Now that I have some time on my hands, while the guitar body dries, I’ve been researching how I could have done things differently.  That thinking led me to realize that I actually enjoy this and am going to build another guitar in the very near future.

The first thing that was a MAJOR slowing point was the paint / lacquer process.  I must have used almost two dozen spray cans of lacquer, and this produced a very imperfect finish.  Speaking with a friend, I found that I could put together a semi-professional paint sprayer setup for right around $100.  Here are some pics of my new setup, and some links to the items, as purchased at Harbor Freight.

This is the setup that cost me just about $100.  Details are below.

This is a “high volume, low pressure” (HVLP) paint spray gun, that was only $34 at Harbor Freight – HVLP Paint Sprayer –
Buying an HVLP gun is important because you are able to lay a fine coat of paint / lacquer with very little air pressure (often only 10 PSI at the tip).  This will help to reduce the amount of time you spend after the spray, such as in sanding and buffing.

This is the compressor I purchased: 3 Gallon Compressor –
This isn’t a very big compressor, and may be barely large enough to do the trick.  It was only $64 at Harbor Freight, and they have a 90 day return policy so I figured it would be worth a shot.  If it’s not large enough, I’ll have to take it back and exchange it for a larger one.

You will need some air hose, and male / female quick lock adapters also.

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Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs is one of this generation’s greatest visionaries.  Pioneering no-compromise design, as well as possessing tremendous marketing acumen, his talents will surely be missed.  While this blog isn’t about computers or technology (per se), it is about trying something new.  Steve Jobs did just that, and better than almost anyone else.  We have lost an icon, but his legacy will live on.

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Hello everyone, this is my first post.  So for a brief introduction about me:  The blog is hosted on a domain called  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.

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