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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-22-2006, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

Hi. I thought you guys might get a kick out of this. About 4 years ago, a friend gave me a black & white Hondo Strat copy. I almost immediately started changing it because it reminded me of my second guitar which was a B&W Squier Strat, which I hated and actually went on to trade in on my first Ibanez.
I always loved EVH's Frankenstrat, so I chopped up the pickguard and threw a humbucker in it, taped it up as faithfully as I could and painted it. Well, that got old after awhile, so I decided to route it out for a Floyd and went one step further and cut it out like a JEM lion's claw and cut a handle in it. The first picture is a collage showing the original, Frankenstrat, then stripped down and then the white base coat after the routing. Sorry the pics aren't that good. Crappy camera.



Then I swirled it in blue, purple and black and made a pickguard out of plexiglass and painted it black from the back.




I drilled out the original white plastic fret dots and put clear blue beads in their place then sanded them down flat.



Then I chopped up the big ugly Hondo headstock into a small ugly pointy headstock, painted it flat black and changed the name to "RockBlock Custom"



And here she is all put together



Right now she sports an Ibanez IBZUSAF2 Humbucker and 2 old Aria Pro II single coils I've had for years. It sounds pretty good except for major interference from my PC's CRT in the pups. The Floyd is from an 80's Kramer and surprisingly, even after all that cutting and routing and installing the locking nut, I barely had to do any setup at all. Pure dumb luck, if you ask me!

Anyway, I hope someone at least enjoys it.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-22-2006, 04:00 AM
 
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

Cool .

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2006, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

Well, it's been a couple of days since I posted this. I guess everyone's following the golden rule of "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2006, 11:14 PM
 
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

or the pictures suck and cant really see what your describing..


there I said it
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2006, 11:30 PM
 
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

You need to take it one step further and do a full scallop. As long as you're going custom, why not go all out?

Another thing...and it may just be the photo, but the bridge looks a few degrees off in the first swirl pic. ?
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

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Cool .

Regards

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 12:29 AM
 
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

Man I think it's pretty damn cool what you did with the guitar, looks like you put in a lot of work!

I would like to see some better pictures though, those pictures don't do justice to the guitar IMHO.

I like the finish it has a very pre-ibanez Despagni look to it!
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

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Another thing...and it may just be the photo, but the bridge looks a few degrees off in the first swirl pic. ?
I just laid it in there to take the picture. I'm gonna try to get some better pics soon.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 12:33 AM
 
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

You spent a lot of time and effort into it, and it does look cool,and you get a A+ for effort..but bottom line, when it comes down to it, its still a P.O.S. Hondo. Their, I broke the golden rule :P

Now go out and do that to a low end RG
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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You spent a lot of time and effort into it, and it does look cool,and you get a A+ for effort..but bottom line, when it comes down to it, its still a P.O.S. Hondo.
Hey, it was a FREE P.O.S. Hondo!

Here's a few new pics. They're a little darker but you can see more details...sorta






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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

Wow!!! Man , looks great, Totally awesome
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 03:04 AM
 
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Re: Betcha never seen a Hondo like this!!

I like the idea for the fret dots, might have to try that with my custom
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