1950 Double Esquire Build

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  1. irishtele

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    Shiny Shiny Shiny!!!!!!!!!

    What an awesome build!! This is one for the history books!!
    Would I be right in saying that this is one of the only exact replica 1950s double esquires if not the only one??? How cool would it be to own that!!
     
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    Just fantastic Gil!
    Your build threads are just fantastic great work!
     
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    Splendid. :)
     
  4. preeb

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    LOL... yes, I see what you mean... it's there. Glad I wasn't naked.
     
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    Thanks Lostheart,
    Yeah... it's shinier than usual...
     
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    Thanks irishtele. I'm glad you enjoy it. Almost done...
     
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    Thank you, Thank you (-;
     
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    Neck fits in the pocket very tightly.

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    There are always surprises with prototypes... Good thing I do it all slowly the first time...
    The neck mounting screws can NOT be the standard 50's #8 X 2"... They will pop out through the fingerboard since the body is a 1/4" thinner than normal... Sheesh...
    I'll get the #8 X 1 3/4" as soon as I find them NOS but for now I'll just cut the 2" down to 1 3/4"

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    So... I need to remember to replace the screws and the strap buttons.
     
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    OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    OK... had to start from the end and show you the final shots...

    Allow me to go a couple of hours back in time (now - Imagine the sound of the time tunnel when Tony and Doug used it...)

    Tuners are installed

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    nice, straight and without any gaps (the tuners are pushed against each other and touch which I believe is a good thing...but can't prove it (-;)

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    Great job again Gil, I do recognize that wall by now!
     
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    Neck is placed in pocket and finish coat at the neck screw holes is chamfered

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    Neck screws are waxed and moderately tightened

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    All screw holes are drilled. The guard and control plate are installed

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    Excellent. You make me wish I'd paid more attention in woodshop class instead of spending so much time making smoking pipes (ahem).
     
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    Nut is shaped and slots are cut with special V files early 50's style... (this is a great way to do it and prevent buzzes at the nut)

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    I used 0.010" strings at regular tuning, <-half step> and <+whole step> to simulate 0.009" and 0.011" set tension and the neck is straight as an arrow in all settings. Perfect!!!
    I'll let it sit for a few days of course and see if it still holds... but the neck is pretty chunky and hard so I don't anticipate any future issues in this regard.

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    All done in the middle of a messy shop...
    I'll clean it up tomorrow... Now I'm running downstairs to plug it in and wake up the neighbors (-;

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    I fu__ed up the circuit and the blend isn't working but the tone is out of this world...
    I'm going to fix it real quick and get back to you soon with my final verdict...
     
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    Fixed...
    Hands down, One of the best guitars I have ever played, vintage... new... whatever...
    I can actually hear there is no truss rod in there... believe me... I'm not crazy...
    There's a super solid fat woodiness character to the tone all over the neck... it sounds amazing in all pu positions... and to think I just assembled it... I can imagine how it will sound a few months from now after it will melt in and open up.
    I'm shocked. This is another proof for the fact that Leo always had it right the first time. No clichי guys... it's all that I have expected and way more.
    I'd better shut up now and go play.

    No decal yet... I think I'm going to design a special decal for this model.
     
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