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About sexybeast

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  1. Yeah, mostly to be different. I'm like the old grandpa that's always out in the garage making stuff. I always want to see if there's a better way to do something and I sort of have a problem with being told things have to be done only one way. It's fun. That's a great idea. I'm going to do it that way. I'll be gone for a few weeks, but when I get back I'll post my results. They should be interesting if nothing else.
  2. I thought about the dremel as well? I think that's the way I'm going to go.
  3. I fretted the first neck I made for this, but I never got to use it. It wasn't as scary as people made it out to be. I'm kinda thinkin' that with a flat fretboard and straight rods, it may not be too hard. Of course I could meet disaster, but I'm adventurous. Either way, I appreciate your advice. You think the frets are adventurous, I'm seriously contemplating designing and building my own bridge. Seriously. I have it all planned out in my head and the hardware is not too hard to find. I'll probably just buy one though.
  4. Here's a link to a few pictures. Sadly only the body, but these are older. I'll put up progress pictures soon. The neck is still marked out on a plank of Maple. My First Build
  5. Scoring sounds like a good idea. I just have to do it so that I don't mis-shape the rod. Maybe a scoring with a file? I started this build about five years ago, but had twins in the meantime. Now I have a little time again. I'll post pictures soon. It's no high end beauty, but it's my first build so it is what it is.
  6. Did my research and bought the rods. Can anyone help out with suggestions for glue? There's a lot of info out there, but I figure guitar builders would have the most pertinent advice.
  7. Maybe a dremel router base a great guides? With the right bit.
  8. Food for thought. Maybe some sort of dremel based solution? Router base and guides?
  9. I think epoxy is the way to go as well. As far as fret slots go, I was thinking of making a high that lets me drill across the fretboard so that only half the bit goes through, leaving a perfectly shaped groove. Any better ideas?
  10. Thanks guys, it seems plausible. I saw TK instruments a while back and forgot about the site. Do you think he got half round stock? Otherwise, anyone got a good idea about suppliers? Or better yet, good ideas on stuff that I could use to salvage the d=rods from, like dish drainers or something. Stainless holds up well, so salvaging is a pretty good option for me.
  11. Here's a weird one. Does anyone see any obvious problems with using stainless steel rod material as fretwire on a flat fingerboard? I thought I might be able to just glue the rods into grooves and use them that way. I'm tossing around the idea, but I don't want to miss anything terribly wrong before I get into it and waste wood and money. Thanks, blokes!!
  12. This is just the ticket. Thanks a ton for the help. I'm going to strop a Squier Affinity Strat and do this. It's either Agathasis or Alder. Any idea about the tannic acid in those?
  13. That's exactly it!! How do I do it?
  14. What do I use to get a black finish on my guitar, but not paint it? I want a thin, oil type finish, not a heavy paintjob, so I can still feel the grain. Any suggestions?
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