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Introducing: Chaps

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  1. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill New Member!

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    This is Chaps.

    He’s one of a kind, and because he loves me for rescuing him, he's extremely loyal - I know some douche receptacle isn’t going to steal him from an open mic, take him home and start sleeping with him.

    He was born in the hideous conditions of a Chinese guitar mill, where he was branded as a Peavey Raptor; labeled by society as a “Strat copy.” He was sold to a selfish beast who never held him, discarding him in a closet like he was a lowly Les Paul.

    But I saved him.

    First, I gave him a killerbitchin’ maple/ebony 90’s Carvin neck - a leftover from another project.

    Next, I gave him a complete makeover. Four hours with some solvent based contact cement and some left over pieces of leather jackets, and his true character was revealed.

    When I play – which I surely do incorrectly – my hand hits the volume knob and slowly turns it down, so I moved it. But that left a hole in the leather, so I glued on a black plastic button from one of the jackets.

    Also, I sometimes anchor my pinky on the pick guard. When it was plastic, it would create a scratchy sound that could be heard. Now that it's leather it's dead silent. Thanks Chaps!

    By the way, the pocket zipper is fully functional.

    He wanted more growl, and who was I to deny him? I scored a pair of soapbar P90’s from Tone Emporium – located here in the Great White North – and kept his original single in the neck.

    Then I wired him in his own unique way to give him another new twist:


    1-Middle

    2-Middle – Bridge

    3-Bridge

    4-Bridge – Neck – out of phase, which will cut through any amount of stage noise and still quack like a Tele.

    5-Neck


    Chaps is now my main guitar. We go everywhere together, and I love watching his new level of confidence. He was once bullied and stigmatised by the other guitars for his lack of pedigree and country of origin, but now he struts around on stage, with his 12” radius hanging out for all to see. He loves to have his neck spanked in public - he's a bit of an exhibitionist - and he roars, growls and quacks to show his appreciation.

    He’s come a long way from that guitar mill in China.

    Guitar: $75 U.S. Neck about $180, P90’s pickups $80. Leather – free.

    Edit: By the way, I know the cutouts around the P90's are a bit of a hack job. Forgive me. I'll some day get some lighter coloured leather and redo it to a)fix that issue and b) so the pick guard stands out against the guitar.




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    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
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  2. Alan Crossley

    Alan Crossley Senior Stratmaster

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  3. Angel S Bunny

    Angel S Bunny Strat-Talk Member

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    Well hmm WOW .. Never seen any thing like it, that is for sure :)
    and the zip is a nice Touch ... The Gimp Guitar!!
     
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  4. hobdybob

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    what a heck off a puzzle to get all that leather in place, respect.
    maybe a picture off the complete guitar with neck and headstock?
     
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  5. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

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    You do know that leather will nullify any tone that guitar has to give.. plus the wood can't breathe.. shame on you.. ;):D
     
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    Welcome to Strat talk . :) Cool rescue guitar :cool:
     
  7. hobdybob

    hobdybob Strat-Talk Member

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    tight leather pants wearing rock singers, leather jackets, a complete bush hair on top of their heads, no one will know the guitar has breathing problems :D
     
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  8. Ferpie

    Ferpie Strat-O-Master

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    I see it as the Greyjoy Stratocaster
     
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  9. Nick-O

    Nick-O Strat-O-Master

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    I always wondered if covering a guitar in fabric honestly killed the tone, but never considered leather. Interesting for sure.
     
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  10. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Strat-Talker Vendor Member

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    Very creative.... reminds me of all the old 80s patch leather, LOL. remember that stuff?
    I found some a number of years back, couldn't resist working with it.

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    I think that's the first P-90/P-90 single guitar I have ever seen. interesting onboard pick storage
     
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  11. lammie200

    lammie200 Strat-O-Master

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    I can envision on a hot muggy night "Chaps" becoming "Chafes."
     
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