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mistermikev

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  1. been hunting on the internet but everyone is always talking about string slot depth. I'm asking about the typical slot depth for the actual entire nut. I see on some of my guitars it looks like it tends to be as deep as the fretboard. IOW the slot would just be the absence of the fretboard. Just wondering... for those who have a les paul style nut... is there a sliver of fretboard wood under your nut?
  2. so this is what I'm basically shooting for... I used pics of my actual top and my actual tailpiece here so... going to be fairly hollow: got a few templates made so far... challenges: I'm a little unsure how my binding transition between neck and headstock should play out. ideas include A. trying to put a slight angle on the headstock and keep the transistion straight(only have 7/8" material so... i don't know. don't really want to glue in a scarf either so... maybe not. B. just cut the headstock binding channel while the headstock is full thickness and simply stop the binding at a point close to the transistion. C. I'm doing a headstock overlay... could bind it prior to install or cut it short to make the binding channel (I believe this is what norris did?). next step: make the body route template. ... and templates galore: some wood pile shots: UPDATE: *-==========08/09/18==========-* so... I've broken ground. starting off at 6lbs 7oz... that is fairly light for 2" frican mahog, yes? all for now. UPDATE: *-==========08/12/18==========-* made a little more progress this weekend... 1 outta 2 ain't bad: toggle cavity control plate worked swiimmingly - that dewalt saw is awesome... used a bigger saw for the other cavity but failed as the blade was too thick... so I'll have to pickup some 1/8" mahog for that. revealed some nice grain planing down my neck blank... UPDATE: -==========08/20/18==========- obligatory forstner shot and after some work with the bowl bit... down to 2lbs 9 oz started to work on joining the top... with the bit taking off 1/16" on either side... =====================update 08/21/18 mr natural: you da man. used your trick for gluing up my super thin top. worked like a charm! Here's a shot of the top being held down by a bunch of slate tile. UPDATE: -==========08/26/18==========- glued my top on... used my dremel to cut the inlay channels in my fretboard... final product... routered off the excess on my top... sounds great when you finger drum on it! no puppy toys were harmed in the making of this photo... UPDATE: -==========09/03/18==========- so did binding this weekend... went pretty good all things considered. I taped/dry-fitted and bent the binding first... using a hair dryer (heat gun is just too much for binding I think). Then I used ca glue to go around the body again and pry-apart/glue/re-tape. and a closeup... started carving down my neck too... I still haven't round a good bandsaw so I used a jig saw. This meant a lot of excess to remove... so I just used a straight edge and multiple passes to prevent blowout. one step closer! update 10/1/18 Update 10/21/18
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    probably says a lot about your vs my skill. I've gotten some good finishes with poly - but that is easier ime. tru oil is a whole 'nuther discipline. someday I'll get there!
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    sounds like some interesting stuff. will have to learn more about that... is it wipe on? if not those risks, then the risk of reaction to dye, heat, cold... finishing is such a pain.
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    oh, well thank you - on page2 we were talking about a true oil ninja named 'quarters'. there is a link to one of his threads and he makes amazing stuff. Since you responded right after, wasn't sure if you meant his work or mine. I've been having some success by following all the good advice. I'm doing really light coats and wet sanding every 2-3 coats with 1k/2k paper. not exactly going fast... but I can see I'm making some progress. thanks to mrnat and scottr for the advice! I figure I'll be done sometime in the next 5-10 years! jk. still have assembly, electronics, and fret-level/dress to do so... will update asap!
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    thank you very much!
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    not sure if you mean mine or quarters... if mine: thank you. If quarter: couldn't agree more!
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    yup, that's the guy I was looking at... here's one of the threads I was drooling over: http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/39606-tru-oil/
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    good info... I did try to pile it on on that build. Also I buffed w an auto buffer and heavy compound. This time I'll go light and hand buff. I was looking on here recently regarding to... saw a lapsteel that was amazballs... I'm guessing that was the sm guy (there can't be two right??!). I may have to snag some spray-can to try that out.
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    thank you mr nat - will channel miyagi while I work on it (wax on wax off)! I think I will build up and then try the 'wipe off after' as I approach the final coats. My last attempt I got a nice finish but there were faint white edge spots in it... I had sanded back using 600-800-1000-1500-2000-3000 and perhaps sanded through or didn't sand out the earlier grits. Hope to improve on this one.
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    thank you sir... you da best! I was really having some self doubt there about sanding back down and re-apply! I will be patient and keep applying 2 x a day and some 1000 grit sanding in between until I get it built up. Thank you on the finish. I decided not to do a fade to blue as I didn't like the idea of mirroring that on my truss rod cover. I'm very pleased with the 'surfy' vibe.
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    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    just a sneak peak as I work through the frustration of trying to do a gloss w tru oil. At this point I get a real nice gloss but I can see the 'swirls' left from the cotton piece I used to apply the oil. I have thinned the oil a bit with min spirits as it is a bit thick. I wonder if I need to go thinner or if perhaps they will buff out and/or be visible in additional coats. all advice welcome.
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    First guitar in a while -kids sized

    i believe I have a strat with a 1 5/8 nut... really is only 3/32 bigger than what you propose and it doesn't feel thin at all. just my 2 cents. anywho, nice piece of popular? if it were me, and because I'm so frugal... I would have built to 24" sl because then it would easily be in the realm of "for me" if it ended up not getting enough attention! cheers and good luck!
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    Ibanez headstock shape ?

    hehe, a little detail is a good thing now and then. thanks for the 'pass'!
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    Not Quite A Tele...

    first time I noticed. very nice touch.
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    Ibanez headstock shape ?

    love it... you are quire the "carver"
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    Ibanez headstock shape ?

    that is some realy nice wood there.
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    Ibanez headstock shape ?

    i don't mean to derail but you can't just drop a pick like that and not expect a guy to be like "MORE PLEASE". that looks really cool! I hearby petition you to do a thread showing me more!
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    Not Quite A Tele...

    not sure if you did that little 'bendback' on the end of your headstock on the last one... if you did i missed it. that is a really nice touch and full disclosure I'm so doing that on my next build! excellent idea. really is a nice touch and probably strengthens the stock.
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    Chunky neck circumference?

    lemme google that for you... hehe https://www.google.com/search?q=neck+profiles&client=firefox-b-1&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=lrNu-yH62SEBkM%2CsP7WvQtwY7UPhM%2C_&usg=AI4_-kRg3dB7pur8hhZ_H-YxqKQPajhYNA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiMzIj-qMLeAhVCM3wKHSrZDc8Q_h0wIXoECAUQBA&biw=2859&bih=1098#imgrc=lrNu-yH62SEBkM: you can find all sorts of profiles via google. I don't know why you'd want the circumference as opposed to w x d dimensions... but you could easily print one out full size and use a tailors' tape to find it. sold my only boat neck as I'm only into thin girls (hehe), so can't help you there. hope this helps.
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    First full build from scratch

    not the best student here, but despite that many have learned me much around here! very nice community. still working on some sort of slotting setup here... i bought a sliding mitre but too much slop in the slide to be 'error proof'. Even the top dewalt at home depot... you can push the saw left and right with ease. Have been considering buying a cheap radial arm but have no idea if it'd have the sm problem. in the end the $35-50 for a nice board vs $20 for a nice board and then having to do the work... puts it on the 'someday' list for now.
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    Four new rockers are coming to life

    Well... if your girlfriend is anything like my wife: she will be fine with the idea of me sneaking off with one of your guitars! haha!
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    First full build from scratch

    don't sell yourself short boss... your work speaks for itself. to me... even with pre-slotted boards - the frets are the hardest part. Really struggled with this and still do... but am getting better and I think part of that is from your advice (and others, of course), so thanks for that!
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    First full build from scratch

    I have had this exact same problem with frets. In my case, I think the prob was my hammer was so forceful in the middle it was popping the edges out a bit (not saying that's your prob - I have no idea). My most recent one I switched to a tiny hammer, just lightly tapped each edge, then used a drill press/caul to go all the way, and also used super glue. def listen to prostheta - he's a real guru. really like where this build is going.
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