Acrylic Guitar LED Mod

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Introduction: Acrylic Guitar LED Mod

About: 'MacGyver' is a valid career choice, right?

I put a string of ASDA's finest cheap LEDs into my acrylic guitar

Stuff used:

- Acrylic Guitar
- Blue LEDs from ASDA (�3.50)
- A Rocker Switch salvaged from a broken laptop power supply
- A bunch of Icicle sticks which were saved up (I knew they might come in handy)
- Soldering iron
- A Drill
- A steel rule
- Screwdrivers
- My brother's arm. I didn't have a set of helping hands at this point

This took about 30minutes and (I think) looks pretty awesome

EDIT: If you mess up your guitar, It's not my fault, it's your own, so please don't try to sue me or anything =D

Step 1: Making Battery Space

I never use the tremelo system on my guitar (partly because I didn't get a tremelo arm with it, and partly because it throws my guitar out of tune) so I figured I could lock down the bridge... somehow

Then I found a bunch of old icicle sticks lying around and jammed them between the bridge and the body of the guitar and removed the springs. this left a perfect space for the battery compartment.

Obviously, since the switch is on the compartment, this was going to be awkward for switching the lights on/off. So the switch was left on and another switch was inserted in the wiring.

Step 2: Switch Placement

Since the battery compartment is in an awkward place for swithing the LEDs on/off another switch has to be added. So, I decided put the switch beside the pickup selector and the volume knobs.

A hole was marked and drilled out and the edges filed down in the scratchplate of the guitar

Step 3: Wiring in the Switch

So, now the hole for the switch has been cut the new switch can be wired in.

NB: remember to put the wires through the hole before you solder them onto the switch, otherwise you'll have to de-solder them and re-solder them correctly because, chances are, you won't be able to put the switch through the hole (depending on the type of switch).

I almost forgot to put the wires through ."

and Thanks to my brother for being my 'helping hands' =]

ooh, and remember to connect the spring holders to the bridge with a wire. Otherwise the electronics won't be grounded and you'll get some buzz. At least, I think so anyway

Step 4: Let There Be Light!

Fix the switch into position and screw the scratchplate back down and voila.

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    I would add these strings

    http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=dr+strings&start=261&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1024&bih=625&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=zyNsQPuIX6wGRM:&imgrefurl=http://kickport.com/blog/2012/01/the-hottest-new-gear-from-day-one-of-namm-along-with-the-kickport/&docid=gip8CrCB-hm1uM&imgurl=http://www.americansongwriter.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/100_2441.jpg&w=1920&h=2560&ei=NIi2T6DbL7GM6QHTxLGACw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=421&sig=110560063112201783142&page=13&tbnh=141&tbnw=120&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:18,s:261,i:187&tx=103&ty=97

    they rock \m/

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    Beginning May 1 2012, DJ Guitars will be offering Acrylic Modular guitars with your choice of graphics and lighting inside for under $900 Will keep you posted with the progress.

    is this battery powered? or is it somehow connect to the pickups or something? because just by putting it in and soldering all together wont actually light up the LEDs. : /

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    Uhh, yeah, I probably should've mentioned that.

    The string of LEDs I bought had a battery pack connected to it :)

    I am about to rout an acrylic guitar on my cnc and maybe i could throw a battery cavity into the cad drawing

    Thanks so much

    Also if you sand sertant parts of the acrylic or drill holes in it those willlight up brighter, look into it

    You should make a video of it and post it here, I mean, a picture looks nice and all, but I'm sure it'd be nice to see it in action =]

    It'd also be awesome to make it a strobe light! haha

    i have experiance with blocked trems and the best thing to do if you want your guitar to stay in tune the best is to buy another spring and have four on it. the strats i have it on barley go out of tune

    It really begs the question, "If you have an acrylic guitar, why wouldn't you install LEDs??"

    Very cool.

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     i have an Acrylic guitar, had it for a while so im looking to...spice things up a bit, so adding LEDs seems a good way to do so, but the reason i hadnt installed them earlier is because....i love my guitar, and if something goes wrong i'd be devastated i'd screwed my guitar

    a reasonable answer for a rhetorical question =) lol

    I'm about to try this with a floyd rose. the process should be the same but if theres anything that i should know about...

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    I'm not sure what the Floyd Rose tremelo system's like inside.
    But it should be similar.

    Bear in mind, if you mess it up completely, It's not my fault =D