Mooncaster Project

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Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:22 pm

I picked this up on ebay for about half of what it would cost to buy it on Warmoth. I plan to do black dye, sand back and then do green dye. (Been on a green kick and I think it will look cool with the black binding.) Going to do the back trans black and then sand back to do brown dye. :) Should turn out killer other than dreading that upper toggle install. LOL I know how to prewire it and then attach a string to pull it though the cavity up to the hole, but I hear it is a pain in the ass. LOL I also know I need the deeper screw part for wood mounting a toggle and it has to be the right angle L style toggles. It is flame maple front and flame maple back. I am thinking of doing a les trem on it. Don't know what pickups I want yet. Don't know what kind of neck I want to use yet either. I think I might try and see if I can put the toggle lower and do a master volume in the upper horn like a Gretsch. LOL Not sure yet. Here is the body.

ImageScreenshot_20210424-095823 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Hoping to get a top finish kind of like this.

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:59 pm

Awesome! I think the finish choice looks great. As sacrilegious as it may be as an offset guitar member, I’ve been gassing over some PRS axes over the last year or so. The one you posted is gorgeous. This project should be fun to watch!

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by Scout » Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:08 pm

You're an animal, a guitar building animal.

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:50 pm

LOL. Guitar machine. :)

I had a PRS Mira. I liked it except I wasn't fond of the neck profile. :) They make nice stuff.
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:08 pm

With the odd layout the person loaded I decided to do this wiring wise. Lower horn normal toggle. The strip of three in a row will be volume, volume, and master tone. The hole across from the strip of three with be a second toggle using modified Gretsch mud switch wiring. :) Should give it some cool options. I might try Supertron's in it. It depends on if/when my T Armonds sell. :) Here is my wiring diagram I popped together.

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Post by HNB » Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:21 pm

As I understand it, I will need to take apart and reverse the mud switch to make it work correctly. Otherwise middle potion would have both caps on the signal instead of no caps added. I found pictures online on how to do it. It sounds like you unscrew the wafer and reverse the contacts so they look like below. That way center has neither side touching the outputs.

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:46 am

Decided to move the wenge neck to this project since I had a displaced maple neck for my green stain Jazzy. :) It should be an odd, but interesting, combination. :D

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Sat May 01, 2021 4:12 pm

Some parts came in. :) A Les Trem II, the mounting studs and such for the stoptail and bridge, one of the toggles, deep mount toggle nuts, Gretsch tips, long pots, Gretsch style chrome knobs, and the jack plate, and pure tone jack. :D

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun May 02, 2021 4:56 pm

Sweet project Chris!!! That neck is gorgeous!!!
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Sun May 02, 2021 5:32 pm

Thanks! I can't wait for the body to arrive. :D
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon May 03, 2021 1:10 am

Man, I know that feeling. I'm also interested to see how you feel about the Les Trem. I ordered one from France for my humbucker guitar, as the lefty versions are a bit hard to find in the US. I have a feeling I'm gonna love it.
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Mon May 03, 2021 8:47 am

I like that it seems easy to string and use. Also it is cool that the arm can come out if you don't want to use the tremolo.
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Mon May 03, 2021 3:26 pm

A bunch of parts came in today, but who cares... I just want to look at the body. :D

ImageIMG_20210503_141041 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_141108 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

The neck test fit perfect. :D

ImageIMG_20210503_141015 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Used ebony dye/stain on the back. I will sand that back tomorrow and then add brown dye over the back.

ImageIMG_20210503_142455 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Got my bridge posts and stop tail posts drilled and mounted. I also got to check and make sure things fit. They look good!

ImageIMG_20210503_155941 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Then I worked on dying the front black. This will get sanded back and dyed green. :D

ImageIMG_20210503_161650 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_161627__01 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

My only oops so far is I dripped a spot of black dye into the cavity. Oh well. LOL

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Mon May 03, 2021 7:02 pm

I sanded back the black stain/dye with 400 grit sandpaper. :)

ImageIMG_20210503_191219 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_191202 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Then I wiped on some brown dye/stain on the back and sides. :)

ImageIMG_20210503_192449 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_192446 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Then it was time for green on the front. Mercy me.... :)

ImageIMG_20210503_195329 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_195349 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_195334 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_195338 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_195343 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

With the wenge neck, it looks so hot!

ImageIMG_20210503_195404 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20210503_195409 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by countertext » Mon May 03, 2021 8:52 pm

Look who’s fancy!

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