What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. Freeman Keller

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    It was a beautiful day in the Great PNW, temps in the high 60's and RH around 50. Figured it was a perfect day to either work in the yard or paint the OM.

    Work in the yard? Silly boy, what was I thinking?

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  2. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    That looks great Freeman!!
     
  3. mrz80

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    New Wood Day! Hit my go-to lumberteria down in Tampa over the weekend and came away with:

    * 12" wide 8/4 mahogany plank - I expect to resaw two acoustic's worth of backs and sides off the face, leaving two solid bodies' worth of slab
    * 14" wide 6/4 poplar plank - that'll be a couple of solid bodies' worth
    * 16" wide 4/4 peruvian walnut plank - never heard of peruvian walnut before. It's much lighter and quite a bit darker than the walnut I'm used to. LP tops, methinks.

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  4. intensely calm

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    Just wrapped up building a pickup winder, also have a homemade drum sander and a homemade bench-top planer on the bench.

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  5. allen082

    allen082 Friend of Leo's

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    I made a thinline top out of Peruvian Walnut a few years back. It looked great and was wonderful to work with.

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  7. tone57

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    Getting there.

    Spruce top, Mahogany Back, Rosewood appointments, Hipshot Baby Grand, Or maybe a Chopped tele Bridge with Glendale Brass.

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  8. Barncaster

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    Looking sweet Tony. Back in the day I believe J. Geils had an LP with a Tele pup in the bridge with a similar adapter. Gotta love the CNC!
     
  9. rad1

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    I have a 15 yr old tired but beautifully made Korean Epi Les Paul Gold Top 56. It is a stunning playing guitar and did sound great at one time. I decided to pull out all the electrical, switches, pots, pickups, wiring and jack and replace with high quality stuff including actual Gibson P90 pickups. I did a more detailed photo thread about this upgrade on another forum. Here are just a couple quick shots and comments.

    Needless to say she sounds fantastic now.

    I had to Dremel out the switch cavity to fit the different wiring configuration and ream out the holes in the top for the American size pots.

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    Old parts
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    Like an idiot I did not notice until I had it finished that I should have used the original Epi pickup covers, the Gibson ones don’t match. When I’m done having fun playing it today I will do that.
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  10. tone57

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    His Vega Duo-Tronic had an interesting swirly tortoise / bakelite cover at the neck.
    I went looking.
    Didn't realize he was gone. Rest in Peace..

    Thanks, but i really had some hiccups doing the bridge pup mount.
    I even cut one in rosewood before i realized the angle of the cutout was off so much that it skewed the thing horribly.

    But i am slowly getting better at it.
    Here is a humbucker cover idea i had this evening.
    thinking of mixing in some maple as inlay.. maybe
    Over the top?

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  11. tone57

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    OK, I couldn't resist.
    Did a quick run on a piece of fretboard, rubbed in some mahogany dust, and then did a quick coat of Tru-Oil.

    hmmm.

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    or maybe

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  12. Snfoilhat

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    Found a square of 0.11" white acrylic at the used art supplies/teacher resource place yesterday.

    A little thicker than 3- or 4-ply ABS pick guard material (0.09") but I think it will fit under the fretboard overhang.

    This stuff is brittle!

    Still have to drill the mounting holes and the LP-style pickup switch in the upper bout. Shiny!
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    Bonus content: a 300VDC+6.3VAC power supply for a tube preamp PITA TBD
     
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  13. eallen

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    Great creativity tone57!

    I assume you made you pup covers?

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    Got a DeArmond M72 Bluesbird from a local pawnshop. It had a loose tone pot that I tightened up, the 3-way switch is close to needing to be replaced. Other than that, it need a serious cleaning and some new strings. The pickguard was gone, I may end up making one. The Gold Tone/Gold Top pickups sound fantastic. Clear and articulate - nice and gritty with high gain.
     

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  15. tone57

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    yeah Eric,
    Thanks, they are still "in the rough" but they fit now, so that's a start!

    These are rosewood, i am trying them out in Maple ( birdseye and flame ) ( roasted and raw ), and if i can bring myself to use it, i have some ebony too. I have some walnut and zebrawood, but i don't think it's thick enough for everything.

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    Not trying to hog the thread, honestly. ;)

    i know this is still rough too, and the switch slot is way too wide, but i didn't feel like changing the bit.
    I needed to be sure the slot was the right length and that the potentiometers will fit. The volume hole was moved back a little.

    It is also 9mm thick.
    Gotta make a 2" resawing fence for my bandsaw. heheh That would leave about 5/32 for each half..
    Might be enough..

    Probably be working the polish on the bodies this weekend, so post up guys! What's on YOUR workbench?!

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  17. Burn Yesterday

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    Not a guitar today, but I bought an old Sears tabletop band saw, and in it one of the pulleys wandered back into the case almost 1/8". So I made a brass plate and whimwhammed stuff enough so I think I can get the pulley back in line.

    After that I have to buy some @%@&# more nut files because the @%@&# nut files I bought were bad and I ruined a bunch of nuts before noticing it was the files. So there'll be nutmaking.
     
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  18. mrz80

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    Lot going on here at Stately Eight Bit Manor these days. Stack of old 2x4s is now well on its way to being a guitar:
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    And we're evaluating how best to un-Epiphone-ize an eBay Epi neck for the plywood Les Paul project:
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    I"m not at all sold on the stereotypical Gibsonification process. I'm thinking just narrow things down a scosche at the top and a couple sweeping curves up to a point might work better.
     
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  20. crazydave911

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    How about a Washburn electric head?

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