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Some pics to include the back and sides I put the a curved jack holder in clamps overnight to straighten it out

It is very close to where ol" Pointy started life, it's even the same table you can see him on in this old post talking of lives, Don in our band asked me how old the wood was, I have no idea,

I cleaned up the last little bits of the edges smeared Selleys Aquadhere PVA glue over both edges and clamped down wiped off the overspill and left it until tomorrow close up of the

Looking Good!! I'm about at the same pace as you are. Slow and steady. This guitar is going to be awesome when its done. Keep up the Great Work!!

Cheers Chris, Just realised that the routing on this is all done, next stage is put the screw holes in the neck pocket and shape the heel.

That did fit nicely.

I love the sound of vintage tube amps. I don't own any, I'm sad to say. I do have a boutique (Category 5) amp that's main purpose in life is to recreate vintage tube amp sounds.

SR

Those Category 5 amps look awesome, I must try one out sometime.

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Planing the screw holes for the screw on neck join

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Drawing inside the neck template

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Cut out and marked up like the plans

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pricked, I ended up moving the lower right one a few mm

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drilled from the top position

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and starting on the AAAJ

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What's happening? Where's the BOWWAHDII?

:D BOWWADHII coming up very soon mate

How long did it take you to find the proper combination of paint cans to come to the correct height?

SR

The paint can tower went straight up, the cardboard box was the second choice, then I fine tuned the height via the drill press stage until the bubble was between the lines on the level. That installation looks so funny and ramshackle, but it was surprisingly stable and did the job :)

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Here's the installation for drilling the connection channel from the neck pickup cavity to the bridge pickup cavity, the guitar body is lined up on a centre line drawn on the table, the BOWWADHII is 90 degrees to this, with a hole that leaves 1.5 mm clearance between the drill bit and the bottom of the neck cavity.

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It came through OK into the bridge PU cavity

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Yes it needs cleaned up a bit before the stain goes on, and the edges need the sharpness taken off as well. Also I have to decide on the headstock colour, leaning towards matching red rather than black at the moment.

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You going with that deep red Gibson uses on their mahogany or you got something special in mind?

SR

I am going to try and get as close to the 1970's solid colour

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as I can using a transparent finish and Stew Mac Cherry Red stain

http://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Finishing_Supplies/Colors_and_Tints_and_Stains/ColorTone_Liquid_Stains.html

I couldn't find a Destroyer editor so I had to use an SG editor to mock up the hardware combination I am thinking of

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Sandpaper attached to the base of the nut with double sided tape, trimmed flush with a craft knife

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Rubbing the nut/sandpaper back and forth to square off and seat the nut

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Mixing up Aquadhere half and half with water to stick in the nut

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Got my nut stuck on

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Next step veneer on the headstock to cover the scarf joint

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Rubbing the nut/sandpaper back and forth to square off and seat the nut

Cleverness again.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to steal that.

SR

Glad to see you find a useful technique to use later on, it's the same principle as the way you flatten and square off using your perspex block, just different moveable parts and scaled down a whole lot. Also the first time I have ever fitted an acoustic/Gibson style nut and my first slant headstock.

Drawing about 4 mm outside the headstock template on maple veneer for the front of the headstock. The clamping caul is upper left.

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I cut the veneer with a craft knife, put pva glue on both surfaces, positioned and clamped down.

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Pricking through the veneer with a brad point

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Stuck a 6 mm brad point in the hole from the other side and cleaned up the holes with a dowel with sandpaper wrapped around it

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The veneer hides the scarf joint and blends in OK with the rest of the headstock

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Just got to open up the truss rod hole, I need to get some thinner dowel to do that

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and have a go at making the old fashioned Ibanez truss rod cover

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Listening to these albums, hoping the tone of this guitar is going to be as good,

AC/DC - Back in Black

Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast

Avenged Sevenfold - Hail to the King

T.Rex - Electric Warier

Slash - World on Fire

Mick Ronson - Play Don't Worry

L.A. Guns - Cocked and Loaded

Kiss - Hotter Than Hell

Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation

Van Halen - 1984

Backyard Babies - Making Enemies is Good

Thin Lizzy - The Black Rose

Garry Moore - Over the Hills

Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

Rounding over the edges

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Ready for stain

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I stained it dark red, then sanded back and stained again with a more dilute stain, just about to get the first coat of 2 pack on it

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Looks Great!!! I am really enjoying your thread. You are vary informative on your build and have the every stage documented. I do have a question, because I am new at all this. You rounded over the edges by hand and not a round over bit. Do you prefer doing it by hand? Just asking, because I will need to round over my edges as well.

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Looks Great!!! I am really enjoying your thread. You are vary informative on your build and have the every stage documented. I do have a question, because I am new at all this. You rounded over the edges by hand and not a round over bit. Do you prefer doing it by hand? Just asking, because I will need to round over my edges as well.

Cheers Chris, I am very glad I documented a couple of previous builds because this time I had to check back a few times to see how to do some steps :D I have done one body round over with a router previously and I did enjoy doing this one by hand. I could get the edge just as I wanted it, not how the router bit wanted it. To do anything rounder though I would probably go for the router to get the uniformity.

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I am very glad I documented a couple of previous builds because this time I had to check back a few times to see how to do some steps :D

I find myself doing the same thing....on every build.

SR

Haha we share a few traits :D

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On the downhill run now, its the 4 day Easter Weekend so I should be able to get all the coats on in this time. Strange thing with this timber the dark parts in the grain become the lightest parts when the angle is changed, funny, is there a name for that?

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Strange thing with this timber the dark parts in the grain become the lightest parts when the angle is changed, funny, is there a name for that?

Chatoyancy. You are seeing mahogany's version of what curly or quilted maple does.

SR

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