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Project Guitar for a Charity Event

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by Believer7713, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Age:
    45
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    Several years ago when I was injured on the job I learned about an organization in our police department called the care team. This group is a private charity that supports officers and the families of officers that either fall or are injured on the job. They also provide services and support to officers/families that may be dealing with illnesses that range from PTSD to cancer to pediatric illnesses, etc.
    I found out about the Care Team when they reached out to help me while I was recovering from having my knee badly broken from being hit by a car while working at a sobriety checkpoint.
    After doing some research and learning about what they do I wanted to find a way to raise some money to donate to their cause. Being a distance runner most of my life, I wanted to be able to recover enough to run one more 5k and get sponsorship from department members as well as community members...but after 6 surgeries and staring down the barrel of the seventh I've come to realize that I will never run any 5k runs ever again. So I decided to look for another way to raise funds for them.
    I decided to use another skill that I've been growing since I was injured and decided to build a custom guitar to auction at the Care Team's annual golf tournament and fund raiser.
    I started with a telecaster body that I bought from fellow member @LunarSlingShot several months back.
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    The neck pickup cavity was pretty badly routed for a humbucker. I could have just used a pickguard to cover it but that would have been counterintuitive for this project as I decided to turn this body into an Esquire without a pickguard.
    I started by cleaning up the edges of the cavity and making a block to fit.
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    Glued the block in place and covered with some epoxy then sanded smooth.
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    Then after a couple more days the epoxy shrank so I had to fill it again. This time with a thin layer of body filler. Then sanded smooth.
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    After getting to this point, a buddy of mine volunteered to do the paint work for me. Since he is a much better painter than I am, I took it to him to shoot the sealer and primer and the body turned ot like this.
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  2. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson
    Nice going.

    At first glance I thought it odd to make an Esquire...then I read the text. :)

    Where did you locate an acceptable tone epoxy?
     
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  3. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    58
    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    Looking good
    What color ?
     
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  4. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Good luck!

    I painted a guitar for charity once (one from a group of MIM Strats). It was not intended to be used again, more as a base for the artist. I sprayed it solid blue all over, then dribbled blue and white paint all over it a-la Jackson Pollock. Looked pretty cool, don't know how much it sold for.
     
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  5. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Age:
    45
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    This one will be painted Dodge Jazz Blue to match the color of the Dodge Chargers on our fleet and trimmed in metallic flake silver.

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  6. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Age:
    45
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    Ok for this installment, I'll start with saying that it took me a while to figure out for sure how it was going to finish this axe. I wanted to do something completely different from anything I had seen before...So I wanted more than just a couple stickers or a themed paint job. Not to take away from anyone that has a themed custom painted guitar but they are about fifty cents a dozen. While cleaning my guitar room I came across a handful of unit challenge coins that I got from a couple officers that I have been able to connect with and build some relationship with over my last 16 years working on the department. Then I saw the tibial plate that I screwed to the bottom horn of olic.
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    That plate was inside leg for over a year from the injury. Seeing it the gave me the idea to incorporate these coins into the PD Esquier build. When I started this project I had no idea how big of a deal it would become but as I started asking people for coins from their units I found out there were way more than I was aware of. I figured I would have maybe nine or ten coins. Normally most people either want to charge for the coins or trade for them but once I told them what my plan was people started showing up to donate one. What I thought was going to be a fairly simple and quick build turned into a lot more. I'll get to the coins shortly... for now, the neck.
    I started with an unbranded Strat style neck and reshaped the headstock to a completely different design.
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    I decided to cut and drill the headstock this way because I had the Sperzels which can be reversed so I could make a 4/2 set.
    I still need to do the fret work since I don't much care for it that as it is. Even though I'll be surprised if this axe ever gets played I am building it as if it will.
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    Now back to the body. As the coins kept coming in I had to think about how I was going to do this and I decided to route the body and inlay them into it. So I got out the Dremel and the router as well as the coins and a pencil.
    I started by laying them out and tracing them on the body. The first few were all freehand. Then when I got to the completely round coins I started using a circle guide for the Dremel
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    This step has been more than time consuming and pretty stressful. Some of the freehand routing almost had me wanting to smoke a cigarette again...and I haven't had one in 12 years now.


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