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Jdogg    33

Classy as hell.  this thing looks like it would be equally at home with some jazz head noodling around or some metal head melting your freaking face off....  That wenge looks DARK...  is it the oil or a particularly dark piece?  Also, that neck profile looks interesting...  is that a very soft version of a vee mixed with the toone neck profile..  sorta?

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Way amazing.  Love the ridge carving at the headstock heel.  Send us an edge view pic of that headstock.  I hope I don't have to compete with that on this months GOTM.  

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Thanks @Jdogg! The oil definitely helps, but that wenge was pretty dark to begin with. And the neck profile is a really soft asymmetrical trapezoid, so you're pretty close in your estimation!

@StratsRdivine haha well shoot, I've been hoping I don't go up against one of yours! I'm going to submit one of the recent 8 strings, depends on which person gets me a sound clip first.

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The pale moon fretboard arrived on schedule, so let's get into gluing it up.

Quick preview before glue prep, I think it's going to be gnarly:

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So. on to work. As you guys know, I'm a big fan of preplanning and simplifying various construction processes with acrylic templates. My neck templates include a set of holes that are transfer-punched into the neck face and underside of the fretboard, which are then drilled to accept 1/8" steel pins. This allows me to simply apply glue, drop the fretboard in place, and move through the clamping procedure without worrying about the fretboard sliding out of place.

Neck-side alignment holes:

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Stainless pins secured in matching holes under fretboard:

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Glue, clip, clamp. EZPZ:

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Nice joint, no worries:

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Luminlay Super Blue dots:

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Radius smoothed out, slots cleaned, ready for frets:

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Back to the body for a sec. Working on bolt-ons is great, I can just finish the parts independently and bring them together in the assembly stage.

The finish here is my usual Odie's Oil, applied to a P600 body by (gloved) hand with no filler.

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The Odie's doesn't dramatically darken the ziricote or muddy the grain, and even brings out a bit of curl that was hiding in the limba. Now I just need to leave the body alone for a few days while the oil cures. 

Next time: frets!

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Prostheta    1,148

How does the Odie's Oil lay over the binding? I take it that at the wiping stage, it clears itself off?

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Exactly, it just sits on the binding during the initial flood coat/overnight soak, then wipes off easily after that. It's pretty much the most hassle-free finish I can think of.

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Prostheta    1,148

Everything I've seen of it looks fantastic, especially on Bubinga and that Ziricote. Crikey.

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ScottR    1,195
On 7/1/2017 at 11:29 PM, KnightroExpress said:

The pale moon fretboard arrived on schedule, so let's get into gluing it up.

Quick preview before glue prep, I think it's going to be gnarly:

Yep, my fears were for naught, that looks great!

SR

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GregP    8

Really enjoying this thread! I also finally realized what it is I enjoy about Limba so much... it's "natural" looking without looking rustic. Same principle applies for figured maple, spalted anything, and a few other woods. But certain woods just end up looking too much like a hunk of cabin for me to enjoy. Limba hits all the right spots. :)

Keep it up! Looking forward to watching this thread.

 

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And the padauk Pulsar is done! This stuff is damned hard to photograph properly, the red just blows out my camera's sensor at every opportunity.

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I'm hoping to shoot a little video demo, these pickups are delightful!

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Prostheta    1,148
On 7/2/2017 at 7:29 AM, KnightroExpress said:

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Posts like this one Andrew, have higher demonstrative educational value than most written or videos tutorials around the net. Bravo.

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