That's a big workbench!!!Haven’t had time for any guitars on the workbench.
Had to fly to a fishing outpost to help my brother-in-law & nephew build an addition for an outfitter that has about 11 outposts. Outfitter located 30 miles west of where I live. My father & myself, have built other outpost cabins for this company before. We flew about 20 minutes north from the base, about 40 miles.
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All material flown in, had to build trusses in place.
12’x34’ addition, with 12x16 deck in front of addition.
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I flew in Wednesday, brother-in-law & nephew went in Monday, and had floor & walls built. Stayed there in cabin, flew back out Friday late afternoon.
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Our ride to work. Dehavilland Beaver.
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Flew back in Monday-Tuesday.
Worked till we ran out of log siding. Came out this evening.
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Even had some R&R in evening to catch a few. View attachment 1033883
Hopefully back to guitar bench soon.
That is a nice lookin blonde!Friend brought is old Guild hollow body over and asked if I could fix the scratchy volume control. Pulled the harness out, it was a little crusty looking
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Told him I was going to replace everything except the pickup. Its probably original and sure sounds nice. Made a new harness
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Fished it all back in
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All back together
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After I returned it I got a text from the owner telling me he had played it for two hours straight and was going to use it at his next gig.
I favor the side pots under the edge of the pickguard, but that's me (cheaper too!)Another archtop job, mounting a pickup on my Godin 5th Avenue. I got a Häussel Single Coil for it, mounted in floating brakets to the neck. The brackets can be adjusted in width, which is a great feature, that I wish other manufacturers would also do. The finish is ebony:
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After some measuring and adjusting the brackets to width, I drilled 2 pilot wholes ( of the four available) and attached the pickup to the neck. I went for some double stick tape instead of the other set of screws and the reason for this is, Godin has a long fretboard overhand, so the other screws would not go deep enough into the neck. Other options where, shorten the overhang, or, redrill the bracket wholes - both not ideal or really necessary:
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Final step was cutting the notch in the pickguard, which is a new one I made, as I wanted to preserve the original one unaltered. You may argue, that the older is a better color match, but I couldn't find better material right now, and I kinda like the red
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What is left is drilling for a volume pot and wiring. I'm still trying to decide weather to go for a hidden volume/tone option from Schaller, or just do a regular 1x volume. What do you like in archtops?