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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by dazzaman, Feb 12, 2020.
Such a beautiful set of builds!
Have you tried Z-Poxy for grain filling? It "pops" things, too.
No, not tried it. I know it was mentioned when I did the challenge build. I think (from memory) that it was a issue of finding it quickly enough to use then that stopped me. I should think about trying it on a build that isn't against the clock.
I picked mine up via Amazon. Several folks here speak highly of it and I used it on the sapele for my current build that's been languishing on the bench, but not for much longer. PA has shut down all non-essential businesses, so that curtails most of my client work for the moment, leaving time to play in the shop on "me" projects.
Today's exciting (or not) episode.
Since the necks were finished it is time to start putting a bit of finish here and there. First thing is to rub down the bodies to get rid of all of the CA glue that was used as a filler. Here is a shot taken during the process. Sort of looks a bit horrible at the moment...
And then I need to mark the position for the neck to fit, and for the position of the bridges.
And then time to start with the spraying, and applying sanding sealer. I can't really do any action shots of it, but one can see the end result after the first coats.
And then a top coat or two on the head and the neck plate (also veneered, to match the back as if it was one piece). And after they were dry it is possible to apply the decals.
So listen you got two of those babies and I don't got none and that don't hardly seem fair I'm a nice guy. Go on give me one
The "spare" one is spoken for. By a guy who may get a little unhappy if he doesn't get. And he is bigger than me, so...
Those guitars are astonishingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing your build with us.
At this stage of the buid it was waiting for the sanding sealer to dry enough to be rubbed down, and then start bto apply the clear lacquer coats...
About half way through the lacquer coats I stopped on the fingerboard so it could harden, though continuing to apply lacquer to the rest of it. Once the lacquer on the fingerboard had hardened enough I rubbed it down, and then fretted the necks.
All done in the usual way. Eventually all done...
Then I set up to angle the ends of the frets so they didn't overhang or anything.
And once that was done they were ready for the fret work to be done on them.
Time for getting the frets to their finished state.
first of all. mask out the fingerboard for protection, and then approach them with the sanding beam.
Then go through crowning them, and checking everything with the fret rocker.
Then go through all of the grits with fret erasers. I use the ones from Crimson Guitars in the UK. Not saying they are any better than the Stewmac ones, they were just easier to get from the UK in a hurry when I needed them.
And after the time it takes they are done.
So the fingerboards are then given a few more coats of lacquer to build them to the same level as the rest of the instrument, and then left to harden.
Getting these done time...
Once the lacquer was more than hard enough (thanks to me being away for a few weeks) it was time to rub it down. I started with 1000 wet-and-dry.
And at some stage I remembered that I had to apply the shielding paint to the back of the pickguard where the control hole is.
I worked my way through the grits. After 1200 I moved to micromesh for everything except the fingerboard (for which I used wet-and-dry wrapped around a small block)..
And after quite a long day of rubbing down it was all done...
Too good, settle down lol
Quick update here, since I am waiting for some lacquer to harden on the Brotherhood Build one.
Polished up one of the burlcasters. I am waiting for a couple of parts for the other one, so
there is no reason to keep doing them in parallel anymore.
That was after the first round of it, then went to two finer compounds. I am using the stuff from Rothko and Frost to keep the same polishing materials throughout the process.
At the end of it I get...
And the obligatory "show all of it with light reflecting from behind" shot...
the head-stock veneer is a very classy touch
Peace - Deeve
Time to set it all up...
Do the tuners first - start with an easy win... The wiring is to have a four-way switch, but because I am old fashioned it is going to be bridge, bridge and neck, neck, and then neck with then bassy sound (that Fender stopped using in 1967). And a treble bleed on a push-pull on the volume knob.
then on to the electrics...
Attach the string ferrules in tyhe back.
And then the neck, and finally we have an assembled guitar...
Needs a nut made, of course, but that requires the strings on, and I wasn't about to put those on fairly late at night, since I knew I wouldn't stop until everything was done, and setting up the nut properly is not really a job to rush.
Wow, Dazz, you do excellent work, well done.
Dayum! Those necks, those bodies, those freaking guitars! AWESOME Dude!
Thanks all for the nice comments.
We now have one of the pair finished (as said, waiting on parts for the other one). It wasn't all plain sailing to the finish - more than a few niggly issues with the electrics. The big one was that I ended up having to remove the volume pot and just use a normal pot in its place. I won't say why, but the reason can be seen by the eagle-eyed in the 4th photo in post 56, along with another silly mistake that I made and needed to fix... I may or may not end up replacing the pot with a new push pull - it was only acting to include a treble bleed, and I personally don't find the need for one on my other instruments, I just basically thought "why not, if I don't like it I don't have to pull the switch" in this case.
But, with the new volume pot I was eventually off and running. Made a bone nut, and then got the action as I like it. I use 12-50 flatwound strings with a wound third, so there is a fair tension on the neck, but it is pretty stable, though I will need tweak it when the weather changes in a few months.
Anyway, a few pictures of the finished instrument!
They are darker than they should be. IN the next day or two I will try and get some better quality portrait pictures of it, as well as make a video or two so people can hear what it is like, and give a recap of everything spec-wise.