SG Junior + Bigsby build!

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  1. Citizen_Insane

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    Hey guys, it's been quite a while, but I'm here with a new build! This one started because I asked my dad for some wood for Christmas. He got me a nice long board of 6/4 mahogany and some 4/4 maple. Perfect for guitar building!

    I realize that maple isn't typical for SG's, but I don't like carving mahogany and I love the feel of maple necks, so that's the direction I'm going. I already summarized everything in my imgur album, so I'm not going to go into complete detail here, but I'll post a few teasers just to pique your intrest.

    Part 1: http://imgur.com/a/49Fbf

    Part 2: http://imgur.com/a/tPQsc

    The target
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    Body routing
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    Neck tenon
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    Fretboard glued with hide glue (1st time using it!)
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    Neck glued in
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    Mocking up with hardware
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    Neck angle
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    Starting the neck carve
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    Clay dots (Durham's Water Putty)
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    Aged hardware
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    Ready for frets and final sanding
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    The back
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  2. AirBagTester

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    Shaping up to be one heck of a nice guitar! I love that color, and the Bigsby.
     
  3. Model T

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    Looks great. If Tele's had never been invented, I would be 100% SG.
     
  4. In da HOUSE

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    Man that is going to be so cool.
    NICE WORK!!!
     
  5. Citizen_Insane

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    I've been wanting a surf green guitar for a long time. Watching Wilco videos made me want an SG. The internet made me want a P90. I figured I might as well shove them all into one project all at once.

    Thanks! I was never an SG guy until recently. I think the fender colors + Gibson styling are a cool mix.

    I just fretted last night, so I'll level tonight, then sand, fill, and seal this weekend. Hopefully I can start laying paint in the next couple days assuming the damn humidity will drop.

    edit: Well damn, looks it's going to rain for the next week straight. Anyone know what the max humidity should be for shooting nitro?

    Here's a bonus pic of the neck volute.
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  6. -james-

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    Saw this on /r/luthier, glad to see it here too! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
     
  7. Citizen_Insane

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    Made a little progress this weekend. Hopefully the humidity stays low, I want to start spraying in the next 2 weeks. (Un)fortunately(?) I have a work trip to Brazil that will take up most of the 2nd half of the week so if anything gets done this week it'll probably just be sanding sealer.

    First up I had to finish up the fret ends so I made this little tool:
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    Then I finished up sanding everything with 220 and started pore filling with this stuff"
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    Here it is wet (I used a small block of wood in the pickup rout to elevate the body so I could do the whole thing at once)l.
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    And here she is on my wall, ready for paint to begin!
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  8. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

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    Really nice build. I like what you've done with the heel of the neck.

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    Mine is a little bit different there. I guess if you're not doing a neck pickup you can set the tenon deeper into the body.

    What was your method of carving the bevels? I just scribed a line and carved down to it at a 35 degree angle, then tapered it in on the horns and the transitions.
     
  9. Citizen_Insane

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    Yeah, I actually just kinda winged it on the neck joint. Worked fine though!

    For the bevels I just hand drew them and then used a rasp to shape them. Again, I just kinda winged it. I'm not going for a perfect replica, so it's okay.
     
  10. twintwelve

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    Awesome build-I've been wanting a SG Jr. for years & i love surf green and Bigsby's, so......build a TV yellow one and sell it to ol' Twintwelve, seriously, man, great work, can't wait to see the final result!
     
  11. Citizen_Insane

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    Well here's an update. I've got the guitar painted!

    Primer front and back:
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    Color! (With bonus Frank the cat)
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    ReRanch Tinted Clear (1 can) + 2 cans Minwax Gloss Lacquer.

    The tinted clear yellowed up the guitar quite a bit. I was surprised since I've only used this lacquer on a gold top/black back guitar. Oh well, I think it looks kinda cool. Definitely not your usual SG. There's quite a bit of orange peel, but I tested quick in a spot to make sure there was enough clear and I can sand it flat without going through to the color so I should be good (fingers crossed).

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    ...And now my watch begins...2 weeks or so before I can sand.
     
  12. kenkenuk

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    Cool colour!
     
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    I love this. I can feel an SG Jnr build coming on soon!
     
  14. Citizen_Insane

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    She's done!!!

    A few days ago I got the finish leveled and buffed. Then I did the frets, they came out great, my best work yet. I then added all the hardware, cut a nut and rocked out for a bit.

    The pickup is a Seymour Duncan SP90-1 Vintage Soapbar. I love this pickup. It's got exactly what I was looking for in a P90. I put in 500K CTS audio taper pots with a 6800pF Sprague orange drop cap for the tone and wired up with vintage cloth covered wire from an old organ I disassembled.

    I realized after stringing the guitar up that the strings were hitting the back of the bridge since the B70 is designed for an archtop guitar. No problem, I just cut some ebony spacers to put under the screw points to jack up the vibrato. All I've got to do is the back plate and truss rod cover (forgot the material when I went to the shop).

    Bigsby Shims:
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    In all her glory (for some reason looking way more green than usual for some reason). More pictures outside to come tomorrow, it's dark now.

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  15. Model T

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    That came out great.
     
  16. Citizen_Insane

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    Thanks! I wish there were more pictures of the finishing process, but my phone decided to get cozy with a tile floor and so I was sans-phone for the end of the build (all good now, got a replacement). Wasn't going to let that stop me!
     
  17. Citizen_Insane

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    Video is finished processing!

     
  18. OpenG Capo4

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    Wow that came out great. Awesome playing too.
     
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    Thanks! I had a lot of fun. Next up? Danelectro style!
     
  20. Citizen_Insane

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    Just for completeness, here are some better pictures:

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