And she goes down as twelve.

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  1. BluesBlooded

    BluesBlooded Friend of Leo's

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    Finally got my epoxy

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    Mixed 5mm of each and spread on the neck. I mixed too much. But I rather have a bit of waste than having to mix a second batch while rushing. Before spreading, I added a small tape to cover the truss rod channel.

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    Installed the neck with the 1/16 in drill bit in the pilot holes to align the neck properly.

    Than installed some clamps, only to realize that I did not remove the tape. Thanks for slow cure epoxy. I was able to remove the fretboard, the tape and reapply clamps

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  2. Paul in Colorado

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    I'm really enjoying this build. Looking forward to seeing the finished guitar!

    I have a RIC electric and a Taylor acoustic 12 and tune them to standard pitch. Rick Turner likes them tuned down towards C. I respect his opinion. I'd like to have a baritone 8 string with octave pairs for the two middle strings like Taylor made for a while. I'd tune it down to C or B only the same intervals as DADGAD tuning. Then I could use a capo for different things. That's my fantasy instrument!
     
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  3. RogerC

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    How long does it take to tune a 12 string?

    No one knows :lol::lol::lol:
     
  4. BluesBlooded

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    Thank you Paul, I'm glad you are enjoying the the thread. Hope you get your fantasy instrument someday.


    What?? Strings are not tune at the factory??:confused:
     
  5. ejphotos

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    Great work. I really like the body design. This will look great
     
  6. RickyRicardo

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    Looks great Andre!
     
  7. BluesBlooded

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    Thanks EJ and Richard,

    This morning I fretted the neck

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    Lightly sanded the frets with the radius beam to get them leveled

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    Than the usual crowning

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    sanded them up to 600 grit then shined them with 0000 steel wool.

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    This afternoon, I sanded the neck up to 400 grit

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    Then one light coat of tung oil to highlight the flames

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    Now waiting for the Solarez to come in. Probably tomorrow by end of day. More than likely will be applying it on the body Thursday.

    Hanging close together for a couple of days before they are reunited

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    Almost thou persuadest me to build a 12 string....

    Looking great!
     
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  9. BluesBlooded

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    Thanks Ripthorn, maybe when assembled I will succeed persuading you. Why not a Graviton 12?
     
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    The body is far too small, the tuners would make it neck dive like no one's business. I've got a couple other designs it would work on, like my interpretation of a Danelectro with lipsticks...
     
  11. crazydave911

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    My current 9 string build COULD end up as a 12,nobody knows lol :lol:
     
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  12. BluesBlooded

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    Got my Solarez today around noon.

    Here is timestamped breakdown.

    12:41 start, you can see the viscosity of the product.

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    12:42 first coat on top and side with a rag

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    12:46 Let it soak

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    12:51 might as well do the neck

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    12:52 wipe off the excess

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    12:52 this is how it looks after the wiping

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    12:55 not very sunny outside

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    12:57 sitting in the UV.

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    13:00 Instead of 1 minute, I will leave it at least 5 minutes and rotate every minute

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    13:05 done the first coat on the back side

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  13. BluesBlooded

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    13:13, the back side is cured, so I start sanding with p800. as you can see it's powdering very well

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    13:16 sanding back

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    13:18 Completed the sanding of the back

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    I did the whole body and neck with that little piece and it's not clogged at all.

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    13:27 applying second coat

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    13:31 Letting it soak a little bit

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    13:36 wiping the excess

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    13:38 basking in the sun

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    13:58 second coat on the back before I wipe the excess

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    13:59 After wiping excess

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  14. BluesBlooded

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    14:05 curing in the sun

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    14:16 lightly scuffing the high spots

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    14:21 applying McGuires ultimate finish to bring back the luster

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    14:26 body completed

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    14:32 hanging out while I drink a beer

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    15:02 get the buffer out and gently buff the neck and body

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    15:07 neck completed

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    15:24 installed the neck and ferrules. I know the ferrules look all wonky, but that is the way the bridge is made. Not in line

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    Happy with the neck fit

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    Now back inside for another well deserved beer.

    Tomorrow I should complete this build.
     
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  15. Blue Bill

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    Wowsa, Andre, I don't know how I missed this thread! I just read through the whole thing; you are a Jedi builder. I love that 6-string too. I really like the inlays, and the color, and the aluminum nut, and the stripey neck, I like it all.
     
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    Interesting stuff, Andre! How does the Solarez feel on the neck? I've been using TruOil, which I like, but it just takes several days to build up a decent finish since you can only apply 1 thin coat per day.
     
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    Thank you Buddy, not sure if the aluminum nut will make the final cut.

    I've been secretly working on a Richlite nut to try the Rickenbacker string arrangement.

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    Hey Roger, after sanding the bumps with P800 and buffing it, the neck is really smooth. If I had put a few more coats and wet sand, it would've been really slick. Best of all it would've taken me an hour more. You can easily finish a neck in an afternoon.

    I suggest that you try it. The technique with the rag did not use much product. You could try it with their 4 ounces bottle. But for 35$ for a pint, I would not hesitate and try it.

    Here in Canada, it's a heck lot more expensive. But with that kind of fake oil finish, I could make 10 guitars out of a pint. Not sure about getting an ultra gloss shine because each coats do not burn in. So you might end up having witness lines.

    They also have a spray-able version, but then you would have to dedicate a gun. I think that you would never need to clean it as long as you keep it away from UV.
     
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  18. BluesBlooded

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    Questions for you 12 strings enthusiast.

    What is your favorite tuning ? Standard E, 1 tone down?

    What about the smaller g string (.008) ? I remember I was always breaking it trying to get to the octave. I vaguely remember doing something different but do not remember exactly what.
     
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    Wow Andre, that’s looking fantastic. Been awhile since I checked into this thread, great progress.
     
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    My preferred for full scale is down one whole step,then capo second fret for tuning.Not all octave G strings are created equal, if you can get then GHS always did better for me than any.On my acoustic I used Martin for the standard strings (and unison b,e) and GHS for all octaves.
    There is however an alternative, use the old Stella combo, both Gs standard and tuned unison as well.
    Check your bridge VERY carefully, I tried the Ricky thing with mine as well but the Gotoh saddles aren't meant for it and the intonation going Ricky is the very devil to get right but allegedly can be done.I gave up lol
     
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