I posted back in April or May of this year that I was about to commence building a custom Ibanez style guitar. I was calling it Project GT-R due to the fact that I was planning to paint the guitar in the Bayside Blue colour found on the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R. I was doing the planning and collecting of paarts, etc and my father was constructing the body and fitting the electronics. We had it professionally painted last week and here it is.
Well it's finally built and almost everything is done. I was planning on a carbon fibre pickguard but instead went with a mirror pickguard. I've done a monkey grip similar to the JEM ones but the back section is rounded out rather than cut in. It looks a lot smoother this way and i'm really happy. The lower horn is also a bit thicker so that the pickguard is spaced evenly around the lower half of the guitar, looking neater.
Te volume/tone knobs will be replaced with JEM style ones soon. The black hardware will also be replaced with chrome to match the bridge. Most probably an EMG 89 will fill the neck pickup pocket when I can afford to get one.
The neck is a Wizard one off an RG 470, in really good condition. A beautful piece of maple and a really red piece of rosewood for the fret board. The Ibanez logo is also a chrome one (not really noticable in the pics though). I'll be making up a P.J.S. Custom logo to put on like the J Custom ones (my Dad's initials are P.J.S.) and a GT-R series logo where the RG one would normally be. They are designed, just need to get them made up.
The body is American Alder and it sounds beautiful acoustic. The pickup isn't quite working yet as something is wired up back to front on the input jack. It will hopefully be fixed tomorrow. I can't wait to hear it with some sweet distortion. I'm running an EMG 81 in the bridge position.
Anyway, enough of my rambling. I hope you enjoy the pictures. I'm proud of what my Father and I have done. This is the first time we have embarked on a project like this. I hope for more. Hopefully next time we'll make the neck from scratch too.
These pictures really don't do the colour justice but you sort of get the idea.