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Old 03-24-2012, 03:42 PM   #21
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I used a 500k on both of my humbucker/single coil tele's, it's probably the best idea. 250k would be pretty shrill on a humbucker.


Wrong way round. Higher impedance pots give you more treble. Humbuckers don't have as much treble as single coil pickups. I would go with 500k pots though.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:10 PM   #22
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I thought i may have had it the other way around. Fixed now
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:31 PM   #23
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Thanks for the pot suggestions, I will order 500ks. If I decide that I don't like them I can always change them latter on.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:04 PM   #24
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I have been rather busy working over the last 2 weeks so carving progress has been slow.
Some parts I ordered turned up today.

The pickups are relatively cheap ones by Iron Gear, I'm interested to see how they compare to the more expensive brands.


The bridge and some electrical bits
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:44 AM   #25
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looking good...that carving looks awesome alreayd, and I'm sure your not done..
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:15 PM   #26
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I got some more work done on this over the last few days

Neck tennon shaped


Neck test fitted


Ormsby test passed


Truss rod test fitted


Headstock ears glued


Headstock face planed/sanded


A progress update on the body carving

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Old 04-14-2012, 03:33 PM   #27
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Fix that last picture or I'll cry!
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:18 PM   #28
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:20 PM   #29
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the carving is looking really good! is it going to be a little more 3d(rounded?) like the one you posted in the OP?
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:13 PM   #30
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not sure how this is the first time for me seeing this thread.


but awesome work.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:28 PM   #31
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the carving is looking really good! is it going to be a little more 3d(rounded?) like the one you posted in the OP?


It will be rounded once I get all the lowered areas to a consistent depth.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:40 PM   #32
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:24 PM   #33
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Its been slow progress over the last few weeks due to bad weather but I have managed to get some work done.

Some parts arrived


and some ebony for the fretboard


and a fret slotting saw and radius sanding block


Headstock shape cut out


Tuner holes drilled


Neck sides roughly cut to shape


Fretboard surface leveled and radiused
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:33 PM   #34
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Fretboard surface leveled and radiused

You radius before you slot? Regardless, looking good! I've been lurking this thread a while now.
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:47 PM   #35
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More updates

Fretboard marked out and cut to the right length


I put together a slotting jig




Board slotted


Ebony veneer put on the headstock and binding channels cut


Many hours of messing around with tiny pieces of veneer


Headstock binding done (though it still needs sanding/some tidying up)
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:53 PM   #36
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That looks awesome. And I was thinking of doing something like this on an Explorer, and was wondering what are you using for the carving, just a chisel?
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:34 PM   #37
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That looks awesome. And I was thinking of doing something like this on an Explorer, and was wondering what are you using for the carving, just a chisel?


Yes, I have just been using a few gouges and chisels for the relief carving.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:58 AM   #38
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Looking good. think i've seen this type of shape before.......

http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/.../general/816499

Oh yea one of mine my second build . Even got the same tuners.

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Old 06-03-2012, 03:45 PM   #39
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Fretboard glued on, sides trimmed down and inlay holes drilled


The main recessed areas on the body carving are now roughly at their final depth so I have started rounding over the edges of the carving / sorting out the details. The holes for the controls are also now drilled.


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Old 06-03-2012, 04:12 PM   #40
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I have been rather busy working over the last 2 weeks so carving progress has been slow.
Some parts I ordered turned up today.

The pickups are relatively cheap ones by Iron Gear, I'm interested to see how they compare to the more expensive brands.



Those are the same pickups I've got lined up for my next build. I have a Pig Iron in the cupboard, and I need to order the Dirty Torque. IronGear pickups are very good for the money.
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