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    Engine turning

    These days I have been giving the approach to my guitar building a lot of thought. Like I said in an earlier post that I no longer want to build music store clones. I want my builds to be of unique character. One of a kinds. I had some things in my part's drawer that I have been fooling with for a future build & I'm quite pleased with the results. I started stripping off chrome plating on my hardware. Either stopping at the copper which is part of the plating process which with time gets a nice reddish hue to it. Or if I see brass I go a lot more to expose that. I love the look of natural metal's when they age. Just me. I always leave a little copper & even some chrome here & there to give the parts there own unique character. I have been experimenting with an old school technique called engine turning where I use a wood dowel in different sizes and glue sandpaper on the blunt end then mount it in my drill press & kiss the metal surfaces in patterns to create a prismatic style effect. I did this bridge and this hot humbucker cover yesterday to make it look pretty darn cool. I also modified a hotrail strat pickup to fit into a Tele bridge. I had a couple old knob's kicking around that I played with as well that match the theme pretty well. Just wanted to show you guys.
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    Today I epoxied some copper on to a Fender split coil Strat pickup cover and shaped it then gave it the same engine turn . Whenever I put this project all together it should be a pretty badass rock Tele.
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    That looks very cool KC!

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    That turned out great, KC. I always assumed the engine-turning process was something that was done with a lathe, so it's interesting that you managed it by hand. It turned out really well. You always manage to impress me with the stuff you turn out. I'll be interested to see some of that hardware on one of your creations.
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    I especially like the strat pickup

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    Cool--really cool
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    Thanks guys. Now I need a body & neck. I'm going to the Vancouver guitar show on Sunday and will try to pickup a rebuildable neck.
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    Imagine how cool a metal skinned guitar would look with this technique!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    Thanks guys. Now I need a body & neck. I'm going to the Vancouver guitar show on Sunday and will try to pickup a rebuildable neck.
    And missing the Grey Cup?
    Well the Lions are out I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zontar View Post
    And missing the Grey Cup?...
    What's that?
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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