Stirred into action by Johns fantastic builds :thumb:
I've been wanting to resurrect my old SG 100 for some time now. It needs a re-fret amongst other things but I'd like to smarten it up just a little prior to doing this.
This was my 1st proper guitar, I bought it 2nd hand in 1980 for ?110.
It was made by Gibson around 1970 as a budget guitar for Students. It's made from Mahogany and is shaped a bit like an SG Standard but it has a very chunky body and was designed to only have a single pickup in the neck (single coil at that but not a P90).
Of course I really wanted it to look like an SG Standard so within a year of buying it, I bought 2 DiMarzios and took a chisel to the bodywork to fit them rather badly.
The original spec only had a single Volume and Tone control so that had to change as well :whistling: So I hacked great big chunks out to fit the pickups and controls and then modified an SG Pickguard to "fit" and cut an aluminium panel to cover the control cavity.
The scratch plate is pretty bad, but the aluminium control panel was really very crude and it is this that I wish to replace with something a little neater.
So, I've found an anodised aluminium panel and I want to shape and cut it. To make things very difficult, I then want to cut a rebate into the body such that the new panel sits flush with the bodywork.
My question is, how do I go about designing a shape and cutting it and then creating a template that I can use to route the rebate?
I cut the previous plain aluminium panel with a hacksaw and a filed the edges smooth. But I'm thinking that this time I'll probably pay someone to cut it for me to make it neat.
I've found a place in Kent that does "laser cutting" - not sure if that's the best option - I'm wondering whether the heat generated would tarnish the anodised surface? In addition to that I've no idea how I'd go about providing a design as I guess that they can't simply cut around the outline of a simple drawing?
Any ideas on how I might go about doing this?
Here's some pics.