Project Xiphos 2019

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by lewis, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

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    so this year I swore to myself I would collect a few Xiphos's being as Ive always wanted one and never had one. Ibanez look like they arent interested in bringing any back for EU/UK for 2019 so im going to be buying a 2nd hand one and modifying.......

    which Ive already found and buying tomorrow

    its a Black, XPT300FX with no dents/chips to the finish thats apparently never left the dudes Bedroom so its in great condition.

    It looks like this: -

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    Specs

    • Neck Type: 3pc Wizard Il Maple neck.
    • Fret: Jumbo frets.
    • Scale: 648mm/25.5"
    • Width at Nut: 43mm.
    • Width at Last Fret: 58mm.
    • Thickness at 1st: 19mm.
    • Thickness at 12th: 21mm.
    Radius: 400mmR.
    and apparently these were Mahogany Body? so thats cool

    now planned mods:

    - Neck Swap (possibly - depends if I can find either a cool Maple Fretboard or Ebony Fretboard Ibanez neck come up for sale
    - Ebonize Fretboard ( If I dont neck swap)
    - Fill pickup ring holes and instead direct mount pickups
    - Swirl Paint Job - Body and headstock planned swirl. - Neon Green/Neon Yellow/Maybe some white too
    - Gold Hipshot Hardware (white pearloid tuner buttons/the Ibby flat vintage bridge replacement)
    - White EMG 81x & 60x
    - EMG RPC Knob to replace Tone
    - Blue Luminlay side dots
    - Graphtech White nut
    - FU Tone Direct Mount Pickup system
    - Might get white pearloid dome gold knobs)
    - EMG 3 way Solderless switch
    - Sand and stain the entire back of the neck dark Brown

    Mockup:

    [​IMG]
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    full size mock Xiphos Mockup.jpg
     
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    Ordacleaphobia Shameless Contrarian

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    I love Ibanez projects; especially ones involving a swirl.
    Not even a Xiphos guy but this sounds bitchin' and I'm hyped for you. Sounds like a fun idea.
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Thanks dude :)

    Its going to be my first swirled guitar. Found a great guy via FB who does it and his finished results and prices look quality.
    Cant wait to get started.
     
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    Scuimez would approve
     
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    This is going to awesome. Who are you getting to swirl it? I'm thinking about trying to learn how to swirl guitars.
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Also not a Xiphos guy, but that sounds super badass! Definitely will be following this thread. Good luck!
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    The dudes name is "Richard Fay Swirls UK" on FB

    His finishes look amazing and he does loads of work for the price. I.e fixing up any dents/chips, priming,swirling,clear coat and the shipping to him and back to you is also covered i believe.

    Anyway ive shot him a message to get the ball rolling.

    Here is a direct link to his page for anyone else interested
    http://www.richardfayswirls.com/
     
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    I've been following him on Instagram. His swirls are nice indeed! Can I ask what it's going to cost?
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Well i havent gotten a hold of him just yet as he is on holiday until the 18th. However his pricing in his about suggests its around £250 for body, headstock, postage and everything else in between.

    Once i hear from him i will update :)
    I have no issue being transparent on costs in this thread.

    Edit: seems a 8-10 week turn around too.
     
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    Wow. That's really, really cheap for all of that. Especially including postage. Sounds like you found a great guy.
     
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    Didn't realize these were offered as a bolt on.
     
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    I'm so disappointed how Ibanez discontinue their most interesting guitars: Xiphos, Falchion, Halberd ...
     
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    did someone say xiphos? subbed!

    i was gonna mod 1 of my 5 (yes, 5) last year, but life happened. be interested to see how this turns out.
     
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    Richard Fay had a great reputation over at JEMsite when he was swirling the first time, 10 years ago. he stopped - WITH REPUTATION IN TACT!!!! - and has recently restarted. UK custom builder "Stormshadow Guitarworks" uses him to swirl some of their custom builds.

    I've not had a Fay swirl but I'd buy one in a second if I was looking for an aftermarket swirl.
     
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    Looks pretty cool but I think the swirl would look better on a shape with a little more definition:

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    Woah this is great to hear!! :) certainly maintains my confidence in using him.
    Im going to collect all the hardware first as well as sort the luminlays/neck staining, then arrange for him to do the swirl after that.
    (Ive got updates over due on my other project threads too haha - been so busy with my band the last few months)
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    Woah that shape is great. Falchion and Jackson Warriors are also really interesting to me.
    Figured i would start with Xiphos and see where that takes me. Haha
     
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    That picture is basically how I feel when I pull my WR1 out. But teh thing about the xiphos is that the bevels are a major part of the design, and the swirl will cover those up. Something like the falchion or glaive is a bit less about the bevels and more the outline.
     
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    I am abit of a hipshot fan boy but the black bridge plate rather than gold, is putting me off the more I look at my mockup - and I dont believe they offer all gold ones?

    anyone got any really higher end quality ALL Gold flat bridges that would fit this as an alternative?
     

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