Originally Posted by Doner Designs
Nice work Blue. I wondered about it when I saw it on the 3 pickup thread. What is it made out of and what tools did you use to cut it? I started cutting a black one for a P bass that would look more like a Strat PG (to give me more room for routing) but it was a hot day and I was getting totally covered in black gunk (used a dremel for cutting). Since then have done the designs but left the cutting to others. Might try again sometime though.
Thanks! I used a sheet acrylic with a couple of different backings (with copper shielding behind that). I'd rather not get more specific than that because I would eventually like to make a few bucks by producing them for people.
(edit) I will say this, though -- there is no internal lighting source. Everything in the photo is reflected ambient light. (My inexpensive camera has a flash, but it was daylight, so the effect wasn't all that pronounced.)
To cut it, basically all I used was a drill press and a scroll saw. I think I used a dremel-like device to buff out the inside radii, but it would have been far too time consuming to have done the whole shaping job with it. As a matter of fact, I bought a cheap drill press at Harbor Freight (and a cheap scroll saw) for exactly that reason, to make cutting and shaping plastic as easy as possible.
I'll tell you the same thing the plastics shop guys told me -- high speed, low feed. Set your machinery to a fairly high speed, and then be very patient using it.