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Boysie8
The best kind of spice
Join date: Jul 2008
90 IQ
#1
Hey guys and gals, finally in a position to enter this challenge (moving islands set me back for a while, but I'm back and raring to go). The plan: a Jag-Strat hybrid:



I found a real cheap-and-nasty strat on one of these daily-deal websites, managed to get most of the parts I need from a $63 rig. So, the cost breakdown (in NZD):

$30.00 Ash (for body)
$25.50 Maple Neck Blank
$17.30 18" Truss Rod
$17.00 Maple 25.5" Fretboard
$ 4.00 Fretwire
$10.00w/b/w Laminate Pickguard Matl.
$16.00 DPDT Slide Switches
$63.00 Sacrificial Guitar, including
6-in-line Tuning Machines
String Tree
Nut
Tremolo Bridge
Single-Coil Pickups
5-Way Selector Switch
250k Pots
Caps
1/4" Mono Jack
Strap Locks
Neck Plate and Screws


Which comes to a grand total of $183.50
The exchange rate at time of posting puts the limit at $196.30

Still waiting on the Stew-Mac parts to arrive, but here's what I've got at the moment:



Next week: Templates!
Last edited by Boysie8 at Sep 26, 2012,
whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#2
Ooh a new one! And you can afford parts from StewMac for your build? I say!

What finish you going for?
whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#5
Dig an underground tunnel that's slops slightly towards your end and have them roll cans to you through that.
Boysie8
The best kind of spice
Join date: Jul 2008
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#9
Neck rough-cut to shape:



A bit of really crude thicknessing (I couldn't be bothered making up a new router sledge, so just did it in blocks and took the walls out with a chisel):



Neck routed to shape, and truss rod glued in:



And fretboard glued on top:



Skipped a couple of steps here in my haste, but the body routed (neck still needs the fretboard trimming):



Tomorrow, weather permitting, it'll be onto the arm and belly cuts.
Boysie8
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Join date: Jul 2008
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#12
Two steps forward, one step back... First things first, I got the arm and belly cuts done with the spokeshave and orbital sander (A little hard to make out in the light though):



Then, routing the edge radius, disaster strikes! Turns out I bought a bead bit instead of a classic roundover - the results were not ideal:



Time to stop, take a deep breath, and relax before I make any more sawdust:

whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#17
You could use a large roundover bit, but small enough that it doesn't take out the whole ledge. That way it'll be like there's a little channel left which could be filled with something, and you could do a stain finish and you'd have a nice little border around the face.
Boysie8
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Join date: Jul 2008
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#21
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:

Boysie8
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Join date: Jul 2008
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#22
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:

Boysie8
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#23
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.
Boysie8
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#24
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.
T00DEEPBLUE
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#27


What a beautiful place to live. I live on the Irish seafront, but its not nearly as scenic as where you live.
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Boysie8
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#31
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.
whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#32
Quote by Boysie8
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
da_
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Join date: Mar 2008
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#33
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.
Boysie8
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#34
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
W4RP1G
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Join date: May 2010
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#35
Wow, great idea on the fret wire bender!

Sucks about the masking tape. Did blue tape do that?
da_
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#36
Quote by Boysie8


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
Boysie8
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#37
Quote by W4RP1G
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.
Last edited by Boysie8 at Oct 23, 2012,
Boysie8
The best kind of spice
Join date: Jul 2008
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#39
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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