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Two parts '54 Precision, One part Thunderbird

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  1. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Long drill bit

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    SUCCESS

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  2. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I was kinda iffy on it at first but I think it looks good with the pickups! Balances out the mass.
     
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  3. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

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    in my experience, braided ground wire works much better to make the contact. Solid core can also cause a tolerance issue and leave things out of wack. If you spread the braided wire out a bit, it will make better contact with the bridge (more surface area) and cause less interference, so the bridge will lay flatter.
     
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  4. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Couple more coats of shellac on top just to be absolutely sure everything is filled and level before primer and color

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  5. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

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    Color? Don't do it. Wait, is this for someone else? Show them a pic of the current.
     
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  6. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    While the shellac is drying, I just wanna give a quick shout-out to my assistant Brenda.

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    She’s a feral cat that we trapped and had fixed so we don’t have such a big kitten problem this year. She pretty much lives on our porch and will occasionally bring us a mouse. She’s been hanging with me for most of this build.
     

  7. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Already tried! He’s set on seafoam. I can always build another one for myself later...maybe that one will be cherry red...
     
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  8. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    Careful, she might be working for Yeknom.
     
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  9. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    Ooooo, evil double post iPhone bug...
     
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  10. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I’m setting up a spot to paint in my garage due to a bunch of little red bugs being very attracted to the white guitar
     

  11. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    Brenda is not doing her job!
     
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  12. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sacramento
    Sweet bridge, they make a 5 string version I hope. So much want.
     
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  13. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN

  14. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    So here’s my approach today.

    After shooting some primer yesterday, I noticed there were a lot of weird spots where some grain wasn’t completely filled, or the shellac had sort of crackled, stuff like that.

    So what I did was spray a gray filler over the white and wet-sand with 400 until I could see the trouble spots, like this:

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    This may be going a little overboard, but I want to do very little sanding after the color and clear go on.

    All I want is perfection, that’s all.
     

  15. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    For whatever reason the top was in much better shape than the back, so I skipped the filler step and sanded off most of the primer. It’s like a really bad TV white finish.

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  16. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Another heavy coat of primer all around. Looking much better now.

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    I’ll probably do two more just so it’s even, then start on the color.
     

  17. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    While that’s drying I wanna give a quick shout out to my main assistant, Lemon.

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    Her job is to make sure the couch doesn’t float away, to monitor the air conditioning, and let me know what I missed on the newest season of Arrested Development.

    She is also my lead Nap Engineer.
     
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  18. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Getting some clear on it today. This is maybe 4 light coats, since humidity here is about 55% I’m taking it really slow to avoid blushing.

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    I’ve also developed a two-handed system for the bug issue. I spray with the right, and with the left I keep a can of compressed air ready to gently suggest the little brownish red flying bugs find somewhere else to land. It’s working pretty well so far.
     
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