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Nicco last won the day on September 29 2020

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  1. Hi everyone, This is my guitar, Ulysses. It's named after the electric blue butterflies of the same name that live in the past of Australia I grew up in, North Queensland. It's the first build I've done completely on my own (I've done one before in a 5 day course) It's got 2 custom wound P-90, humbucker sized pickups made by a chap in Perth, Western Australia. There's a Schaller Signum bridge, Gotoh locking tuners and a 25" scale length. All the timbers are Australian; Tasmanian Blackwood for the main body, Tasmanian Oak for the front, Queensland maple on the neck and an aussie something something that I can't remember what it was for the fret board. I became a dad at the start of 2020, and had my normal share of adjustment headaches and stresses that everyone gets with being a first time parent, plus throwing in the pandemic and some unfavourable work changes and my mental health was starting to struggle a bit towards the middle of 2020. I decided to start on a guitar again to give myself something just for me to focus on; and something I'd dreamt of doing again 5 years after the course. The guitar was built over about 15 months by nibbling away during afternoon naps, evenings and the odd afternoon on a weekend. Here is a link to my build thread.
  2. Legends. Thanks gents. I'll go with the 520mm one
  3. Hey guys, sorry to dig up an old post, but Curtisa, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on Marri, if you have an opinion at all? It's quite similar to jarrah in terms of working with, but I've not seen anyone who's used it? I've got a nice piece at home that would be suitable, I'm considering having a crack at it. Not sure what it's actual hardness would be though relative to jarrah
  4. Hey guys, For my next build I'm going to make a bass guitar, aiming to do a 30" scale. I'm a little unsure as to what truss rod to use. I know LMII do custom length ones, but the international shipping to Australia quadruples the cost; and I don't have the left hand tap and die required to make one myself (and they are stupid expensive) I was planning on having the adjustment at the head end of the neck, but am open to heel adjustment if required Looking at options off the shelf, the longest electric guitar ones will come in at 460mm, which lands the end of the truss rod just shy of the 16th fret. There is a Martin style U channel one that comes in at 580mm long that lands just beyond the 24th fret . I have found a 520mm option on Ebay which is goldilocks length to my eyes, but... to be honest, it just looks a little sketchy. Is the 460mm one going to be sufficient for this application? Or should I heel mount the Martin one and have 24 frets plus some overhang? Or just chance the Ebay one? Thanks in advance, everyone. Links to the three truss rods below: 460mm: https://www.realparts.com.au/necks/truss-rods/guitar-truss-rod.html 580mm: https://luthiersupplies.com.au/martin-style-u-channel-truss-rod 520mm: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/254470536932?chn=ps&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&amdata=enc%3A1ZIxBsr7yS1uGhUilEZEUgw45&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=705-139619-5960-0&mkcid=2&itemid=254470536932&targetid=1395035668216&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9070485&poi=&campaignid=14475548384&mkgroupid=132282084371&rlsatarget=pla-1395035668216&abcId=9300653&merchantid=7364522&gclid=CjwKCAjw7--KBhAMEiwAxfpkWID_KH2D9ENkKCf2vIUDX2pWWsojYGBE8Fasd3ritXRcPLnpeBYlPhoCogUQAvD_BwE
  5. Thanks Scott. Yeah, it's a little detail bit I'm happy with how it's all tied together. And also, big news, with thanks to the help from Biz and Mike, the guitar is (essentially) done. The nut is now sorted, the action much more reasonable, and the neck is now nicely back square where it all should have been. I've got a couple of tiny details to sort (changing the screws on the truss rod cover to smaller, black plated screws, etc) but yeah, I'm calling this the finish line. I'll take some glamour shots later in the week. Thanks again to everyone who chimed in and helped out with the build, I've learned a metric shitload on the way through and thoroughly enjoyed the process
  6. Thanks Mike. Nope, when I did the course all those many moons ago, the guy who ran it did the nut for us, so it was one of the few bits I didn't get any feel for. Still feels like a dark art getting the nut just right. Appreciate the tips, I'll have a crack at that too and try get it really sweet
  7. Thanks Biz. I'll have a crack at it and see how it works out.
  8. I took this week off work to give myself a mental refresh before a role change at work, so got stuck in. I've not quite finished, but it is up on the wall and makes noise through the pickups! Yew!! The pickup rings are made from the same tassie blackwood as the body. Next jobs, the neck is sitting slightly skew, which I'm not quite sure about why. I'll have to tweak the fit to square it up. The slots in the pre slotted nut are no where near deep enough, plus the nut is too tall. I also want to play around with the cavity covers as the magnets I was using aren't strong enough, plus change the screws on the truss rod cover.
  9. Wow, this looks absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic seeing the work going into your jigs and templates too, they look as good as many people's finished pieces! Ha ha
  10. I've got the tape off the sides, got most of the sanding of the sides done, but couldn't resist doing a mock up, so threw some tru oil on the sides and put all the hardware in place
  11. Hey gents, agreed, great to see some more aussies here. Crusader, are you perth based? And thanks re: the design and colour on the guitar. I'm very happy with how it's going and can't wait to play the thing!
  12. I've been working on polishing the front of the guitar body. Really happy with it, the blue really does look iridescent in real life. Just got a bit more polishing to do then I'll get to oiling the sides and back of the body.
  13. Two steps forward, one back! Ha ha. Finished the fret level, crown and polish today, plus threw my first coat of finish on the fretboard, it looks stunning. Very happy with it. Body colour is coming along nicely. I snuck another tint coat in to help blend a few bits, happy with that now, so honing in on the finish line for it. I wasn't happy with the headstock logo though, it just wasn't what I wanted and looked a little rough. I've decided just to sand it out and start again.
  14. Still just tinkering with the finishing. I've been sanding the coating down between layers now, trying to get it completely smooth for the final polish. Also started on fret leveling and crowning, hopefully going to finish that this weekend. Last thing on the go is the headstock logo. I got the white sticker from my work mate kids, but it looked way too stark for my liking. I've gone another east in the end, using aluminium powder mixed into a slurry with super glue. When I originally laser cut the logo, it left a slight depression, so now filling that.
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