NK Headless Mod & Art Project (pic heavy)

Wolfhorsky

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Hello to all guitar maniacs.
I haven't written for a long time and I will try to summarize ...
Here is a short history of my madness ...

WHITE HEADLESS aka One man's madness.

A few years ago I bought a Strandberg Boden copy made by NK Guitars (China) because of low price and mostly because of a neck profile that I accept unlike the original.
It was supposed to be an "away" guitar. Of course, I made modifications right away ... other knobs, undercut under the right forearm, support at the bridge made of black rubber, strap-locks and I changed pickups to: DiMarzio Breed (bridge) and the Humbucker from hell (neck) that was hovering in my drawer of oblivion.
Electronics changed to 2x Vol wherein neck Vol with the treble-bleed. Then I send it to my friendly luthier to round the edges of the fretboard and frets. In short: the guitar after the modifications came out nice and I played few gigs with it.

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After about 2 years, the color has changed .... hmm .... earlier it was like pool water and now it has become like pool water .... with someone's pee...
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It hurt my eyes terribly and those two different colors of ash that the back.... it was too much... ;) I came up with a devilish plan: I will make it more ergonomic and white as canvas to play around. I have too many guitars (not really) and I like all sorts of colorful crap, so I got the idea to paint it white and finish it on mat and make interchangeable pickguards. ... so I painted it and made the satin finish... just to experience the worst fail: it turned out that my paint was as soft as the polish prime minister's moral spine ... the paint got damaged quickly (checkmate).
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Tough decision - to the professional painter. He did it absolutely perfectly.
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I designed the Pickguard - the fifth approach was perfect while the others were painful fails. I ordered a heck of pickguards (colored and blanks for painting) from the very friendly company that deals with laser plexiglass cutting.
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Effects are in the photos:
Frosty:
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"Ice queen" (light blue with frost effect) :
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Blue and Pinkie:
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Mr Gray (gray gloss):
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Mrs Gray (Gray satin/frost):
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Fluo orange:
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Mean green (fluo green):
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Some fun with fluo:
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Some EVH homage:
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My first painted pickguard using fluo paints....
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This is not the end of the adventure with this project, but the beginning of the further road.
Also, no matter what others say (knocking on the forehead buddies) - do what you dream and don't give up (my "painting" took me over 2 months and it was fail, plus 5 approaches to the pickguard).
Cheers

Which one did You like the most?
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MFB

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Personally, I'd leave the pickguard off entirely, seems like a shame to cover half the guitar with it. If you absolutely MUST put one on, then either #2 for clear, or $5/6 for the black smoke.
 

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Love the white paintjob and as much as I'm also into translucent pickguards, it doesn't fit too well on this particular guitar IMHO.
 

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I personally like the pickguard, though I would get rid of the points on the left. There's no other pointiness on this guitar so it really sticks out. Favorites are the mean grean, gray, and evh. I would also use gold pickguard screws to match the gold on the bridge.
 

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That pickguard is just too big to me. If it was a bit smaller so it doesn't hug the edges I think it would look better.

For color I'd probably go with metallic colors like gold or chrome. Maybe satin as well.
 

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Yeah definitely make the pickguard a hair smaller, but I vote tortoiseshell. And I realize there wasnt a tortoiseshell option.
 

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21st century is getting wild, yo

Also, I really like the EVH-y pickguard. I don't think it should be smaller, but it might be cool to have the entire top with the grey criss-cross pattern, with a clear pickguard on top.
That is my goal with my future project... the whole front of the guitar (excl. forearm cut) covered with plexiglass with something wild underneath. Body's color: clear or black. Top changing would take 30-60 seconds and voila!!! - new color of the guitar (depending on mood).
 


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