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#81
If you used the stewmac template, just make the claw center, then mark the lines. IF not, just center it with your center line, it should be fine.
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#82
Alright, thanks. I've got the holes marked out, but I couldn't find a drill bit that was long and small enough to let me drill the hole today, so I'll need my dad's help for that (I have no clue where anything is in this garage). However, I got it sanded down to 220 grit, feels smooth! I took pictures, but it's hard to see the difference this way. Oh well.






Hopefully, I'll have this thing done in the next week aside from wiring. Might be able to get that done too if I can get soldering down in time.
#84
this looks nice. only bit that saddens me is the store bought neck... the aren't that hard to make

aside from that, bravo
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#85
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^ Sounds like a useful feature to have, but whilst we're on the topic, you might like to know another way to do this, its a tone pot made by fender that has no load when turned up fully.

They're expensive though (like $13) so You can make you're own with a CTS pot and nail polish. No-load mod for a CTS pot



the drummer in my band got the "no load" option installed in his... well... he complained about them being sore for about a month... i'll leave it at that
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#86
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I love that shape, really. The grain is really nice.

Thanks!

Quote by nuthinbuttrubl8
this looks nice. only bit that saddens me is the store bought neck... the aren't that hard to make

aside from that, bravo

Well, this is my first build and I was sort of paranoid about screwing that part up Should I do another, I'd probably attempt my own now that I'm more familiar with the process (and woodworking in general... my background in this is essentially middle school shop and some internet research). Thanks, though!
#87
necks are simple to make but one of the more time consuming items... radiusing fretboards can be a real annoyance... that's why i double sticky tape the sumbitches to my CNC and rough the radius with the machine while i sit up stairs, watch porn and drink coffee
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#88
If only I had a CNC

Well, I was planning on getting a lot done this weekend, but I've been busy/unmotivated... I was able to figure out how to get the holes for the trem claw drilled (used a flex shaft on a power drill to get it close to parallel with the back), but I was going to go get some grain filler today before I realized that everything was closed for Easter. Darn. No pics unfortunately, as nothing's really changed aesthetically...

new plan, do grain filling/some finishing next weekend, if I can manage to get the time working around various prom shenanigans. Hopefully
#89
This is beautiful. I'm just about to start my first build also, going the same path as you with the store bought neck. Same experience level, too. Its a big inspiration and confidence boost going in to see this being so successful. Great work.
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#91
wkat kind of finish you doing?
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#93
the poly should be heavy build enough to not need a grain filler... just shoot some coats, sand flat, repeat
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#94
Quote by nuthinbuttrubl8
the poly should be heavy build enough to not need a grain filler... just shoot some coats, sand flat, repeat


This

Never use grain filler on natural wood finishes.
#95
Alright, thanks. Actually I just took the project to woodcraft over the weekend and got their opinion on finishing in general. I'm going to be doing an oil finish (Waterlox Original), so I won't be using grain filler anyways. I keep saying this, but hopefully this weekend I'll be able to get some finishing work done
#96
Started testing out the finish, just wanted to post up how much of a difference one coat is making. I'm testing another coat on this block, and after that it's on to the body! Just thought I'd finally give you guys some more pictures




Body finish pictures tomorrow maybe? Depending on how many coats I get done.
#98
Looks fantastic so far! Can't wait to see it fully finished and assembled!

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#99
On the downhill stretch now! Looking good man
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#102
looks good. i would have done the poly though. it would prevent the wood from turning brown on you... that's what padauk does when exposed to air... turns turd brown :\
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#103
Naw that oil finish will be fine. It wont oxidize.
I like the finish. I've read that nitro brings out the grain the best, but that oil finish is probably much easier to apply and looks just as good. And it can be re applied later as needed. You don't need nearly as much sanding and polishing, if any.

I'm curious to hear the tone.
#104
^It's not an oxidation reaction, it's from UV exposure. It will turn browner over time, but I've seen faded pieces of padauk. It'll still look nice, and it'll give it another dimension of character IMO. It will need some sanding/polishing, but not too much.

And I'm looking forward to hearing the tone too - from what I've read, it should be a brighter sounding guitar counterbalanced by my pickups (they emphasize the lower end). Should be nice.
#106
It's pic time, guys. 4 coats on the body, 3 on the headstock. I'm leaving the neck unfinished for the feel of it. Oh, and the finish on the neck pocket made the fit even tighter, so now the neck is held up with no support under the headstock. It's awesome. All that's left is buffing and assembly.







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#107
Beautiful
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#108
BUILD IS DONE!

Finished it up today! Everything works great, I just have to take it to my tech to get the truss rod adjusted in such (make fun of me for building a guitar and still being afraid of truss rods if you will, but I'd rather not break the thing ). I had no idea how good it would feel to have strings on this thing.

Pics were taken with a camera in hopes of them being better quality... I may very well get more later on. If I do, I'll show them to you guys. Thanks to everyone who helped answer my questions and provided support!







#109
Congrats! She's amazing.
BTW, how did you ended up shaping the contours? I saw your message a little late, sorry...
#114
Some proper lighting, a better camera, and a father who actually knows how to use a camera worth anything later, I've got some good quality pictures for you all! It's all set up and plays awesome; I spent a few hours today of nonstop playing before I made myself go get a hardcase for it. Strangely, since the body is a little larger than a standard guitar, it'd only fit in a bass case. So it's got some breathing room around the headstock, but it holds it firmly and protects it quite well (that I made sure of).

And thus completes the build thread. This was an awesome project, and I was glad to have the support of UG during it. And now, as promised... high quality pics.








#115
Fantastic, really something to be proud of, how heavy did it come out in the end?
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#116
Congrats looks great! (needs a headstock decal though)




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