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 Post subject: Amberhart Heartwaker
PostPosted: May 31st, 2014, 1:08 pm 
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So for my fourteenth birthday [what, like, last January] [yes, I'm fourteen right now, Mar. 31, 2014, ready to accept hates] I decided to build my own guitar, just as how my sister built her own bass, which was actually the same size as this except she adjusted the neck and only made four holes on the head
. Her bass was named Amberhart Dreamstarter so I [sort of] made Amberhart as the guitar name itself. I am [sort of, as well, but this one's too sentimental] planning to sell the next ones we make, provided that school doesn't stop us.

The neck is made from some wood which I never really bothered to remember. Since I was careless with the handsaw, it turned into a Telecaster neck for the Strat-like body [is this blasphemous?] and I based the inlays of the neck from my sister's bass with a few adjustments and extras.

Chopped the body with a handsaw [I'm cheap. Hate me] from a cherry [don't hate, it's the nearest one in the yard]. Asked some cousin's friend's friend to rout it, and fortunately he made it an S S H [I was going to rerout and make it SHH by /stealing/ my Ibanez' humbuckers to replace the melted single-coil] but alas, I was too lazy to cut the holes for the humbuckers on the pickguard. I canvassed the local shops if they had the overdrive DiMarzio singlecoils with no luck [hell, I've been through almost every guitar shop in Manila and still can't find any].

Before I finished this [just today] we did some cleaning [few weeks ago] and found some old CPUs and their precious hard-drives, which I took apart and found them quite steampunk. THERE I SAID THE WORD. STEAMPUNK, THAT'S THE THEME. I carved away depressions and holes to expose the inner 'engine' of the guitar, and to add a reactor which I haven't figured out how to turn on without removing the soon-to-be-brass plate at the back. There's a seemingly-immortal clock near the upper strap-lock with extra brass piping, chemical tubes [they're fuses, actually] and some screws. Along with those is a hygro/thermometer which I realized is somewhat handy.

Here comes the pickguard and its story: It's a prewired pickguard from a local guitar store and I carved it to look somewhat like a wing-thing, then the claw-like holes with a drill and a really hot 2mm tube file. The horrible thing in the middle? It's a melted pickup. I was experimenting on the pickup covers by pouring melted rosin [for a violin bow, it's smelly when melted but it looks cool when you have a mold for it] but made a mistake by trying to melt it off the middle pickup cover. The middle pickup cover was different from the other two, which made me want an SHH [see top]. I reheated it once again and eventually hammering it into the pickup, making it mold onto it. Once it was almost there I did the stupid: put the pickup and cover over flame. I thought I screwed it up but after the rewiring... [suspense!]

What really makes this sentimental to me is the fact that I worked on it starting March 21, 2014, did some hiatus for the whole April, and I managed to finish it May 31, 40 days of work, almost 85% handmade and I am actually trying to make a custom, 2-guitar case for this custom guitar.

By the way, the melted pickup? It [miraculously] got distorted. I know many of you may call it b.s, but it honestly got distorted. Just the distortion I need for the upcoming music club auditions. Seriously though, I'm not sure if it's the weird solder I made to rewire it, or really the heating of the pickup, but guys, please, don't burn your pickups. [Yeah, yeah, I checked the amp and I'm pretty sure the gain is really low, boost off, and purely volume.]

Sorry for the long story, here's what I made: Amberhart Heartwaker.

-yeah, my sister's 14 as well, twins ftw.-

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PostPosted: June 2nd, 2014, 2:52 am 
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That's awesome dude well done!

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PostPosted: June 3rd, 2014, 1:33 am 
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PostPosted: July 15th, 2014, 3:52 pm 
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I decided to chainsaw some parts off, and rewired most of it and gave it a relic. Aaaaand I really have no camera at the moment, but imagine it being burned and having a halberd-y look.

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