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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Im modding my first guitar , an ibanez rg 350dx ,i got it cheap at a hock shop and want to fill in the cavities for where the pickups (neck and mid),volume and tone potts went that were covered by the pick guard and Floyd rose As i want to have a nice finish without the need of the pick guard. I have the matching bass wood already to be cut to size , glued in and any wood spack filler for a nice even finish.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 09:18 AM
 
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Re: making templates for filling in cavities for pickups and floyd rose for mods

You might want to consider just buying a body with the configuration you want. As the pieces of wood expand and contract over time, you'll end up seeing the lines around the filler block in the finish. If you MUST use the same body, you might consider getting a thin wood veneer and covering the entire top after you get your fill finished. This will provide a nice, full, consistent surface for the finish, and will help prevent the fill from showing through.
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Re: making templates for filling in cavities for pickups and floyd rose for mods

Yes -- it's very difficult to completely disguise the seams. At first it might look perfect but not so after a few months/years. If you really want to do this, check out the tutorial on the Project Guitar site dealing with converting a trem to a hard tail. The important part is using a dremel to make a groove all around the wood plug and filling it with epoxy. That's the only way you're likely to eliminate the seams.
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(or do what TAorama suggested and use a veneer -- but that's hard to get right the first time as well)
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Re: making templates for filling in cavities for pickups and floyd rose for mods

I guess you could run it thru a thickness planer, take about 1/16" off the face and then lay on a new piece of wood(how about some book-matched maple)? Of course, that would require a burst finish to hide the arm relief.
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Re: making templates for filling in cavities for pickups and floyd rose for mods

I did exactly that, with the thickness planar! But instead of sunbursting, I bent the top over the arm relief. The sunburst could be easier, though!

So, if you're looking for a good way to cover up the cavity, consider removing material from the top and replacing it with a nice top. I used spruce from stewmac because it is easy to bend. If you use a 6mm+ top, I am pretty sure you will be able to completely cover the recessed part of the floyd rose-style route.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: making templates for filling in cavities for pickups and floyd rose for mods

hey , thanks guys , so many possibilities and variants i never thought of .ill keep them all in mind.
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