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  1. That made me giggle I know what you mean with the eyesight. In the last few years I've gone from perfect vision to not being able to read anything within arms length. Getting old I suppose, and helped along by a bit of macular degeneration. Thank goodness for my magnifying goggles - bought by my wife as a bit of a joke, but turned out to be THE BEST present ever I've not been on for a few weeks, not having a build in progress, but this was the first thread I headed for. Lovely to see her... erm... grow. You're taking wood away, yet certain parts of her seem to have getting bigger! Lovely work. Wally is going to be very happy if she's as nice on the inside
  2. I tried wet sanding on my first build. I do it all dry now You can work through the micromesh grits without water as long as you remove the dust regularly before it can clog - every 4 or 5 strokes
  3. That sounds lovely. Which one are you?
  4. Is there a danger of white spirit leaving a residue? I'm always a bit wary of it myself and would use lighter fluid in preference, as it's a lighter oil fraction. Nitrocellulose will dissolve into the existing finish when sprayed, and (I assume) would absorb small traces of sanding dust. I'm not sure if you'd actually need to wipe down with anything after sanding. Just a good dusting with a clean microfibre cloth Lovely progress btw. Looking great
  5. It's not a good month for anyone else finishing a build, no matter how long they took! Yours has got to be a contender for GOTY let alone GOTM!
  6. Oh, and let me know if you want any reference photos or measurements of my batwing
  7. Yeah, it did get some abuse back in the day The years spent in the loft afterwards was probably cruelest. I've still not gigged it since it was restored - I really ought to do that when we're allowed out again
  8. I'd probably get it close with a cabinet scraper. Then a razor blade with half the blade covered in a layer of masking tape could do a nice job. The masking tape will help to protect the guitar body
  9. Yeah - a grand veteran of two guitars
  10. I don't know if I'm really the expert with cracking. My worst one was pushing in tuner bushes with a soldering iron, which got too hot and fried the lacquer. I had to dig out the loose, frazzled bits and then drop fill. Also some shattering on the board when I scraped the frets having let too much lacquer build up, which was also drop filled I'd go for @komodo's suggestion. What's the worst that could happen? The Cellusolve has two chances...
  11. That's looking great. Some lovely curves going on
  12. It's all over. Neck finished off & handed back to Dan. He seems very pleased with it. To wrap up here are a few glamour shots (blatantly copy & pasted from my GOTM entry) Finally a "demo" video - although I think Dan has gone a little lockdown-crazy! He does eventually play the guitar if you persevere
  13. Here is "Patience". Build thread here: Imagine that Gibson were to take one of their lowliest, basic, cheap guitars and hand it to their custom workshop. To be skilfully master-crafted and inlaid using only the finest materials To be lovingly created using the utmost attention to detail To be as light as gossamer and with a voice to make angels weep Well back to reality, this is what I built instead! This is my second build. This time it was for a good friend of mine, who wanted a Les Paul Junior Double-Cut, but customised to his specification. Body & neck: African Khaya Fretboard: Macassar Ebony Inlays: Mother of Pearl, Paua & Coral Pickups: Iron Gear Platinum P90 Bridge: Wrap-around, compensated (sorry, I can't remember which brand) Controls: Volume, Tone & 3-way Switch. Custom layout to allow "pinkie" operation of volume while playing Cover fixing: Neodymium magnets "Final" weight (before later neck re-profiling): 2982 grams, which is a shade over 6.5 lbs Anyway there's enough detail in the build thread (!). Here's some pictures Finally a "demo" video - although I think Dan has gone a little lockdown-crazy! He does eventually play the guitar if you persevere
  14. I do the same. At the rate of 1 build every 3 years I have no fear of sounding like I'm repeating myself though!
  15. Gorgeous. The sound holes look very elegant
  16. I've finished refinishing the neck. There's some relief in the neck, but not much (it's an old-skool single-acting truss rod). So to encourage a bit more relief it's resting under high tension for a few days
  17. As Andy says, that's just ridiculous! So many curves that make the light do cool squiggly things. I think you've raised the ScottR bar yet again
  18. At least I give regular updates, even if nothing much is going on
  19. Nice save Is there anything else supporting the headless "head"? Through dowels, screws? I hope the end grain join doesn't come apart
  20. I've just downloaded it & had a play. Fantastic work @Polymaker! It's great that you can save the config
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