What's on your workbench today?

Jim_in_PA

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Freeman Keller

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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.
 
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Mr_Q

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Not so much on the bench as on my knee. This is my build from two weeks at Crimson Guitars. It was a great class, but I never work that hard if I can avoid it. (Whew, start to finish in two weeks.)

The humbuckers are raw nickel Sweet Serranos from our friends @Bootstrap . Wood is African mahogany neck (Khaya) and Fijian mahogany body. Nice and light. Flame maple cap that I carved with a freaking angle grinder. (Scared me to pieces.)

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I'm pretty happy with the neck pocket and heel for my first set-neck.
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Jim_in_PA

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My "bench" involved more attention to the floor in the new shop followed by removing a hydraulic cylinder from my tractor's backhoe that needs replaced. Thank goodness all this rain we have ended today...it's like a springtime swamp out there right now and we've not had any sun since last Thursday or something like that.
 

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I have just build a new sled for my router. Took me ages to get everything dead square but I am happy. Sliding softly as a hot knife on warm butter:

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Now I hope the weather is good this weekend so that I can start working on my first scratch build: a neck-through double cut. I am planning for a cherry body with walnut top and the neck will be maple wenge and padauk:

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KeithDavies 100

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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.



Scott
That's a big workbench!!! :)
 

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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.
That is a nice lookin blonde! 😘
 

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I seem to NEVER have just one thing on my workbench.
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Yes, that’s a hammer inlaid in the top. That body was insanely light so I added some ballast...I hate neck dive. It’s actually half a hammer. Ever cut a hammer in half? Before yesterday I hadn’t either.
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Here’s a red headed stepchild. It was busted in half during an “accident” in finishing. 😬 Fortunately, I didn’t have the neck attached at the time of the “incident.” After a few weeks of this thing staring at me, I decided to resurrect her. Meet “Peggy”.
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Third one is a pine and oak beauty. The drop top was actually glued up as half, then bookmatched. I guess I’m a sucker for difficult glue-ups.

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tomasz

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Serting up an Ibanez AF93-BS Archtop. Floating the pickups over the top and replacing pickup springs with surgical tubbing:

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Reshaping the bridge, as string spacing was off by 1.5 mm (51, instead of 52.5 as should be):

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So after planing down the old string slots, time for marking and cutting new ones and final fit:

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Perfect string spacing over the pickup! And the intonation is also fine :)

Now.. where did I put that black stain again? As the whole bridge is walnut, there are some final touches left, but now this one has a great ring and no rattling.
 

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Routing free hand for some HB sized P90s from Guitar Fetish in a Squire. Now I'm thinking about adding a pickguard.

What color?
 

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Peegoo

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I cut up some mahogany and made all the pieces for a kubb game.

Don't know what kubb is? It is a lot of fun. If you like tossing horseshoes or playing cornhole (yeah--I know), you'll love playing kubb. BONUS: it's easy to play with a beer or other beverage in your hand.

 

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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?
 

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There was shellac, a little grain fill, and more shellac.

Then it came time to start surgery on the preferred pat pend stamped bridge thingie. It still needs to have a meeting with the drill press to create room for the JM pickup screw ears, and for the top corners to get rounded off a bit more, but we'll get there.


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And a mockup just to see where we are.

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crazydave911

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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?
I favor the side pots under the edge of the pickguard, but that's me 😁 (cheaper too!)
 

Peegoo

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Today, it's a swamp ash body I cut using the '52 template. The customer wanted to finish sand and paint it herself. She rubbed some green and blue sparkle paint into the open grain, sanded that back, and then added a cherry blossom motif. It came out really great and it's the only one like it in the entire universe.

I'll shoot it with clear poly (nitro es no bueno for young people) and assemble the parts, set it up and send it along to the new owner.

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