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  1. very nice work. you did the carve justice. looks great.
  2. I don't wanna sound like the posterchild for the 80's but there is only one word I can think of that describes this transformation... "radical".
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    Build 2 - Dan's LP JR Double Cut

    no pesky frets getting in the way there! lol!
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    Not Quite A Tele...

    necessity... blah blah blah. I agree on the sharp carves looking great... and probably on certain shapes a soft carve wouldn't work... but on that one it def works!
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    Not Quite A Tele...

    Honestly the front stands out to me more than anything altho the back and heel is/are outstanding too. I love the soft curve of that top. I would not have guessed those tools but it occurs to me that some of the better woodworkers - the tool just doesn't seem to matter - they just will the thing into shape! Very nice work. I have plans to do something similar on my next build... but had planned to try to use a roundover and go 3/16 too deep and then use a rasp to put in a gradient. My rasp is really cheap. I thought for sure there was gonna be a rasp involved here. Do you ever use one? if so what one?
  6. just my two cents and probably not worth one but... I read that your selling and I just don't think lipsticks nor p90s do that great. Sure, there are people who love them (like me and both!) but I would think practically speaking there might be better options... for instance: gfs offers a dual lipstick in a humbucker format (get to put lipsticks in and if later buyer wants to swap out it'd be much easier). Haven't heard the seymour rail/90, but anything seymour is good imo, so is a nice option for p90s... bootstrap pickups - I've bought a few pickups from them and haven't heard them yet but they get good reviews and def look quality to me... they offer an interesting set of humbucker sized p90s here: https://bootstrappickups.com/products/bootstrap-skookum-90-clean-for-humbucker just a thought. cheers and looking fwd to seeing this idea come to life!
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    Build 2 - Dan's LP JR Double Cut

    I dunno man... that tail piece might be a little high. (jk - looking good!)
  8. mistermikev

    Not Quite A Tele...

    man, the carve on that thing... you are really a master. What carving tools do you use for a profile like that?
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    New to guitar building but has an interesting idea

    thanks for the reply. I often go to a couple commercial/residential lumber yards in my area... unfortunately it's impossible(for me) to judge the weight of an 11' 8/4 piece of ash as it is heavy no matter what! These places are very reasonable on price... but aren't going to weigh or even cut things down for me, and to "look through a pile" is a monumental endeavor for me by myself so... I was hoping you where going to tell me there was some discernible quality to the grain that I could look for but it seems you've answered that "no". Perhaps I'll just order something when I get to that point.
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    New to guitar building but has an interesting idea

    can't wait to see yer geetar as I'll immediately tell you "noice piece of ash". (sorry, I have a 5th grade sense of humor). I've always loved ash... and would like to build something in the near future... but weight is a real concern. Most ash I've come across is so heavy it could turn a thinline into a 9lb guitar. @Andyjr1515 any tips on finding lighter pieces? As I understand "swamp ash" is not a species but a marketing term like "true bypass", but are there species I should ask about stock on to (hopefully) find some lighter stuff? afa hot pickups... it's a personal pref thing. best advice: go play some, then play some cold pickups. personally I love a very hot pickup in the bridge and a very cold pickup in the neck. I think they mix well, but I'd be surprised if fifty people didn't totally disagree with me. also, I've loved and hated the same pickup depending on the wood it's in so... there's that!
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    First Build - 6 String Bass

    saw the first one and was like "holy crap that's nice" then I saw the (bastogne?) walnut one and was like "holy crap + 1". very nice.
  12. blue legoon - another really creative build and very nice... but really torn between ferrari and root beer this month. On the one hand - the ferrari - man, just very unique, very "rock-n-roll" and the finish is top notch. On the other, I'm a sucker for a really nice top, and the dual color fretboard just seals the deal for me (sorry guys!).
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    Roger that. your advice is like gold so... I will switch to 3k for buffing and try building it up for another week and give it a couple days to cure this time. update: forgot to hit reply... I tested your advice just now and with some 3k then 5k it looks like it is gone. You have learned me sir... and that is no easy feat. I bow to your awesomeness!
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    I very much appreciate your reply Andy! I will take yer advice and hold off for a minute. for the record - the final coat - all I used was a microfibre cloth and turtlewax light compound -no sand paper at all- buffing by hand for no more than 15-30 seconds. the most recent coats were very thin as I'm wiping off the finish right after applying... so it could be burn thru - just do not have confidence. admittedly, I did NOT give it ample time to harden. Still when I have wet sanded back... it really looks to me like there is a good layer of gloss on the entire thing and the 'dull' spots disappear.
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    so... tonight I'm with heavy heart. I have been working on this finish for quite a while and every time I think I'm done and start to try to buff it... (just buffing with light compound) I get these dull spots. 80% of the finish looks great. The dull spots just will not shine up. They are all following the grain in places that were at one point "high spots". If I wet sand with 1k they disapear and it looks like I've got plenty of finish everywhere. Over and over - same result. I was reading a thread on tdpri and was looking for feedback on its accuracy from "the tru oil gods" here at projgtr: I don't want to sand it down to the bare wood as I'm really happy with how the dye turned out and will not risk screwing that up. I am thinking that tomorrow I'm going to wet sand it back down, and shoot some poly. I guess I'm thinking that the next time I need to really build up the to before doing any sanding and ensure I have enough there to not cause this again (yes, even at this point I haven't given up entirely on someday getting a good gloss using tru oil!) Would love any/all feedback and perhaps even condolences at this point!