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Old 02-11-2012, 08:22 PM   #41
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Thanks guys!

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Whats the point of the allen nut on the side of the side of the heel, ? truss rod adjustement?


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thats one sexy lookin' red guitar, maybe some clearcoat to go on it? and maybe black hardware?


I'm still in a toss-up between clearcoat and an oil finish. Oil might be winning right now, actually. And I've already got all the black hardware in

And Gandalf, I've already got the DPDT switch for the burn, so I may as well use it Thanks for the suggestion, though, might be good in the future.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:42 PM   #42
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depends on what type of gloss you want on it i suppose, look at some different samples and see what you like, different techniques and different thicknesses will create different appearances.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:57 PM   #43
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Time for another update... all front routing is done! Aside from the holes for the controls, but thats because the control cavity isn't done yet. Next I'll be doing the back routs, which should be fairly straightforward aside from the ring around the control cavity. But we'll see how that goes, an MDF template on top of the normal template should make for fairly easy work.

But, pics. All of them except the last 2 make the wood look brown, but it's still the same red. You can see it in the last 2 test fit pics.










And with a hardware test fit...
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:08 PM   #44
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out of interest, how do you fix your acrylic templates to the body?
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:52 PM   #45
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looks like double sided turners tape. Looking good so far bro!
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:53 PM   #46
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damn.. gunna look sweet when its done
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:02 PM   #47
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out of interest, how do you fix your acrylic templates to the body?

Just used some double sided tape for these ones. I use clamps for the ones I can because they're easier, but these were too small for that.

Thanks guys!

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Old 02-25-2012, 08:09 PM   #48
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More progress!

Got the back trem cavity and the control cavity all routed out now... it's impressive how much lighter the body is getting after all of these.








Test fit the covers...


Whew.

Now, the trem fits better in the front too, now that the cavity goes all the way through.




Now that I'm thinking about controls, I've come across an issue... should I shield the control cavity somehow? I know some people use foil, and some people use some sort of paint... any recommendations? I don't know a whole lot about the electronics side of things (compared to some of you regular luthiers, that is).
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:12 PM   #49
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Dat wood :3
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:45 PM   #50
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Wow man, this is looking really awesome! It is really coming together!

I will reverberate the mentality of everyone else so far when I say that I am jealous of that beautiful Padauk!

As for shielding, meh, I have never found it necessary. I can't imagine you would with humbuckers.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:49 PM   #51
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Damn that end grain!

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Now that I'm thinking about controls, I've come across an issue... should I shield the control cavity somehow? I know some people use foil, and some people use some sort of paint... any recommendations? I don't know a whole lot about the electronics side of things (compared to some of you regular luthiers, that is).
You should shield.

Copper tape is the better shielder, but paint looks much better and is easier to apply.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:57 PM   #52
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the body seems massive :0
How thick?
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:42 PM   #53
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I feel like its between 1 3/4 and 2. OP, I never shielded any cavities before and they aren't any louder then the shielded guitars I own. I don't see a point, but I will do it on this PRS build because they seem really worried about buzz and I may as well make them feel ok about it.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:33 AM   #54
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I, as well, will be jumping on the "shielding not necessary, but not bad" and "that padoak is unreal" bandwagon. Keep up the work!
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:58 AM   #55
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Alright, thanks everyone; I think I will bypass shielding unless there's some easily obtainable, cheap shielding paint. My wallet has suffered enough throughout this project

Also, it's a 1 3/4" thick body. Once the sanding and contours are done, it should look regular, although it does look thick in some of the pictures. And the wood was definitely a lucky find, the Woodcraft I went to never had 2" thick boards until I was actually starting the project. Got the only one
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:03 PM   #56
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Good news: I'm on spring break from college now, and should be getting more done faster on the project! (Some people go to the beach. Screw those people.)

The plan today is just sanding the edges to get them perfectly smooth and to match the shape exactly, then roundover the edges on the back in preparation for contouring. I took a picture of my "planning workstation" (read: pool table) as I've been planning the different contours, mainly because I feel like some kind of awesome architect/inventor.



Pictures and updates will come in much more frequently now. And if you're wondering what the angles/design are in the bottom paper, I'm building a jig for making the belly contour with a bandsaw. If anybody would like pictures of that process as a reference for their own project, let me know, as I'll have to get someone to take pictures while I'm doing it.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:37 PM   #57
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Just got in from working on it more... had to do a LOT of sanding on the edges to get it smooth. That's been on and off the past 2 days, as I've had a lot going on. So the guitar spent most of its time in a position like this:



Those horns were the devil to sand.

But aside from that, after it was smooth, I was able to go along the edges with a 1/4" roundover bit... very pleased with the results. It looks a lot more finished now.





And of course, pics with the neck in (because I like them):





Next step: contours. I'm having second thoughts on the PRS-esque "scoop" I was planning. We'll see.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:40 PM   #58
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Awesome build man! Those contours are going to fill out the guitar nicely!
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:25 AM   #59
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Guitar looks great. Is that a first gen Miata in the background?
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:54 AM   #60
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I love this build!
Aren't you going to put a arm bevel so it's more comfortable to play?
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