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  2. The 'end of the trail' (in this case) leads you to the very central heart of the guitar itself. Where physical manifestation (visual art) transforms into sound and every note that will get played on the instrument. The end of the yellow brick road leads you to transformation, from sight into sound, from the fixed into the possible. Its the 'leaping off' point, where what is known and fixed and dependable (visually) transforms into the world of sonic possibilities. Would you tell a child (using <sonic> crayons) what to draw with their crayons? Would you 'expect' a 'certain' picture, or result, from them? Or would you hand them the crayons and the medium and wait and see what they are inspired to create with it? How far can they go with it, using their imagination, which changes from moment to moment? It is the Road Leading to Possibilities Yet Undetermined and Unfixed, where Anything is Possible. This is what I was working on last night.
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  4. Indeed! I really can't see the half circle by the pool any more! But to be honest there seems to be a discontinuity issue on the back. I see it's similar on the front but that would be hidden under the pickguard. The yellow stripe just seems to stop without a reason. But I'm sure I'll be baffled when I see the final version!
  5. It will be a black burst. The edges will be black as night, some things will be visible in the right light. The rest will be .......blackish. SR
  6. Thanks Andy. It certainly is something.....evolving....may be the best word. SR
  7. A few clearcoats, everything mostly smoothed out now. A little Glossy Sauce always fixes everything.
  8. I highly recommend having a few double-cut machinists files around the place! After you've sanded a corner like that, a few licks with a file smooth it out further than rough sandpaper does. It's partially endgrain so they become a pain to sand up without significant reshaping. That looks hella good though. Nice and square to the outline.
  9. Great to-do project, I have seen a few guys on the forum make them very successfully, Glad you are enjoying this build mate, I remember our conversations on the Pointy Stick thread, good times. I think it is important to say just how terrible Dremels can be. Firstly, I should say if you are going to do some fretboard inlay, Dremels with a Stew Mac precision router base look like a good popuar go to and reasonably safe. But my advice is do not use Dremels for some of the uses they are mainly promoted for unless you use some heavy duty PPE (and even then don't) because Dremels with cutting wheels or wire brush wheels or any fitting if your sleeves are not skin tight are $&@%!+? dangerous. When you get those little brush wheels spinning at 35,000 rpm they are shooting little metal arrows right at your face, the cutting wheels can shatter and spray you with tiny ninja stars, and if your sleeve gets caught in the whirling chuck, the Dremel turns into a loose cannon with no cut-out switch. Anyway, rant over, back to the point, yep those StewMac precision router bases are #$)*&@! exy, I have enjoyed seeing various PGers make them with some looking like Flinstone tools and others looking professionally machined. This arvy I had a play with this Then used a router bearing to penlil in round off lines Filed first then used some sandpaper stuck to a piece of wood Fit looks OK
  10. I think there's a bit of confusion as to what series and parallel means here. When you combine two pickups in most cases (say a Strat with positions 2 and 4, or a Les Paul with the pickup selector in the middle position) the two selected pickups are connected in parallel. Think of it more like two people standing side-by-side. Two pickups can be combined in series, but it's less common. The two-people analogy becomes more like one guy standing on the shoulders of the second. Humbuckers add an extra level of serial- and parallel-ness to the mix. The pickups themselves are two independent coils (or two independent pickups, if you like, built into the same package). The two coils can essentially be connected in series or in parallel. For most people the humbucker will be wired with the two coils wired in series. The two coils in the pickup can be wired in parallel if you like, but the sound is generally accepted to be significantly weaker and thinner than a traditional series-connected humbucker. Stylistically that's entirely up to you. So. For positions 2 and 4 in your case the question becomes: ^^ do you want the bridge and middle humbucker coils to be wired in parallel and the pickups also combined in parallel, or do you want the two pickups to be wired with coils in series and pickups combined in parallel, or some other series/parallel combination of coils/pickups? Hint: any pickup selection that dynamically/automatically reconfigures the series/parallel connection of the humbucker coils themselves from one position to the next (ie changing from positions 1-2 and 4-5) is much more difficult to achieve - this may help steer your decision a bit. ^^ ditto but for the middle/neck pickup combinations? Again, I think the use of phase-reversing might be getting confuddled a bit. Reversing the phase of one pickup and only selecting that one pickup (position 3) will be inaudible. Consequently reversing the phase of the combined selection of two pickups (position 2 or 4) will have no audible effect either. However reversing the phase of one pickup and combining it with another one will be audible (that's part of the reason why the in-between positions on a Strat have that characteristic 'quack' sound). Phase-reversing a sound source (aka, pickup) needs to be combined with another non-reversed sound source for the effect to be audible. To that end I think what you're really after is a phase-reverse option on the middle pickup only. Sorry if this is a bit long and wordy.
  11. Wondering how black it's going to be, as black as the blackest black pudding?
  12. Crisp edges on both side of the tunnels and perfect fit for the machine heads, nice
  13. Sorry no 1. Bridge series 2. B +M both in parallel 3. M parallel 4. N + M in parallel 5 . Neck Series Pull the volume pot and then you would ideally get 1. B Series 2. B+M both out of phase 3. M out of phase 4. N+M out of phase 5. N Series I don't know if this is possible. I also don't know what a bridge in series mixed with a middle in parallel does. Are you just mixing those pickups or does the series or parallel dominate in some way? If need be I can take a picture of the wiring in one of my guitars that's a little different and someone can tell me what I'm exactly hearing on positions 2 and 4. Series + parallel or does it all become parallel after the switch? I don't know enough about these principles of wiring.
  14. That top is building up to be quite something @ScottR
  15. That was my first thought, and a much more sound idea. And man, that's some beautiful, straight, clean cuts that guy was doing with the hand saw! Almost looked better than something cut with a fence. Inspirational. Lots of good stuff mate, thanks for the recommendations!
  16. Might need to look for shallow pickups - almost surface mount? Lace Sensor Dually are apparently only 12.7mm deep compared to the 22.8mm of the EMG 81.
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  18. So just clarifying, the switching patterns you're after are: Bridge standard (series) humbucking Bridge series humbucking + middle parallel humbucking Middle parallel humbucking Middle parallel humbucking + neck series humbucking Neck series humbucking Plus a phase invert for the middle pickup on a push-pull?
  19. There's one thing that has puzzled me while making me proud at the same time since I started building guitars and following numerous builders all over the world: The usage of Finnish tools and accessories! Mirka, Fiskars... It's not only about people using them, it's about people all over the world swearing by them! I might add Sjöbergs workbenches as their Swedish factory is closer from my whereabouts than Lincoln is to Washington DC.
  20. Oh, it gets sanded and spot-cleared(coated) all along the process, in areas. Mostly everything is done by 'areas' with overall clearcoats done here and there. The tape leaves residue behind that must be constantly Naptha'd off. The Xacto blade leaves scars in its wake. The paint, although thinned, still leaves ridges, bumps, and humps from pulling tape. There's always cleanup to do with an Xacto blade to keep the lines sharp. You have to be super-conscious of everything, all the time, so nothing takes you backwards. ALL of that needs to be addressed every step of the way, its tedious going. Especially if I've done something to the front then needs the back addressed the same. You can't just then lay it on its front with a fresh unprotected shoot. So there's spot-clearing over new sections, dry time, sanding, cleanup, etc. The Final Clearcoats make all that disappear and go perfectly smooth, as well as other aspects of the cleanup and detail. Clearcoats are my friend, but you can't clearcoat the entire guitar after every section, it would take a gallon of lacquer if you did that. So yeah, there's constant attention to detail on the section being done, and constant sanding and cleanup of surrounding areas.
  21. So that's the story behind the paint having been sanded in the spotted yellow stripe picture! Although the outline of the yellow still shows. I thought it was just a scratch waiting to be sanded away... Now that I saw the "before" picture I'm glad you outlined the yellow. Although there's nothing wrong with the flag of Germany.
  22. "The body is a convenient place to hang the electrics and strap buttons but, functionally, it doesn't actually need to do much else" The body shape largely affects that balance and positions the guitar. My design aims to get it further away from my body and more to the left. As for the router person, she offered to do the CNC toolpaths, too, then decided that that's all she'd do, then quit. MakerNexus shop teacher, Jeannie Llewellyn, decided to take the project on, came to my house to gather details, hit on me, ignored me, wrote up a plan to do the prototype and CNC for the project using foam and basswood, made excuses, ignored me for weeks, tried to invite herself over again and, failing that, she sent a cryptic text:— At that point, my confidence in her was lower. She later followed up to text me at 1:45 AM that "the retainer ran out". The next day, I text replied asking what that meant. She read the text and ignored it. I issued Venmo a request for refund. She then rushed to send out some 3D image that does not match what is spec'd, and of course, reneged on the deal.
  23. Before the black framing. Notice the 'other' yellow area. Thought it was a good idea at the time... Took 2 hours to carefully sand that back out, get back to the red and not destroy anything in the process. 360 Abralon pad to the rescue...'I put that shit on everything'... It was a close call.
  24. So, if I say this, ...maybe I give away the goods too soon... You have to remember this is all background, the pickguard will really be the star of the show. Notice there's no Green (or blue) anywhere...hmmm... If I said the Real Superhero of this Pimpin' 70's Movie rhymes with SuperWizard... I can say no more, I cannot. SuperWizard - Live This is where the Red and Black (power, death) come in: A SuperHero's Journey (The Pursuit of Vikings)
  25. An hour to carve a piece of masking tape, and maybe two minutes to shoot the thing. I carved the tape on a separate piece of wood as I didn't want to dig into the finish. Then I just laid the tape down on the guitar and shot it. Still have to do the edge and the back, then there's more coming (I think). And cleanup, every piece that gets added has a cleanup stage to it. But, so far, no caterwauling backwards down the stairs, I'm liking it, another keeper stage, another slow move forward.
  26. That explanation! I'm out of words, I can't even think what to say in my own language! The yellow with the bold black outlines definitely adds a childish superhero vibe, furthermore it accents the "night and blood" feeling of the black and red. It makes me think of The Mask entering Gotham City by night. For some reason there seems to be no "big" super heroes dressed in yellow, maybe because of the meanings you described for black and red. There's some yellow villains like Reverse Flash, some minor heroes and a bunch of masquarade party costumes - maybe a guy dressed in yellow spandex would too soon be called the Wee-man...
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