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#122
This builds gunna be sweeeeeeeeeet!




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#123
Thanks. I'm reaaaally looking forward to saturday.. Hopefully I wont be sick like I am now. I'll update after I get home from work on saturday, assuming I'm not dead.
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#124
Just read all the pages, and this build is looking amazing. I'm glad to see that you're keeping it natural.

Or possibly, a light stain

Great job.
#125
i spread my glue with either a credit card or a plastic spreader knife... it doesnt have to be real thick just coated evenly.
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#126
^Yeah, we used something about the size of a credit card, but it was like a yellow rubber tool with a handle.

BGSM, yeah, keeping it natural. No light stain, hah
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#127

As promised, UPDATES!

This is starting to take the shape of a guitar...the body blank is beautiful, I am extremely happy with the routing we got done today. When I say "we", I mean, I didn't do any of the routing at all. I watched it. But you know what I always say, better safe than locker. Wait, that wasn't funny.

Anyway, pictures!

Here's the body blank. Win win win.


Body blank from an upper angle. I used flash on all these pictures hoping to capture a bit more of the figure, I think I got it.


The template laying on top of the blank. Unintentional foot shot as well...yes, I did take that picture, somehow.


Here are the sexy pickup routs!


Here is the fence we used for routing the top and bottom of each pickup. We drew parallel lines that were lined up with the radius of the router and...well, it was a long process for something so seemingly simple. Long story short, we moved the fence to four different places all parallel to each other and cut.


Here you get a good picture of the bridge rout (with burn marks, going to be sanded out), and the boxy pickup routs.


Top routing is (pretty much) done! I am REALLY happy with the way everything turned out.


Here is Matt doing some of the routing on the back cavity.


Here is what we were left with on the back cavity. I'm going to clean up the screw supports and sand the cavity cover (made of flamed maple...looks really nice) down to size.



We didn't really use the template except for like rough drawings, but I'm glad, because everything wasn't perfect on the template.

That's about what we got done today. Next time we should have everything done, which is the neck pocket, all of the screw holes, the channels from back cavity to pickup cavities, input jack cavity done, cutting out the body, and the flamed maple veneer on the headstock. Then, I have some sanding/beveling to do, and hook it up to see if it plays. After that, we're going to take it back to him and do some shellacing (sp?) and leave it with him to finish.

Not sure when we're going back up next time, but I'll bring this thread back up before we do, assuming it will be pages back.

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#128
mighty perdy sir!

i'm liking this more and more!

the template for this badboy is just so badass!
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#129
One of the most professional-looking builds on UG at the moment! Well done!

The bridge route looks like it's on a angle - is it meant to be like that? Also, where are you mounting the jack? On the side?
#130
Thanks a lot

Yeah, the bridge is supposed to be mounted on an angle. It would be pretty bad if it was meant to be parallel to the neck/pickups and it turned out like that >.<

I'm not too concerned about the burn marks, they won't be too noticable with the hardware on the guitar.

Also, very minute thing...the bridge pickup rout on the floor-side (when playing), the little cutout for the screw isn't quite as big as the others, just a small thing that needs to be fixed.

Thanks for the comments guys
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#131
Just making sure.

And not to pour water on your fire by any means, but it might be a good idea to stain it, even just a clear coat. I'm not sure what the effects of the sun will have.

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#132
This is looking great, really professional and well thought out
This is going to be the shit when its done
#133
Thanks again, guys. Sorry I reply to like every two posts, but I like to respond..

BGSM, I AM doing a clear coat, but not like a stain that is affecting the color
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#135
ive just read this thread all the way throught. im impressed man

it looks like its coming along good

cant wait to see it finished..

good luck!
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#136
I'm confused, you had a template but didnt use it?

Looks good though...




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#137
^Yeah we made the template and everything, which really didn't take a WHOLE lot of work, but in the end we found it easier to set up other jigs and tout parallel lines for the top, bottom, and sides of pickups, and he had a router bit the exact size of the bridge rout. We did use the template for the back cavity, though.
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#138
Hows the sanding coming?
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#139
Hey, Nick. I haven't really done much, we still need to take out part on the back cavity, where the cover plate is going to go. We need to take out the part on the tops of the screw supports. Then I'll start sanding the maple plate to size.
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#140
UG demands an update!
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#141
Heh I'd update, but sadly I can't get anymore work done on this body until we get back to the shop, which will probably be the saturday after this saturday. Maybe sooner, but it's not looking good. Sorry :P
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#142
DUDEE!!! i've only just seen the pics of the pickup and recces routes done, its looking sweeeeet, you need to get that body cut out bro
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#143
Yeah, I'm reaaaallly looking foreward to whenever we can get into the workshop next. We should have a fully machined body by next update!
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#146


Quick update here, we got the maple cavity cover sanded down to size and we got the back cavity cover support cut out. Here's a few pictures.




Incandescant lighting is really crappy for taking pictures, as you might have noticed. That one was with flash.



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#147
Lookin good, man. Really nice to see that you're not rushing into it like several people seem to do(and like I almost did, lol)
#148
Hahaha yeah, i'm not sure what I'd do if I messed this up beyond repair. I think we're going to touch up the cavity cover support a little bit to suit the cover a bit more, though. It wouldn't be as easy to not rush if we had all the tools :-p
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#149
You're such a tease Joe




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#150
^At least I didn't pretend there were updates and just put up a bunch of pictures of little red Xs.

I just tried to find the little red Xs and couldn't
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#151
ahaha bitch




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#152
looking slick man, any more work (like body cutting) being done anytime soon? haha
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#153
Thats some pretty good work

I would love to build something similar
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#154
Thanks guys.

@adam, I believe we're going out this Saturday to finish machining the body. After that, it's all beveling/finishing work.
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#155
So I ended up having to wait another week...but the machining is ALMOST completely done!

Progress went somewhat slowly today and we wasted our time doing a few things the hard way...but I have pictures!

Here's what we started with today.


Drilled some starter holes for the through-body strings and the control holes.


Here are the finished* (more on this later...) control holes and ferrule holes (minus the recessed back ferrules)


Probably the easiest yet one of the most critical things about today, the bridge stud holes


Bridge in place, without the studs tapped down because once they're in they're not coming back out.


Rough neck pocket cut


Setting up the neck pocket fence. This took forever because originally we were going to do it one way, and when we had finally set that up, he decided to do it a different way. When we finally set it up and screwed the wood down, we realized the center line was off. So we had to go and reset the whole thing. Basically, we set the neck in the pocket a little close to keep it tight due to the taper (didn't want to take any risks), and pinned up some wood right against it.


Finished pocket:


(continued...)
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#156
Right out of the bandsaw


Me actually doing some work


And finally, the close sand (not right down to the line, we're doing that by hand because I didn't want to risk messing it up). I think it looks pretty sexy.



*About the "finished" comment, we thought the cavity holes were completely finished, i.e. we could put the stuff in and screw everything together and have it be fine.


Last time we were up at the shop, we weren't sure how deep we wanted to make the cavity, so we just routed out a good bit of it. We figured that the pots would be too small and we would have to drill little wells for them, and we were right. When we did this, we didn't put the little cavity for the "boss" things on the pots (little tabs that hold them in place) in the right spots, so the pots don't screw in right. Luckily, this is an easy fix.

Also, we drilled the little well for the pickup switcher, but we didn't account for the position of the switch when it is switched in any position besides the middle one. That means that there is no room on either side of the well to switch pickups. Obviously, this is another problem that will have to be fixed.

Also, the wiring is going to be pretty tight, but no biggie...
Luckily, the push/pull tone pot works perfectly


Anyway, I'm up for comments!

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#157
This looks really great! I love the flame on that maple, very nice.
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#159
Excellent build.
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#160
very very nice, i did my routing before i did my cuts as well, works out very well, doesn't it?
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