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  1. 3 points
    Next steps were binding and purflings. To cut the channels with the arm router was an easy task The most difficult part was to cut the channel on the cutaway, because in that position the channel doesn't lay on a plane, but it goes up after the horn and then goes down near to the neck pocket. To achieve it I used this jig with my Makita hand router The channel wasn't perfect, because the radius was too narrow for the jig to work correctly, but after some refining with a chisel it was acceptable. My aim was to do a flamed maple binding and a four parts purfling: ebony/golden mop/ebony/maple. Instead of using Zipflex for the central purfling, I decided to do it the old way, using teflon strips and then filling the resulting channel with mother of pearl strips. This is what I wanted to achieve: First of all I prepared the binding: I cut the maple 1.5mm thick and 6mm large, then I glued a subtle strip of ebony under, so I could have a black purling line between the maple binding and the ash body Now it was time to glue the purflings, using the teflon strip instead of mother of pearl. Teflon doesn't stick with glue, so later it could be easily removed. Then I glued the binding and when the glue was dry I removed the teflon strip. In the next photo It's possible to see the void channel left by the teflon strips and the golden mother of pearl strips that I used to fill it. As I pressed the strips inside the channel, they break in smaller pieces, so they could adapt to all the curves of the guitar: I only had to cut to perfect size the portion on the horn, because there the radius was too narrow to achieve a good result with this technique. Once inserted in the channel, I glued in position the strips with thin ca glue. Now I only had to sand everything flush. The process was long and tricky but I was really happy with the result!
  2. 2 points
    Then I've designed and made a pickguard and trussrod cover out of a aluminium sheet (1.5mm). Brought it into shape with a fretsaw, files and sandpaper. Lastly I've created longitudinal sanding marks on it: Time to bring together all the parts and to verify if everything fits together as required (it did ): Ready to go!
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    Turn, turn, turn... it was time to do some pickup winding. For that job I use an old sewing machine housed in plywood box. The rotations are counted with a bicycle speedometer (setup such that 1 turn equals 1 meter). Potted the single coil in front simply with CA glue. Potting of the humbucker coils outstanding on this photo: Potted, mounted and secured with tape: ... and chrome covered: T-Style Neck single coil: - AWG42 - AlNiCo5 - 9000 windings ~ 6.3kOhm Bridge humbucker: - AWG42 -AlNiCo5 - 5700/4300 windings ~ 4.5/3.4kOhm - the stronger coil is used for the SC split
  4. 1 point
    Hallo everybody, I've been following the project guitar forums for quite a while now as "silent reader" and decided to register a few weeks ago. In short, it is high time to introduce myself... how could this be done better as presenting my recent build? To my background: Sebastian, 31 years old, coming from germany, so please excuse my poor language (and do not hesitate to correct me...). I have started to build electric basses 2 years ago. As most of us, meanwhile I'm completely obsessed. This is my first guitar and it is dedicated to my son born this year. So it started with two peaces of mahagoni, properly jointed and glued together. The body shape (and the complete guitar) is a design by my own: Roughly cut out the body with a japanese saw and then routed along the template. As next I've planed the armrest with my beloved No.4, preparing for a dropped top: Then the electronics cavity has been routed and I slightly chambered the body to reduce weight (approx. 1.7 kg / 3.7lbs at this stage): Regards, Sebastian
  5. 1 point
    Nice build, edge of our seats.
  6. 1 point
    Work has been crazy and I've been focusing on race training recently, so I didn't have chance for guitar things until last weekend. I did a few things, mainly inolving making the neck profile playable; I had to trim a lot of meat off and level it out. Of course I didn't take any photos of the finished neck, because I'm an idiot. Untitled by S K, on Flickr Black base stain: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Sanded back: Untitled by S K, on Flickr And PURPLE added: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Hopefully I can finish staining the back and get some grain filling/sanding sealer work done next weekend. I need to figure out clear options too - I have a few cans of 2K spray, but I'm scared of that... even with a decent respirator, goggles and a Tyvek suit. PS. I might actually get this finished soon! The 2016 thread can retire.
  7. 1 point
    Congrats. Sucks how most of the Country is so vulnerable to the economy,which seems to be vulnerable to the whims of the associated press and the ravings of a dumbass in the White House.
  8. 1 point
    WHEW!!!!!!!!! ducked the axeman again. But sadly- folks I have worked with for over two decades did not, so, my happiness is short lived. now if you'll excuse me I am going to go collapse.