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Carved Rose Guitar Project - 2010


This is a brief description of a project I completed with my father in law in 2010. In all, the project took about three years.
I had taken an off the shelf Floyd Rose Discovery guitar and stripped and carved the top. I subsequently had the guitar finished, and completed the project with the addition of new electronics and pickguard.




This was originally a Chinese Floyd Rose "Discovery Series" DST-1 I picked up at a blowout sale


First, I stripped it--by hand..it was a huge pain


I sanded the body over several weekends in August '07


In the process, I found that the body was veneered (of course). It was another huge pain sanding through the veneer


Sanding progress pics


More sanding progress pics


Almost finished sanding--and ready to start carving


January '10--the carving is finished, done over many weekends (and beers) in Ft. Washington, PA


Another view of the carved top


May '10--the body has returned from being stained/lacquered by Meanstreet Guitars. Mitchel at Meanstreet did an incredible job!


Another view--ready to be wired


The body is loaded. Steve of Musican's Arsenal hooked me up with a tortoise pickguard--looks great!


Another view. I have a Lace Alumitone pickup in the bridge, a Seymour Duncan Vintage Staggered in the Middle, and a Seymour Duncan Hot Stack (tapped) in the neck.


The project is complete!






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