Chrome or nickel hardware for sure. I want to paint it a TV yellowish shade, must be the telecaster lover in me! I'm really considering Gibsonizing the headstock just to do it for the experience, although they do look better on a SG than the Epi headstock. Probably change the pups, or at least put covers on the stockers.
someone else has stripped one of these before, or was it an iommi...
either way, technically its still mahogany but of the asian variety, if not mistaken from the philipines, which is why it looks light.
Wow!! Great work! Can't wait to see pics of the completed project! If you're interested I have the nickel (chrome?) bridge and tailpiece off my G-400 1966 reissue for sale! (It would match the colors better than the black one )
Headstock mods. The shaded areas will be removed and the tuner holes are now plugged and going to be re-drilled. This method of reshaping an Epi headstock results in a slightly smaller than stock Gibson headstock shape. I'll try it first and if i don't like it i can redo it with wood added to the sides and top. Also made a small bridge over the truss rod slot so I can use a Gibson two screw cover.
And the back.
And a close up of the back showing the wood grain. It sure looks like maple to my eye.
Yori, I joined up here at the end of your project. You did a fantastic job of it! I hope mine turns out half as nice. That maple/mahog combo is going to dictate a somewhat more opaque finish I'm thinking.
Finally found some time to continue with the project. Finished this up on the weekend.
The decal is made of plain paper with some slicing and dicing of Fender and Gibson logos from the web. Added colour to the lettering by simply using yellow highlighter over the white letters. Next is the masking and cleaning for the paint.
that's hilarious... and it also looks great at the same time. you should get a few guys looking at it with question marks in balloons over their heads... ??? huh? WTF... what pickups are you planning to install?