Hey guys, sort of back from the dead. If you don't remember who I am, search my username and you'll see the threads about the CG renders I used to make here, although the pics are long gone now
Anyway, I would like some input on this custom guitar I'm thinking of building, although it would be a bit of a long term thing as I don't really have the money for it right now. So I'll probably just get the things I need slowly until I can build it. Ideally I wanted a JS1200, but I'll leave that for when I can order one from Rich so I can get a top-notch one
Anyway, here are the current specs I'm considering:
- Rear routed
- Transparent pickguard (Or no pickguard)
Basswood body with Flame Maple top
Stratocaster like maple neck (I'll get into this below)
- Maple fingerboard with offset dots or no inlay (??)
Ibanez Headstock shape
Gotoh Floyd Rose Tremolo
- Neck: PAF Pro?
- Bridge: FRED or Mo'Joe
- Middle: ??
Now some explanations:
I like the RG body. I could use something else, but I'm dead set on reproducing an Ibanez headstock (just looks really cool
), so I thought I'd keep it all together. I actually prefer the Radius body, but since I'm going for 24 frets, I think the RG is a better option plus the fact that I would like a pickguard also, even if a transparent one, simply because I'm used to it as I have a Fender Strat.
I read a lot about wood choice, and I ended up going with a safe bet. I want to use a FRED or Mo'Joe in the bridge position, and I know it works well with Basswood because of Satch, so it's a no brainer. I just added in the flame maple top so I can paint it with transparent paint and make it look cool.
The neck profile, I want it to be strat like also because I'm used to it. I'll probably just ask the Luthier to use my strat neck as a profile and extend it for 24 frets. As for the fingerboard...well, I'm also used to maple, and from my experience, I just move around better on it. But I've also considered ebony. Rosewood doesn't really work for me though. Any input would be good.
Now the major considerations I'm making is about the pickups. I still have a lot of time before I get to a decision point, but I'd like some input so I can think it through. Now, a FRED or Mo'joe (probably a FRED) is a requirement. I want the harmonic quality it gives. What I want ideas is for the other pickups. For the neck, I could get a PAF Pro, which would also be a safe bet, or even a PAF Joe...but I thought maybe I could try something different. So any ideas on that front would be cool. I also don't know if I should use a middle pickup or not, and if I do, which one to get. Probably something that gives me a good strat like tone. I'm open to other brands as long as it's passive and works with the FRED.
So, any input at all is appreciated. I'm working on a Render this week so I can start thinking about colors and such