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ShatnersBassoon

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  1. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    I have just got something rather lovely looking from a woodworking friend, free! It looks more than ideal for a body. However he has no idea as to what wood it is. Its a beautifully rich reddish colour that was difficult to pick up on the camera. To me, it looks like Bubinga. What do you think?
  2. The Bootstrap stuff looks great, but I seem to imagine there being some issues getting them (I'm a brit) probably well worth a look at though! I quite like the sound of the P90's on the Axetec website, as a bonus they are a little less deep than some that I have seen, so less routing. https://www.axetec.co.uk/guitar_parts_uk_074.htm Sound samples are pretty good.
  3. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    I didn't have this problem when routing the body, although I am convinced that it is Padauk now (part of the edge of the wood that was cut from the blank has turned brown, and to me it looks identical to the Padauk that I saw in a recent woodworking show). Obviously given you guys experience I certainly don't doubt that it is prone, maybe I just got lucky in that regard. I certainly wouldn't call it easy to work with though! The stuff I have is very hard and seems to take an age to cut through. Part of me likes that though, it makes for less sudden mistakes. As a slight aside the wood I have had most problems with is Ovangkol, lots of tear outs (I believe the problem with it is interlocked grain?).
  4. I was just wondering if it would be viable to create a Tele/Strat neck that would work as a sort of hybrid between a set neck and a neck through? I mean have the neck material extending a bit past the length of the fretboard (The scratchplate/pickguard could cover this area). That way there would be enough surface area to be able to glue it as apposed to making it a bolt on? I’m having difficulty explaining what I mean, but hopefully the image below will help, (I’m not sure if this is an illustration of my idea or simply the neck before the conventional tenon is cut out). A random thought I know, but one of the reasons I ask this is because I believe a glued in construction allows for a thinner body? This would possibly work in a single (bridge) pickup design or one where the neck pickup is just a little bit further back. Thoughts appreciated, as always!
  5. ShatnersBassoon

    A random thought regarding through neck construction

    Just realised a silly oversight, doing it this way I would either have to recess the neck at the extended area (not an big obstacle) in order to make it flush with the body, or simply have the neck pocket slightly deeper with the fretboard plush to the body (although by doing it this way I would need a very low profile bridge).
  6. ShatnersBassoon

    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    I couldn't find Quarters, probably me being dense. Seriously, really impressive Mr Mister!
  7. ShatnersBassoon

    "Delta Cloud' - getting close anyway!

    Dayum!!! Impressive work!
  8. Hi, just a quick question. Whilst browsing eBay I have noticed quite a few pre radiused boards with slightly unusual radiuses such as 16 etc. I have noticed that the nut slot depth tends to follow the radius of the board in these listings. However most nuts that you buy are either flat (on the bottom I mean) or more standard radiuses such as 9.5. Out of curiosity I have looked for nuts with these more unusual radiuses and can’t find any. Could anyone shed any light on this? Is it just a matter of modifying a nut so that it fits nicely in the slot? I would imagine that this would be difficult with a brass nut. Anyway...thoughts? Whoops! A double post I notice. Apologies!
  9. ShatnersBassoon

    Drying your own wood

    I would be very interested in hearing about experiences drying wood from folks on here. The idea of chopping down a tree and using it for a guitar is very appealing to me. Ofcourse, I am aware that this can be a very lengthy process if the wood is not chopped up a certain amount. I’ve read all sorts of stuff on how to do it, including kitty litter I actually have a Eucalyptus tree that I chopped down in the back garden that would be awesome to use.
  10. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    My intent has simply been to just glue the panels in there, although I did think of the magnet way. Infact I may do it that way come to think of it. I didn't think of adding the supports, seems a hassle free way of doing it. Hmmm
  11. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    The nomenclature surrounding rebate bits is confusing me, what would you recommend for a something that produces a ledge of a few mm? Are the bearings interchangeable on these bits? I guess in that case I could get almost any and just change the bearing to suit?
  12. ShatnersBassoon

    Drying your own wood

    Haha thanks man! The dying process you mentioned does sound interesting though, I will check it out anyway I’m in England, so not the warmest climate.
  13. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    Cheers
  14. Some really fantastic stuff, loving these entries, that Telecaster is lovely! Acoustic clinches it for me though!
  15. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    Slight quandary, the fingerboard radius is going to be 16. I’m not sure what radius the saddles are on the bridge that I bought but I suspect it is designed for the standard Telecaster radius...will this be an issue? Will it defeat the purpose of the 16 radius? I got this by the way - https://www.amazon.ca/Wilkinson-WTB-Electric-Guitar-Bridge/dp/B06XDRHYVW
  16. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    I may well go down this route, just watched a video and it seems that preserving the colour might be doable.
  17. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    I suppose time will tell! Just a thought but... https://www.osmouk.com/sitechaptern.cfm?bookid=Products&chapter=82&page=262 Could this be a consideration?
  18. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    Interestingly, I’ve noticed that Padauk looks very similiar? It also apparently has the bright orange sawdust that I have noticed during this build.
  19. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    But of an update, I’m down to 7.7 pounds at the moment...still in the process of routing out the back but not far off being finished on that front. Anyway here’s a pic, will add more as I progress. Haven’t done recesses etc yet and still in the roughed out stage. I’ve bought a Bubinga neck blank and also a Wenge one. Will use which ever one turns out the best! The pictures show a roughed out stage too hah...any untidiness evident in the photo is because I massacred the template recently and had to patch it up. By the way, thanks everyone for all of the help with the Les Paul build! It really didn’t turn out as I had hoped but I have viewed the experience as part of a learning curve. I like both with the scratchplate and without...marginally more with. It’s a bit six and two threes though!
  20. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    It does help Thanks for taking the time there, much appreciated! Funnily enough I made a bit of a mess of a template recently and had to patch it all up. As an aside I have been using very cheap router bits, I have noticed that many think this is not the way to go and that the cheap ones are generally junk. Is this because the cut is not as smooth? Or do they break?
  21. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    No problem I appreciate all of the advice!
  22. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    Cheers man! Yes I did some research a while back on Tele thickness and I think the thinnest I saw was 38. The deepest route on the guitar will be 30mm (for the control cavity).
  23. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    Thanks for the detailed reply! It’s actually 50mm at the moment. I figure that once all the sanding etc is done it should be down to about 48 mm, which I believe is at the upper end of Telecaster thickness. It certainly doesn’t have to be a slavish Tele design though! Hollowing out the back does appeal to me to an extent, that way it can as you say be a Thinline of sorts. Could even do an f hole. The only thing I need to find out there is how to do an accurate recess for the ‘control plates’, my previous attempt at that left a lot to be desired. I would want to use nice wood for the covers I think, cheap plastic would certainly detract from the look.
  24. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    So I have cut out the wood on a bandsaw (Tele design) and the weight is...12.2 lbs. ofcourse this is before any routing, but still... I have been thinking of various ways of reducing the weight, including making it a fairly pronounced carved top (keeping the centre section where all the hardware is flat). Also a belly cut. I was thinking of a Thinline initially but it’s a pity to hide that lovely wood. Not out of the question though.
  25. ShatnersBassoon

    Is this Bubinga?

    Thanks man, I was going to ask if that’s how you did it, ive seen a few videos where people have used that technique
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