Melody Maker build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by flatfive, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Guitarnut

    Guitarnut Friend of Leo's

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    Nothing to be concerned about. The pickguard screws and such are no issue. After polishing the finish, you can open them up easily by hand with a drill bit or awl.

    On the bridge bushings, I just drop a pole piece slug down into the bushing and screw the post in...the bushing has no where to go but up. Piece of cake.


    I wish...

    Mark
     
  2. guitarbuilder

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    The guitar looks nice.... now you should start a 1959 single cut one.
     
  3. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, man. Next will be a '59 Les Paul Special (after the
    Power Jet, I mean).
     
  4. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    I forgot about that trick to remove bridge posts! Thanks.
     
  5. macaroonie

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    Well lets see here , as far as I can tell you have just accomplished beautifully all the woodworking tasks needed for a Jet barring one which is of course a drop top or lam. top. Should be a walk in the park for you with all that practice. M

    Think you might have to bleach that top face to get the yellow color to come out right. See how you can still see the grain ok. Its a fairly trans coating.
     
  6. crazydave911

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    I think the back of the body and neck with the dark filler and maybe just some sealer on the front at first. Of course the whole thing needs the sealer first. I'll defer to Herb, he's MUCH better at finishes than I am, LINK
     
  7. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks for the encouragement, Mac.

    Scatter Lee did a sunburst over mahogany by shooting a light
    coat of transparent white followed by a amber-tinted clear:

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/261200-mahogany-esquire-2.html#post3468500

    I guess bleaching could be used instead of that transparent white
    coat.
     
  8. kwerk

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    It's looking superb, Glenn. I love that your work is so neat and precise.
     
  9. flatfive

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    Kind of you to say -- my "skill" consists of spending hours
    agonizing over the simplest steps. :lol:
     
  10. flatfive

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    I made a little progress over the past few days.

    Drilled the pick guard mounting holes and the holes in the
    body for the pickguard and the pickup mounting rings.

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    The pick guard is a little ugly with the protective plastic still on.

    I had problems getting the countersink bit not to drift when
    doing the pick guard holes. The solution I used, suggested by
    Guitarnut, was to drill 1/16" holes, then countersink, then finish
    up with the 1/8" holes needed for the pickguard screws.

    Then cleaned my bench! :eek:

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    Next I cleaned up the body around the area where the neck joins.
    Before:

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    That crack would not feel good when playing. And after:

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    (Bad pic management -- that's actually an after pic of the other side.)

    Then I did a 220 grit clean up all around the body, vacuumed off
    the dust, and wiped a light coat or two of shellac on the body.
    This will keep moisture, dust, etc. out of the wood until I'm ready
    to spray lacquer in spring.

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    I like the look of the mahogany; it's tempting to do a satin natural
    finish along the lines that jkingma does. Must remember that
    my old MM had a sunburst, and so should this copy!

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  11. Veebus52

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    Thanks for sharing your building experiences. I've totally enjoyed following along, and learning from you and others.
     
  12. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks a lot, Veebus. For me, a big part of the fun of the building
    process is interacting with people here.

    I was slowed down a bit because of a problem fitting the
    bridge humbucker into its cavity on the body. My cavity
    routs were 1.53" wide, and I tested their size using only
    the neck pickup. The bridge pup was 1.56" wide, so I widened
    the cavity just a smidge.

    I'd first assumed the bridge pickup was made too wide,
    and contacted Tonerider pickups. I got a super nice and
    fast reply, saying that they'd make sure I was happy,
    and asking for more details. I googled around and saw that
    1.56" is within what some would call standard width, so
    just went ahead and widened the rout.

    Tonight I did the wiring -- standard 2-pickup, 1 tone knob,
    1 tone knob, and a three-way switch.

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    I like doing the wiring. It's easy to undo problems, and I'm
    comfortable with soldering, having done lots of it as a kid.

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    That wire going off to the right is the ground wire for the bridge post.
     
  13. adirondak5

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    Nice neat wiring job Glenn .;)
     
  14. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, buddy.

    I mounted the pickups and then knocked in the bridge posts.

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    The post holes seemed about the right size so I just put a little
    beeswax along the bottom and knocked them in. The first
    was tighter than expected, so for the second one, with the
    ground wire, I filed the hole a little first with a round file
    (what else? :lol:).

    Then I partly screwed everything down and tested
    the pickups by plugging in and tapping the polepiece screws.
    Everything worked perfectly first time. :cool:

    Getting close to a working guitar -- just need to mount the
    tuners, make the nut, and set it up.

    Sneak preview:

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  15. crazydave911

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    Now that's what I call a smooth guitar :). Ya' better watch it, that bare 'hog will grow on you ;)
     
  16. rapfohl09

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    Look amazing! I know you want the sunburst, but I will be ( among many I'm sure) to say that you should leave that thing natural!:lol:
     
  17. flatfive

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    Thanks, but at this point I can't imagine not finishing this to
    look like my old MM.

    By the way, anyone who has looked at this humble build may like
    to look at this really great and informative build by Rob (aka Claymore)
    on mylespaul.com:

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/luthiers-corner/131847-robs-lp-build-dragon.html

    Wish I'd read that thread before starting on this! Not too late
    to see that Rob used shellac, then grain filler, then more shellac
    before final finishing. Think I"ll test this on some scrap and then
    try here.
     
  18. macaroonie

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    I'm with the ( many ) for the natural finish. Perhaps a burgundy dye and clear finish like an SG. Looks really good with the gear on it. M
     
  19. adirondak5

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    I agree Glenn , sounds like you really miss your old MM . This one looks great loaded !
     
  20. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, guys. Regarding the color, I think I'll get a lot
    of satisfaction finishing (no pun intended) what I set out
    to do.
     
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