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  1. I did think about it, but if I beveled then the tuning peg fixtures would overhang the bevel. It would be a cool look if it didn't though!
  2. What I'm hearing is, suck it up and go to the auto paint shop. If I go this route I may end up buying a spray gun and practicing on some doors I need painted before jumping in here. This is why there is so much time between my videos! Education and scope creep!
  3. I’m on to the rabbit hole of finishing! This year, Chicago Music Exchange did some custom SG builds and this one caught my eye. It’s unconventional and I think it looks really sharp. It’s my goal for the paint finish. I’m torn between priorities on this. Of course I want a beautiful finish. I don’t particularly care for the natural aging of nitrocellulose which seems to be the builder’s choice. I was pretty committed to using Dupli color, but after looking further, they only sell the color I like in their acrylic enamel series not the non acrylic. From what I understand, enamel can be ro
  4. @Prostheta, I have some scrap mahogany (I think, it's a hard dark wood) that I think I can make work. I'll give it a shot and let you know how it goes.
  5. @Prostheta, I do plan to paint. I'm thinking through how I would create such a thin maple shim. At that width, it might be easier to shave the end off a 2x4 sized board with a mitre saw to fit in the gap and then cut away the excess. Is there a better way you know of?
  6. What would you recommend for a shim? I have some mahogany veneer that might work but it doesn't seem like it would add much structural integrity either. I have a flush cut saw that nearly fits in the gap, but that would make it worse before it got better. I'm need something thicker than the veneer at that point.
  7. New video day! Big mental hurdle to get this one out as I was afraid to screw it up. Episode 6: Gluing the Set Neck
  8. I haven't. I don't have one but I've seen videos of them being used. Super handy tool. I might grab one and do some fine tuning before I do the final paint prep. Good suggestion!
  9. I spent enough time researching the horns to identify that I was at risk of analysis paralysis and then stopped looking for my own sanity. I wasn't too precious about it, but tried for the deepest horn I could muster without getting too close to the pickguard. I didn't want the contour to dip below the pickguard on that side. I did think about getting a nicer neck, but I think there is an issue with the gap in the body being too wide that would still be a problem. I'm also fairly sure I'm going to do an imperfect job on the paint since I've never done it before, so better to resist the ur
  10. Still alive! This one was the most fun yet, carving the contours into the body.
  11. Not great. The neck fit is too loose, the neck angle was too extreme. It's requiring a lot of modifications. But my goal was to learn about measurements and adjustments so it's fitting the need for me. If I wanted to just build a kit I would have spent more money on something better quality.
  12. I disappeared for a while, but I'm back. Two new episodes up today. Isolation life in the state of WA has helped me refocus on the kit build. Episode #3: Neck Angle and Scale Length Adjustment Episode #4: Headstock Shaping
  13. I've been dragging my feet on this next video. The next step I'd like to cover is adjusting the neck angle. Ideally, with the neck in place, a straight edge resting on the frets of the neck should just touch the top of the bridge in its lowest position. I have quite a lot of clearance, so I need to adjust the neck angle. I've considered a few options for doing this: Do nothing. Accept the fact that I'll have to raise the bridge really high to get good string action. Change the angle of the neck pocket on the body. Right now the neck pocket does not have an angle cut into it.
  14. Yeah, the nut position appears to be off. I did consider adding a shim (first fret was too close to the nut). This would improve the fret positions on the lower frets, but then the higher frets are further off.
  15. I'll play all kinds, but I think I'll optimize this for a classic rock vibe.
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