My DUcaster!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Colt W. Knight, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Hello everyone.

    I had some cheap parts and "second" body laying around, so I decided to put them to good use and build a guitar to donate to my local Ducks Unlimited chapter, and it will be auctioned off at their spring Banquet. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ducks Unlimited, its an organization that fights to conserve waterfowl habit and maintain/preserve wetlands.

    Here is what we have

    20$ Eden neck ( paddle headstock)
    1 piece pine body ( second) It was my first pine body, and I tried to drill the input jack hole with paddle bit. That turned out to be a very bad idea as it splinter the body. Gentleman, always buy the appropriate forstner bits. So its a bondoed one piece pine body. Thats why it got painted. I am a horrible painter, so thats something I don't do. Natural finishes for me.

    Wilkinson bridge and tuners.

    GFS lil puncher split rail pickups

    GFS hardware

    Advantage wetland camo

    12 gauge shotshell brass for tone/volume knobs, and 40 SW brass for a switch tip.

    Fender roller string trees because I lost my gold round string trees somewhere.
    Now pictures.

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  2. Colt W. Knight

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    Still needs cleaned up and a little more work, but I like it so far.
     
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    It's nice.
    I love the budget aspect and the cause.
     
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    I went to the local music store and bought a pickguard, the only one they had, to use. But it was a Fender 3 ply black/white/black guard. I decided it was too pretty to camoflaudge, so I used it as a template and made an acrylic pickguard. Then covered acrylic guard with camo.

    I learned some valuable lessons working with the acrylic.
    1. acrylic cracks easily
    2. Big band saw blades tear the hell out of acrylic.
    2. Acrylic shavings are hot
    3. 3M double side tape melts and freezes router bit guide bearings.
    4. When guide bearings freeze they melt plastic.
    5. You can free hand pickguards with a little bit of patience and skill. When you have neither, you can get close and use a Rigid Oscilating spindle/belt sander to clean up your edges.
    6. Always put blue tape down before 3M double side tape. That freaking glue is hard to get off. Acetone and lacquer thinner will melt it off, but its hard to get all the residue.
     
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    Its around 200-250$ worth of materials.
     
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    Thanks Bingy. The banquet is ussually a blast, and I like helping out.
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Thanks Parma.
     
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    In person that green blends into the camo much better than what it appears to on the pics.
     
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    wetland camo sunburst, i live next to a wetland preserve, the water fowl would like it a lot (- ammo :D).
    great job for a good cause !!
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Huhhmmm ... You and me got the same learning style, Colt!

    Cool guitar and a very worthy cause! Nicely done!
     
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    Thanks Merlin.
    Yeah Mark, I ussually just jump right in and start F'ing things up. Typically, you make a lot of mistakes this way, but you don't repeat them, that is for sure.

    I painted this body 3 times.

    The first time I went with color first. Well, it dripped, and ran all over. I was affraid to wet sand the decal so I stripped it all off. Next time I put clear on first, so the paint would have something to stick too. This was going well until the spray can started spitting globs of paint all over. Stripped it again. Third time. Real slow, and thin coats.
     
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