A Melody Maker story.. with thanks to our Lt. Dave32.

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  1. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    I've wanted a Joan Jett Melody Maker for a long time. I see them come up every once in a while, but the price heads for $1,000.

    I got bitten by the bug again, and resigned myself to a regular MM. I found one on eBay that was going unsold, and offered to buy it outright, after the auction ended. $330 shipped, with a case. A really bad case, that is only good for shipping.

    This is the dual-pickup version, available only in 2007 through Musician's Friend/GC.

    Here it is when it arrived at work:
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    Not very Joan Jett. Only a single cut, too many pickups, no humbucker, pickguard incorrect, different bridge/tailpiece, no ebony fretboard.... Maybe all it has in common is "Gibson" and the color "white". :hmm:

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    I decided to go with an "inspired" guitar. And... I wanted to keep it cheap, in the spirit of a Melody Maker.

    I have a Seymour Duncan Antiquity P90 that I picked up from lunchmeat here in the Member Classifieds... I added a pickguard that I cut from an old LP.

    The final piece I needed was mounting screws for the P90. I made a thread, requesting a couple of screws, and ltdave32 offered a set. He sent them to me at no charge. THANKS Lt.! :thumb:

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    All together, and ready to rock.

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  2. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    Wow!

    That looks great!

    Loving the pickguard.....
     
  3. Maynar

    Maynar You reached for the secret too soon Premium Member

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    Outstanding pickguard. :thumb:
     
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    Howard2k Premium Member

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    Looks great, ditto on the pick guard too, really nice touch!

    Nice move by Dave too!
     
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    Sustainamaniac Senior Member

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    I love the look of the pickguard... and the whole thing too! :thumb:

    She looks like a real rocker! :D
     
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  6. Malikon

    Malikon Henshin! V.I.P. Member

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    fuggin' sweeeeet.
     
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  7. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    This is the only record you had laying round to make your guard out of?:shock:


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    Rockin out to the sounds of,
    Ed Ames
    Anthony Newley
    Dick Schory
    Glenn Yarbrough
    The Womenfolk....And more!!








    Just jokin...:laugh2:



    Nice work:thumb:
     
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  8. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    ^^^^^ That's the one!!!!!!!

    I grabbed it from my mom's collection.

    I picked it because I like the Victrola dog. And the label was black.
     
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  9. Heavy Blue

    Heavy Blue Senior Member

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    Sweet, nice work! Love the pickguard too.
     
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  10. LtDave32

    LtDave32 Sua Sponte Super Mod Premium Member

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    'twasn't nuthin' to send the screws. I'm glad they could be put to good use.


    Nice job! :cool:
     
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    Tone deaf Senior Member

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    Now, I guess if anyone wants to hear the New Stars in Action, you'll have to fire up the Peavey.

    Love the PG but, Dave's screws really pull the whole thing together.
     
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  12. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Oh, another touch I gave to it. Take a look at the top pic, then the bottom two.

    See it?








    Hint:
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  13. DavGrape

    DavGrape Silver Supporter

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    Well, I know what I'm making tomorrow. Telecaster pickguard.
    ...love the old Warner green label...hmm, have to look thru my records...
     
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    Dolebludger Premium Member

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    Is that Minwax Wood Tint you put on the fretboard? That's what it looks like on the applicator next to the guitar. The reason I ask is that I have never heard of this product, though I am very familiar with the Minwax product line of wood finishes. Where did you get the Wood Tint -- if that is what you used on the fretboard, and where did you get it?
     
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    lunchmeat Senior Member

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    Way Cool!!!! I love it.

    I used to have the same MM and it was a rockin' little dude but this is even r0ckinEr :dude:
     
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  16. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    My first pickguard build:
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    The product I used:
    Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker - Wood Stain Pen | Minwax

    More info:

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/lut...retboards-tips-advice-needed.html#post4068629

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/custom-shop/212455-stained-my-jb-studio-fretboard.html

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/cus...-rosewood-fretboard-easy-way.html#post2470373

    It was under $6. A mini can of ebony stain is about the same price, and MUCH more stain. You could easily just use the can of stain, and a Q-tip. No problems with the inlays, wipes right off.

    A pen will probably do several guitars. A can.... hundreds. I went with a pen for sheer laziness. I should have bought a can.
     
  17. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    I finally put your old P90 to use. Sounds great. :dude:


    I still haven't installed those Strat pickups in anything.....
     
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    That looks great! :thumb:
     
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    That is awesome!! I want one too *glancing at my tele* :)
     
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  20. Tone deaf

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    Dude! You colored on your fret board with a sharpie?!?!

    Since you pointed it out, it does look darker and certainly a more uniform color. I use those pens to repair the dings in the furniture that magically appear without anyone ever touching anything...
     
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