Vince Ray's Kustom Korner

Starting my mod 5125 - 6120

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I finally had some time to sit down and work on my first Gretsch modding project. I successfully routed the pickup cavity for the bridge pickup and almost finished routing the neck pickup (battery on the wireless router died). Once I have this wrapped up it will be decision time. I had been planning on installing a tone switch and wiring it like a 6120, but have been thinking about leaving that off and going with the tone knob. If anyone has any advice or opinions as to what is a better option I'd like to hear your opinions. I will also be putting a fresh coat of paint on it. I have been thinking about doing a pink & black color scheme, but am still weighing over a couple different options. I would also like some tips as far as adding faux binding to the F holes. I'll keep posting updates and pictures as this project progresses.

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Unless you're going for the little girl's bicycle look I personally I would go more "salmon" than pink. Think ceramic tile in many 50's bathrooms, or a '55 Chevy. As for the faux binding, when I did mine I used oil based paint in an almond color. Apply it with an artist's paintbrush and a steady hand, and keep a rag dampened with thinner handy.

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A tone knob vs. a switch? If you use the tone knob a lot, you may feel limited by the switch as you will only have 3 tone choices vs. the full sweep available with a tone knob.

If you are going to re-paint the guitar, why not try adding real binding to the F holes?

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I'm planning on shell pink like a 50's strat. Something really light, give it a cool 50's vibe. I'm not big on adjusting the tone knob when playing, but I have a tone selector that came with the pick ups I bought so I was thinking about putting it on just to make it into more of a 6120. Most of the mods I've seen done have the fake binding. I wouldn't be opposed to doing an actual binding except for that I'm completely ignorant of how to go about doing it.

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Finished routing for the pick ups. Now it's time to start painting.

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and now ??? :D

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I'd like to see how this turns out...


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