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Roughly routed fretboard markers and an small headstock wing added...

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Starting the drop-off...

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Neck rough cut

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And routed...

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Testing fretboard markers, will probably go with these black MOP markers...

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...and the story so far...

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Hi Guys,

Sorry, been away from the site for a while but have made some more progress on this one. Not far off from completion, maybe two weeks or so. Masses of updates to follow...

Got the inlays in...

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I fixed up the bodged jack socket with a different style jack plate

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Drilled the ferrule holes. The ferrules aren't pushed in but the lines not too bad for a first attempt.

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Positioned the bridge and drilled the holes.

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Got the neck attached. Bought some steel inserts from a company someone mentioned here, can't remember the name now. Really like them, much easier to install than the last ones I tried. Forgot to take a picture though. The neck's attached with screws I got from Screwfix or Toolstation, but I've got some better bolts with hex head as I think they look nicer.

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I started prepping the body for finishing and instantly sanded through the stain, so off it came again and it got it's 3rd staining.

Sanded back

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Blue again

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Got some z-poxy on it as soon as I could.

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Back to work on the neck...

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Started with the Shinto rasp, then switched to spokeshave and scrapers. I think this is one of the most enjoyable jobs, although I've not carved a top yet...

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Taking shape...

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I finished the body with KTM-9. I wasn't sure about using it as it's been sat around for a couple of years, but did it anyway.

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I brushed it on with a liberon lacquer brush, loosely following a guide I found on the website. It seemed to be quite forgiving. After the first coat I remembered about sitting it in warm water for a while before applying so did that and it flowed out much nicer. I think I did six coats over 2 days, didn't bother to sand out runs or brushmarks. I then hung it up for a week to cure.

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Then  bit I wasn't looking forward to... (gently) sanding the lacquer, paranoid about sanding through again.

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I sanded through again, on the edge on the back by the jack. KTM-9 claims to be easy to repair, so I fixed it then gave the whole guitar another coat, maybe two.

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While waiting for the body to cure again I got back to work on the neck. Recut the fret slots, bodging up the 21st so I had to glue that fret. Don't really like the richlite, it was horrible to cut, sanding the radius almost killed me. If you look closely you can see lines from the layers which kind of look like grain but not quite. I'll put something on it when it's finished maybe wax.

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I then started lacquering the headstock.

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Body's cured

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We're getting there

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Logo for the headstock

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Had to leave that for 24hrs before lacquer, so back to work on the body.

Flattened and now going through the grits

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Polished it with meguire's scratch-x.

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It's pretty good. My first attempt at finishing and I'd give it 7 maybe 8 out of 10. I think it was the sanding through the grits that I could have done a better job at. It's smooth like glass but if you tilt it in the light you can still see tiny scratches. It's hardly noticeable and I'm happy with it as it is.

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Quick mock-up

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Shielded the cavities with copper tape and did a little soldering. I was originally going with a four-way switch the both pickups in series in the fourth position, but then found the switch was too tall for the cavity and I couldn't be arsed to re-rout that at this stage so bought another switch which I'll have to wait for.

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Still a bit of shaping to do on the back of the headstock then I'll sand it and start the tru-oil. Also need to flatten the headstock lacquer and polish that up.

Apologies for masses of posts in one go. I'll try and keep more up to date

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It's been awhile, but my, you've been busy. It appears you had to work at the finish a bit, I think you got it right in the end though as this really is nice. The top is sweet, but I'm a real fan of the back too.

Very good stuff!

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That looks really nice. You've got that quilt to a lovely colour - although I quite liked it in the sanded back state where it looks almost silver-blue.

I've been wondering what to do with my neck pickup surround. Yours looks good, so I might steal the idea :)

It's going to be a sweet looking guitar

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