(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
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.