1963 Vox Shadow Inspired Budget Build

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  1. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Then I took a drill and drilled all the holes for pilot holes.


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    Then I countersunk the screws for pickguard mounting screws.


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    Next I drilled the pot holes with a multi bit.


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    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I enlarged the pickup mounting holes one size.

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    And all that needs to be done is a scraping of the edges with a plastic edge tool to chamfer it a bit. I'll probably go in with a bit on some holes depending on what size the actual pickup screws are.

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    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Sorry missed this yesterday. I hope the pickups aren't just a ceramic fender style under a bigger cover.. :)
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    I truly enjoy watching your builds
     
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    The seller does state "alnico 5" in the item description, and judging by how thin it is and the general dimensions, you can be pretty sure you'd find a bunch of wire directly wrapped around a humbucker magnet, which is what you want here :)
    If you have a ceramic HB magnet lying around somewhere, you can empirically compare the magnetic pull with a nail or whatever thin, long ferrous object you have on your desk. You can also use a compass to determine the orientation of the magnet, ie. the poles being distributed horizontally or vertically relative to the pickup.

    In any case, you want to be able to adjust those bad boys very close to the strings, that's where they sound at their best. Singles with just a bar magnet tend to keep their magnetic fields close to themselves and they can sound very weak if kept too far away from the action.

    It's looking really good, this'll deserve a family picture at the end!
     
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    Thank you!

    Thanks. It keeps me out of trouble.

    Yeah, this is kind of a test run for the x carve, which I really want to get back to try and do some necks with. I have 3 more builds in me then I seriously need to consider stopping. I want to do a Gretsch Jet build with a few less knobs and maybe another LP, which is my favorite. My neighbor down the road threw out a bunch of poplar, so of course I picked it up with a really low budget build in mind.
     
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    I have the Vox Clubman bass, the styling looks very much the same "family" as the model your build is inspired by. The same single coil pickups were used on both the guitar and bass version.

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    I would like,just once to hear one of these finish or no finish.These last 3 to be specific lol
     
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    Great Choice on the peghead! That's my preference too!
     
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    I'm a Supro fan for the same reason :).
     
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    I modeled the neck carve. It looks like this:


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    I decided to bolt down a chunk of poplar and see what it looks like from the back. I carved down to .700" deep. I used a 1/2" roundnose bit with about a .100 stepover on the finish cut.

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    Cool. If I had lots of money and a warehouse to house them, I'd buy a bunch of different instruments like that.
     
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    I'll see what I can do. It involves sanding you know....
     
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    Hell, I don't care if it's naked as my first wife on Cinco de Mayo lol.I just wanna hear them played
     
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    Unless you've got a VERY early Vox, which were crudlly made in England for Vox, ALL Vox guitars headed to the US were mostly made in Italy (EKO) and they really were .... junk. Poor body construction, plastic not laquer finishes, and Pickups that Screamed, Hummed and Buzzed. I've restored many a Vox guitar and was shocked to find the Italian factories didn't even bother to check the polarity of the PuP pole on multi pickup guiars, like the Bobcast, Lynx, Teardrop, etc to make sure that they were "opposing poles" on adjacent PuPs (as you find on Fender and other Single pole PuP guitars). That helps cancel Hum.

    Here a quote from "Vintage Guitar and Bass online Magazine"": But the story of the 1960s Vox guitars is complicated, with many different guitars made in different plants worldwide, often quite different from each other. But it started in England; JMI were making Vox guitars at a factory in Dartford, Kent (See pic), primarily for Shadows fans in the UK. After Beatlemania, Brian Jones' teardrop Mark VI and the British Invasion of 1964, they could not keep up with worldwide demand, especially in the US. JMI outsourced some production to two Italian factories, EKO in Recanati, and Crucianelli, primarily for the American market, and at it's peak had a huge number of models available. Eventually the UK factory ceased guitar production, and the last few Vox guitars available for several years, were the Vox Giant range guitars, made in Japan.

    I'm a Luthier of 47 years, worked at Fender 1973 - 1999, Floor Supervisor, Production Manager, Imports Production Mgr.
     
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