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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-28-2007, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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20+ year project re-visited

(more or less cut-and-pasted from another message forum)

I'm just finishing putting back together a project that I built myself over 20 years ago, evolved away from, dismantled and stored the body and used the other major hardware in other home-made projects well over 10 years ago, I'd say.
But, with things brought to the fore with a lot of publicity for the official version of this (mentioned in other threads), I felt nostalgic and motivated to reassemble my old one-time main guitar.
Recent detailed information also allowed me to complete some elements of this replica that I hadn't bothered with originally (especially on the back, and also to do with a 1971 'accessory' sourced from the USA).

Unlike the official version made available just recently, this one is a snapshot from circa 1983, a time when I lived and breathed the instrument that this is a tribute to. It represents the strong inspiration for creativity and a certain wrecklessness to my playing, and for my willingness to take and build/modify instruments to suit my personal needs.
And while I wouldn't mind having one of the official versions, this one does pretty nicely, and has the correct neck on it for the time, which was just AMAZINGLY difficult for me to get, very wide/flat, and I really like the headstock style.
All hardware is of that time, in fact, save for the pickup which (believe it or not) is just days old (that'll make sense when you click on the link below). Turns out I'm not bad at 'relic' work on such things =]
Plays quite well - and I'm lucky, as the neck was stored with no string tension on it for over a decade. Fortunately it remains quite straight and solid.

Click here for a full front view

Comments/questions welcome.
I'll work toward putting up a little gallery of different views as well.
The other thing I'm going to try to do is put this up next to one of the official ones; there's a local store that has one locked in a display case.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-28-2007, 06:53 PM
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watch out for lawyers man.
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Haha Elcid. So true.
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Valid concern, but this isn't for sale - I think that might be the real sticking point for the lawdogs.
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You never know with EVH
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Awesome stuff, looking good!
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looks nice!

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Thanks for the compliments - and the notes of caution.
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Look great man!
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-29-2007, 01:59 AM
 
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Just remembering where I was, 20 years ago, 1987, 1986, that timeframe.... cool. Wish I had a time machine. No, not quite a time machine.... what would I do, go back as my old-man self and tell my young-man self something? No... long as we're wishing, might as well wish to _be_ that young man... which is wishing for more than just a time machine. Crap, why does time have to be so ruthlessly cruel?
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Cool. I'd love to see a picture of that next to the "real" one.
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sweet mate, ive done a few but not like that, i dont think i could have taken something to the paint job, but truley great, i tip my make believe hat to ya!
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Looks vaguely familiar.....but damn, I just can't place it!

Very nice job, I always liked the way those Kramer beak necks played.
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cool looking man... the new EVH guitar is so overpriced (imho)... but who know... maybe i'm comparing apples and oranges...
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Thanks - I am hoping to get some shots alongside the Fender/EVH model at that local store.
If I do, I'll post them. Otherwise, I've got some relatively similar angles I can put together to compare - there's no shortage of shots of the official replica.

Amazingly, I found online that the original Classic style ('beak') neck was up for sale - I have no idea of the price, but it also shows as sold...
Well, it turns out that it was taken and put onto one of the Fender/EVH replicas - to me, /that/ is the ultimate replica of that guitar. I shudder to think what they'll ask for that one...

I agree, btw; those necks are great; it's the widest one, which is made to use a #5 Floyd Rose nut - I wonder how many people have even heard of that?
I'm quite lucky that it kept its shape all those years with no string tension...
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