Melody Maker build

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

  1. emoney

    emoney Tele-Afflicted

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    Hey, I'm glad I got caught up on this build. carry on please.
     
  2. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Hey there, Dave. Thanks for sharing that -- I'll have to
    check out some of those classic books. But isn't reading
    20 or 30 comments, scattered around the web and
    providing contradictory opinions, easier that reading the
    well-organized thoughts of one experienced luthier? :lol:

    Good to see you around, and to see you also survived the
    challenge.
     
  3. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    I've been making a little progress. I thinned the neck
    down a lot, then redid the transitions.

    Before going any further I wiped naptha on the neck
    to check for problems. I was amazed at the size of
    some the scratches that were invisible before I
    used the naptha.

    Sorted them out, then wiped shellac on the neck
    to keep dust and dirt out of the wood -- and also
    because it's just fun to wipe shellac on stuff.

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    Then I figured that there should be a mother-of-pearl logo
    on the headstock.

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    The face of the headstock will be painted black. I figure I'll
    scrape the black lacquer off the inlay, as I understand they
    used to do at Gibson.

    Pattern glued to MOP with gel super glue.

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    Started the sawing:

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    If this turns out nicely I may use it as a pattern for
    a dremel-based pin router I'm going to make. More on
    that soon, I hope.
     
  4. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Here's the setup for sawing the mother-of-pearl:

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    The sawed pieces:

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    I'm slowly sawing better, but I'm still sawing slowly.

    Tomorrow I'll clean the pieces up with files.
     
  5. emoney

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    Oooohhhhh, a "Dremel-based pin router"....now I'm really excited!!!
     
  6. GerryB

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    What a great job you're doing with this guitar (and I'm not a MM fan).....you're making me want one now.
     
  7. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    It's very simple. Hope I can put it together and try it this
    weekend.
     
  8. Greg M

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    This is great! Looking forward to the sunburst work.
     
  9. sjohnbruton

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    I'm betting "simple" is a relative term here. I hope you can put it together and try it this weekend, too! I wanna see plans! :lol:

    Great looking build, btw. ;)
     
  10. flatfive

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    I started another thread to share the dremel pin router.

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/330252-dremel-pin-router.html

    It worked, but not well enough to make very small inlay.

    For this build I'm thinking of scrapping the headstock inlay,
    as the headstock will be painted black and I don't have
    a feeling for whether I'll get good results scraping the
    black lacquer off the inlay.
     
  11. flatfive

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    Back at it! Spread some black Timbermate filler over the body
    and neck.

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    The body had previously been sealed with shellac.

    For those of you who weren't born when this thread
    started: the plan's for a sunburst.

    I'm faking it here, but my plan is to spray the front
    and back with yellow Mixol mixed with a little honey
    amber Transtint dye. I want a touch of the black
    filler in the grain to show through the yellow, like
    on my old Melody Maker.
     
  12. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    I don't really know what I'm doing with grain filling. The
    last time I used Timbermate I couldn't tell when to stop
    sanding and sanded too little filler off.

    This time I tried to keep sanding until the wood was
    mostly it's natural color.

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    Wiped some shellac on to try to see if the color looked
    about right.

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    That looks about like I remember my old Melody Maker looking.
    If weather and time permit I'll spray with vinyl sealer tomorrow.
     
  13. Bentley

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    That looks like a tonne of filler to sand off!
     
  14. flatfive

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    Sprayed Sherwin-Williams vinyl sealer.

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    I've never used it before, and it's thicker than I expected
    out of the can. Next time I'll thin it a little.

    You can see some remaining filler on the side and around
    the neck joint. That's okay -- on these areas the burst
    will be dark, and the filler did a good job of fixing little
    problems.
     
  15. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

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    Looks good Glenn , I use SW K 27 Retarder Thinner with the vinyl sealer Glenn , its not cheap , cost about the same per gallon as the sealer , but it is good stuff , sealer sprays on smooth like glass , and works great with the Lovoc too .
     
  16. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, Herb! I actually got some of that thinner at the
    same time as the sealer -- I think Guitarnut recommended
    it to me for blushing problems. I'll try it on the next coat
    of sealer.
     
  17. kwerk

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    Looks fabulous, Glenn!
     
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