For every warrior, there comes a time when they must find their weapon of choice,
a Knight being no exception.
If they are to venture beyond the common and achieve the wondrous they must locate or create a sword of surpassing qualities and spirit bond with it.
As one the blade and I we ride.
Gathering clouds, rolling thunder,
We bring the storm.
"On Chivalry and Spirit Realms"
Riga - anno 1253 AD
This project began with the idea of creating a guitar that had everything I want - sound, feel and appearance.
My ultimate weapon.
I already had a custom paint design in mind, sketched out and ready- white finish with black calligraphic quotes in Latin.
Next, a list of my personal guitar preferences-
Body Type: Stratocaster shaped
Pickup Configuration: Humbucker, Single, Single
Bridge: Floyd Rose locking tremolo bridge
Neck: fast, slim, maple fingerboard
Appearance: white finish, chrome hardware
Throughout my guitar playing life I have always had Stratocasters or Strat hybrids of some kind. For a long time now I have been favoring my Jackson "Rising Sun" custom for heavy music. The humbucker sounds great and it has the sweetest neck I've ever had.
Following that line of thinking I decided to start with a Jackson DK2S for the body and pickups. It did however come with rosewood fingerboard so that would need to be replaced, also found that the neck on those guitars feel a bit fat and wide for my taste.
I wouldn't be able to use a neck from a vintage Jackson like the one I had as the neck scale is different on the two guitars. After research and hunting I came across the MIJ Jackson Professionals from 1992/1993 and found the neck I was looking for.
Having decided upon the neck and body, the first difficult hurdle was passed. I also had to replace much of the black hardware with chrome- tuning keys, knobs, switches, bridge & nut.
Similarly the black pickup covers would need to be replaced with white.
Then, in the pursuit of greater tone and sustain I decided to add a few "bells & whistles" upgrades-
Floyd Rose Upgrades - 37mm Titanium Tremolo Sustain Block & Brass Tremolo Claw from Adam Reiver's awesome F-U Tone.
The "Extreme" Fat Neck Plate chrome plated cold rolled steel 0.0855 thick from Glendale Guitars.
Bolt Neck Insert Kit from Onyx Forge.
All of that was nice but my real challenge would be the guitar finish, my first attempt at painting one.
If interested I have made a list of all the paints, supplies and tools that were required (click here to visit list).
Having access to a studio in Woodstock NY, the plan is to work on visits over a period of time.
As previously mentioned, the base for this project was a Jackson DK2S.
I know some will be aghast at the idea of refinishing a sunburst, to each their own. I have always favored white finishes.
This is the first entry in what will be a chronicle of my efforts in this regard.
Jackson DK2S 2007
Jackson Professional DK Reverse 1993