So I’ve managed to get to a great point in this guitar mod project:
- The guitar body is stripped of its original finish and the major routing work is complete
- I’ve stripped the Korg KAOSS Pad of its touchscreen without destroying the unit (I think)
- I’ve desoldered an important connector from the KAOSS Pad PCB
- The connection wires are now soldered to the Kaoss Pad circuit board
- I’ve received all new guitar hardware in black chrome: The new pickup selector and volume / tone knobs, new bridge, new tuning machines, new neck pickup
- I have the aluminum flake (black glitter) that I will be using in the finishing process
- I have the color shifting LED, and programmed it to my specification (using the Arduino controller board)
- I’ve managed to create a rough mock-up of what the guitar will look like when it is completed (still contemplating what to do about the headstock logo, and pickguard color)
Now I have to think about what is left to do. As closely as I am able to estimate, I have the following parts that I have to order:
- A bridge pickup – I’m looking for a good hot rail style humbucking pickup
- RJ45 CAT5 Jacks – These will be used to provide an interface on both the KAOSS Pad and the guitar body itself. The network cable will plug into each, using these jacks.
- Keystone Mount Plate – I am looking at ordering a stainless steel plate that will hold the CAT5 jack in the guitar body, similar to an input jack plate. I chose stainless steel as it should be easy enough to cut with my Dremel. This will be necessary to fit on the edge of the Telecaster body. The other reason I chose stainless is so that I can mold it to fit the slight curve of the edge.
- CAT5 Cable. Again, this is just the same type of cable that comes with any computer router / cable modem…
- Electrical Tape – I know, this is really a minor detail, but I got to the free shipping threshold by adding this $1.97 item to my shopping cart!
- Black Spray Paint – I will be purchasing a black Krylon spray paint to act as the primary color base of the body when refinishing this guitar.
- Sanding Lacquer Spray – From what I understand, I’ll need LOTS of this. This will provide the tacky surface, to which the aluminum flake will adhere. I will also use this to build up a nice, thick, lacquer surface over the black flake finish.
- Fabricate the plastic trim piece to cover the gap between the KAOSS Pad touch screen and the guitar body. I plan on using the fabrication website ponoko.com.
Not too bad, if you ask me. It always helps me to stay on task by looking at what is ahead, and there it is.