[danwagoner] recently completed a restoration of his very first electric guitar. Instead of going the normal route, he modded it to be a Weird Sound Generator. The WSG is a popular kit sold by Music From Outer Space. His creation, dubbed Fender Bender, has a custom pick guard cut from an old motherboard. There are multiple knobs on the pick guard plus three buttons on the neck.
9 thoughts on “Fender Bender, Weird Sound Guitar”
A cool pickguard, I must say. Maybe I’ll do something similar once with my guitar… but I’ll leave it playable as a normal guitar.
someday I wanna add crazy DSP and stuff to my first guitar. Onboard distortion/effects and stuff.
Very cool, love the look and the idea of using a guitar body/pickguard for a wsg. The layout looks like it could be improved upon, though — a wsg has the rows, but it’s a front-on panel interface — I dunno how comfortable this one would be to “play” when being held as a guitar, I might have made the rows staggered, or even zig-zag each voice’s set of knobs — keep each voice sectioned separately, but still have the ability to access the entire voice without moving more than your wrist. Great idea, in all, and I suspect that it works for him — I might just end up doing this one, but tweak the layout more to my liking. Good post! :p
side topic: is there a reason the read links went the way of the dodo? It’s not a big deal, but it was nice to have a single place to read the “main” article. :p
Cool, but I’d rather have done this leaving the guitar functional. Awesome idea on the pickguard though! I’m definitely doing that one. Nice work man!
Love the mobo pickguard.. I need a new pickguard for my PG380, so perhaps this design would fit. Fortunately, since the PG380 has a built in synth, I wouldn’t need to eliminate the strings just to add a WNG type device.. Just pull out the synth components and wire in something unique.
Ummmm. This MIGHT be a LOT cooler with a few sound samples… Otherwise, It’s just knobs….
Ummmm. This MIGHT be a LOT cooler with a few sound samples/Videos… Otherwise, It’s just knobs….
HEy man its really COOOooll, but I’d rather have done this leaving the guitar functional.
Awesome idea on the pickguard though! I’m definitely doing that one.
Keep up the hard work!!
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