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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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FrankenRG - Lightweight Chambered Tune-O-Matic Version

This project has been going on for the past 4 months or so. I had a spare RG neck, a spare flamed walnut top and a chunk of poplar laying around that I could work with. I wanted something original. My goal was maximum weight reduction and a hard-tail. I chose to do a headless inspired design to reduce the 'neck dive' that happens with lightweight bodies. Enjoy. Weight is 5.9lbs (which you can barely feel on your body). I love languedoc's body shape, so the shape is loosely based on that. I might re-do the headstock shape to something more funky in the future.

Concept:


Routing:


Glueing on the Walnut top:


Bending the side contour:


First Test assembly after most of routing:


New mathing headplate:




Next post with be glam shots

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Re: FrankenRG - Lightweight Chambered Tune-O-Matic Version

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Pickups are just what I had lying around, dimarzio area 61, SD classic stack plus, and an old RG bridge bucker. The steinberger gearless tuners you adjust from the back, and it's pretty easy to do. They are very fine, so the initial tune up is a pain, but after that the small adjustments are simple. Unplugged this guitar is very loud, and the weight of 5.9lbs you can barely feel, especially since the guitar is very well balanced. No neck dive.

Also on this build I experimented with stainless steel frets. Those frets killed LMII's fret nippers quickly. I ended up measuring each fret and grinding them to length (maybe +0.1mm) on a bench grinder, then pressed them in. SS is not hard to work with when it comes to leveling and installing. Just trimming and nipping it is really bad for the clippers.

I'll level the frets and scallop the fretboard later, right now I'm having too much fun playing it.

Enjoy
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Its definitely interesting dude, I like it!
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Very cool. My Dad used the gearless tuners on a guitar he built himself last year. They are an interesting design.
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wow! thats really cool. different. I like.
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Very cool man! I really dig the walnut top
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Wow, that turned out fantastic! That walnut top looks very classy - beautiful guitar - nice work man!!!
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Re: FrankenRG - Lightweight Chambered Tune-O-Matic Version

Little update. I've used it a bit now. WOW it's very loud acoustically. Through the amp (I only have the neck dimarzio hooked up now, though) it sounds quite good. Not a huge difference but it's nice and woody.

I've played with and detuned/retuned a few times now and the back access tuners are a little challenging for the E,B strings because of stretch. For the others it's no problemo.

The weight, wow the weight. less than 6 lbs makes this feather very comfortable. My superstrat is 7.5lbs with locking tuners. It's just not as comfy.

The sustain. There is a big difference with a TOM compared to my gotoh wilkinson. I haven't had a non-trem guitar in ages, and there is definitely a difference unplugged and through the amp how long a note rings.

My refret wasn't that good, though, so the neck is littered with spots that fret out when bending. I'll have to do a level and crown soon. I guess that's to be expected.
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Very cool. My Dad used the gearless tuners on a guitar he built himself last year. They are an interesting design.
Never heard or seen those before. I was wondering where the heck the tuners were! Looks good man!
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Re: FrankenRG - Lightweight Chambered Tune-O-Matic Version

Update on the guitar:

I've spent some time with the sans amp, and two gigging friends have borrowed the guitar for rehearsals. This Steinberger/Languedoc/LesPaul/Ibanez/Fender mish-mash is getting good reviews. Everybody loves the light weight. The sustain and tone are good, and the tuning is pretty easy after about 2 minutes of tinkering. Both of the players have asked me to make them one.

I did a neat mod on the Tune-o-matic, too, putting tone-pros style set screws on the bridge itself, but I also made some locking posts ala original edge so that the studs are rock solid also. That was just for fun. The bridge doesn't move at all once it's locked down

I'd say this experiment worked out!
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That's gorgeous man! Well done!
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