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#1
A couple months ago I started building a Fender Jazzmaster guitar. I purchased the unfinished body from Warmoth.com. I'd wanted a custom Jazzmaster for a while but never got around to doing anything about it. Until I saw this rear routed Jazzmaster with a nice flame maple top on it. I'd seen Jazzmasters with flame maple tops before, but they were always top routed wich meant that almost half of the flame maple was covered by a pickgaurd.
Once I had the guitar in my hands I had to pick a color. I'd seen something called a "Tigerseye" finish on another guitar and liked it a lot. It was dark orange with black stripes. I decided to do that but with a dark yellow instead of orange. I had no intentions of doing the dye job or the finish, but it was going to cost me over $400 to have that done so here I am doing it myself. I've never stained anything other than a dresser and that was with regular minwax stain. After researching it for a couple weeks I went out and bought some black and yellow powdered wood dye. 1/2 once was more than enough to do the whole body. If I had known how dramatic the finish was going to turn out I would have taken before and after pics.

To get the "tigerseye" look I had to dye the whole body black first. The end grain in the wood soaks up the dye faster. Then I sanded the whole body until only the end grain was black and everything else was close to the original wood color. Then I applied the yellow dye (took 6 coats to get the color I wanted). Now I'm in the process of putting a polyurethane finish on it. These next pics are of the body with the first coat of poly on it.






The back of the guitar is Swamp Ash, so there's not much figure to soak up the black dye. I like how it turned out though.




I can only post so many pics in each post, so I'll split them up.
#2
The next pics are of the neck. After the body turned out so well I decided to take pics of the whole process. The 1st pics are of the unfinished neck before I did anything to it.









#3
1st I dyed the neck black. It's solid flame maple, but because the neck needs to support so much tension it's a much harder wood than the flame maple on the body. Because of this, the flame isn't nearly as dramtic as the soft maple on the body. It took some work to get the contrast to sharpen up. Three coats of black with sanding in between.










You can see the end grain has soaked up more of the black dye than the surrounding wood.



#4
The next pics are after I sanded the black dye back for the 3rd time.









#5
The next pics are after the 1st coat of yellow. It's going to take several more coats before it matches the body, but it's looking good so far.















I'll post more pics as things move along. Having a bitch of a time with dust creating flaws in the finish. I went so far as to tape up a plastic room to spray in and I still get dust particles in the finish. By the time I buff them out, the finish is gone. If anyone has any advice I'd appreciate it.
Last edited by Hadalet at Jul 10, 2008,
#8
Quote by lefthandman9876
looks cool but if its a jazzmaster why has it got a strat trem and routing for two humbuckers?

just a jazzmaster body i guess. it probably has a strat trem and 2 humbuckers because thats what he wanted? isn't that the point of a custom guitar, to get exactly what you want?
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#11
That top and neck look fucking sweet. The back looks like crap though. But who cares about the back anyway?
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#13
That is ****ing sexy as hell. Dude you have done a brilliant job on the paint i adore your skill!

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#14
It looks really nice, but it has humbuckers! and a strat trem! Still nice but I'd love to have seen proper JM pu'ps and trem...
#15
Hi guys,
Thanks for the replies. When I got the body, it was already pre-routed for humbuckers and a wilkinson tremolo. I actually didn't want a trmolo, but it would have cost a hell of a lot more if I ordered it exactly the way I wanted it. Besides, I'm sick of my strat tremolo that I've been playing for 12 years now. I had never seen a rear-routed flametop Jazzmaster for sale on warmoth, so I jumped on it. I got it from the Warmoth showcase section. I think a lot of the guitar bodies there are ones that people ordered and then decided they didn't want (why else would a JM be routed that way). As for the humbuckers I'm alright with them, I wasn't necessarily looking for the "Jazzmaster" sound. I've got a JB model for the front and a Jazz model for the neck. I really was clueless about how much this would cost me. When I saw the body for $200 on warmoth I naively thought I could build the whole thing for around $600 lol. I'm in over $1100 so far, but I'm very happy with it so far. I'm already thinking about the next guitar, but I'm not ready to try anything like LP Addicts guitar (awesome btw, I sent a link to some friends to check it out). Maybe an LPS.
#16
^^ i was gonna suggest a set of P94 pickups but you said you have a JB and Jazz set already

what kinda wiring are you going for with this?

moar deetails plz

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#18
That dye turned out incredible! If I had a maple guitar, I would do that to it.
#19
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That dye turned out incredible! If I had a maple guitar, I would do that to it.


+100.

I'm addicted to the body and neck.

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#21
Thats pretty f**king cool




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#22
That is one of the sickest finishes on any guitar I've ever seen.
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#25
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what kinda wiring are you going for with this?

moar deetails plz



I haven't decided exactly how I'm going to wire it yet. Every time I get my heart set on something I come across some new ideas. The only thing I know I'll do is split the bridge pickup, but I don't want a push pull pot. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there.
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Quote by Hadalet
I haven't decided exactly how I'm going to wire it yet. Every time I get my heart set on something I come across some new ideas. The only thing I know I'll do is split the bridge pickup, but I don't want a push pull pot. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there.


How about, a rotary switch in one hole- you can wire it how you like then. A volume in the other, and in the blade switch place, a capcitor selector- so instead of a tone knob you go through different levels of treble filtering (maybe a resistor of different values for each one, like different stages in the turning of a pot)

sorry if it sounds unclear
#28
i request updated pics ^_^

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#29
I don't the guitar and neck is enough guitar porn for me to handle. To Nagashiro

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#31
The neck is just about finished. The neck is solid flame maple, so I thought that I wouldn't need to use any wood filler. I didn't notice the strip of wood covering the truss rod.






As you can see below, the strip needed some filling. The white stuff in the grooves is polish. Haven't decided if I should sand the back down and fill it or just leave it. Any ideas are appreciated.









#32
Looks good. I probably would have not used the black on the back, I would have gone with just the yellow, but it looks cool.

Great job
#33
That has to be the most awesome neck i have ever seen.

Can't wait to see both the neck and body done.

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#34
Just plain love.
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#35
Quote by Hadalet
The neck is just about finished. The neck is solid flame maple, so I thought that I wouldn't need to use any wood filler. I didn't notice the strip of wood covering the truss rod.






As you can see below, the strip needed some filling. The white stuff in the grooves is polish. Haven't decided if I should sand the back down and fill it or just leave it. Any ideas are appreciated.











About the skunk stripe. I think if you want this to be a super-perfect custom guitar to impress people at guitar shows and stuff then yeah refinish it. But if you just want it for yourself to play it then don't bother. No-one will ever see it.
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#36
Your guitar's got jaundice, check its liver function please...

on a serious note, looks great. It'll be interesting to see how well the neck and body fit together. I get a feeling that it might be too much yellow for me, but then again, I'm a fan of dark coloured guitars...

Looks great though, can't wait to see it finished!
#37
I haven't wired the pu yet, but it's pretty close to being done. I think I'll swap the gold pu rings for black though.

#38
That looks amazing! Although I don't like that trem that much, the rest just looks wonderful.
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#39
That's gorgeous, I love Jags and Jazzes. I prefer the Jazz trem, and Jazz pups, but I guess it's your own preference, and it looks, and probably sounds stunning.
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