Macrogats 2020 Brotherhood Build - Route 66 Barbycaster

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  1. Macrogats

    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    The tuners are off an old relic neck I purchased ages ago, and have a certain patina that will work for this project. Not perfectly aged like the other ones on the other neck, but good enough for this job! Probably hard to see any effect, but here’s a couple of photos anyway.

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    You can maybe see some edge wear on the base of the third one in.

    Here they are set on the back of the hs.

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    I had to do a little light filing and sanding on a couple of edges to get them to fit nice and comfy, as my initial drill holes were just ever so slightly off. But it all worked out pretty good.

    And here’s a shot of the drill holes into the back of the neck heel after I had set it up from the back of the body. I was pretty pleased at how it all panned out.

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    Whew! Nice save once again. Good job!
     
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    Here’s a better string line set up!

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    May look a little wonky, but those fret ends haven’t been trimmed yet!
     
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    Next up was setting the pots.

    Drilled out the holes and checked em out from the back. I had mentioned earlier that I may need to take more out of the control cavity depending on what pots I used, but these bad boys worked out perfect!

    Check em out. The volume is from an earlier build/project, and the tone pot is from my old late 80’s Ibanez Blazer. It worked when I last used it, so hopefully will still be functional!

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    Look at the age on that sucker!

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    And here they are with knobs on - also from my old Blazer - and a full guitar shot.

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    Next up was routing out for the pup.

    Sort out correct placement

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    Drill out some relief holes

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    Bring out the template and the “wheel of death” (router) and go for it.

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    Drill out a wire hole

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    And.......... she fits. But there is a possible slight show of cavity after placement. We’ll see!

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    Then I got a little adventurous a wondered what a second pup may do with this guitar??

    A normal Tele setup?

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    Or maybe a Humbucker in the neck - which is kinda something I’ve been antsying to do!

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    But upon reflection, I’ve decided to just go as originally planned, and make this a “Pocket Rock Rocker!” Single Bridge pup with V and T.

    Besides, it’s only getting an oil type finish, so mods are available in the future, yeah? ;)
     
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    The real fact with that kinda dirty Humbucker fir the neck, was that the pole pieces alignment was all wrong. They’re set at 50mm, whereas a 48mm would work perfectly. I did some string alignment set ups, but it was all wrong.

    So as I said, she’s gonna be a dirty one pup guitar! The option to go to proper Esquire wiring is still there, so I’m happy to go with it as it is.

    Plus - all the extra work required to mid it out at this stage will just set me back!
     
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    So all that work was over the last week or so, and today’s progress was to get onto the neck carving.

    Some guys on here rave about how they love this part, but I have to say - I hate EVERYTHING about neck building! It just seems all so stressful! I could build and shape bodies all day long, but this neck thing just does my head in!

    But onwards and upwards! I’m determined to get this machine playing!

    So I did the usual facets lines etc. to get my initial profile started. Not a lot of pics of this due to the darkness of the wood, but I decided to go on a more straight line as I thought of trying to make this more of a thicker baseball type neck.

    I suffer slightly from rheumatoid arthritis in the hands, and have heard and read a lot about how thicker necks can assist in playing comfort, so this jobs gonna get a thick one!
     
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    This is the initial first facet carve

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    Then into beginning the second

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    Then starting to shape it around

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    And this is where I got to in the fading light this afternoon. And the only tools at hand. A simple wood file and some 80 grit sandpaper.

    Tomorrow I will form a VERY slight angle towards the nut and move on with sanding down through the grits to (hopefully) shape it up right!

    And this brings us up to date with this one! I should mention that the body has been sanded doctor 180 grit on the back and sides - ready for staining - to be done tomorrow, then I can get onto final prep finishes!
     

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    Man, just too cool! Love it!

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    That is great progress you have been making on it. Looking great.
     
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    It’s coming along nicely dude, I likes! Question! Do you still have the Ibanez Blazer???
     
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    Yes and no. :p

    I’ll get some pics and explain later.
     
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    Shoot. I forgot to photograph the old Blazer bits. I’ll do it tomorrow and post as a bit of interest.

    I worked away at the neck today. Basically just fussed around with the shape, knocking out a few high spots etc., and then just sanding through the grits. I’ll go over it again tomorrow, but I’m pretty much calling it done.

    Tried to get a couple of snaps of it with a bit of spirits on it, but it was drying faster than I could get decent photos! :p

    You’ll get the final picture once I start oiling it. ;)

    Trying to show a bit of the fb figuring here.

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    And here’s the back

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    That should all highlight nicely once I do some sanding sealer then start oiling it.

    But it did occur to me when I saw the nice shine after rubbing it with sprits, that this neck could end up looking too flash for this guitar given the “road worn” nature of it. :lol:

    Oh, and here’s a prelude to what’s happening in the back. Rubbed it down with walnut stain. This will get a pretty severe sanding to highlight the grain features, and I’m hoping the overall colour theme will tie in with the front.

    I masked a very thin line around the top round over in order to do the sides, but forgot to take a pic. I’ll shoot one in the morning.

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    And while I’m here - not sure if I posted this in another thread - but I’ve got some work (guitars) to do! :p

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    I should add - in addition to the three above, I have my bass build, the relic-caster Tele from my “Big Box Of Goodies”, my original design Whammy Jammer, and walnut burl double bucker Guitars to build/complete.

    That’s seven more - then there’s plans on the table for a LP DC junior, an SG and another Strat! :lol:
     
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    Nice family photo there Macro!!!! You do good work!

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    Nice design, and I really like the wood you've made the neck out of.

    Going back a couple of pages to The Unfortunate Table Saw Incident: a clean rectangular gap like that, with your skills, you won't need to resort to sawdust or filler. Just cut a slice to fit, clamp it in, chisel it off, Bob's your uncle. You can do this!
     
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    Looks great.

    Don't have to worry about string to pole placement with a rail pole minibucker or Firebird pickup in the neck.
     
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