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Cyberpaul

A Les Paul style guitar with a dystopian cyberpunk aesthetic.

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This project was created on 03/19/2014 and last updated 9 months ago.

Description
Decided to refinish an old guitar of mine, and somehow it turned into a futuristic cyberpunk oddity.
It's a perfectly functional guitar, refretted, restored and set up, which just happens to have a working fan with backlight.
Details

Uses a passive pickup system but with a few twists. Toggle switches select the bridge or neck pickup and add one of two (or none) capacitors in parallel to change the resonant frequency. Also decided on a simple mute switch in lieu of a volume control.

The external battery powers the fan and light, controlled by the red push buttons.

I've also rounded the back after removing the initial finish (nitro burns nicely), with a dremel, sandpaper and tons of elbow grease.

Components
  • 1 × Communist Bloc era guitar
  • 1 × Fender fret wire
  • 1 × Epiphone humbucker
  • 1 × VU meter
  • 1 × Assorted HDD parts
  • 1 × Cooler fan
  • 1 × Washing machine motor bits
  • 1 × Metallic gray paint
  • 1 × Natural shadow acrylic paint for weathering

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Discussions

Didi_Hack wrote 4 months ago null point

Very cool Idee!!!!!

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Sam Novak wrote 5 months ago null point

Very nice project, I love the saddles! What pickup are you using on the neck? It looks a little too fat to be anything I recognize and is it using a set-neck construction?

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FiveseveN wrote 5 months ago null point

Yup, set neck, which is rare for this kind of Soviet knockoff. The single-coil comes from another guitar of that era, and being the overwound single magnet type offers some hints of P-90.

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Mike Szczys wrote 8 months ago null point

Wow, that really turned out great! The up-close shots are stunning... the audience won't know what they're missing from afar. Thanks for showing off your work!

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FiveseveN wrote 7 months ago null point

I appreciate it! And I've already started work on the next one.

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shlonkin wrote 9 months ago null point

This is an awesome guitar. Does it have a connection to any sci-fi universe, or is it just a cool style?

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FiveseveN wrote 9 months ago null point

Didn't have a particular Universe in mind, just tried to fit together what I had on hand in a general decayed sci-fi theme. Inspired by the films I grew up with.

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Eric Evenchick wrote 9 months ago null point

That thing looks awesome. My audio stopped working suddenly, so I'll just assume it also sounds awesome.

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FiveseveN wrote 9 months ago null point

Thanks! I'm gonna try to take some more pictures as soon as I find a proper entourage.

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