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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-29-2015, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm a fan of the rare VM1 Vinnie Moore signature model and own a couple of them. While i do enjoy playing them it's not the kind of guitar I would use for an every day player. I had a little time off work and a couple old beat up roadstars laying around that I've been meaning to do something with. I decided to convert the roadstars into VM1 clones.

I stripped both guitars down and routed holes for the output jack. The old roadstars had the output jack in the pickguard which i dislike, and wanted to make them like the original VM1 (which has the same output jack config as a Fender Stratocaster). I tossed the old single ply pickguards (which had a different pickup config and extra hole for the output jack), and had a couple custom guards cut by WD Music to match the VM1. The VM1 guard is tri-colored and cut for HH pickup config and two knobs; volume and single tone knob. I also got a couple of Dimarzio Double Whammy pickups for each guitar (which was what the VM1 originally came with).

Last, i painted one white, and one off-white and splattered blue, black, green, pink and purple just like the VM1.

The project probably cost more money/time and effort than what the guitars are worth...but it's something I wanted to do for a while with these guitars and have been accumulating the parts for a while and just needed some time to do it. They're not perfect, but cool players that i can take anywhere and not have to worry about as the real VM1's don't get out much







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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-29-2015, 03:16 PM
 
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Nice Job!
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post #3 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-29-2015, 06:32 PM
 
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That's really cool! Neat project, Paul.
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That is so amazing - thank you for sharing - That's two days running now that Vinnie Moore's name has cropped up - I heard that he is releasing a brand NEW Instrumental album - AERIAL VISIONS - found the details on his Facebook page
So looking forward to this.
Thanks again for your amazing guitars and post.
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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks guys. These old Roadstars are cool guitars and short money. Glad i found some beat up ones so i didn't feel so bad altering them the way i did. I've got these sitting in my office and find myself staring over at them...love the way the splash looks
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I understand that '87s are a bit harder to find but I think you could get really close with one of those.
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Very, very cool Paul. The '86 and '87 roadsters are a lot pricier, but they would make great bases for another build like this simply because of the Edge trems in them. In fact, if I can find another '86, I may try doing the same thing....��
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post #8 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 10:19 PM
 
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Looks good...I guess you got the splatter worked out...which did you end up using?
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post #9 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 11:09 PM
 
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Great job. Looks fantastic. How do you find those Roadstar trems in terms of stability. I had a Roadstar in the 80s (my first electric) and it went out of tune so easy I just blocked it off. Sounded great though. I put a super distortion in it. Wish I still had it.
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post #10 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 03:36 AM
 
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true! modding sometime cost more than the value of the guitar itself, but it's fun.
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post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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For the splatter i ended up just using testors model paint. I was messing around with acrylic paints diluted with a little water which probably would have worked too. The one negative is that this took a lot more clear coat because the splatter added height. You wouldn't think alot, but enough to require 2 cans instead of one.

You guys are right about the '87 and would have loved to have done one of those. They seem to be a lot more pricey.

As for the stability...it does slip out of tune more than i'm used to, but I primarily play locking nut guitars so i can't say if it slips out any more than any other non-locking guitar. I did have a similar guitar MIK from the same time period and the thing was awful in terms of slipping out of tune; these are definitely better than that one. The tuners on the MIK were total junk. I think these will be fine, but if i find i'm having trouble i may get a set of Spurzels (which actually the VM1 came equipt with). For now i'm going to leave them alone and see how stable they are.
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Very cool guitars, great work!
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I wonder if the locking tuners would help too?? Please report back if you do that!


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As for the stability...it does slip out of tune more than i'm used to, but I primarily play locking nut guitars so i can't say if it slips out any more than any other non-locking guitar. I did have a similar guitar MIK from the same time period and the thing was awful in terms of slipping out of tune; these are definitely better than that one. The tuners on the MIK were total junk. I think these will be fine, but if i find i'm having trouble i may get a set of Spurzels (which actually the VM1 came equipt with). For now i'm going to leave them alone and see how stable they are.
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For the splatter i ended up just using testors model paint. I was messing around with acrylic paints diluted with a little water which probably would have worked too. The one negative is that this took a lot more clear coat because the splatter added height. You wouldn't think alot, but enough to require 2 cans instead of one.
Awesome Job! Love the splatter. So, you built up the clear enough to where you dont' feel the bumps of the splatter? Have you ever owned/held a VM1SH, does the body feel smooth to where you don't feel the splatter?
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