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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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New Project: Dean Vendetta 1.7

So i just laid one away at work, cause i ****ing love the thing, and its really cheap. PERFECT canvas for modding **** up :wub:

It plays decently well stock actually, and sounds pretty solid, but clearly it could be better. I'm extremely impressed however for a guitar that goes new MAP at under 250 dollars.

Anyways, as i started with new pickups and tuners, and thoughts of this and that, the thing turned into a project, which is something ive been needing/craving anyways as of late.

So heres my plan for the thing
  1. Upgrade Tuners
    • Remove old tuners
    • Install Planet Waves Trimlock Tuners
  2. Upgrade Bridge to Recessed TOM
    • Remove old bridge
    • Remove old studs
    • Redrill deeper stud holes
    • Route bridge recess
    • Install new studs
    • Install new bridge
    • Re-angle neck pocket
  3. Upgrade Electronics
    • Install Wolfetone JB rewind in bridge
    • Install Vintage Vibe humbucker-sized P90 in neck
    • Shield Pickup and Electronics cavities
    • Install Hauser pots
    • Install push/pull series/parallel switch for bridge on volume knob
  4. Upgrade Nut
    • Remove old nut
    • Custom cut new TUSQ nut
    • Glue new nut in place
  5. Re-Profile Neck Joint a la Old Jem
    • Mark depth of new heel
    • Draw out new carve
    • Sand away bulk of old heel
    • Hand taper new heel in place
  6. Re-Radius Fretboard
    • Remove old frets
    • Re-radius fretboard to 14"
    • Roll edges of fretboard
    • Install new true jumbo stainless steel frets
  7. Scallop Frets 21-24
    • Route depth of scallop on each fret
    • Hand file each scallop in place
  8. Relocate String-Through-Body Ferrulles
    • Remove old ferrulles
    • Fill in old ferrule holes
    • Drill new ferrule holes ala Mayones Setium GT7
    • Countersink new ferulles
    • Glue ferrules in place
  9. Refinish Guitar
    • Sand off old headstock finish
    • Sand off neck finish
    • Sand off body finish
    • Refinish neck in satin clear
    • Dye fretboard black
    • Refinish body and matching headstock in candy :blank:
    • Add KGW headstock logo
    • Add chrome hardware
  10. Add EBMM JP7 Forearm Style Contour
    • Mark depth
    • Mark shape of contour
    • Carve out contour with a spokeshave
    • Hand sand final contour

So, not sure which color to go for, torn between blue, orange and green. Also, any other cool mods i "forgot" while we're at it?

also, any suggestions from the luthier types around here would be much appreciated. Im a bit torn on the order of which to go about things as well. thanks guys :wavey:
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 03:22 AM
 
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Re: New Project: Dean Vendetta 1.7

Seems like by the end of this project, you won't have a Dean anymore, so I wonder "why bother?"

I certainly don't think you missed a single thing in that list.

Hope you post pictures of your progress.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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Re: New Project: Dean Vendetta 1.7

Looks like one hell of a project. Have fun! And keep us posted as much as you can!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 04:12 PM
 
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Re: New Project: Dean Vendetta 1.7

I'd change it from a TOM bridge to a string through piezo bridge (graphtech) with all the fun switches and 13 pin plug. Remove all the hardware and finish and put down a thin piece of bubinga for a really nice looking top finish. Other than that, all good.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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Re: New Project: Dean Vendetta 1.7

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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Re: New Project: Dean Vendetta 1.7

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I'd change it from a TOM bridge to a string through piezo bridge (graphtech) with all the fun switches and 13 pin plug. Remove all the hardware and finish and put down a thin piece of bubinga for a really nice looking top finish. Other than that, all good.
OOH, +1
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-12-2008, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: New Project: Dean Vendetta 1.7

Ive thought of the piezo thing but its more money than i want to spend atm. definitely looking at that as an option however for future work
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