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The current state of my latest build. I’m hoping to finish the neck off this week.

This one’s going to have a Floyd and DiMarzio Super Distortion and a PAF Pro in the neck position. 

I’m still deciding on finish options.

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On 2/4/2018 at 10:26 PM, SOLLYGTRS said:

Now for the one I finished. The unique this on this one is the neck radius. It’s 6.5. I had a 58 Strat with a 7.25 inch radius and though why not try some even rounder. 

This also is the debut of my new headstock logo.

 

 

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That's a sexy looking head stock and logo.

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14 minutes ago, FINEFUZZ said:

That's a sexy looking head stock and logo.

I appreciate it. The neck I'm working on now has a lot more flame going on, but minus the knots, I'm curious to see how much of the flame show up once the finish hits it.

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I’ve been busy putting poly on the body and neck the past few days.

I kind of regret dyeing the neck now, but it is what it is now. 

The neck picks are without any poly being applied.

 

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This last guitar has been very frustrating. While it is easily the best looking of my builds so far, it's turning out to be the least functional. I bolted the neck on yesterday and put both E strings on to check alignment. The low E immediately falls off the side of the neck and never returns. I shimmed the neck to get it back to being 'ok', but I'm not satisfied at all with this build.

I wanted a decked Floyd without the recess, but the strings seem like they hover a foot above the guitar body, The nut route was cut too deep and needs to be shimmed higher to get clearance for the first fret. While the pole pieces of the bridge pickup align perfectly with the strings, the neck pickup is off about 3mm.

I really took my time and made sure everything was square, but it's looking like I have a really nice blue piece of firewood for next winter. This one may go into the corner and sit while I push forward on my next build.

As far as playability goes, my first build was my best and I've gone down hill since. It's very frustrating!

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Here my current builds. The blue guitar is sitting mostly untouched as I’m still a little frustrated at how it was turning out.

The Tru oiled neck on my new build is the best I’ve built so far. It’s a tad to thick for my liking though and will need to be carved a little more

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On 03/03/2018 at 12:18 AM, SOLLYGTRS said:

really took my time and made sure everything was square, but it's looking like I have a really nice blue piece of firewood for next winter. This one may go into the corner and sit while I push forward on my next build.

Don't get too hung up on the negatives on a build. Everyone makes dud ones. Just set it aside for a bit and treat it as the next project for a rainy day.

You've always got the option of using it as a training ground for correcting past mistakes - learn how to recut a neck pocket by filling and re-routing, learn how to remove frets, learn how to steam off a fretboard to get the trussrod out, take notes on what the correct depth the locking nut shelf should be for next time, work out what the correct neck angle should be for a flush-mounted Floyd etc.

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6 hours ago, curtisa said:

Don't get too hung up on the negatives on a build. Everyone makes dud ones. Just set it aside for a bit and treat it as the next project for a rainy day.

You've always got the option of using it as a training ground for correcting past mistakes - learn how to recut a neck pocket by filling and re-routing, learn how to remove frets, learn how to steam off a fretboard to get the trussrod out, take notes on what the correct depth the locking nut shelf should be for next time, work out what the correct neck angle should be for a flush-mounted Floyd etc.

Thanks, That's pretty much what I've been doing to it. I'll get back to it one day. I have several directions that I can go to correct the problems. I just haven't picked which way to go with it.

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This latest build is progressing rather well so far. Everything is lining up or easily fixable. It’s very welcomed after my last one.

 

 

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