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  2. RestorationAD

    Project - RAD Unfinished Business

    One page reads... Scott R PAF Customs Neck A4 42 Enamel 5000 (5011) Screw 5000 (5018) Slug 7.25 k Some cryptic voodoo indeed.
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  4. curtisa

    Project - RAD Unfinished Business

    A collection of your favourite opening lines for use at bars and nightclubs? Nice! Ohhhhhhhhh. The other kind of 'pickup'!
  5. RestorationAD

    Project - RAD Unfinished Business

    Look what I found... Good thing too cause I thought I lost it.
  6. boeba

    Demonic stagg guitar

    hey Guys, So here's the next update. Nothing special, just the mold ready to be taken off the guitar. Here you can see the mold taken off the guitar. The black stuff is warm wax. Tadaaa, this is the wax copy wich will be casted in bronze. The next step is to put wax gating onto it so we can pour bronze into it. I can't wait to see this in bronze.
  7. mistermikev

    individually wrapped pickups

    I believe you mean 1 pole = 1 coil... so multi pole multi coil pickup aka single string pickups. dimarzio makes a bass pickup like this but it's really a big fat humbucker looking pickup with 8 coils inside. I believe alembic was one of the first to do it. also perhaps Kay for 6 strings? I don't know of too many who make individual poles/coils for sale. You might have to either diy or find someone who winds to do it for you. here is a link I found for someone who sells some... http://ubertar.com/hexaphonic/one_and_two_string_pickups.html I have done something similar to this in a few of my basses... dimarzio makes a j pickup that is two smaller coils. between that and a p pickup I have mixed bridge/neck half coils. it resulted in some surprisingly great sounds. hope that helps.
  8. Andyjr1515

    First full build from scratch

    I find binding a challenge and so will let cleverer folks guide on that. But the one thing I do know, is cut the binding channel before gluing the neck (which I'm sure you already know)
  9. First of all welcome to the forum! I am amazed From where you started, I would never have thought you could end up with something that looked so, well, right! Great job.
  10. ZekeB

    Build #2 - The Osprey

    Cut the body model and adjusted the size a little bigger to compensate the back side. Added about 1/2" to the body scale. Its surprising how much of a difference t makes. I'm going to do some more inlays with this one. Inlays are something I'm a lot more comfortable with and I'm excited about putting some color to accent it. Here's my design. Its going to a matte black so I'm going to run with the red and gold inlays. I'll add some fret markers on the boarder of the fretboard if it doesnt overcrowd the effect. Haven't decided yet.
  11. I was reading the skinny build blog and saw a post using individually wrapped pickups. I've been searching around trying to see if any builders or companies have explored that route. It just seems like an interesting concept. You could really place the pickups anywhere and could get some really varied patterns with say the bottom 3 pickups at the bridge with 3 near the neck. That may be an extreme example but I'm just curious more than anything about the idea. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge on this concept?
  12. curtisa

    Reshaping Pickup Cavities

    I suspect your method may work, but I'd personally want to experiment with it first over an extended period of time. Three issues I can see with your method: My experience with thick layers of epoxy (>5mm) is that it tends to not fully cure in the middle while the outermost layers set hard, retaining a slight rubbery/waxy consistency when cut. Some epoxies may work better than others. Even the mixing ratios between catalyst and resin may be critical. Given time, humidity and temperature changes the epoxy and wood will likely shrink and expand at different rates, which could result in the bond between epoxy and wood weakening. This could be as minor as hairline cracking underneath the finish or as major as whole chunks peeling away. This would probably be the main reason why filling a pickup cavity with an oversize piece of wood and routing it back down to the correct shape would be better, as the difference in rates at which two relatively large pieces of timber expand and contract would be less than two completely dissimilar materials sharing a comparatively small surface area. If you are going to use a plunge attachment on the rotary tool then set yourself up some square, straight edges on the body to help guide the perimeter of the plunge base in straight lines and create square corners. Practice first. Any slight deviation in the reshaped edges if going freehand will tend to show up more clearly when the square edges of the pickup are positioned alongside them, and might end up looking worse than the original un-modified cavities.
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  14. FrankW86

    Reshaping Pickup Cavities

    Here is quick picture. You'll have to excuse the quality. I somehow managed to get sand between the lens and glass. The second pic is what inspired me to try this. As you can see, I not talking huge swathes of epoxy. Maybe 2 to 2,5mm at it's thickest in the 'ears' (don't know the correct English term). Let's say I apply 3mm on the sides, 1mm across the length. Surely a rotary tool with proper router bits and plunge attachement can handle that?
  15. sdshirtman

    Reshaping Pickup Cavities

    Or worth doing right, Either way I agree, this would be the proper way. Maybe you could borrow a router? Even if you fill with epoxy a router and a good pickup template its going to be the correct tool to square this up properly. Some thoughts, Filling cavities in wood is challenging because the filler piece and the piece being filled almost always shrink and expand at slightly different rates over time. This happens even when using the same species of wood with the same grain orientation. The end result is almost always a visible line in your finish where the filler edge is. If you're using a resin, epoxy, solar-res etc. the effect is magnified. Is your current pickup route really that bad that its not suitable for a direct mount? Ibanez usually has pretty decent cavities. Have you considered a trembucker? Post a picture maybe?
  16. FrankW86

    Reshaping Pickup Cavities

    I'm aware that this is the proper way of doing it. But you don't know the Dutch secondhand market. Nothing within driving distance. Nationwide the cheapest is a 3 yr old DeWalt which is €30 below retail price. What can I say, it's a Dutch thing My epoxy has a Play-Doh/putty consistency. I'll smear a layer on one side of the cavity. Then press a mold/template of the correct shape against it to give me a rough shape. Any excess can be scraped off. After hardening, I'll use my Proxxon rotary tool to route, grind or sand it down. I already have a little test setup hardening. Will check next week how the epoxy reacts to the reshaping.
  17. mistermikev

    Reshaping Pickup Cavities

    I come from a long line of "if it's worth doing... it's worth overdoing". look on craigslist for a router you can find one for $25 easily. my vote would be to make templates, cut out a square, fill that square with wood, then rout the pickup proper. Epoxy is great stuff and will work for sure... just not fun to sand. I filled a guitar that had been shot 3x... had to sand down the overfill and it was difficult because the wood around it would sand sooo much easier - and it was maple! so my advice would be - if you are going to do it - be careful to not overfill. I would use cardboard/tape to make a 'barrier' that you could fill and hopefully be close to done.
  18. well, I dunno - never could tell the dif between parkay and butter so...
  19. Say marquetry parquetry intarsia three times really fast. I'm going out on a limb and say that this is intarsia rather than parquetry.
  20. FrankW86

    Reshaping Pickup Cavities

    Yes, the body will be painted a solid color. The epoxy is designed to be painted over, so I'm not too worried about that. One of the reasons for ditching the rings is the look. RGs need either direct mounted pickups or a pickguard to look right for me. If push comes to shove the rings can always come back on to cover up any carnage I inflict. But other then time and effort, my proposed method should work? I know the epoxy is drillable. Maybe I should test how it reacts to the different bits.
  21. spottydog

    First full build from scratch

    Sounds good but never done a burst finish before so probably just stick with a solid colour. Anyone any tips for putting binding on a carved top guitar.
  22. Norris

    First full build from scratch

    Looking very nice A white-burst/limewash could work well
  23. mistermikev

    How do you cut your f-hole? What bit?

    missed this a while back... thank you for your advice!
  24. spottydog

    First full build from scratch

    Thanks for the kind comments about my build. I will post further construction details and pictures as I continue the build.
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  26. wow, nice job on the parkay (butter). looks very impressionist. sb cool.
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