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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Mat UK, Dec 18, 2016.
Very nice work!!!
C’mon Matty, let’s hear it!
Tap, tap, tap, tappity-tapp-tap. hmm-hmm-hmm. . . . .
Well I gotta say the way used the floorboards to accentuate the guitar in the photos showed some real visual sophistication. Oh...the guitar is stunning as well.
I think Mat is a graphic designer. But yeah, you got to have good material to work with.
Friends. After 9 build absent months I’m finally back working towards finishing the Jaguar.
I spent a bit of time last week carving the tummy and arm cuts. I’ve gone shallow and subtle - I didn’t want to overdo it. I’ve also repaired the horn tear out I inflicted.
It’s now sanded up to 80grit. My next step is to fill some knots and dings with CA.
I’ve also got some shallow tear out from when I thicknessed the body on the sled - I should have sanded it out at the time with the random orbit... but alas I didn’t. I’ve had a good go at paddle sanding it out which has removed the majority - but deeper tear out remains so I will drop fill this too with CA.
Once the general sanding is done I’m going to move onto epoxy filling the grain. This will be my first go so wish me luck!
One question: Is epoxy over CA compatible? Or am I safer drop filling the knots etc with epoxy too?
Thanks. It’s good to be back!
Let the good times roll!
Good to see you back at it!
Whatever it was.
I think you were building a guitar or something.
Lookin good, Mat. I think you’re OK with epoxy over CA, but not sure. Kind of makes me want to finish all my home projects, and do some building.
Rick! We've missed you as well!
Wait... I thought I was building a chopping board?
You want to finish all your home projects in epoxy? I don’t think Mrs Stratenstein will appreciate you epoxying her prized Persian rug or newly hung floor to ceiling curtains...
I was scanning the forum for other builds the other day for inspiration and discovered this thread from 2012... I think it’s about time you build that jag, it’s been 6 years in the making... and start a thread while you’re at it.
Here, here! It’s got rather quiet around here - Innuendo and monkey references have all but disappeared!
Neck and body fine sanded and ready for finish. Little mock-up time.
Could someone help me with a sense check please? What depth should the pickup cavities be routed to? I’m not going to state what I have already done it to... just so I don’t bias things!
I'd say control cavity 1.50 inches deep on a 1.75" body. Assuming you have pickguard mounted pickups, the others deep enough to accommodate whatever you are sticking in there with some clearance for wire. If they are body mounted, then I'd consider what you are using to act as a spring, or foam too. You probably don't need the pickups to go below the pickguard when in use.
That’s the concern - I don’t have the cash at the moment for pickups, so I’m just trying to double check I’ve got the clearance further down the line... maybe I should contact the pickup makers and see what they’d recommend. Cheers
That's a nice Jaguar!
Offset guitars have JG & JM cavity depths
Excellent, thanks Trance - that is an incredibly useful link
Actually, that’s not a bad idea. Everything encased in epoxy would make cleaning a breeze, throw away the broom, the mop, the Hoover, and just roll out the pressure washer. Bed might be a bit crackly, but certainly we’d get used to it.
It has been gestating for a while, perhaps when I finish the porch enclosure job, assuming I have fingers left, I’ll cart out the Jag project for a go. Rob and Jupe are in charge of the primate exhibit, I only visit from time to time.
I finally have some progress to show.
I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks finishing off the plates and pickguard (well almost).
Here’s where I’m at:
- copper plates have been cut, shaped and bevelled. (more than once on certain plates!)
- templates made for pickguard.
- pickguard routed.
- pickguard bevelled... badly, so abandoned.
With the pickguard everything was going swimmingly, until I bevelled it. In a nut shell my router table isn’t setup particularly well - the plate isn’t perfectly level with the table - so it meant some horrible transitions where the template sat differently depending how it was resting...
What does this mean? Apart from the obvious - redoing the pickguard - I’m also going to have to make a new copy of the template. Blah, not the end of the world, but irritating.
It has done me one favour though - I don’t think I’m a fan of the three ply look. I’m going for a continuous bevel around the plates and pickguard - to my eye, the three ply makes it look like the bevel transition from plate to pickguard aren’t smooth (they aren’t perfectly anyway). So I’m going to try a solid white PG instead - see how that looks.
Being honest - making my own hardware is a headache and time consuming, I don’t know if it’s worth it!... and dare I say it... I’m not even sure if I even like the look of it.
- sand/polish the plates
- remake pickguard
Thanks for reading!