My Last Build? - Alder Neo

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  1. photondev

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    Good wishes and prayers John.
     
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    I love this design! Like a more refined take on the edgy 80s metal aesthetic.

    More importantly, I love your positivity in the face of adversity. You have my support and respect, sir!
     
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    Hey ctmullins,

    I appreciate the compliments on the design/build. I love experimenting and trying new ideas and even materials.

    As for my attitude, you really made my day. I truly thank you for your very kind words.

    Have an awesome day!
     
  4. John Nicholas

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    Last night I did do some shaping and sanding. Not a great deal, but the shape is getting closer to what I have pictured in my mind.

    Today there was no way I could get out into the shop. Far too tired and out of it from multiple shots that affect my body in strange ways. Hopefully I'll feel better over the weekend and get some more work completed.

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    It was time to gather together all the parts for the build as well, although I haven't yet decided on what pickups to use on this build. And I mean the look of the pickups... do I want chrome covers or use black uncovered pickups. What do you think?

    I've been thinking of finishing this body in a dyed sunburst, with a nice deep clear gloss.

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    More to come!!
     
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    I predict this will be your first build of many more mate! Stay positive!

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    "dyed sunburst" under "a nice deep clear gloss" sounds like you're shooting for a more refined look, in which case I vote for chrome covered pickups.

    If the aesthetic were more "bad boy rock & roll" then yeah, open black pickups would work.
     
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    I’m following John ... love your work and all the best in your fight ... I hope you are feeling better soon!
     
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    Just leaving this here :)
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    Hey John. I'm amazed how clean your workspace is given all the woodworking going on. Very impressive.

    On another note I also had my prostate removed five years ago. I am one of the lucky ones. "get it out now and it's gone" was the advice. I wish you all the best with your treatment and am glad you have some projects to help keep your mind focused. All the best.
     
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    You are amazing! I can't thank you enough!!

    It looks fabulous!!
     
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    A shop vac is a wonderful thing!! It's much dustier than it looks in the pictures!!

    You are one of the lucky ones, having the prostate removed would have been the ideal situation. Unfortunately the cancer has spread to my lymph nodes and my bones. The only "treatment" is chemotherapy and hormone therapy. Unfortunately it will not "cure" what I have. The only option is to slow down the growth of the cancer.

    My doctor says they have patients that have survived 10 to 15 years, but each person and situation is different. I just finished the second chemo treatment a week ago Friday.

    I won't know where I stand until after the last chemo treatment in late January and the results of the following CAT scan and bone scan.

    More to come...
     
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    Thanks for the positive thoughts!!

    I agree with you, it's going to be chrome covered pickups!!

    Thanks!

    I really appreciate the kind words!!
     
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    Now you need to build more Neo’s...
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    My prayers are with you. As the great Red Skelton said, “Don’t take life too seriously because you’re not going to get out of it alive.”
     
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    Hey they multiplied!!

    Thank you so much!! I really appreciate the custom work!!
     
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    Yesterday I did a bunch of sanding. For some reason this body needs more sanding than any other body I've done before. Must be I didn't remember how long I actually sanded the others!!

    Here is the progress so far. Up next is to wipe the body with a damp rag and then sand it. Probably have to do that at least twice. Why? Because the plan is to use water based dye.

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    Since Helmut has been such an amazing friend and made beautiful truss rod covers, I have to make sure I have a neck that is worthy of his work!

    I started to sand in the radius on the fretboard, but I do get tired easily, so this will take quite some time. The fretboard is Richlite (shhhh! don't tell Helmut!) and it is tougher to sand a radius into than maple or rosewood.

    The upside is that when it is sanded properly, fret leveling was virtually unnecessary!! And the frets press in very nicely.

    The idea is to stain the veneer on the headstock, in an attempt to match the look of the body. The trouble is its so small it may not work at all! So I might just lightly stain it one of the colors from the body.

    I also think the walnut truss cover would look amazing on this headstock. I was thinking of filling in the letters with a white epoxy or something.

    Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions are very welcome!

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    I'm moving along... slowly, but I'm trying to make headway!!
     
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    Lookin' good, JN. My opinion: the silver covers on the pickups would look better.
     
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    I will keep you in my prayers. I stumbled upon this thread and find it very inspiring. I hope your recovery is smooth and the guitars multiply in your future. You got this!
     
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    All the best
     
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    Some days are better than others. Not sure if it's the changing weather or the chemotherapy beginning to take its toll, but this past weekend all I was able to do was sleep. The entire weekend!

    Sure I got up to eat and use the bathroom, but my body was lethargic and tired, I didn't even feel up to watching a movie!

    So imagine my surprise when I got home last night (i'm still going to work every day I can) and after dinner I found myself in the garage.

    I was determined to get the radius of the fretboard sanded.

    While it's not yet fully finished, there is some leveling and touch up needed for the radius, some progress was made.

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    Next up, the fret slots have to be re-sawed.

    With a little luck, hopefully more can be done over the upcoming weekend.
     
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