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  1. avengers63

    Warlock resurrection

    And we're done. I glued on the fretboard last night. Complete FUBAR. It not only shifted a bit, but one side has about a 1/16" gap along the length where it didn't glue down properly. So this one gets the truss rod and inlays recovered. The rest goes into the bin.
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    Warlock resurrection

    I don't mind re-cutting the slots. My Japanese saws are the same kerf,so it's a 1-minute job. Radiused and sanded up to 220. Next up are the side dots, maybe buffing it up to 1000 grit, and oiling it. I know there's some voodoo about oiling before glueing, but I don't buy it. The pores aren't sealed, so they should glue just fine when some oil gets on the bottom.
  3. avengers63

    Warlock resurrection

    I absolutely HATE sanding the radius into the fretboard.
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    Warlock resurrection

    Nope. ruler, 0.5 drafting pencil, very bright light, reading glasses, and an x-acto knife For me, the real trick isn't getting the lines perfect. That's just being methodical and precise. The trick is scribing the lines with the x-acto deep enough to have a well-defined edge. In the past, I HAVE made templates for the inlays that deserved it. But for these simple boxes, a little patience and a touch of German anal-retentiveness is all that's needed.
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    Warlock resurrection

    And now I wait till tomorrow when I can radius it, put in the side dots, and glue it onto the neck.
  6. avengers63

    Warlock resurrection

    The parts came in last week. The plastic pearl blocks will look awesome in the walnut fretboard. Starying the tedious layout process. Reminding myself to put the side dots in before glueing the fretboard on. I've done that before...
  7. avengers63

    Skinny builds

    The weight of the tuners isn't what I was going for. The headstock weighs more than the tuners ever will. So for balance considerations, that would be the biggest weight savings.
  8. avengers63

    Project - RAD Unfinished Business

    some sort of moisture leeching underneath the perspex....
  9. avengers63

    Skinny builds

    Going headless is the other obvious solution to neck weight. The drawback for the hobbiest like us is that headless hardware is often more expensive than traditional.
  10. avengers63

    Warlock resurrection

    The weight reduction is just an extremely positive side effect. The theory behind it started as voodoo, but ended up being 100% legitimate. As we all know: 1) the strings vibrate the wood, 2) the vibrating wood alters the way the strings vibrate. 3) Woods vibrate differently, altering the string vibration differently, producing what we call the tone of the wood. 4) Thinner wood vibrates more freely. When combining these 4 truths, I theorized that as thinner body wood vibrated more, these longer & stronger vibrations would transfer more or different tone to the strings. Several years ago, I made the prototype Superthin style. The theory turned out to be 100% true. I encourage you to give it a shot sometime to hear it for yourself. Plus the extreme lightweight guitar feels like just nothing around your neck or in your lap.
  11. avengers63

    Warlock resurrection

    I went with 1 1/4" because that's about the thinnest you can go and still have enough for a full pickup & control cavity route and standard components. Even then, you can't comfortably recess the c/c cover. With flat enough pickups, you might be able to go down to 1", but your c/c space would be precious, and you might have to start looking for specialty knobs & mini-switches.
  12. avengers63

    Warlock resurrection

    So I got some more primer on it. It dried as a crackle finish. It's a pretty impressive crackle, too! Great lines. I'm gonna have to sand it all back to bare wood and start from scratch. Not terribly surprising considering where I picked up from.
  13. avengers63

    Project - RAD Unfinished Business

    How many times have we all made up a string of BS to legitimize our preferences!
  14. avengers63

    Warlock resurrection

    I was speaking with one of our senior members off-line, who's opinions I value and respect, about spray equipment. I currently have the "all-in-one" unit from Rockler, but I want to upgrade to the "real thing". He assured me that the air pumps and guns from Harbor Freight are fine, as they are what he uses. So here's a late Christmas present to myself, with the aid of their ridiculous coupons... I've also been making some headway with sanding sealer and the automotive primer. This is the extremely boring, time consuming, and detail-essential part of the build. I really wanna hit the "skip" button and get on to more fun bits. Also, I got the walnut fretboard planed and slotted. It's a cutoff from the neck of the mirrored Iceman of several years ago. Before I go to work tonight, I'm hoping to be able to put some more primer on it.
  15. Several years ago, prolly before the board was updated and we lost much of the old content, I started to make a Warlock following my "superthin" theory. For a sense of completeness, for those who don't remember, and for those who are new since then, the idea is to make the guitar as thin as humanly possible. The theory is: since the wood vibrates as the strings are plucked, thinner wood will vibrate more freely, thereby positively effecting the tone transferred by said vibrations. Having made one before, I can testify that this is EXACTLY what happens. The prototype was exceedingly lively. The potential drawbacks are that a trem is all but out of the question, and it basically HAS to be neck-through. While you could do a set neck, I don't feel there would be enough wood left to make a secure enough joint for the stress it would be under. You could easily put a top-mount vibrato (Bigsby) on it. So anyway, it started off as an ash neck through with poplar wings. I put some mahogany pieces on the headstock in an attempt to inject a little bottom end to accentuate the growly mids of the ash. What I DIDN'T do is remember that my plan was to use turquoise-colored water-based lacquer for a semi-transparent finish. When I shot myself in the foot via the mahogany, I thought maybe I'd paint it white, then use the truquoise over it. Then 3.5 years ago I was divorced, moved, took forever to re-establish the shop, and this thing fell pretty far to the wayside. I figured it'd be sitting in the corner serving as a spider home till I died. For the past 16 months, I've been trying to get the woman I've been seeing to build a guitar with me. She has an acoustic, but wants to play electric, because you can't play \m/ metal on an acoustic. Seriously - she wants to play hard & heavy! giggidy I had her sit down with every shape I have, then go to Guitar Center and "try on" those few I don't have. She likes the shape and feel of the Warlock best. I failed to mention that she's a pinup model. 40s-50s retro glam pinup. Playing a f'ing Warlock. One of these things is not like the other.... So you know where this is going by now. The superthin Warlock has been dusted off and will finally be coming to life. I'm just trying to block sand off anything uneven at this point. Previously, it's been grain-filled. I'm hoping it's still doing it's job. I got a couple cans of sandable automotive primer. That ought to cover everything left nicely. She likes green, so I'll be going to a place just outside my neighborhood that specializes in automotive paints. They'll custom make spray cans. I'm looking for an emerald green candy. For reference on just how thin it is (1 1/4"), this is one of the pups I'm considering putting it in, sitting next to the body and sitting in the cavity. It'll be all chrome hardware, walnut fretboard, and pearl plastic block inlays.
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