B-day present for my wife

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  1. guitarbuilder

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    Getting started on sanding now.
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    Have about 2 weeks to get this thing operational...
    Ordered some pickguard material. Should be here in about a week.
     
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    Pickguard material showed up today.
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    Need to cut out another one, hopefully sometime this week. Then more sanding, some layers of shellac and I can wire it up...
     
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    Does anyone know how to turn a left handed pickguard into a right handed pickguard? I guess this is what happens when you rush things...
     
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    You flip it over. Lookin' good though!
     
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    I guess it's hard to see in the pic, but I already put the bevel on the wrong side...
     
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    make it round, its a hand made, its your build and who says it can't be round? ;-)
     
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    Square off the bevel? Re-bevel it from the other side? I don’t think there is a fix that doesn’t involve making it 2mm smaller all round...
     
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    If there is a guitar where you could get away with a "diamond edged" pickguard (bevelled from both sides), it's that one. That would preserve more of the pickguard size...

    In fact, you could probably claim having the bevel upside down was totally a design feature you meant to have on the guitar.

    Or you could make it square and bind the pickguard, then bevel the binding... Or try to cut off the bevel with a very thin and sharp blade, flip the bevel pieces over and try binding the pg with that...

    Or make a new one and save that one for the reverse/leftie St. Vincent you will be making one day.
     
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    So this project keeps getting better.... today a nice gentleman at my work agreed to cut about 3/16" off the bottom of the trem block so that I can easily fit it into the trem cavity on this guitar. It went alright until I noticed what heat does to plastic/rubber...

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    Well, I did get it cut off, so that was accomplished. Need to drill out the spring holes and drill out the arm bushing and figure something out on how to replace it. any suggestions? I can't seem to find anywhere to buy a new one.


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    Ok, I think I'm back on track...
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    Eighth time's the charm, though it wasn't without mishap. I was able to salvage this one and I'm going to skip the bevel, because frankly it doesn't need one. Going to leave well enough alone. Now it's time to finish the sanding and all the little details etc. And put this thing together. Little over a week to finish it... At least so it's playable
     
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    [QUOTE="LuckyJinx, post: 8797565, member: 64918"

    Or make a new one and save that one for the reverse/leftie St. Vincent you will be making one day.[/QUOTE]



    Funny you say this, my daughter is a lefty and she wants a guitar...
     
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    Funny you say this, my daughter is a lefty and she wants a guitar...[/QUOTE]
    There you go - problem solved.
     
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    Getting closer... Rear cavity covers and everything is sanded to 320. Need to put some shellac on, assemble and do a set up.
     
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    Good for you, go for it!
     
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    Up to 8 coats of shellac I believe... For body and neck. I'll probably have to sand it back and smooth out some spots I missed sanding once she decides on a color. But other than that, I think it's looking pretty cool. I hope she digs it...
     
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    Looks nice. I am looking to do my first guitar in shellac. Are you spraying? Rattle can?
     
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    More like a french polish...

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    So I'm nearing the finish line, sort of...

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    Assembling and doing the wiring... Not confident it's going to work properly because it's kinda complex wiring diagram, at least for me. I'll do my best and see how it turns out. I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out but all the little mistakes and poor workmanship stands out like a sore thumb to me. Hoping she still appreciates it anyways. About 2 days to go...

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    you see the flaws, i see determination and not taking the easy road by buying a DIY kit of another model.
    if your wife will know how you struggled with this but didn't give up, the more she will cherish this great present.
     
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