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ESP LTD style build with a few twists

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Muzikp, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    That looks great James!!
     

  2. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sacramento
    Moving forward with the top.

    First is to make sure the angle on the neck is actually 4 degrees. I start by setting the plumb on the tenon which is flat or 0 degrees.

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    Then move it to the neck and sure enough 4 degrees.

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    That means I can slope the part of the top that the fret board sits on at 4 degrees. So I set it up in the router sled, check that it's at 0 degrees.

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    Then raise the front of the top til it's at 4 degrees.

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    Set the router sled on top

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    Have to make 2 passes since there is a lot of material to remove.

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    And then forget to take anymore pics so use your imagination how that went. Lets move to the 1.5 degree pickup plane shall we.

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    You can see the 4 degree route in that last picture. Unfortunately that was it for the pictures of the two different planes. I got really carried away carving the top at that point which is pretty fun. Here's what it looks like now, I'm very pleased with this result. A little fine tuning and it will be awesome.

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    You can see the top is still slightly bigger than the body, I'll flush trim it when I glue it down. Actually it may get glued down tomorrow, we'll see. I may do some rough shaping on the back of the neck before I glue it into the body. The ends of the horns are still too thick so those need work also.
     
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  3. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sacramento
    Stopping there for the night didn't feel right so I went ahead with some fine tuning. Gratuitous photo dump :eek:

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  4. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Oklamerica
    Hand over the man card, Rob.
     

  5. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Oklamerica
    Some seriously good looking carving there, James.
     

  6. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    That looks fantastic James!!!
     

  7. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Hey, hey, hey, I don't play Pokémon go on my phone. Man card is intact!
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  8. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Oklamerica
    Ok, but after recent usage of the word "tummy", you're on notice...
     

  9. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    LOL, girls have tummies, I got a belly!

    Can't believe I did not spot this until now, James, this is an outstanding build ! Great to see you back at it. Do we have the obligatory cute Butters shot already in the que?

    I should add, because I wanna be in the in crowd, that the EL Pee body you fixed for me James, dutifully sits in its stand in my office, where I look at it every day and make big plans! It makes me smile. :cool::p
     
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  10. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    See Rog! Girls have tums. Rick says so. Remember Lady Gaga singing at the Super Bowl? She had a tum and it was hot. What do you call it? I must know the proper Oklahoma vernacular; say if you were attempting to compliment the area on your wife's body that was say south of the mammalian protuberances and north of the waist line. And remember, whatever you call it, it has to be flattering and not result in a punch to my nose. If it does, I'm going to throw you under the bus.
    Rob
     

  11. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sacramento

  12. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Eh.....em.....er......oh that poor grass....

    Kind of a sideways enhanced red leather double outie thing. Yeknom is on the floor foaming at the mouth after seeing this picture. I can't tell if he's aroused or having a coronary....
     

  13. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sacramento
    A bunch of small detail work today, nice to get this stuff knocked out.

    Start with marking where the tuner holes go.

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    Check that they are all the correct offset

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    I don't like to just blast all the way through with the 13/32" bit, too much risk of tear out on the back side. So I drill a small pilot hole first.

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    Then I use that hole to line up the tip of the full size bit and drill halfway through.

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    Then I flip the neck over and drill the other half

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    That way no chance of blow out on the back side.

    You ever eat those peanut butter filled pretzel cube nugget things, very good.

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    Marked the holes for the volume and tone pots

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    Drilled them out using the same method as the tuner holes and got the router bit I planned to use to do the concave carve for the knobs

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    The bearing on the bit is exactly same size as hole so it can't wobble around in there

    Stick it in the drill and then get nervous that the result won't be perfect

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    So it's on to a test piece first

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    I'm calling that a successful test

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    Need to know where to stop drilling, my typical more is better approach wouldn't be better here

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  14. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sacramento
    Mark the slot for the switch

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    Drill holes just big enough to get the scroll saw blade through

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    After some scroll sawing and sanding we have this

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    And the switch fits. The top is too thick at this point but that part comes next.

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    Here is the control cavity plan I invented

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    Attach my new template to the top and recess the cavity a bit

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    Then tilt the template so I can get a slope on the cavity

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    And that'll do nicely

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    Mark the cavity on the body

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    Save my router a bit of work

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    Route

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    Perfect

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    It all lines up nicely

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    Going to screw the top on temporarily

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    That's as far as I got today.

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  15. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Totally digging it James! What's for the bridge? I really like the simplicity of wrap-around. PRS seems to do a good job nailing the intonation with them as well.
    Rob
     

  16. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sacramento
    It will be an ABR with stop tail. Wrap around would be really cool tho.
     

  17. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sacramento
    Hi Rick.

    Dutifully sits in it's stand in your office??? I figured you had it all built and were preparing to shred the national anthem at next years superbowl :).

    Butters huh? I'll see if I can capture something interesting. She pretty much lays on her bed all day in strange contorted positions. I do have a video of her playing defense during my daughters dribble drill practice.

     
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  18. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    Great job James. That is looking fantastic!!
     

  19. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

    Jan 31, 2012
    Lake Jackson, TX
    Really like that design. Should be killer.
     

  20. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Oklamerica
    Good clean work as usual, James. I need to work up the gumption to do a carved top at some point.

    I like your control cavity design. Very efficient.
     

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