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pukko last won the day on November 30 2016

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  1. Thank you very much! Well, it went like this: I bought a sheet of 2 mm aluminium to make one of the (unused) pickguards. I took a scrap piece of that, drew a logo on it (full name, remember?) and proceeded to saw it out with an ordinary jigsaw (with a blade made for sáwing metal, many small teeth...). It didn't look too great so I just put it on a shelf and forgot about it. When I had this new idea for a logo I cut off the L with the saw and used various needle files to reshape it and to round off all the edges. After that, just ordinary wet sanding papers and metal polish paste applied with the Dremel and a buffing wheel that came with it. Done!
  2. Yeah, the surf thing maybe isn't really appliable to this. I was thinking 50's, 60's, California, chrome, big cars,... I was actually thinking about modifying the half tele bridge to also be able to use a Bigsby B5 that I have laying around. That way I can choose between stringthrough or trem. These pickups are Mojo pickups Mojotrons. Marc builds goldfoils, Charlie Christians etc too so I have been inspired by seeing those. I love the look of them! Seems to sound really cool too judging by the clips I've heard. Might use something like that in the future.
  3. Thank you all very much! >> Scott Sorry about the all-at-once approach, I just haven't been very active online at all lately. I think it is much more interesting to follow a build in progress too, I'll try better next time. Promise! >>skyjerk The logo wasn't going to be anything like this. I was actually planning on making a waterslide decal to kind of fit the overall 50's-60's vibe, but I couldn't come up with anything nice. It seems to be harder to design a logo for a six-in-line headstock... Then I tried to cut a logo out of aluminium (with the full name Luciferi which all my guitars have been called) but it looked a bit big and clumsy. I then had the idea of cutting off the L from the rest. On my last build I inlayed a flame maple heart on the back of the headstock and I liked the 3D effect of it so I went that route again. I shaped a bit of flame maple into a circle and rounded the edges. After that I placed the L on top of the circle and scribed around it with a pencil, removed wood with a knife and Dremel until the L fit nicely. Dyed the maple red, oiled it (not the part where I was going to glue the L), and attached the L. If I was to do it all over I might actually inlay the L into a bigger piece of maple and then make the circle shape afterwards. That would allow me to use the router attachment for the Dremel instead of freehand working it all.
  4. I usually start building during summer holidays but this time it was a winter start I bought a swamp ash body blank at a guitar show in Stockholm, Neck and fretboard blanks were already in my possession: No access to the band saw at my summer house, Japanese saw it is instead: Routed the lines, shaped the headstock: Fretboard gluing, clamps-r-us: Well, there it is. No visible glue line: Ordinary dot inlays this time around: Shaping the curve between fretboard and headstock: Starting the neck shaping with files, knives, spokeshave, scrapers...: Headstock starting to look ok. The neck is also fretted now, forgot to take pics...: Swamp ash body blank and drawing of the body shape: Cutting the body with an electric jigsaw (no band saw, remember?) and then sanding it to shape with sanding drums on an electric drill: Rounding the body edges: Rasps, knives, scrapers etc again, Body contours!: Made two pickguard designs: Chose the larger one, made a few in different materials. The metallic one is sheet aluminium that i machine turned with a brass brush attached to a Dremel: Clear nitro as a primer/pore filler: Mary Kaye white nitro from a spray can: A little masking..: ... and Sonic blue nitro spray can: I really wasn´t going to do the little fiddly details on this one... Didn´t hold my promise. Logo time. Aluminium, flamed maple, red dye: Dying the neck: Many layers of Tru-Oil: Tuners on, not much left now: And done: ...and another little detail, a switch tip to match the body and pickguard:
  5. Are you doing the knobs with screws to fasten them to the pot shaft? You could use a drill (preferably a drill press or a drill in a stand) with a rod or drill bit mounted backwards to screw the knob onto and then use needle files of varying diameter to file grooves in the knob. Start by cutting a thin groove with a knife to let the files have something to hold on to in the beginning. Another way of getting a contrasting black stripe would be to laminate an ebony veneer between two layers of whatever wood you're going to make the knobs from.
  6. This is looking great psikoT! The ebony fretboard/light stripe/black binding is so classy looking, I want to do that on a whole guitar! Regarding the truss rod cover, did you consider making one that doesn't go all the way to the end of the fretboard? The adjustment hole doesn't reach all the way to the fretboard, you could make a cover with a rounded bottom and still cover the hole. An oval/drop shape?
  7. That one will be fine. If you are on a tight budget I would suggest spending less money on the actual router and more money on good quality router bits. There are cheaper routers than the Bosch one that will do the job.
  8. Ok, I understand. Have to try that method, although I have to say I've never had problems with adhesion with just acetone and white plastic binding. On my last build I used ivoroid binding which in itself seemed a little harder in feel and it was also a little harder to attach using acetone but it worked. I don't think Duco is available in Sweden, what is it? I had exactly the same problem with them in my last order. They sent a guitar sized maple neck instead the bass size neck I've ordered. After a week or so, the call me and sent the neck blank and no need to return the wrong one. I see an opportunity here... We have to plan our builds well in advance. Then we can order stuff from them, get the wrong wood, contact them and get the right wood/keep the wrong one and still be on time. In a while we'll have wood for two builds...
  9. Never thought of that. Does the Titebond stick to the plastic enough like that? There is no problem with the Titebond being yellowish in color, no reaction with the bright white binding? In that case I can see an advantage of using that combination. Maybe even brushing the binding channels with glue first. When using porous woods like the spruce body core in this build I've noticed that if you use too much acetone it will draw some plastic into the wood pores which is bad if you want to dye the wood darker later. Or vice versa if you're using dark binding I guess... Applying a thin coat of glue might stop that from happening. Would shellac do the same? Never worked with that.
  10. The question in Swedish is where do we Swedes buy our wood. The answer might be of interest to other Europeans as well so I'll answer in English: www.holmtravaror.se Swedish lumber seller. Only open for the public on Fridays which makes it pretty hard to go there and select wood. www.madinter.com Bought stuff there a couple of times, last time I bought a flame maple neck through blank and got an ordinary blank instead. After contacting them I got the neck through blank sent to me for free and got to keep the other blank as well. Good of them to correct their mistake that way. www.stewmac.com Only bought smaller wood items there, fingerboards and headstock veneers. Nothing to complain about, shipping to Sweden is expensive of course and you'll likely have to pay the customs fee. Only bought there because I needed other stuff as well.
  11. Thanks/tackar! No Titebond for the binding, just acetone brushed on with an ordinary artists brush. What's the trick you're referring to?
  12. Thanks a lot, Scott! It does feel kind of strange to post it all at once and it felt strange building without getting feedback from people watching. I missed that, the sharing of thoughts while actually creating something. Dad seemed pleased with his birthday though... Thanks a lot! I'm digging your current build too, let's see some more! Thanks Chris! How's everything going with your building and company? If you mean the white bottle with the red label that's just pure acetone, the small bottles available at supermarkets. Nail polish remover I guess... If it's the black and gold tube in the fretwork pic you mean, that is a metal polish called Autosol. Shiny frets... Aj då, får skärpa mig då... Well, I only have one pic with the pickup tops: Thanks!
  13. I usually post progress pics while I'm building but since this one was for my dad's 65th birthday I didn't want him to accidentally see anything from the build. This time, everything at once! It started with a flooded kitchen at our neighbors house where our summer house is. The floor was ripped out of the house, it was made from thick, wide planks of really old spruce. They weren't all water damaged so I grabbed a few of the planks. Later I saw an ad on a Swedish guitar forum, someone was selling a maple and a walnut top/bottom, probably meant for an acoustic build. I bought them really cheap... Here's what they became. The spruce body core is like a frame that is connected all the way through but not touching the top and bottom except around the edges and at the bridge. Headstock angle cut, glueing the ebony headplate: I cut the control plates out with a knife so I can have matching grain all over the back: This is how it turned out: Well then, how do I attach the plates? I had some leftover walnut, cut oval pieces out and glued those to the inside of the back. I sawed holes and left ears to screw the plates into: Soundholes are of the same design as on my last build: Routing for binding on the headstock (and everywhere else too) and then attaching the binding with acetone and loooooots of tape: Neck is looking ok: Truss rod cover made of walnut and binding: The neck heel gets some walnut and binding too: I'm putting P90:s on it, I made some bobbin tops out of walnut and binding. Later on I decided that the guitar would look better with ordinary black covers so this work was unnecessary...: Cutting the pearl inlays. I glue the pearl blanks to a thin piece of wood, easier to saw it that way: Testing: Made a 65 inlay for the 12th fret: Fretting and carving the neck: Starting to look like something... Pickup holes being made: Pickup holes done, made an ebony pickguard that will be bound as well: Jack plate made of flame maple: I dyed the spruce to match the walnut back: Oiling everything with Danish oil: Hipshot locking tuners mounted, they will get ebony buttons later: Fixing frets and electronics: Hey, it's done!
  14. I had to try and see how a singlecut version would look, not very Tele-esque but anyway.. Hope you don't mind me fiddling around with your design, let me know in that case and I´ll remove the pic. I made the cutaway meet the body a little closer to the headstock end to make it meet the upper "horn" a little.
  15. Perhaps donating tools and other shop related things would be an option as well, at least for members living relatively close to Indiana? Just a thought..
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