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Wonky Frets 2 - Multiscale Sixer

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Yep, the ABM saddles are brass, so they should dent/notch easily if struck with steel.

The Good Twin was just done with a couple of cuts with a triangular needle file on each saddle. With strings on it for the last month it's been fine like that. I'm yet to assemble the Evil Twin, so I'll have a go with the hammered-string method and report my findings.

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Cool builds. I like the look of the  headstock logo and the way it's done. Did you freehand the engraving and fill with black epoxy?

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That is gorgeous Andrew! You work just keeps getting better....and every guitar of yours I see, I'd swear that wasn't possible.

That's a relatively small body. I hadn't noticed that aspect before. I'll be it's light and fun to play.

SR

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Thanks everyone!

9 hours ago, Prostheta said:

Totally worth all of the work and patience. Hot damn, Andrew!

Ta very muchly. I've still got the Evil Twin to get through yet.  No doubt it will have a few more nasty surprises in store for me before I get through it.

 

8 hours ago, ScottR said:

That is gorgeous Andrew! You work just keeps getting better....and every guitar of yours I see, I'd swear that wasn't possible.

That's a relatively small body. I hadn't noticed that aspect before. I'll be it's light and fun to play.

SR

Cheers, big ears! The body is about tthe same width as a Strat, but it also has a narrower 'waist' than usual which may accentuate its small size. It is comfy to play. With the chambering and slim body it came in at 3.5kilos, around 7.7 of your imperial pounds...or 0.000000000015 Olympic swimming pools...

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Crazy. I'm not sure if I can craft a sentence well enough saying how fantastic it is, so maybe you'll have to accept both mine and everybody's else best attempts.

Hey, let's try; "I wish I'd built that".

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15 hours ago, curtisa said:

Cheers, big ears! The body is about the same width as a Strat, but it also has a narrower 'waist' than usual which may accentuate its small size. It is comfy to play. With the chambering and slim body it came in at 3.5kilos, around 7.7 of your imperial pounds...or 0.000000000015 Olympic swimming pools...

It also has less real estate south of the bridge., which is a feature I'm starting to notice and like in various designs.

SR

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2 hours ago, Prostheta said:

You'll hate Nina's SG then, especially if it gets a wraparound.

Naw, I won't hate it at all. I've just made a few based on a les Paul and they are difficult to get the weight down. I look at the wide ass and all the timber below the bridge and realize how big they are. I've got the Les Tele on a stand next to the SS which is similarly sized to the wonky fretted beauty and it became obvious why one is 3 lbs heavier than the other.

SR

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I don't think weight will be too much of an issue with Nina's. SGs are svelte anyway, so bringing it down to the nail on thickness should be good. I should start a thread really, but I feel like I should get a workshop started first....

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Good grief. The curse of the Evil Twin strikes again. This one just doesn't want to go quietly. Rounding over the back of the body with a 3mm radius bearing bit and managed to forget that the location of the jack hole is in the line of fire of the bearing:

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Can't reshape the body outline as the binding is all on. Can't thin down the back of the body ans the jack socket recess will be too close to the rear of the body. So I figured what would @ScottR do in a situation like this? Decided to bite the bullet and attempt a chip replacement on the damaged spot:

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Not going to work. The grain direction in the replacement piece goes up at an angle and will stand out too much:

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Second attempt. This time remembered to align the grain direction with the angle of the top surface:

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Nope. Still not going to work. Grain direction is right, but the colour is too obvious:

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Putting this one aside for now to mull it over. I'm thinking the grain on the blackwood is too open to match with a small chip without standing out too much. I might have to resort to some kind of black burst on the back of the body to disguise the repair.

 

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In the meantime spent the remainder of the afternoon doing the fretwork on Evil Twin:

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16" Radius beam gets 400 grit paper stuck on and then the neck gets levelled on the beam:

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Check progress as we go to see when all high spots are knocked off:

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Then crowning and polishing:

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That'd be an easy solution. But no, I refuse to let this thing beat me. It will live, whether it wants to or not.

Besides, I've got other project ideas I want to start, and I don't want to do that without finishing a current one.

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There's ways around it. You could open up that area a bit "like you meant it" for some sort of ergonomic jack access thing (make up an excuse). I'd have another attempt at a fix if you've got the patience, sharp chisels and scrap on hand.

Hey, at least now when you're trying to mash the jack in you have an indicator where to aim!

Or you can paint it green.

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Got lots of scrap. Got lots of time to have another go. Will probably give it another shot yet before breaking out the airbrush. Just need to put it to one side for now before I get too shirty over the whole thing and throw a chair.

Don't think this build is sufficiently 80s enough to withstand the onslaught of neon green.

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