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I decided to make a new trussrod cover. ..

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Philo426, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Philo426

    Philo426 Strat-Talker

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    The truss rod cover of my Ovation clone is kind of ugly and does not seem to belong on The guitar (too angular )So I cut a new one out of black plastic and added a mahogany fleur de lis embellishment.What do you think 14927520012231988662219.jpg ?
     

  2. Philo426

    Philo426 Strat-Talker

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    • 23 views and no replies if it is that bad let me know and I can change it.
     

  3. Dubble-D

    Dubble-D Strat-O-Master

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    Lol . I like it I mean it don't look top notch if I'm being honest but I've done stuff like that before. I think it's cool. The cover itself is better. Maybe paint it on?
     

  4. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

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    I like it, only I would sand the "cross" down with some 2500 grit to make it shine.
     

  5. Skinny Nitro

    Skinny Nitro Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 21, 2013
    Merseyside UK
    I like the idea. Only change I would make is put all 3 screws through the plastic and glue the fleur de lys on

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  6. Daveho

    Daveho Strat-O-Master

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    Personally its not my bag, i think the standard looks okay but a timber one that matches the head stock would be better still.
     

  7. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

    Mar 7, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    It may be the photo or the decorative piece but it does not appear symmetrical to my eye.

    I like the shape much better than the original. Big improvement over the angular one. If the cover was made of the mahogany it would be subtle and blend nicely.
     

  8. perttime

    perttime Strat-Talker

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    May 4, 2015
    Finland
    I like the design.
    Can you make the fleur de lis thinner? It looks a little bulky on top of the plastic.
     

  9. wildhawk

    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 12, 2014
    Here
    The wood and plastic combo doesn't look right.

    You did a great job on the plastic repro. Make one out of wood and you'll be in biz.

    Used PRS SE that I recently snagged had a plain plastic cover. eBay and a few bucks dressed it up a bit.

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  10. Philo426

    Philo426 Strat-Talker

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    Yes I was thinking either inlay it or just make the whole thing out of mahogany.It is asymmetrical .Well I Wil live with it awhile and try different things later.I have to go buy a new saddle because I cut the other one down. Too far with a razor saw.An expensive mistake I do not care to repeat!
     

  11. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Bless your heart.
     
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  12. Philo426

    Philo426 Strat-Talker

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    Ha ha!Fools paradise if you think what you make is cool but skilled luthiers do not agree.Reality check on your less than stellar skills can be a mean burn notice!
     

  13. ChukkerNation

    ChukkerNation Strat-O-Master

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    I think the cover looks pretty good. I think your fleur-de-lis looks more like a bird or an airplane. I think it would look better without the design on top or, as mentioned above, just make the cover out of wood.
     

  14. Philo426

    Philo426 Strat-Talker

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    Yeah well it is easy to change so well shall see!
     

  15. tschucha

    tschucha Strat-Talker

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    Aug 13, 2014
    Oregon
    Me too. In my case the guitar was a build it yourself Flying V. It has an ebony fretboard and originally did not have any truss rod cover. I was going to buy a generic one but a friend of mine had some scrap ebony. I figured that this would make a very cool truss rod cover so with his help we cut the ebony to mimic the head stock shape. I got a tiny black screw and here is the result:
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  16. Philo426

    Philo426 Strat-Talker

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    Looks good and I lke that you made it yourself.
     
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  17. Green Craig

    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 15, 2012
    Michigan
    I tried to make a leather truss rod cover and it didn't turn out nearly as well as that!