Hello everyone, this is my first post. So for a brief introduction about me: The blog is hosted on a domain called Hellecaster.com. Now this isn’t some kind of death metal haven, rather, it is an homage to the name of one of my favorite guitars, the Fender Hellecaster. You see, back in my band days, I purchased one of these and immediately became known as the guy with the Hellecaster. Not because my playing was anything special, but the guitar was just so damn different.
Fast forward to today. I’ve since graduated college, and left my band days behind, but not the “gear itch”. The musicians reading this know what I’m talking about. That constant need to get the newest effects pedal, or guitar. I’ve pretty much got the setup I want, as far as amps, guitars and pedals, so now my itch has progressed to things you can’t buy. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of doing some kind of custom guitar modification for the past year or so.
I’ve been a fan of the band MUSE for quite some time now, and reading an article on the band finally gave me the idea of what I want to do. Check out this link describing MUSE’s lead singer / guitarist Matt Bellamy’s guitar setup. Bellamy has a touch sensitive pad installed beneath the bridge of several of his guitars. This pad allows him to control a Korg KAOSS pad MIDI setup to produce a wide variety of synth like tones, using his guitar.
Bellamy has his guitars custom made by Manson Guitars in the United Kingdom, but this is too easy. Rather than simply purchase a Manson touchscreen guitar, I’ve decided to take the long path of taking a generic Telecaster style guitar, stripping it down, and producing a completely new (and badass) custom touchscreen guitar on my own. I will be documenting every step along the way, from stripping the existing finish, to completion when I am able to plug the thing in and go!
Updates to this blog will happen on a widely varying schedule, as I have a full time job, so please be patient. Most importantly, have fun laughing at the mistakes I make along the way. I have very little experience with power tools, and absolutely no experience assembling custom electronics!
*IMPORTANT* While I will be accurately documenting the steps necessary to build a “KAOSS Pad Guitar”, this blog is for informational purposes only. The steps being outlined should only be undertaken by a trained professional. We make no warranties for the accuracy of the information contained herein, and accept no liability for any damage you may cause to your personal property. Also, this process involves working with components and tools that may cause bodily harm. The author of this blog accepts no liability for any personal injury that is caused by undertaking any of the steps described.