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  1. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    The buzz seems to have gone away, I just didn't realize I'd over tightened the truss rod - the fingerboard wasn't touching the slotted straight edge! I loosened it up, the neck got straighter...looks like I'd created a back bow
  2. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    Very lightly deepened the nut slots with abrasive tape so half the circumference sits in the slot - some of the strings were sliding out of the slots! I don't think I sanded too deep, though I'd need a jig of some sort to fine tune the nut slots
  3. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    Okay, so I gave the fingerboard another go last night - taped the fingerboard, marked the frets with a Sharpie,adjusted the truss rod until the neck was straight (turns out the truss rod was turned too tight, creating a back bow), went over the frets with 440 sandpaper (this time using a radiused sanding block), marked the frets again with the sharpie, then crowned them alternating between the concave fret file and the Little Bone crowning file. To be honest, I find that the Little Bone does a nicer job at crowning (it has a diamond abrasive surface), but is hard to handle due to its small size, whereas the concave fret file is easier to handle but does a shitty job at crowning (takes several passes and a lot of elbow grease to get the marker traces filed off the frets) ... so I'd give the frets an initial pass with the fret file and finish the job with the Little Bone (in fact, the Little bone proved to be indispensable past the 12th fret as I moved closer to the body). Then, I gave each fret a "polish sanding" with a piece of fine sandpaper (I forget if I used 600 or 800 grit), then polished each fret to a gloss with 0000 steel wool (couldn't find the synthetic equivalent unfortunately) . Lastly, I gave the frets a rub with Scratch X with a dry cloth, It turned out nicer than I expected, the string bending is much smoother, but...I was getting buzzing on the D & G strings when playing the first three frets...I had zero buzzing prior to the fret job. After double-checking the neck with my fingerboard straight edge, turns out I'd over tightened the truss rod again, recreating a back bow. So...loosened the truss rod bit by bit until the fingerboard was touching the straight edge at the first three frets again. Me thinks the seller's efforts to relic the neck may have weakened it to the point that it's too flexible? Anyway, it seems to have gotten rid of the buzz on the D & G strings. I'll test it again when I'm home from work, see how the neck settled under string tension.
  4. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    LOL, I used ScratchX, but I might have skipped a step or two...anyway, the steel wool usually makes the frets glass smooth
  5. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    99% there I think...did a light leveling /re-crown of the frets, tried polishing them with grade 1000 wet and dry sandpaper and rubbing compound...frets feel better but still a bit rough. I'd run out of 0000 steel wool...looks like I need to get me some, perhaps the synthetic stuff? Non magnetic, less of a mess?
  6. I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but here goes: on my current build, I have zero fret buzz, rattle or note outs, I think the frets are properly level, but some are rough (me thinks the seller went too Gung Ho with the Dremmel tool to relic the neck), string bending feels like I'm bending over a rasp! Full fret level/crowning/polish, crown and polish or just polish? I have a fretboard straightedge, 9.5" radiused blocks, a diamond fret leveler, multiple grades of sandpaper and a crowning file/fretboard protector being delivered today...oh yeah, and a sharpie and plenty of masking tape... There was a YouTube tutorial of a luthier using a diamond fret leveler to level his frets; but I can't find it anymore! Do i need to do a full fret job, or is just a polishing enough?
  7. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    oh, and here's a pic of my DIY beauties
  8. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    I tip my hat to you: that was EXACTLY the problem! I bought the control plate prewired (including the output jack) and I expected it to be properly wired...anyway, problem fixed, next will be dressing and polishing the frets
  9. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    Then again, after reading more on the topic (buzz when touching the strings & metal parts, very low when not touching) perhaps Prostheta is right on the money - the prewired Tele plate might have had the jack wired in reverse...damn those factory workers I never would have thought I'd still get a guitar signal if the jack is wired in reverse!
  10. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    I'll give that a try, though when I touch the strings and the jack's outer casing the hum does go away (I become the ground?) I swear the damn bridge plate doesn't sit flat on the guitar surface; it's like the pressure from the screws pushes the back down and slightly raises the front part (with the pickup) up...frustrating looks like I'm not the only one with a similar problem: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/bridge-base-plate-doesnt-lay-flat-help-suggestions.920644/ looks like a strategically placed screw at the front of the bridge plate might sole the problem
  11. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    great idea!
  12. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    Nope, I'm getting pickup signal, with a hum that shouldn't be there. My Squier with cheap single coils is quieter in comparison!
  13. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    replaced the bridge plate ground wire with a thicker wire, still getting buzz...looks like the bridge plate isn't resting perfectly flat on the guitar body? Mystery needing solving...
  14. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    Got a second email notice that the strap locks were also delivered I'll be busy when I get home from work!
  15. Tele-Pine-Partscaster project!

    Indeed, first bug - the bridge ground seems to be loose. The pickups are hum cancelling and should have zero noise; they were dead quiet in the Squier. The noise level seems to indicate that the bridge plate isn't making contact with the ground wire; so I'll have to loosen the strings, remove the bridge and look underneath...oh and I just got a delivery notice from Canada Post, they say the ferrules/string guite parcel has been delivered!