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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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Building custom guitar - need RAN Advice

I'm thinking of building my first custom guitar through RAN however - this being my first one - I wanted to make sure I get the specifications done right.

I'm looking at having a
7 string RAN Cruiser
arched top and horn bevels
26.5" neck
reverse headstock similar to a KxK Sii-7 (not much different from a ran cruiser headstock but just straighter)

however I'm unsure of the types of wood I would need to acheive this back finish. I came accross this custom image either here or on the but I can't remember where I saved it from.

Also could anyone recommend a type of fret wire for ultra low action similar to ibanez / vigier standards?

Would it be worth getting a 27" neck for Low B string tightness but have 27 frets to acheive similar a 26.5" fret width?

Now with I'm also trying to consider what top would look nicer? Should I go for a transparent white quilted maple or Sea blue green flamed top? I'm afraid the white won't go well with a natural gloss back.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 03:37 AM
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Re: Building custom guitar - need RAN Advice

Ibanez uses jumbo fretwire on the Wizards. As far as the wood--you'll have to post a pic so we know what you mean.

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Re: Building custom guitar - need RAN Advice

Maybe it helps to know what sound your after in order to select your woods, instead of how it looks. is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Building custom guitar - need RAN Advice

apologies for not being specific enough

I'm thinking of getting RAN guitars to build me a custom RGA similar to Chris Broderick's latest LACS. Soley because he droped Ibanez and because the jackson doesn't do it for me.

My specs I'm deciding on are
- Custom RAN cruiser bevel for arm rest
- 27" scale, 27 frets
- 7 string
- reverse RAN head stock
- original floyd rose.
- aftermath 7 matched pickups

Back natural flamed maple finish - laquered

Bevel shape similar to Chris Brodericks LACS - quilted mahagony top in transparent white.


Original Cruiser body shape

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 05:07 PM
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Re: Building custom guitar - need RAN Advice

The back of the guitar you posted a pic of looks like ash to me
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