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Project by Stevinmarin posted 02-21-2011 03:54 AM 3361 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I met James Hetfield from Metallica this past week. I decided to make a frame for my Son’s autograph. This is the beginning…to make a accurate, tiny replica of James Hetfield’s Gibson Diamond Plate Explorer.

What a ton of fun coming up with ways to miniaturize stuff! Anyway, here’s where I’m at in the process. Yes, it only has 5 strings, but I didn’t align the tuning knobs correctly. I figure no one will notice.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com





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Brandon

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 04:26 AM

You are one lucky man. That band is legendary and man they can jam. Heard one of there songs the other day on classic rock, now I’m really feeling old. Great work!

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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Stevinmarin

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 04:47 AM

Yeah, I just discovered that I am 3 years younger than James Hetfield. That’s just weird. Somehow.

I was blown away by the man. Totally nice and friendly. I mean SERIOUSLY nice. He and my son talked for a long time all about guitars. I guess stage personas are not always like the individual. I mean, it was funny in a way: James Hetfield eating a burger, drinking iced tea, and yapping with a 14 year old kid.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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Rick Boyett

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 04:51 AM

Dude that just totally kicks arse!

Nicely done

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Corec

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 06:11 AM

That’s an awesome replica! Is that real diamondplate or a laminate?

If I may offer a suggestion, adding a nut at the base of the headstock will fix the string alignment issue and let you get that sixth string on. On full size guitars, the tuning pegs aren’t usually in line with the strings, so the nut spaces all of the strings evenly on the fretboard.

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mtnwild

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 06:37 AM

Good imagination, cool idea…......Sure the rest will be cool too….............fun stuff, very interesting story….........Thanks….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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cranesgonewild

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 06:52 AM

That’s a cool little replica.
You guys are so lucky. Not only to meet him, but to talk casually with him.
Does Wyatt like his music?

I saw Metallica back in 2003 at the Summer Sanitarium Tour in Toronto. I could only dream of a casual encounter like this. I eat burgers and I play guitar, ahh man.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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Sodabowski

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 11:18 AM

You lucky dawgs! Neat replica BTW.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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mpounders

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 04:09 PM

You can space all six strings evenly by putting a small piece at the top of the neck….just cut six evenly spaced notches across it and use a little CA glue to hold the strings in place.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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christopheralan

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 05:57 PM

Dude that rocks! I saw them last year and it was a total kick in the face! I loved it! I couldn’t move my head, I lost my voice and my ears were ringing for about 3 days. It was great!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 10:52 PM

Meeting Papa Het is awesome! I saw them a few years ago at Gillette Stadium (Home of the NE Patriots) and i totally agree with chris on ringing ears, sore neck, and no voice. Seeing them open up with Battery followed by Fuel (and 40 foot flames) was unreal. GIMME FUEL GIMME FIRE GIMME THAT WHICH I DESIRE !!!!!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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mcoyfrog

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#11 posted 03-04-2011 12:53 AM

That is soooooo kewl, I would have loved to meet him, I assume its because of your webcast??
Anyway very nice replica, lots of detail, I likey…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Spofeo

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#12 posted 05-21-2012 07:52 AM

What a cool idea for the autograph Steve! your son is a lucky boy :)

-- Spofeo/Kristian

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