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Old 09-27-2012, 03:34 AM   #21
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Sorry dude, still not following. If your bit looks like the one on the left, then raising it will stop it from cutting a bead. If your bit looks like the one on the right (ie. a bead bit) then it doesn't matter how high you raise it, you're still going to get a lip.



Anyway, what's done is done and I have a new bit on the way which should fix the issue

Routed the fretboard flush with the neck after work today, which meant I could go on to route the neck pocket:





And drilled a couple of holes to join the cavities:

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:29 AM   #22
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A fair bit of progress this weekend, mainly because the weather looked like this:



I picked up a shiny new 1/2" round over bit to fix the beading on the edge, worked pretty well in the end:





And on the underside:



Then on to the trem routing - this is where I realised an earlier mistake. I accidentally routed the pickup cavities to 28mm (cf. 20mm on a standard strat). Didn't think anything of it at the time, but here I noticed the difference:



It won't be noticeable once the covers are on, but still a bit annoying. Anyway, on to the top bridge routing:



And finally, filling the body:

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:36 AM   #23
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Then some work on the neck. Profile marked out:



Then roughed for the spokeshave:



Inlay for the twelfth fret marked on some black ABS:



Rough cut (carefully) with a hacksaw:



And filed to shape with a couple of needle files:



Then the fretboard marked:



Recessed:



And set with epoxy:



Bit of filling in required around the edges, but seemed to work well enough.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #24
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Not much to report this week unfortunately - it's only in the last day or two we've had any decent weather, a factor which is pretty important when you're working out on the deck
Anyways, got some finishing work done on the body. Filler-primer:



And primer:



I've had a bit of a change of heart regarding the colour - I was initially thinking Candy Apple Red, but then it would just look like any other Fender. So, what better colour for a Jaguar than British Racing Green? A quick test piece, to make sure all the layers are going to play nice together:



I'll be away for the week with work, but hopefully next weekend I'll be able to get a few coats of the green on the body, and finish off the neck.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:02 PM   #25
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looking good! I love jags
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:47 PM   #26
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First pass with the colour this weekend, I think it'll look good once it's got some white hardware on it:





I've got a couple of imperfections to sand smooth, then one more coat should do it.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:21 PM   #27
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:40 PM   #28
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Looks like your color coats could be a bit more even. Your metallic isn't laying out quite right. Are you spraying it fairly misty?
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:22 AM   #29
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That's just the first light coat - there's a bit of overlap between passes, which leaves dark stripes. They've been covered now by the second coat, so should come out nice and purrty with a clear coat.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:35 AM   #30
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Drilled the side fret markers:



Filled with black-stained filler:



And just couldn't resist a quick mock-up assembly:

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Old 10-22-2012, 01:13 AM   #31
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Sunny again today, so more progress. Got the fretwire radiused using my high-tech fret roller. I find Watties spaghetti works the best, however at a pinch baked beans could also work:



Frets filed flush and the edges chamfered:



And the neck sprayed:



And just when everything seemed to be going well, I pulled some masking tape off the body:



Time doesn't really allow for a complete strip and repaint unfortunately, so I'll just have to do the best I can to patch it up.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:59 AM   #32
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Got the fretwire radiused using my high-tech fret roller. I find Watties spaghetti works the best, however at a pinch baked beans could also work:


This is perhaps the greatest thing I've ever seen
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:32 AM   #33
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Can you explain how your fret bender works? I need to radius some fret wire soon and can't really be bothered building a proper bender at the moment, and no way is stew mac getting the amount they want for one haha.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:27 PM   #34
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I just line the cans up like so, then pull the fretwire through:



Start off fairly shallow, then move the middle can in until you get the radius you're after. You just have to make sure the fret tang stays aligned by hand. And thanks whoomit
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:53 PM   #35
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Wow, great idea on the fret wire bender!

Sucks about the masking tape. Did blue tape do that?
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Start off fairly shallow, then move the middle can in until you get the radius you're after. You just have to make sure the fret tang stays aligned by hand. And thanks whoomit

Thanks a lot
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:52 AM   #37
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Wow, great idea on the fret wire bender!

Sucks about the masking tape. Did blue tape do that?


Green - perhaps that was the issue? Either way, I've managed to cover it alright. As long as I play the guitar in the dark, you'll never know

da_: No worries man, happy to help.

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:19 AM   #38
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Love the jag, good colour choice too!
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:45 AM   #39
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Cheers man, always been in love with British Racing Green, seemed pretty fitting for a Jaguar.

Some more good weather in Taupo this week:



So naturally I locked myself inside and got some wiring done. The prewiring (it got way more complicated once the pickups were added):



And, finally, the completed article:



Having some slight delays on the strings, so I may not be able to plug the thing in until Monday
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:18 AM   #40
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Sweet view and very sweet guitar!
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