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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Apr 17, 2014.
The level of talent is mind blowing.
Beautiful work, as always, Gil. I really like this new design - it's different, but still familiar in a very classic way.
Will your strat and P-90 pickups have the same air-gap design as your humbuckers? I think you really hit on something big with those. I just wish they were commercially available to those of us who can't afford the entire guitar... (-;
Oh yes, I will build them with the new AirGap PU's as standard, or vintage PU's as an option.
I'll get to that later in this build of course.
I have to admit when I first saw the design I didn't like the body or headstock shape but seeing them cut out and in the round (so to speak) its really grown on me. Can't wait to see this one completed.
Big difference between the plans and the actual guitar.. and if that is not enough, there's the automatic psychological rejection from any new guitar design different than the LP,S,T (-;
Gil, one more question about the fret installation if you don't mind. Are you able to install them with just hand pressure on the installation tool? I'm intrigued and I'd like to try it.
I use a mallet in case it gets tough but It's mostly combination of hand and mallet.
I recommend to start with a mallet. It's a "feel thing".
Oh I have no particular love for the traditional Stratocaster shape, the whole guitar just drives me nuts when I try to play it. I do like seeing how designs change from concept to actual object. I really like the addition of the SG style bevels.
Still waiting on some parts to be made and arrive so not much has been going on with the proto lately. Here's the bolting...
Mounting screw hole locations marked
and 3/32" lead holes drilled
Heel is roughly rounded and blended
and the ferrule cavities are drilled.
Each has a different depth in order to follow the curved surface of the heel
screw holes drilled through the other side
I'll be using these Black plated Brass ferrules which are over-sized for better pressure distribution on the body
Mild steel screws are fitted in
marked to the bottom of the neck pocket cavity
and clipped to length
Same on the neck.. hole locations marked
Here's the radiused cradle for the drilling
Thin CA under the body ferrules
Tightened hard (about twice as I go with a Fender type joint)
I bend the neck significantly more than the heaviest set of strings will ever pull it and repeat a few times
I keep the drill torque level the same as it was when I tightened the screws and try to tighten again. They do not move which is a very good sign (-;
This crucial part of the proto build is over and the joint is very strong and stable. I may even go with a 3 screw system next time (which was my innitial design but didn't want to take any chances..), two on the front and one only at the back tip of the body heel... we'll see..
Nice looking plans. When I saw the title of the thread, I thought it was about a Carvin guitar, as they have a model called the Bolt.
I only needed those big holes to install the over-sized ferrules so no need to leave them on the back of the heel of course... (-;
5/8" dowels are cut
and plugged in to lock the ferrules with hide glue
I did not see that coming.
A little drilling for the mounting screw head to fit in through the back and some rough sanding..
That is way cool! Love the hidden ferules.
Yeh, way cool
Was thinking about this a bit, and the three screws are probably just as strong. Even more so if the pattern is an isosceles triangle. Neat stuff.
I feel the same. The triangle is not isosceles because I cannot locate a screw on the neck center line where the truss rod runs..
Once completed, I'll have to test the guitar with and without the 4th screw and see if it has any effect on the sustain or low end in anyway, even though those things are very hard to compare... but like my dad always said "when in doubt there's no doubt, better use 10 big bolts than 4 little screws (-;".
Well isn't that just pretty. Very very nice.
Wow, that's cool!