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The JagMaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jfellows, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. CJFearn

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    I just typed "laser decals" into Google and got 1.5 million results... you'll have to wade through some of that to find the best price but around a dollar or so for an 8" x 10" sheet looks normal, depending on how many sheets you get. I bought mine a long time ago (like ten or twenty years) so it's not too relevant to today's prices. Mind you though, one sheet would probably last most people quite a while if you're just doing headstock logos.

    You can check out this video to see how this stuff works:



    And here's what I did with it back then. This was on the drum of a friend who's a professional street musician. I would have engraved everything but he wanted it to have a bit more of a "handmade" look. All the lines on these inlays are done with decals. The rest of the drum was stained dark brown and the whole thing finished with a couple of coats of hand brushed slightly tinted boat lacquer. All very Old School. It still looks as good today as it did when we made it.
     

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  2. barbrainy

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    Oh, I've been doing laser decals for years. Here's some I just did a few days ago!

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    It's the raised kind I'm interested in. Though I'm not 100% sure that's what Jonathan has here.... Metecem definitely uses a decal/sticker/label of some kind that is raised. I should maybe just ask him....
     
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  3. CJFearn

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    Aha! I didn't realise you wanted them raised. That's a whole 'nother ball game. I would think that something like one of the Silhouette vinyl die cutting tools might do the trick. If you didn't want to buy one yourself you could probably find some crafts people around who had one and could cut some stuff for you. Actually now that I started looking at them I think I might get one myself!
     
  4. Jfellows

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    Thanks guys -- I've used laser or inkjet waterslides for years. I've even done the print in reverse and paint the back silver, etc...

    These ones are actually electroformed nickel with a chrome finish. They're about .005 thick. I found a source in China for them at a reasonable price, as long as you order enough to make the shipping cost worthwhile. PM me if you want specifics, Brainy I'll PM you with the details.
     
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    While the finish cured, I made a pickguard. I had the template laser cut to make sure it was perfect. Had to be custom because this thing has Jaguar control plates, but Jazzmaster pickups.

    I used it to trace onto the pickguard material with a white grease pencil.

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    Then I cut it out on the scroll saw

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    Attach the template

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    And route it flush

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    Then use a 45° bevel bit, and a countersink drill bit, and we have a pickguard.

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  6. Jfellows

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    Finish was fully cured, so time to cut & buff it. The finish laid down fairly well, but a bit of orange peel as you can see.

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    Wet sanded to 1500

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    Then take it over to the buffer. This was a recent craigslist find for $200. I think it is money well spent.

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  7. Jfellows

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    The results:

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    The decal came out exactly how I wanted. You can see the edges of it, so it kind of looks raised, but at the same time, I was able to level the finish off over top of it, so it's actually flat under the finish.

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    See in the below photo how the light reflects off the finish level over the top.

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  8. barbrainy

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    Yeah, those decals look great. I'm definitely considering getting some of my own done.
     
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  9. oldrebel

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    That looks absolutely fantastic!!
     
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  10. R. Stratenstein

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    Outstanding, Jonathan! I'm going to have to look into the Klingspoor foam polishing pads, I love what you did on the fretboard. This is great stuff!
     
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    That finish looks fantastic! Can't wait to see the whole lot put together.
     
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    Looks great! Congrats on the buffer.
     
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  13. Jfellows

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    Got started this week with shielding paint in the cavities. 3 coats, 24 hours apart. Should have that part done by this weekend to begin assembly. Woohoo!

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    This is looking fantastic! Great job so far.
     
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    Now is possibly not the best time for me to ask this question, but how are you getting the wires from channel to channel? I cannot see any connecting holes (which could just be that I have a poor monitor). I have been assuming you would just drill holes, but (and this is the part I am confused on) don't you want the shielding paint to go around the holes as well so that everything is grounded together?
     
  16. barbrainy

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    I can see all his holes!

    All three separate cavities have holes connecting them to the big pickup cavity.
     
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    Ah okay, that makes sense. I really do need a new monitor then. I can't even try to adjust the brightness on see better. Ignore the above...
     
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    Wow!! This is AWESOME!
     
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    Man, that buffed up just delicious! I wanna take a big bite out of it!
     
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    Yep, they're there. And there's even conductivity between all of the cavities. Better than I thought it would be, actually.

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