What's on your workbench today?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. ModerneGuy

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    [edit] I've just realised that the first part of my commentary disappeared when I posted this ...so I'm just adding this here. After thinking this 12 string build was going to be a sunburst I changed my mind and decided I'd go for a solid colour top. The photos below are after its first round of nitro clear coats. The paint seemed to lay better on the back and sides of the guitar than the top, but it will eventually come together even if I can see a fair bit of wet sanding and drop filling in my future ...

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    Since I had the spray rig out I decided it was time to move on my Epi Crestwood Custom style build I'd started years ago. Black trans tint on African Mahogany. It's not pure black - unsurprising, but with a wash coat of nitro its a lovely eggplant/aubergine shade. I WILL grain fill with white and finally get round to finishing it. This project was what got me into the idea of building my own guitars so I feel bad about having dragged it on for so long...

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  2. nickhofen

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    Modernguy ,the blue color on the top is very nice,how it is called?
     
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  3. Jerry Lee

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    Oops
     
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  4. ModerneGuy

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    It's a Duplicolor Polaris Blue ... hard to tell but it's metallic. Looks very different in different conditions but that top photo is pretty close to what I see (in my head). Cheers
     
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  5. Jerry Lee

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    Hmmmmmmm?
     
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  6. Jupiter

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    Flip that baby over and let us see the front!
     
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  7. ModerneGuy

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    Sure. Turns out I didn't take many of the front. I guess it doesn't look as elegant until all the bling goes in ...just a bunch of cavities. The blocks in the pickup routes are from when I had it lying face down and spraying the back.
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    I like the shape. Can't wait to see it finished.
     
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    8239987E-EC53-4470-AA32-6206600451B7.jpeg Starting a new one. Basswood and bloodwood.
     
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    What bit size, speed, and feed are you running? The last time I tried something like that, I busted several bits, likely due to feed being too slow.
     
  11. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

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    Taking it very conservatively...
    About 0.5mm/sec feed
    10k Rpm
    0.5mm steps
    0.6mm endmill
     
  12. Steveinthesticks

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    Working on a "Micawber" build, hoping to get all the routing done before I move out
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    Had to hand radius the edges on the cheap Amazon neck to come close to standard neck route
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    Figuring out the Humbucker route
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    Body is reclaimed pine from a 1950's furnace riser


     
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    I haven't done any cosmetic work on mine beyond what's needed to get them working but it would help protect them. Not a bad thought. Just did a big round of sharpening too. I don't have a 7 but I have a 6 that I use way more than it's size would seem to call for. I like it alot.
     
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    Not Telerelated, but anyway...Trying to see how to best fit a proper Jag/Mustang bridge onto the Jarman Sig at the moment, most likely with Mustang saddles when all's set and ready to go.

    The original TOM bridge with proper radius is quite nice for banging away at the thing and has excellent sustain + all the shimmery behind-the-bridge harmonics, though it can get a bit sticky with some heavy wobbling. Will likely need to support the bridge pins with a fat washers under the bridge to match the height as needed, so to be continued :)


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    That’s a COOL color!
     
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    The much rarer bass version unless I miss my guess ;)


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  17. ModerneGuy

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    Nah, sorry Dave it is a guitar. I did build myself a Newport bass inspired one last year though... I think I just posted on the workbench thread ...but maybe it had its own thread. Here's a pic anyway. I made my own templates for this and it is a somewhat bigger and a slightly different shape. Strung with flats - nice combo with the short scale neck. Cheers

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  18. Jerry Lee

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    Very nice. Is that bridge custom made?
     
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    Yes. Aluminium - about 7mm thick, that was all shaped with hand tools, with an Australian hardwood saddle. I wanted the simplicity of the original bridges on these things but couldn't bring myself to part with that sort of money. I wasn't going for absolute accuracy but I think it looks pretty elegant and it works/intonates just fine. I did use tone pros locking studs ...
     
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  20. Jerry Lee

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    The bridge looks great. Simple and elegant. Big fan of the Epi double cut guitars and basses. If they reissued one like yours I would buy it. They won't so I'll just have to build my own.
     
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