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#81
Quote by Copaman
There will be wood pr0n. I can promise you that

I'm gonna go with the SD Jazz in the neck, and I want to go for the Invader in the bridge just for the blink lulz but I don't know yet.


Dont really know if what I am going to say is true:

I think that the difference in outputs will bother you since one pickup is going to sound louder than the other,

The Invader has so much output it can sound distortde, muddy, when played clean
#82
Yes, the output of the Invader makes it sound distorted when clean, but I rarely ever play cleans with a bridge pickup (or even the two together. I <3 teh neck pickup).

Also, I am going with two tone, two volumes, so can't I just turn the Invader down if it's too loud?

Oh! and 5 pages without any real building? I'm awesome
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#83
An update without pictures (sorry):

Got the Padauk back from my uncle, all planed and thickness sanded. It looks great, terrific straight grain and some decent figuring... almost like quilted I guess, but it's not stunning. That's what I get for 6.25/bd ft. I'm gonna love finishing it though. Uncle has a crazy old man who does all his finishing for him and he does a great job, I met him today when I went to pick up the body blank. Seems like he wants to teach me alot so that's cool.

Cut the mahogany today as well. I would sand the burns out of it tomorrow, but we are showing the house so I can't until Monday or so, before work. However, it gives me an opportunity to go out to a hardware store and see if they have something that will take the oil off of the gluing surfaces of the cobo. Anyone know if a Lowes or Home Depot would have something that would work?

Got a big paycheck last night, and made some tips the last two nights, which gives me some dough to buy stuff I need. The local guitar shop has the pickups I want, so that's good... might go buy one tomorrow? Quick: buy the SD Jazz, or the SD Custom first? (This is multiple choice - other options: The bridge, and, the Tuners.)
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#85
Bridge first. That way you can at least do scale length and all that fun stuff.
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#86
I think I managed to get enough cash to buy the bridge off the interwebs, get the pup in the shop, AND buy a pit seat for the local blink show (with a bit of string pulling and current-tickets selling) so I gotta figure all that out.

Good news is that wraparounds seem to be cheap.

Is that because they're sheeyit?
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#87
They're cheap because they're boring.
R.I.P. Les Paul, 1915-2009

A man chooses, a slave obeys.
#88
But they're ok, right?

I mean I could drop the extra dough on a TOM but I don't want to
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#89
It'll be fine. A TOM is just more work for nothing.
R.I.P. Les Paul, 1915-2009

A man chooses, a slave obeys.
#90
dont know if i am too l8 on the pickups and stuff but i would sudjest the "Dirty Finger" humbucker pickup, u kno the one from the gibson? u did mention the invader pick up but i think the dirty finger one is nicer, or mabey i dont have a clue what i am talking aobut . i would guess that the dirty fingers is more expensive though
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#91
Quote by THE C.J
dont know if i am too l8 on the pickups and stuff but i would sudjest the "Dirty Finger" humbucker pickup, u kno the one from the gibson? u did mention the invader pick up but i think the dirty finger one is nicer, or mabey i dont have a clue what i am talking aobut . i would guess that the dirty fingers is more expensive though


The Dirty Fingers pickup is more expensive and sounds worse IMO. Total waste of moneh.

I'm set on my pups.

I glued the neck together last night... gotta go find the pics and upload them.

EDIT: The obligatory foot shot. Behold, my striped feet! EDIT2: Well, yes they are striped, but you can't really see it. On my left foot a little bit...

First Post of Thread for This Picture
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
Last edited by Copaman at Feb 28, 2010,
#92
if i were u id run each pickup to a seperate tone and volume nob, its more coplicated but it makes it easier to get diffent sounds, not sure if u were planing on doing that already.
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#93
Quote by THE C.J
if i were u id run each pickup to a seperate tone and volume nob, its more coplicated but it makes it easier to get diffent sounds, not sure if u were planing on doing that already.


Yes I was. 2 Tones, 2 Volumes (One of each for each pup.) and probably a killswitch to go along with the toggle... I was thinking momentary pushbutton, normally closed? My Principals of Engineering teacher got me so confused with NC and NO - anyone care to give a quick lesson?
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#95
NO(Normally Open) NC( Normally Closed)refers to the switch position. A NO switch means there is no continuity until the switch is pushed. NC means there is a short that opens when the switch is pushed.
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#96
Quote by C/ruel
NO(Normally Open) NC( Normally Closed)refers to the switch position. A NO switch means there is no continuity until the switch is pushed. NC means there is a short that opens when the switch is pushed.


So, if I went with a NO, there would be no signal from the guitar until I pushed the button.

However, if I went with a normally closed, the signal would be interrupted when I press the button.

Amiright?
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#97
correct.

Secretly you can wire a killswitch using either though. NC will let the signal pass until you press down on the button, where the signal will be cut. With a NO you wire one lug to a ground so the signal will ground as soon as you press the button and won't be in the circuit otherwise.

NC is a "cleaner" way of doing it though.
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#98
Alright cool, thanks.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#99
OK so I thought I should probably get a parts list together.

Bridge, $28 GFS

Output Jack and Plate, $5 GFS

Pickup Rings, $9 GFS

Wilkinson Tuners, $27 GFS

Wiring Kit, $23 GFS

Knobs, $13 GFS

Graphtech pre-slotted TUSQ nut, $8 Guitar Heads

SD Jazz Neck Pup and SD Custom Bridge Pup both with chrome cover, $95ish each, local guitar shop.

Soldering Iron, $9 RShack

Solder, $4 ish RShack

Drawknife, $40 Traditional Woodworker

Fretboard - eBaying for about $40 -$80 at the moment, depending.

Grand total left to spend: $396-436.

$396 + approx. $44 for the wood: $440. This is my estimated low end.
$480 is my estimated high end.

This is also before I buy anything which I need to finish (hopefully that crazy old man will gimme some nitrocellulose to finish with so I don't have to buy it.)

For that much money, I could get a high-end Epiphone or Fender Standard Strat. However - I will have built my own custom design with woods that some maufacturers deem "Exotic," and the pickups etc. will probably be better than anything I could get in that pricerange stock. Not to mention the gratification of building my own guitar


EDIT: I am not adverse to radius-sanding and inlaying a slotted fretboard blank, but I am very against attempting to fret the thing myself, as I have none of the required tools to do it (not to mention it's possibly the most important part of the fretboard). Anyone know anyone or any company etc which would be willing to fret it for me? Could I just take it to my local shop and have them fret it for me?


EDIT 2: Damn, forgot my truss rod... add like 20 bucks to the total to include my truss rod...
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
Last edited by Copaman at Aug 12, 2009,
#100
Quote by Copaman
OK so I thought I should probably get a parts list together.

Bridge, $28 GFS

Output Jack and Plate, $5 GFS

Pickup Rings, $9 GFS

Wilkinson Tuners, $27 GFS

Wiring Kit, $23 GFS

Knobs, $13 GFS

Graphtech pre-slotted TUSQ nut, $8 Guitar Heads

SD Jazz Neck Pup and SD Custom Bridge Pup both with chrome cover, $95ish each, local guitar shop.

Soldering Iron, $9 RShack

Solder, $4 ish RShack

Drawknife, $40 Traditional Woodworker

Fretboard - eBaying for about $40 -$80 at the moment, depending.

Grand total left to spend: $396-436.

$396 + approx. $44 for the wood: $440. This is my estimated low end.
$480 is my estimated high end.

EDIT: I am not adverse to radius-sanding and inlaying a slotted fretboard blank, but I am very against attempting to fret the thing myself, as I have none of the required tools to do it (not to mention it's possibly the most important part of the fretboard). Anyone know anyone or any company etc which would be willing to fret it for me? Could I just take it to my local shop and have them fret it for me?
try luthier near by, and there tutorials.

EDIT 2: Damn, forgot my truss rod... add like 20 bucks to the total to include my truss rod...
get a martin style from stewmac, perfect for the job

hrm, i would NOT get my bridge and tuners from GFS.
fro 40-80 bucks, you can get a pre slotted ebony fboard from stewmac,
Just call me Julius, J, etc.
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#101
A Martin Style what?

As for the Bridge and Tuners - The tuners are not GFS brand, they are Wilkinson... The bridge I could get elsewhere, but for mo moneh.

And yes, I was looking at preslotted fretboards.

Also, forgot the inlays... $50ish, StewMac
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#104
I currently have 230 dollars of fund.

I will purchase the Nut, Bridge, Tuners, Fretboard, Inlays, Wiring Kit, Knobs, and Jack and Plate; soon as the parents let me have at the credit card.

EDIT: I will also buy a truss rod. Maybe Dual Action?

That's like, more than half of my stuff...
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#106
What kind of inlays? just standard dots I assume?
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#107
Quote by salsawords
What about fretwire?


Getting it done by the local guitar shop so I stuff it up. Prolly Jumbo.


As for inlays, Blocks. Abalone I think.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
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#108
Sounds cool, always thought blocks looked nice.


Also, just noticed your sig.

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#109
UPDATE!!!!


Body is back from my uncle's bandsawing guy, who did a phenominal job. I go to work at noon and won't be back until 9 or later, so no sanding today, but tomorrow.

I talked my mom into letting me order my stuff, so long as I could give her the cash money. I had $220 in cold hard cash; the total for everything I ordered was $219.95.

I ordered my nut, a rosewood fretboard (shipping on this was like, 11 bucks, WTF), abalone inlays, 2-way truss rod, bridge, GFS was out out of wiring kits so I looked at the components of the Stew-Mac kit and bought all those (4x 500K resistors, .022 uF Caps [iirc]), output jack and plate, knobs, tuners, and whatever else I'm forgetting.

TL;DR -

I bought just about everything but the pickups, my body is cut out, pics in a little bit.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#110
First Post of Thread for These Photos

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In my excursion I discovered my sister's camera has a macro mode.

I also discovered it wasn't as good as I had hoped.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
Last edited by Copaman at Feb 28, 2010,
#111
That shape turned out better than I thought it would, it looks good man!
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#112
Awesome, now let's see some more progress!
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#113
I agree, shape lloks surprisingly good, keep it comin' man.
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#114
First Post of Thread for These Photos

DUHHHHNNNNNNNNN

DUHNNNNNNNNNNN

DUNNNNNNNNNN

DUHN DUHN!!!!!! (Bom Bom Bom Bom)
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
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Last edited by Copaman at Feb 28, 2010,
#115
First Post of Thread for These Photos

That's everything from GFS.
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Last edited by Copaman at Feb 28, 2010,
#116
See First Post of Thread for Photos

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I bought this from Guitarheads, a black TUSQ XL (?) nut.


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Stewmac:

"Hot Rod" truss rod.

Abalone Inlays:

Side one:

Side two:

Which side should I use?
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
Last edited by Copaman at Feb 28, 2010,
#117
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Wood porn:

See First Post of Thread for Pictures

These two are the 1/4" roundover of the body.


I dunno if you guys can see it, but I did the line for the scarf joint, 13*. Does that look right?

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Also calculated the neck pocket angle and I got 3.5*, does that sound about right?
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
Last edited by Copaman at Feb 28, 2010,
#118
Fretboard came in today:

See First Post of Thread for Pictures
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
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Last edited by Copaman at Feb 28, 2010,
#119
Alright, for those of you following this thread:

Some might know that I ran into a slight setback: My neck blank was warped. More specifically, the strip of cocobolo I used right down the center was warped.

My uncle ran it through his jointer to fix it, but it was already too late. We had to bring it to the ICU.

Drastic measures ensued - we amputated a full .75" or so from both strips of mahogany in order to straighten it. Then, after placing it on life support for almost a week and a half, we brought in the extra limbs.

For hours we toiled over the wood, making sure it was straight for gluing, passing it through the jointer to make sure we attached only the finest pieces of amputated wood back on to the neck blank.

And then, at approximately 1900 hours GMT, we began. First, we applied the Titebond Original. Then, we applied the clamps. The storm began to close in on the laboritory and we raised the antenna.

As the lightning struck said antenna, I shouted, "It's Aliveeeeeeee! It's aliveeeeeeeeee! By God Igor, it's ALIVE!!!!!"

And now we're waiting a couple of days to pull it out of the clamp and finalize fixing it.

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TL;DR - I ****ed up, started fixing it, and wrote this post like I was Doctor Frankenstein.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#120
Freaking picture OVERLOAD!

but it looks really nice, Dr.
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