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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Project - Ibanananez?

Here is a project I'm putting together.. may as well document it, right?

Body
- Basswood (from RG5EX1)
- Matte black finish
- Routed for three humbuckers (w/ matching black abalone pickgaurd)

Neck
- 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

Hardware
- 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


Back


Front w/ pickguard


Neck grain and inlays


Edge Pro


Triple humbucker route


Crazy headstock angle
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Project - Ibanananez?

It took a lot of sanding of the neck joint to get the neck to fit, now it's very snug but I'd like to clean it up a bit.

Does anybody have any tips on how to sand hard-to-reach corners?



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Lol.. probably not gonna throw down $120 on something I'm only going to use once. I'll just try taping some sandpaper to a butter knife or something.
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Re: Project - Ibanananez?

i was looking at that neck on the bay.
i bid on the other cause he said it fit well and that on was not a good fit.
it looks awesome though.
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Lol.. probably not gonna throw down $120 on something I'm only going to use once. I'll just try taping some sandpaper to a butter knife or something.
get one of those cylinder style bits with the sanding pads for a dremel and use it in a drill.
you know the rubber ones that take a cylinder style sanding insert.
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get one of those cylinder style bits with the sanding pads for a dremel and use it in a drill.
you know the rubber ones that take a cylinder style sanding insert.
I was looking at those at the hardware store but I don't think it would work because the body would get in the way of the drill in these spots. It's not that big of a deal but since I'm still acquiring parts I figured I might as well polish up what I got so far.

And yeah the neck seemed way too big at first. I only needed to take a little off the sides of the pocket. The main problem was that it wouldn't sit deep enough into the body for the holes to line up, so I took a lot off of the curved parts on the body that the butt of the neck seats against and now it's perfect.
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Re: Project - Ibanananez?

Im in love with how well that neck fits in
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edit : oh yeah, dremel + wire brush attachment should make short work of that paint.

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