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  1. Thanks for all the info! One more question ... does the neck need to be any wider than normal? Thanks, Evan
  2. Assuming the answer to the topic question is Yes, I have a couple more questions ... Thinlines generally have a string-thru design. Is this the way to handle a 12-string? Any special pickup requirements, or are regular pickups ok? Thanks, Evan
  3. After weeks of getting sidetracked by various forms of life (earthquakes, hurricanes, giant monsters, etc), today I finished building a jig to radius a fretboard. My design is suspect, and the execution of that design is shoddy, but I think it could work. Here's a video that shows it a little better, but not much
  4. Main (12th Fret) inlay done now to full depth The other marked frets (3,5,7, etc) will have a series of 4 dots of various sizes to look like bubbles ... same material as the shark Next weekend I'll be scratch-building (hopefully start to finish) a fretboard radiusing jig. I'm basing the design off stuff I've seen online, but I have no physical plans ... just winging it. Wish me luck ;-)
  5. So, I know that I still have a long way to go with my Jazz Bass build, but certain events have transpired to get me thinking about my build #2. The first of those is that the first body blank I bought for the Jazz Bass was actually too small (alder), so I already have a blank. The second thing was last night, when I was looking around on Gilmer Woodand saw that they had some bocote bookmatched tops, which happens to be one of my favorite woods (probably second only to ziricote with cocobolo rounding out the top 3). So here's the plan: 12-String Tele Thinline Body Wood: Alder with Bocote top Neck: Maple with either ziricote or ebony fretboard Pickup Configuration: 2 Humbuckers My goal has always been to build guitars that I can use for needs that my current guitars can't fulfill, so a 12-string was one of those. Everything else on the guitar is undecided, but I figured I'd check here now just in case there's something I should be considering that I'm not. Thanks, Evan
  6. The inlay area on the neck is only partially done, so I'll get it full depth during the week. I didn't do a great job of making a snug fit, but I saved a bunch of sawdust for patches. Hopefully it will come out ok.
  7. Today I got started on the inlay. I created the shape, printed it and double-taped it down to the material. Then I used a dremel to cut out the shape and divide it into 3 pieces. Tomorrow is the hard part, when I will route the inlay shape into the fretboard.
  8. Looks like probably no guitar progress next weekend, but for a good reason ... NON-GUITAR STUFF BELOW I ordered this stuff for making a new workbench that will arrive this week. I also ordered the same kinda stuff but for shelves as well. Next weekend should be spent building a new workbench and a stand for my sander (from the shelf things) and some shelves for other stuff in the garage to give me some extra space. The workbench will be 5'x30", which is the biggest I can make it that will fit in my space. I'll put the planer on the old workbench, which will still have the router table, and I'll have that whole new workbench for actually working on the guitar. I'm very excited about the whole thing. Also buying a circular saw, mostly for making the workbench/shelves, but I have a feeling it could come in handy elsewhere.
  9. So my wife tells me, "if you aren't buying a neck already made, I think you should do a special design [inlay] on it." I came up with something "special," and I ordered a bunch of faux turquoise from LMI to do it. I'm a little worried about doing something non-standard on my first build, but I know better than to piss her off when she's letting me spend all this money The order from LMI is due Monday so probably no work this weekend. On a side note, my daughter started bass lessons a few weeks ago, so I bought her a new bass (Squier Jaguar Short Scale). Who knows, maybe she'll wind up with this Jazz Bass too eventually. Evan
  10. Quick note: I know this is kinda a boring build (slow, straightforward, and not interesting as far as woods or hardware), but I'm keeping things updated here mostly so if someone sees me making a horrible mistake that hopefully I can find out and correct it before it's too late. Anyway, this week I picked up a Dremel 4000 and some accessories/attachment in preparation for doing the inlay next weekend. I also bought a 12" long 1/4" drill bit to handle some of the stuff I couldn't do with a normal bit ... such as: Truss Rod adjustment access hole And wire conduits
  11. There was some surface texture, so I called a guitar shop that I trust and he had me bring it in. He used some sort of compound on it and it cleaned it up, so I guess it was all surface after all. Thanks for all the help everyone.
  12. So today I cut the truss rod slot and made some modifications to the headstock to recover from a bad tear-out while routing the shape. I bought 2 iron L-Beams just for this purpose and used double-sided tape to hold the neck down Then I squared off the ends of the channel ... still not sure how I'm going to drill that hole for adjustments I had posted elsewhere that I was planning to reshape the Fender-esque headstock to something different to recover from my tear-out, so here was the plan and the result ... Did that 100% with the oscillating belt/spindle sander, thinking there was less chance of a problem using that.
  13. I was thinking maybe it would just clean/polish out, but wanted to check here with the picture beforehand just in case I should avoid that. Looking at the receipt, I also now realize it's a 2002, not 2004 Les Paul.
  14. Not bug spray … not sure what. I have the original receipt, so I'll contact Gibson and see what they say. Thanks
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