Guitar Electronics/Pickup Shapes for Microsoft Visio

Along with a link to “How to switch a Visio TV to USB” in my daily Google Alert on anything Visio was a little gem about creating pickup shapes for a Telecaster in Visio.  The link brought me to the Telecaster forums where there was a lively discussion on how to create the shapes

The OP has set up a site for this project When I took a look at the site I was expecting to just see a handful of shapes, but I was surprised at more than one hundred components. A very good job. It is also nice to the community involvement. When I get time, I am going to take a close look at the stencil to see if I can give him some pointers on how to keep the diversity, but reduce the number of shapes.

“I was trying to figure out how to do a good white wire. I have no idea how to do a white wire that has black edges so you can still see it when you print it out”. You are now delving into the realm of Visio line patterns. Fellow Visio MVP John Goldsmith has some good articles explaining how to create them and has some interesting examples to give you an idea of what can be done.

I don’t know if you want to go to the trouble of making a shape for every type (silver, gold, red, blue, emerald, etc). A generic Lace sensor might be enough. One of the nice thing about Visio is smart shapes. Rather than creating dozens of shapes, you can create a generic shape and use shape data to customize the shapes appearance; change the colour, size, appearance of parts or ???. So a single Lace shape would be possible and it could use shape data to alter the colour (or colours).

John Marshall… Visio MVP

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The original Visio MVP. I have worked with the Visio team since 1993