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  1. For maybe the first time in my history, the wiring had -zero- issues. I NEVER get it right the first time. But to balance that out, the action is ridiculously high. Good thing I'm not gonna gig with it.
  2. Little by little..... And I'm now out of shielding tape. It turns out that I don't have the proper screws to mount the pickups. Alternatively, the route is pretty tight in the corners. So tight that I really don't think the pups are gonna move willingly. In other news, I don't think my 1/2" brad point bit can get any more dull.
  3. Good gawd... I forgot how long it takes to properly lay out the peghead.
  4. Before I polish the finish, I'll be leveling and polishing the frets.
  5. I finally had time to buff up the finish. I'm out of Maguiar's, but it's just as well since I haven't oiled the back yet. Almost there...
  6. I got the neck 99% shaped today. The heel area still needs some real "by hand" love. Normally, I'd have all of the shaping done before attempting any finishing. BUT.... I start a new job next week. This screws with everything because I'll be on the road M-F, only home on the weekends. Clearly, this significantly cuts into my available time. I'll be using my "away time" to let the finish cure, then finesse the heel when I'm here. I'll be finishing the heel shaping before I buff out the top, and putting a towel down so I don't gouge it on the table. I'm also using poly on the top inst
  7. Interesting wood grain on that body. Is it getting a basic clear coat, or are you planning on coloring it somehow?
  8. Perhaps. But this is what I have on hand, and I'm a cheapskate.
  9. The binding route on the headstock was about 1/16" too deep. shit Well, nothing to be done about it now. On to damage control. I took some binding and split it with my beloved scrollsaw. This will give me much "shorter" pieces to mess with. All I could do was glue the pieces above the other and TRY and make up the height. Then I bathed the join with acetone and binding "sawdust", hoping to melt the shavings into a slurry and jam it into the line. Success was spotty. An error this glaring eliminates it from future GOTM contention. cest la vie Some jud
  10. I got the control cavity and pickups routed out this morning. The c/c was was mostly freehand, but I have a template for the pups. That's all for outside today, but I brought everything inside to glue on the binding while watching TV.
  11. The best available solution was take a cutoff and glue it onto the flat spot. The other option was to steam off the veneer, add some wood, and re-veneer... and that wasn't gonna happen. It hasn't been sanded yet, but the pics below show the results. You won't see anything from 3 feet away, and it will be hard to see up close unless you're looking for it. So I got a late start today. The heat set in, and the end of my garage where the router table is was solidly in pure sunlight. Me sweating like squeezing out a sponge means I wasn't getting much done today. All I was able to do before po
  12. Meh. I know you're just joking, but I've always documented damn near everything in my builds. Several folks have shown their appreciation for my "warts and all" approach. I felt it important to show the "younger" builders that yes, you WILL dork up something, so how you fix it is just as important.
  13. I was in food service for 20 years. That, along with a curved spine, left my feet & back on the screwed-up side. The jack was always going to be in a curved oval jack plate.
  14. I hate getting old. I'm only 49, but I can't stand for more than a few hours now without being done for the day. Any, on to the pickguard. I traced the image, spray glued it onto some hardboard, finessed it into shape, routed, beveled, drilled, and the fucking thing is smaller than the original. I THOUGHT I had the image at actual size when I traced it. What's done is done. Even if I had the extra inch of length on the control chamber, there's no way in God's green Earth I'd fit all that crap in there. This is why plans deed to be kept fluid. It just went from an a
  15. Not really getting to work yet, just eager to see how the veneering turned out. The squeeze-out mess was a hellofalot better than I expected. All I needed was a little cleanup around the fretboard, which I already protected with bue tape. Nothing got under it, but it required some encouragement to get off. The only glue that leaked out onto the top will either be in the pickup route or under the pickguard, so no problem there either.
  16. I don't remember where I got them, but I use thin plastic rods for the side dots. I think they're 2mm. Super inexpensive. The hole isn't even 1.4" deep. A tiny drop of super glue, jam the rod into the hole, trim it flush.
  17. And I wholeheartedly approve of derailing the thread into a conversation.
  18. In a few years, we're planning on moving. Probably to Tennessee. I'm sure I'll have some of that sauna action waiting for me. But until then...... side dots in... gratuitous fretboard shot... frets in, beveled, and filed flush end of the "under the fretboard' wood taped off to prep for the veneering then evening up the edges of the bookmatched veneer cutting out the fretboard area on the veneer if a big piece of MDF, a 2x4 cutoff for the center, some other various cutoff
  19. It's guitar building weather today.....
  20. Short work, but significant progress today The headstock came out of the veneer process. I managed to get it in the clamps last night. The guitar neck came put of the clamps, only to go right back into them. Also - this is why I almost never throw away my scraps & cutoffs. I needed MAYBE 1/4" more width on both sides of the headstock. The wings came from a scrap I had lying around in the "cherry pile". As a woodworker, you never know what you're going to need, so if you have the storage space, never throw anything away. Headstock & neck rough-thicknessed in t
  21. A large chamber was my first thought. Then I started giving serious consideration to the burl top. Burls are delicate. A full chamber would require a backing for the burl. That's a little more than I really want to do, so a ton of holes is the next best thing. It's still all just "under consideration". I also have some lightly flamed maple that's an option. Or the original birdseye veneer to match the bass. Hell... I have some spruce acoustic tops that might fit. Options are fun.
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