What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. telepraise

    telepraise Tele-Holic

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    As gorgeous as that top piece is, I think I'd consider resawing bookmatched top caps out of it Eallen. Is it full stable now?
     
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  2. I_build_my_own

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    A mag PU / piezo blender. Slightly more complicated than just hardwiring 2 pickups.

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  3. eallen

    eallen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Yes, it came out of the kiln in November and had been stickerd in my shop since. I hear you on the resaw. I have one that is just under 1-3/4" that I may go that way on.

    A solid walnut tele without chambering is one hefty tele!

    Eric
     
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  4. Blue Bill

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    I found a set of Craftsman screwdrivers at the local surplus shop for 20 bucks, good excuse to dump out my handy-bag and re-organize:

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    Fits, with room to spare. Still weighs less than a Twin Reverb.

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  5. epizootics

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    Etching a stainless steel neck plate with salt, vinegar and a 12V adapter...

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    SWEET!
     
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  7. Blue Bill

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    Yeah, Epizootics, that's super cool!
     
  8. Jim_in_PA

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    May I suggest you consider doing a dedicated thread to this process? "Enquiring minds want to know..."
     
  9. DrASATele

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    Yes please! ;)
     
  10. erix

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    An ExpressPCB user! I love that program - I'm working on a little arduino-clocked sequencer/reverb/fuzz unit now to run both guitars and moog through.
     
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    what schem you working off of there? I've been looking at similar from diystompboxes and a few others but have settled on just using two distinct preamps and possibly ajusting the output. Either that or trying to reverse my EDA905 preamp but that doesn't sound all that great.
    looks like some tidy work.
     
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    Sorry, I had stated earlier that I was waiting on ordered parts to come in. Some arrived. Now I have to decide what to put them in.
     
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  14. Asmith

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    Progress is slow but steady, I wired most of the power supply and heater wiring today. Still need to hookup the primary side of the transformer and put the artificial center tap on the heaters.

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  15. eallen

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    That is super cool, yes on a thread of your process!

    Eric
     
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    A schematic from my brain. I wished myself some functionality then drew it up, simulate it and then on to PCB. Will so how it will sound
     
  17. otterhound

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    Gluing up blanks . 3 done already .
     
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  18. Moodivarius

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    Put together another Zane Guitar Partscaster form the leftovers we acquired. For my oldest some, as per his design. A Jazzmaster in the neck pickup.

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    Action quite a bit high. Bridge all the way at the bottom, saddles set so the rear of the strings coming off the “Chigsby” just clearing the rear of the bridge. Can’t lower anymore. I’ll have to shim the neck.
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    Scott
     
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    Cheers guys! I don't know that I'd be the most qualified at making a tutorial about something I've just done for the first time - that was literally my first attempt.

    The process is really simple - sand your pieced down to 400 grit to get a clean & flat surface, mask off anything you don't want to etch with masking tape or paint (or a rejected nail varnish from my wife's stash in my case), cut / scratch whatever shape you do want to etch, clean that up with acetone (I made a pointy wood tool the size of a pen, which I dipped in acetone and used as a precision eraser to make sure there was no varnish left in the areas I wanted to etch), then look into the pile of AC adapters you kept even though the corresponding appliances are long gone (mine was 12v, 2A). Now the fun begins.

    Make a solution of white vinegar and salt. I kept adding salt until it stopped dissolving in the liquid. Get a couple of crocodile clips and a dozen Q-tips. Clip the positive from the adapter to your metal plate. Soak one end of a Q-tip in the solution. Clip the negative to the cotton bit, slightly above the end.

    You can now dab your lines with your Electric Cotton Swab. Be careful not to lift off the edges of your tape in the process. Proceed slowly and methodically. You'll know it's working by the bubbles & sizzling sounds from the swab. WEAR A RESPIRATOR, since the etching will release some pretty nasty fumes. I kept going at it for 15 minutes or so to make sure the etching went deep enough. Be careful not to touch the metal directly with the clip. You'll need to change your swab every so often as they dissolve after a while.

    Once you think you're done, remove the clips, masking tape, give the whole thing a rub with acetone. Rince in water and dish soap. Sand the surface down to whatever grit you want to get to. And...voilà! You etched!

    There are loads of videos on Youtube about this. They range from useful to annoying. This one was OK -

    Overall, it's a very simple process that doesn't require a lot of tools & materials. I can't believe it took me so long to give it a try!
     
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    Another member of "team resaw"
     
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