Sideways string guides

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  1. agapeguitars

    agapeguitars New Member

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    Hey guys,
    I've got a client-designed build (yeah, I know) with a very odd headstock shape. Specifically, this:

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    As you can imagine, the angles on the tuners necessitate some thought. I think that string guides would work, but not the string tree type like on Strats. A roller bearing or something like this:

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    I know Phil had these made, but I was wondering if anyone knew how to, what parts to get, etc. Thanks! :dude:
     
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    i would just remove the brass ball ends from a bass string, and screw it partially into the headstock (touching, but still able to spin) to act almost as a roller.

    =]
     
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    What kind of wood is that neck?

    No separate fret board right? fret board and neck all one piece?

    I like the fret marker idea...
     
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    HEADKNOCKER Active Member

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    Here's a Kramer Aluminum headstock, The rollers are string balls as jay suggested
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    NOTE: This guitar doesn't have a nut but works because of the rollers & zero fret

    Gibson Modern
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    Kramer Triax
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    String Ball Ends & the shafts off pop rivets
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    My eyes! MY EYES!!! :run:
     
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    WOW, that's just.......wow...:spock:
     
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    Crazy.. Yeah!!
    What the Hell where they thinking?
    Lets make the ugliest guitar in the world
     
  11. MountainCraft

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    Star Trek fans, no doubt! lol
     
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    Thanks, Jay. That's what I was thinking originally, but I didn't know if there was something else that I didn't know about. :bowdown:

    Thanks! It's actually an Indian rosewood neck. The headstock overlay was put on to make it look like the bocote fretboard continued. :dude:
     
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    i'm just making this up as I go like everyone else
     
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    Only 48 frets on that guitar?
    Go for 51............................................................................................................
     
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    I didn't even notice it was overlaid.. Looks really sweet, (regardless of the shape)
     
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    There were 51, back when it was a bloodwood fretboard that just. kept. chipping. Now the number of frets is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. ;)
     
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    So putting mandolin fret wire almost touching way up there didn't work out..
    I saw another idea for the angled piece last night, Jeff Babicz's acoustic guitar has a piece of Rosewood with holes that angle out to his attachment points.
    I guess it works out for his build.. Here's a Pic..
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