So of all the projects I have rolling arond in my head to work on this will be the one I start with. It will be a fabric covered RG. I've never tried doing a fabric covered guitar so this will be an interesting build for me. I understand the basics of doing this but I'm sure there will be a little learning curve. Either way it ought to be fun.
Since this will be my first attempt at a fabric cover I didn't want to get an expensive RG and ruin it. So I got on eBay and found a rough RG120 that I picked up for $60 including shipping. The guitar came in yesterday and I started messing with it this morning. It was repainted at one point and whoever did it obviously didn't know what they were doing, it looks really rough. Even some of the hardware has paint on it. No matter though, The old finish is coming off and any parts I intend to reuse will get a proper cleaning. The rest will get upgraded. Terrible paint job aside, doing a quick inspection it looks like everything is structurally sound. No major damage to the body, mainly some screw holes need to be filled an redrilled. The neck looks strainght, frets are in good shape, no chips in the neck or fretboard. Just like the body it just needs a proper refinishing job.
Here is what I'm starting with.
And here it is after being taken apart:
The fabric I picked out looks like sheet music and is an off white color. I'll also do a burst ring around it along with a branch/leaves silhouette on the top. I'm still up in the air about a few things like what I want to do with the bridge. It came with a 6 screw fender type tremolo. I'm not 100% sure if I want to keep that or convert it to a hardtail or floyd bridge. I'm leaning toward keeping the fender style bridge but upgrade it to a more solid one. And on the neck I think I may put on some of those vinyl inlay stickers to dress it up a little. I'm thinking either sharkfin or vine of life, somehting to cover the dots. I also may cut a monkey grip into it, not sure on that either. Whatever I finally decide on the first step is to get rid of that ugly finish and get it back down to bare wood. I'm looking foward to the mess that's going to make stripping the paint off. LOL!
Here's a rough concept illustration of what I want the end product to be.