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  • #31
    Originally posted by castle View Post

    I hear you, I'm the same way with car projects. I spend lots of $ bringing in correct parts from Germany for my Audis and Porsche. I'm just trying to be responsible as well. for example, the "skunk stripe" has zero impact on playability but costs and extra $50. I'm still likely to do that part, just unsure on the extra $300 for a slight variation in neck profile on a part of the neck.
    The neck was a major thing with how that guitar was built. Fretboard thickness, neck shape, fret size, nut width, heel width, fretboard radius, neck thickness were all part of the mojo of the guitar. I personally would be looking to restore that mojo. To end up with a Holdsworth that played like a standard Strat or Charvel would be anti-climatic I think. Make no mistake, the Holdsworth is a very different guitar feel wise.
    Last edited by CaptNasty; 05-22-2020, 08:55 PM.

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    • #32
      Decided against painting this myself. I shipped it off today to Lee Garver at GMW guitarworks for a repaint.

      Now trying to decide between Butala Custom Shop Guitars and Musikraft for the neck replacement. I'm pretty sure I have all the specs now. I'll post them all here shortly too for posterity.

      I'm going to do this right
      Last edited by castle; 05-26-2020, 12:01 PM.

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      • #33
        For posterity, here are the specs I've gathered for the Holdsworth neck:

        2 piece construction
        With "skunk stripe"
        Right Handed
        25.5" scale
        22 frets
        1 11/16" nut width
        1/8" nut slot
        2 1/4" at the heel rounded
        Single acting truss rod w heel adjustment
        Rock maple neck
        0.10" Ebony fingerboard
        12" - 16" compound radius
        Heavy rolled fingerboard edges
        10mm tuner holes
        1/4" white dots - plastic
        2mm white side markers
        12th dot spacing narrow
        6100 Jumbo frets
        Back Profile - 83 92 that is a full rounded D at 12th fret, transitioning to a C at the first

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        • #34
          I'm still following this thread with great interest. I have no doubt you have your heart set on doing this guitar justice.

          Caveat: I am not a scholar on the Holdsworth guitars.

          I noticed you selected a single-action truss rod. This seems so antiquated, and "limiting" if you ever need to add neck relief, even if it was "correct" for a Holdsworth. Is there a particular reason you're not going with a double-action truss rod? You're getting the heel adjustment spoke-wheel which didn't exist on the Holdsworth (at least from what I can determine by looking at example Holdsworth pictures in Google Images), so something tells me you're open to deviating from the norm, so why not choose a double-action truss rod?

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Number Of The Priest View Post
            Why not choose a double-action truss rod?
            I think ultimately I will - this is something I asked the neck builders too.
            thanks for following!

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            • #36
              Originally posted by castle View Post
              Decided against painting this myself. I shipped it off today to Lee Garver at GMW guitarworks for a repaint.

              Now trying to decide between Butala Custom Shop Guitars and Musikraft for the neck replacement. I'm pretty sure I have all the specs now. I'll post them all here shortly too for posterity.

              I'm going to do this right
              Good move! I had Lee finish an old USA Charvel and it's now gorgeous: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XDURHNdlMXPsjbxw2

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              • #37
                Bert

                That is a beauty!

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                • #38
                  Yeah especially all this guitar has gone through... started out life as a 3-TITE with vintage trem from what I can tell. Then someone modified it for a H-S-S + Kahler. Then in '97, as you can see in the "before" pics there, someone sent it to Jackson to convert it to a Floyd and they also replaced the pointy neck with the horrible hockey puck headstock neck. I got it in that state... I put the strat-style neck on it and had Lee to a proper non-recessed Floyd conversion along with the refin. Now it's amazing looking AND sounding -- my main gigging guitar.
                  Last edited by Bert; 05-30-2020, 01:00 PM.

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                  • #39
                    Neck is done - I ended up going with Butala. He just sent me the following pics ahead of shipping it to me:





                    I got this pic from Lee a couple weeks ago. This is before the topcoat final finishing.

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                    • #40
                      Coming along nicely!!

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