Complete EPI custom setup

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  1. Hectgore

    Hectgore Senior Member

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    Nice work Roman cant wait to get it back!Thats why i brought it to a very good luthier:thumb:
     
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    :dude:Rockin thread man. I would love to have that done to my custom. But I could neeeever do it myself! This is great stuff. Keep it comin:dude:
     
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    Fantastic words and pics Roman, thank you very much.

    About time I got rid of some useless trivia and replace it with knowledge I can actually use.:D

    Rick.
     
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    Awesome thread! :thumb: :applause:

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    wow i actually did my frets the same way... im wish i would have this thread back then, would have been a lot easier. :thumb:
     
  6. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Hi folks, I am back on the thread!

    Now, this next picture is important!! I'll just let this sink in a bit.

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  7. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    The last picture was of a drill bit and a tuner screw. I ALWAYS tape off the drill bit so I do not drill too far. trust me, I have, and you will too, sooner or later.

    Once I drilled through a strat neck. It was a Birdseye maple neck.........thank god for that.
    Here I am drilling, 12 holes mind you, and my mind starts to wander. (usually you start thinking of some girl) All of a sudden..........whoops! The drill bit goes all the way through.
    Since it was Birdseye, I plugged the hole with a tooth pick, and did some super glue tricks........... the repair looked like another Birdseye. But I KNEW.

    The moral of the story is; always tape up your bit before drilling
     
  8. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    This brings us back to the EPI.

    We are putting gold grover vintage style tuners on it.

    but before that, here is the roughed in nut blank.

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    Now some tuners.

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    I hate stickers!! It makes a guitar look cheap, like it was made in China! Maybe it was, but the whole damn world doesn't have to be reminded of it.

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    Ok, they are gone.

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  9. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    We have now drilled the tuners (without drilling though), and they are buttoned up and we move on to the nut.

    The string spacing on the old nut was good, so I just mark off the slots with a pencil using the old nut as a template.

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    Now that the slots are marked off, with a small jewelers file, I notch for the strings.

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    Once again, I am sorry for the poor image quality. I would also love also to show certain steps, but I only have 2 hands, and not an extra to hold the camera.
     
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    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    The nut is rough cut and shaped. I keep the nut height high for a while. I do not want to blow it and get the nut too low.

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    We are almost done.:thumb:
     
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  11. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    The next thing I do is adjust the truss rod to where I want it, and let it sit for a while.

    Time to go take a break and eat!!
     
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    Damn it Roman. Here I am thinking "nobodies Epi plays as nice as mine" and here you are showing everyone how it's done. What am I gonna have left to brag about once everyone starts sending you their Epi's ?


    BTW.... Nice thread mate! A lot of people will hopefully get the chance to turn their OK guitars into good ones because of you.
     
  13. Scooter2112

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    I did it once (out of necessity) on a cheap $100 acoustic. It's really not that difficult, but the pucker factor increases in direct proportion to the cost of the guitar.

    Bravo, Roman!! Best thread ever. :thumb:
     
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    Hey Roman when you notched the nut for the strings you mentioned that you used a "jewelers file". Is that all you used to start the string slots? I have been wanting to make a bone nut for my epi for some time because i acquired a blank from a friend, but i have been hesitant because the stew mac tools are very pricey.. If all you used was a jewelers file could you please tell me where to find one and the cost of one?

    I know how to shape one etc.. just don't have a tool to cut the slots..
     
  15. Roman

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    Over the pond is ALL yours!:applause:

    Thanks Mate, I am just trying to demonstrate that even an inexpensive EPI can be a great guitar...........As you and many others already know.
     
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    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Hey Roman, how much do those Klusons cost that you put on the Epi? I was at GC and they had Klusons deluxes there, and the price under them was 20 dollars, but that seems too low.
     
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    Thats some funny stuff brother, Its lookin great bro, good work as always!
     
  18. Roman

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    Years ago, I got a bunch of stuff in a garage sale. I am always on the lookout for old tools.

    The point is, I do not know where and how much. I am sure you could do a search for some jewelry tool suppliers and come up with something.

    As far as Nut files I use an old set the same as the Ibanez factoy used in japan.

    Also, you might want to check out some Exacto hobbyist stuff. They have small saws.
     
  19. Roman

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    These are 50 bucks or so. Stew mac and allparts have them.
     
  20. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Alright thanks, I guess GC just had them mislabelled. Also is there a big difference in putting those in there? Aside from the change from kidneys to keystones.
     

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