First thinline build

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  1. adirondak5

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    MY MY MY MY --- Yea , good memories :)
     
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    Well , its been a few weeks since the last of the clear was sprayed on this neck , it's been hanging in the closet in air conditioning , the finish is hard , no smell , I'm going to get it wet sanded and buff it this morning. I started off with 1000 grit , usually I don't start off with that high a grit but it's pretty smooth

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    It didn't take long to get it nice and level with no shinny spots with the 1000 grit , went to 1500 next , all in all took about 45 minutes , then I got the buffing arbor set up


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    Loaded up the wheels with Menzerna medium and fine compounds and started buffing , about 5 minutes on the medium and a touch longer on the fine and here's the outcome

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    The decal is buried great , no sign of any outline

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    I'll give it a final hand polish with 3M Imperial Hand Glaze in a while , and then start getting this build wrapped up , man it's been a long time coming :p
     
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    Ha , thanks Dave , gotta say , this is a real purty neck , the buffing station works like a charm, so do those Menzerna compounds .
     
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    What an awesome neck! That looks really good Herb



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    Wow, the headstock looks great. Seeing yours makes me want to take the time to properly bury the decal on my build. Mine has the very noticeable build-up of finish on top of the decal typical of not sanding..:rolleyes:


    Your shop and toolage is very top self! Keep up the awesome work..;)
     
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    OK , time to get the tuners installed , Fender Vintage Tuners , nickel finish , to press in the bushings I put a transfer punch in my drill press that was a touch bigger than the bushing hole and pushed them in

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    a little side note , so I don't need to put the buffer away to get to my bench everytime I set the buffer up , I used a few Lowes gift cards (Christmas , birthday , father's day) and picked this up , it just happened to fit right in the closet area of my work shop , not a bad little bench , bottom shelf , 3 good size drawers and top storage area , and a nice little auxiliary work station.

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    Back to the tuners , after the bushings are installed I put the tuners in , and line them up with a straight edge , the nice thing with the Stewmac Tuner jig and bushing reamers is the fit is snug , very easy to line up and stay straight for marking and center punching the screw holes

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    Screw holes center punched

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    I like using a hand drill and 1/16" bit marked with a piece of blue tape for depth to drill the tuner screw holes

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    These tuners come with either slotted screws or phillips head screws , I used the phillips head since the rest of the guitar has phillips head screws . I soap the screws and installed them but don't tighten them all the way until they are all in and I check for straightness of all the tuners then tighten the screws up all the way.

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    Hey Marty , thanks a lot , the decal burying was pretty easy , just gotta wait on the old lacquer shrinkage and concentrate the wet sanding the first time or two right over the decal , I did like 4 coats on top of the decal , then wet sanded only the decal area , then 3 more coats , wet sand decal area and lightly on the rest of the face of the headstock , then 3 more coats and wet sand the face of the headstock , all in all only about an hour of work over a week or so.

    The shop is my pride and joy , I spend a lot of time in there tinkering , my wife loves it , she always knows where I am :lol:
     
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    Looks spectacular, as always, Herb.
     
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    Went to this whole thread this evening! One day I can build like this too. I hope.

    Those necks are stunning!
     
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    Thanks Mark :D

    Thanks Stratoplus , glad you like the thread and the necks , all the builds and advice on this forum got me to this point , this is a great place to start from ;)
     
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    nice build ;)
    this neck is fantastic :D
     
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    Thanks ludobag1
     
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    Welcome to the forum! :D I'd say you'll do just fine, percentage wise for the size of the country, there's probably more Dutch builders here than any other place ;)


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    I randomly checked a 2011 Challenge topic today and saw it was started by a Dutch guy, and I noticed that the topic was full of Dutch people indeed ;)

    And now you said that, for such a small country we do have a few very good guitar building shops where you can buy almost anything. But I still would prefer living in the USA regarding building guitars, if you're new to this, most of the information comes from English sources, but that's very confusing with a lot of terms and product names.

    Excuse me for going a little bit off-topic :lol:
     
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    That's looking really really good, and I love the vintage tuners...
     
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    +1 on welcome to the forum Stratoplus , where were my manners :oops:, thanks for picking up on that Dave


    Stratoplus , any info you need just post your questions (start a thread) , all of the forum members are great folks and would either get an answer back to you or point you in the right direction for what you are looking for .


    Thanks jonal335 , IMO the vintage tuners are hard to beat , price wise and functionality wise
     
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    If all is right in the universe this neck should line up properly with the bridge.

    O.K. , looks good , the high E is not exactly over the pole but that's ok , gotta little room on the saddle to slide it a touch and get it closer , looks like I'm good to mark the holes and drill the neck , I am not going to use inserts on this one , just regular neck screws .

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    Center punched the neck and got the drill bit marked for depth with tape and drilled the holes

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    After the holes were drilled took my countersink and just chamfered the edges of the holes by hand

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    Next I put the neck back in the pocket and soaped up the neck screws and installed them

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    Also installed the strap buttons , nickel plate , soaped those screws as well , all that's left is to install the Rutters cup and string it back up , but first I need to go eat something.

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    Rutters cup installed , I love these Rutters cups , IMO they are the finest looking electrosocket type cup available

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    All strung up and string tree installed , opps , gotta turn that string tree a bit , final weight came in at 6lbs 11oz , balances at the front strap button , sweet !

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    All tuned up and a real quick set up , just adjusted the saddles a bit , I'll give it a good going over later

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    Got out the Blues Jr and gave it a test run

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    Wow , this thing will sustain for days , plugged in or not , acoustically it is loud and sweet , I used a GFS 60's Hot Alinco bridge pup which metered at 9.77 to balance with the GFS P-90 which metered at 8.43 , love it , nice sounding pup , keeps up with the p-90 , but roll back on the tone and its very soft and melodic , the P-90 is a rocker , what sounds I can get with just my tone knob , she has a little buzz but not bad at all. This build was a long time getting finished but was well worth it , this axe rocks. I learned a lot on this build , especially about necks and making sure the tuners fit properly , found out that I actually enjoy wet sanding , learned how to drop fill lacquer , got a little better with everything this time around , at least I think I did , and best of all had a great time , thanks to all for all the help and encouragement along the way , I would mention all but I know I'll forget some body but thanks guys ! Here's a few outside glamor shots , gonna go play a bit more , when I get my son in law over to see it I'll try and get a video up. :D

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    I wouldn't sweat the small stuff, Gibson didn't get it right half the time either ;). Point in fact, out there on Flea Bay are some real skanky LP JRs going for big money, and none of them line up :lol:

    :eek::eek::eek: Say it isn't so!..............:lol:


    Chow down my friend, can't have you falling out this close to the finish line :D. Who's with me in wanting to see a vid of this sweet beast? :D

    Well, I see I'm a little late and you've promised a video................I'm holding you to it :lol:

    Darned fine job Herb, congrats!
     
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    Thanks Dave , and thanks for all the help and encouragement and laughs along the way.
     
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