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Old 03-06-2012, 12:18 PM   #61
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Thanks everyone!

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I love this build!
Aren't you going to put a arm bevel so it's more comfortable to play?

Yep, arm bevel and belly contour (I'm thinking no scoop now). I had read that you want to do the roundover first, then do the contours; and there's a method for getting a good roundover through sanding on the new edges.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:52 AM   #62
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Just got the back contour done... one jig, a failed bandsaw attempt, and 5 strip sander belts later.

First off, here's the guitar clamped to the jig I built. Realized that the second clamp would get in the way of the bandsaw, so it was time to get creative.



That's right... a zip tie. Got it tight enough, served as a very good clamp. However, when I went to bandsaw it, the top of the guitar body actually hit the top of the bandsaw, so it couldn't be passed through anymore. So that left the option of the strip sander. Not the most effective tool for the job, but it worked out. Here's a pic of some strip sanding in action:


And here, the contour before/after some generous sanding. There's still more work to do here, but it's feeling very smooth now aside from one valley.


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Old 03-09-2012, 01:01 AM   #63
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Seeing your updates everyday make me happy and inspire me to get back to work on my checkerboard guitar build! Keep up the great work!
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:26 AM   #64
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This is looking gorgeous
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:39 AM   #65
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I'm stealing that jig :p

EDIT: and your bandsaw... I'd need the bandsaw
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:46 PM   #66
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Thanks, everyone! It's already time for a few more pictures, as I started the forearm contour this morning. Still a bit more sanding to go, and I'll have to smooth the outside edges on both contours later. But here you go:




Major happy face right now.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #67
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Forearm contour looks nice! All that wood looks nice! It looks so smooth it almost looks like it has a finish already!
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:33 PM   #68
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Hows paduak work with and weigh? I may use it instead of mahogany next superstrat (if I can find a piece big enough)
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #69
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its heavy and HARD.

and makes everything in your shop turn bright orange.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:58 PM   #70
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Wood Database says its almost the same weight wise as peruvian walnut, but almost twice as hard. Maybe I'll use it just for the neck or something.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:05 PM   #71
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Hows paduak work with and weigh? I may use it instead of mahogany next superstrat (if I can find a piece big enough)

It's very heavy, and it's dense/hard. Jason's right, red dust gets EVERYWHERE. I've been doing constant damage control with a vaccuum and it's still insane. As for workability, it's defeated 2 bandsaw blades, 5 strip sander belts, and 2 belt sanding belts. It's quite hard, but it's a good way to make sure you don't remove too much material at once

But, got the control holes drilled today, still just need to do the slot for the pickup selector. Did a test fit too.



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Old 03-12-2012, 01:59 AM   #72
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Well, I'm back to college (so progress will be slow again), but I can tease you with a small detail I got done before I left: pickup selector slot.



Also drilled channels to the pickup routs.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:41 PM   #73
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I love the wood. Good work! Routing is very clean, congrats!
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:52 PM   #74
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Nice work! Something tells me you would benefit from an angle grinder.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:19 AM   #75
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Nice work! Something tells me you would benefit from an angle grinder.

That is a possibility... but hey, a somewhat decently-constructed jig and a zip tie can do wonders.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:25 AM   #76
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Time for me to continue to tease.



Not a whole lot of progress, but I got some holes for the trem drilled, and I did some sanding (the orange color had been fading a bit, it's back now. I'm storing it inside and covered up). Only 6 holes left to drill (4 in the neck pocket, 2 for the trem claw) and then it's just sanding and finishing.

...Well, and wiring. I'm starting to learn how to solder
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:03 AM   #77
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Beautiful guitar man, really your doing a great job!
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:05 PM   #78
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Thanks! I'm just happy that it's finally almost done
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:25 AM   #79
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Quick question: I'm going home tomorrow to drill the holes for the trem claw, and then do the final sanding to get ready for finishing. How do I know exactly where to drill them? Do I just center the claw on the wall and use those hole positions? And I'll have to be drilling at an angle, so do I just get it as close to perpendicular as I can? I've tried to find resources for this, but I keep finding different answers.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:31 AM   #80
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I think its more of an aesthetics sort of thing. You basically want the springs to be parallel to the direction of movement (and if you routed the spring cavity correctly, the sides of the cavity). It will most likely be center but draw a line from the center of your trem block to the wall where the claw will be and thatll be the center of the claw id imagine.

Drilling on an angle is fine. I know I couldnt get a screwdriver into the cavity completely so i just tried to get it as perpendicular as I could. Use a really long drill bit to predrill the hole to make it easier
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