Here is a project I'm putting together.. may as well document it, right?
- Basswood (from RG5EX1)
- Matte black finish
- Routed for three humbuckers (w/ matching black abalone pickgaurd)
- Chris Woods custom
- Reverse banana headstock
- Asymmetrical wolfgang neck profile
- 43mm ibanez edge nut
- Hard rock maple neck with bubinga stripe and flame maple fretboard
- Green dot inlays (like "Dimarzio humbucker green" or "Dunlop Tortex green")
- 24 jumbo frets
- 430mm radius
- 1/8" mahogany veneer on headstock
- Edge Pro Tremolo (powder cosmo)
- Gotoh locking tuners (gold)
- Cosmo nut w/ black pressure pads
Everything is from eBay. I ended up with the body after nobody outbid what I thought was a lowball bid so once it arrived I had no choice but to start a project.
The custom neck is beautiful. I was a little worried that I wouldn't like the banana headstock (figured I could always reshape it..) but once I saw it in person I really liked it and it's definitely here to stay. The grain on the fretboard is just gorgeous, and the green dots really make it unique. I really have a thing for maple fretboards (and 'dry' rosewood, but that's another story...)
The RG5EX1 has an Edge III so I went with the obvious choice and got an Edge Pro, basically in like-new condition. I'm going to use the Edge III studs for now (once they get here from Rich) because I don't want to risk damaging the body pulling the stud inserts (never done it before). I'm guessing most people here would advise getting the Edge Pro inserts/studs but I just want to keep it simple for now.
Body with the pickguard was $71, neck $216, tremolo $216, tuners $50, neck screws $10 (all after shipping)
My original vision for the guitar was just to do something with a maple fretboard and mismatched hardware. I'm liking the way it's coming together so far. Now I just need electronics, backing plates, and trem studs.
Here are some pics:
Front w/ pickguard
Neck grain and inlays
Triple humbucker route
Crazy headstock angle