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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:33 pm    Post subject: Cross Cyclone Project Reply with quote

Cross made me a custom Cyclone body back in August. It got her from Australia today, so I got to work on it. He basically set me up with a hardtail bridge vs the strat tremolo and a slider switch instead of a toggle. Nice piece of alder. I started pickling stain today and I am pretty happy with it. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me start this by saying I do love all the projects you do and I love the threads they spawn...

BUT I can't get around the fact it's hardtailed when the only reason these were as stupidly thick as they are is due to the dimensions of the Strat trem. The worst things about Cyclones has always been the body being so thick compared to the size.

Let's get a small bodied guitar then make it unnecessarily thick?

Dude I love your projects but this has left me adrift. If you like the fatness vs the size then more power to you. I just don't get it. (At least tell me it doesn't have the same horrible steep roundover as the original?

(as you can probably tell I HAET the Cyclone. It's like they looked at 2 amazing guitars then thought...Hmm... what would happen if we made a guitar based around all the worst aspects os a Strat and a mustang??
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it has the same roundover as a Jazzmaster or Jaguar as far as I can tell. I think this body is around 1.5 inches thick. Doesn't seem overly thick to me? My Jag-Stangs are about 0.25 inches thicker. The body isn't very large so it doesn't feel heavy or anything?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds cool. I hated the one I had. The roundovers felt really square and the body was full strat thickness. Mainly because I was used to a vintage mustang so it just felt incredibly bulky/heavy in comparison.

Enough of my moaning. I'm sure you'll knock it out of the park with this (as usual).

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The back is stained. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So are you keeping it natural and light as it is now?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah the plan is white wash stain and clear. I have a white black white guard for it.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like it'll be a real looker. Very cool indeed!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Semi gloss finish going well. I think this is coat three. I will try to get ten or so.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, I love how the white stain brought the grain lines out. It highlighted them so well and in such a subtle way, I am just so excited. Stain (for me anyways) can always end up a surprise in how the wood will take it and what it shows. I think it worked better than I expected.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Front Tung Oil is done. Tomorrow I will do the last coat on the back and then I will make sure to let it dry for the week just to be safe. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long time no post. I finally got the kick in the pants to order parts so this will be getting finished this month. Smile Kluson tuners arrived. The bushings fit in the holes, but not snug, so I did the trick where you wrap the bushings with masking tape and that did the trick. The back side installed fine since it had screws and tuners already. Just had to put the tuners on and screw them down. Smile Waiting on the string tree and neck plate with screws to get it attached to the body. I also need to drill a hole for the bridge ground. (Or run a bare wire between the body and the plate to under the guard.) Pickups are coming in as are pots, jack, and switch.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed that there wasn't a bridge ground hole drilled yet, so I put tape around where the bridge sits so I knew where I could angle the hole. Got it drilled and went to work assembling. I put in the ferrules, did the wiring, and installed the strap buttons and the bridge. I don't have all my pickguard screws yet, but I was able to get the control plate screwed down. The neck plate is a logo from a great Japanese band called The Pillows. Their lead singer uses a custom Cyclone. Mine has a little of those elements with the slider switch, but is a hard tail like I like.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knobs are on! All done! Sounds great. Just like my other Cyclones, but with a flatter bridge.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet. what pickups have you used?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texas Special and Atomic Humbucker. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so stock ones. great.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup! I really enjoyed how they sounded in my stock one and I put them in a Squier one. Figured since I liked them, I didn't feel like changing them. I just wanted a slider switch instead of a toggle and a string through body instead of a Strat tremolo. Wink
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