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Magic. Voodoo,  Mojo ...

Indeed, some of the best inventions came unintentionally! :D 

Seriously, though, the Limba IS a soft wood, so hoping the inlay will give me a stronger bridge mount. And the 45 degree string-through will add maybe 10mm extra string length for a "wrap-tail" effect ... appropriate for a what started out as a "sloppy beater" guitar for me! :thumb:

Glued up a template for the bridge/ring inlay. I will use a 10mm router bit, and round the edges of the Padauk with a 5mm radius. Was considering sharp edges, but as this will be sitting proud about 2mm (will lower to 1mm if necessary), thought it would look better with rounded corners and a slight roundover.

Undecided as yet, but might make the bridge and pickup gap flush with the body to emphasize the "ring" look ... will decide after I see what it looks like. (or I could do a poll!)

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As you know, I don't subscribe to the voodoo. Good solid working practice and applying skills to developing strong solutions are better than wishing on a star. I think you've got this.

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Routed out the pickup first, making it a bit oversize, then the inlay. Rounded the edges by hand, and it came out a nice fit. Will give it a roundover before I glue it. I think I have to make the pickup rout about 5mm deeper for the foam/spring to not be over-compressed.

Weighed the completed neck ... 959g, a little over two pounds. It feels heavy-ish, but I really have no idea what a neck like this should weigh. Anyone?

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4 hours ago, Prostheta said:

As you know, I don't subscribe to the voodoo. Good solid working practice and applying skills to developing strong solutions are better than wishing on a star. I think you've got this.

Hahahaha.:D

Sure you do. Solid engineering, careful planning, precise drawings, and faithful execution is an excellent method of getting a quality finished product. Changing plans on the fly, and adapting to circumstances will also work, as will planning as you go or building by feel--as long as the primary requirements are solid and accurate. There are many paths one can choose that will lead to the final destination: a well built, well playing, good looking instrument. The method one chooses, the path one takes to get there even if it is engineering a plan and following it religiously, imbues some of the builder's own personality into the instrument...and that is his own personal voodoo.:)

It's one of the main reasons we build them instead of buy them.

SR

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Final body work is electronics cavity and roundover, so before that a bit of repair ... must've put the top on something.  Ironed out pretty nicely!! Before/after/sanded #240
 
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Oh man, that sort of stuff drives me insane! I have brushes to hand when I'm working and obsessively sand tables, work off MDF sheets....the lot....

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The neck pocket was always a tad loose, but thought a few coats of paint would take care of that ... but then decided to use Odie's Oil, which has virtually no build up.  Got a cutoff from the body, and shaved a 0.4mm thickness, then glued that to the treble side of the pocket.  It might be a little too tight, but should sand to a good fit easily (fingers crossed).
 
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Chiseled a pocket under the pickup to put a foam+spring thing.  Also cleaned up the neck pocket repair.  Neck is nice and tight ... and straight!  The repair shouldn't be too noticeable after Odie's ... fingers crossed.  At least I won't see it when playing! ;);)
 
Here's a couple mockup shots, as well as my two choices for controls ... still undecided :unsure:.
 
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After sketching things on a piece of paper, I find that the "angled down" (if that makes sense?) version makes for a more complicated cavity very close to the P.I.B. (Padauk Intensifier Block ;);)) on the backside.  With a controls cover like so, I can get my desired 45 degree jack.  Still chewing on it, but right now this is looking better than the alternatives ... :hmm:
 
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10 hours ago, charisjapan said:
P.I.B. (Padauk Intensifier Block ;);))

Better put in for the trademark on that! In fact, go for a patent ("Technique for Using Paduak Intensifier Block to Improve Overall Guitar Tone Awesomeness"). Could be a game changer.

Looking great!

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Looking for a salacious acronym there....nope....TUPIBIOGTA?

Padauk-related Open Overtone Producing Image Enhancer?

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It's the answer to all guitar questions.

Q: How do you get that killer tone? Where'd you learn those hot licks? Have you considered playing bass instead?

A: Paduak Influenced Sound Sub-Overtone Frequency Filter

 

 

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Yet again, Limba is kinda soft, so the neck bolt area became the next target for Intensified Sonic Dispersion.
 
After routing, I found that I miscalculated, and the "plate" was 1mm too high.  Rather than trying to get the template precisely over the original rout (and possibly making the rout larger ... assuming that CAN happen), I pulled out a hand tool that did the job quickly and accurately!  And I enjoy using hand tools from time to time. ;)  I know this will clash a bit with the controls cover, but ...
 
The controls cavity will have an unusual interior (i.e. not LP), but it's similar to what I did with the Chinaberry basses. I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but here's mid-rout and the slightly recessed cover.
 
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11 hours ago, charisjapan said:
 
 
 
 
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that is a bad ass little do dad. - whatever its called- I am not sure I have ever seen a tool like that. very cool Did you get that in Japan or stateside?

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2 hours ago, Mr Natural said:

that is a bad ass little do dad. - whatever its called- I am not sure I have ever seen a tool like that. very cool Did you get that in Japan or stateside?

That is a Veritas Small Router Plane, based on the Stanley #271.  I wish I had the big one!!

Veritas Small Router Plane

 

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The pièce de ré·sis·tance ... Strap Pin Intensification Transmission using Padauk, or SPITuP for short. :p:huh:
 
Okay, okay!  No more stupid Tonez Jokez.
 
I just didn't want the strap pins to pull out of the Limba, so hoping Padauk will be tougher.
 
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Roundover Time, Yay!!  Notice the block in the neck pocket to keep the router bit from diving in and rounding the pocket edges.
 
After a little #240 sanding, I found a few more (new?) dents, which ironed out easily.  I love morning light, so a few mood shots, and a post-ironing pic.
 
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