for Jazzmaster styled bodies. My least favorite is actually their regular pickguard, which to me looks wrong since it's just a bit misshapen.

But they do a Split Jazzmaster which is simply excellent.



Me gusto mucho. Obviously Strat jack is awful, but if you get rid of that, that's a nice look.

NickS wrote:
That looks very neat. Pardon my ignorance and laziness, are those the standard string trees for the Lone Star Strat?
These are GraphTech White TUSQ XL. The tuners were changed, too. They originally had Fender locking tuners, but I used them for another guitar and then drilled for auto locking Mini Rotomatics on there since those are my favorite tuners ever.


I like everything about that blue jazzmaster thing [edit] apart from the strat jack obviously...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, I like how you added the headstock decal and matching string trees.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that, it looks ace. The big headstock, maple board, and pink go ace together.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

honeyiscool wrote:


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So awesome...

But then....














STRAT JACK

Hadn't seen this before, kinda Jet King 3-ish:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely done Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work, looks tidy.

I always feel the Jazzy body looks too big without the pickguard going into the top horn and traditional tremolo. But that doesn't detract anything from your project, it's just my general opinion.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks really cool. I like that it is so minimalistic
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
Good work, looks tidy.

I always feel the Jazzy body looks too big without the pickguard going into the top horn and traditional tremolo. But that doesn't detract anything from your project, it's just my general opinion.
I don't exactly disagree with that. I do think the Jazzmaster scale is slightly less obviously unbalanced. I really notice it on the Vista Jagmasters, where the bridge is pretty much halfway between the strap pin and the end of the neck.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make me a black one with the Badtz Maru guard!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I made one from scratch using a Sanrio pickguard, I'd definitely make it a short scale. ^_^
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