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#81 User is online   Rabs 

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:09 AM

View Postsurfpup, on 09 September 2017 - 06:28 AM, said:

I really like the shape you have drawn there, Rabs! It's classic and unique at the same time. [thumbup]

Ha... actually that's how it came... The person I bought it from drew that on there. :)
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:14 AM

View PostRabs, on 09 September 2017 - 10:09 AM, said:

Ha... actually that's how it came... The person I bought it from drew that on there. :)


I'd steal it. That's a cool looking shape. [thumbup]
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:19 AM

View Postsurfpup, on 09 September 2017 - 10:14 AM, said:

I'd steal it. That's a cool looking shape. [thumbup]

Hmm.. Im a bit split by that.. I sorta like it and sorta don't at the same time.

One of the reasons apart form its one of my favourite shapes that I go with the double cuts is that so many people seem comfortable with it.

And it allows me to do different things with the way I use the wood and my hardware options but yet still remain somewhat familiar.. Well that's what I reckon anyway.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:12 AM

So I've been trying to decide what to do with my Gold Top Tribute. Since I got the Bonamassa guitar I just didn't like the sound of it in comparison. Seemed thin/shallow. Plus, when I looked inside I found the new Gibson circuit board which just doesn't seem right. I was thinking maybe P90's but eventually went with some SD antiquity PAFs and a Emerson '50s kit. I was a little apprehensive since I haven't soldered anything since I was in junior high 40 years ago. Anyway, It turned out out pretty good. Tone is nice, very similar to the Bonamassa (which has SD custom PAFs). I also put on a Faber ABR1 bridge and tail piece. Feel free to laugh at my attempt at solder joints. The nice looking ones were all done by Emerson. The ugly ones are mine.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:20 AM

here they are together

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:43 AM

View PostBlack Dog, on 10 September 2017 - 10:12 AM, said:

Feel free to laugh at my attempt at solder joints. The nice looking ones were all done by Emerson. The ugly ones are mine.

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Nice job. I have a couple SGs I need to do that to. [thumbup]
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:59 AM

Thanks. Since I didn't screw this one up I'm gonna do my Epi Black Beauty next with SD Seth Lovers and Faber hardware. I've ordered a chisel tip for my soldering iron. Trying to solder on pots with a little pencil tip is ridiculous.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 06:14 PM

Ok so I have decided..

Im just going to do another carved top with this solid body... The single pickup guitar idea will be next on the list then :)

This is roughly what im planning (at the moment :)
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Did the body today
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 01:57 PM

Carved the top of Walnut DC 2 today... Really this build is going to almost be identical to Walnut 1 DC so I wont post so much how I do things, just shots of when it progresses.

So heres a bunch of shoots of the newly carved top :)

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 12:55 PM

Neck for the second build is almost done.
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And heres some better pics of the body where you can see the carve more... Pretty much ready to get its binding and neck :)

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:58 PM

Inlay time..

And actually the first time ive done trapezoids... But ive done blocks so its the same method.

So you line up and draw around the inlay
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Then deepen the cut
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Then you go around the inside edge with a chisel like this.. the lines you already have mean that it comes out nice and clean
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The you evacuate the middle
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And hey presto you have an inlay hole :)
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Needs to be a bit deeper, but once you have the shape that's pretty easy.
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Just eight more to go :)
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Also did the binding on Walnut 1 today
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And tested the knob position to make sure it fits in the space in a pleasing manner and they look like it will be ok.
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 02:29 PM

Added a tone knob to my Epiphone Valve Jr head, the knob works really well, I am pleased with the result except I am detecting a hiss that I am not sure was there before. The hiss reacts to the tone knob meaning it gets darker or brighter so I guess it is coming from somewhere else. I can live with it for now.

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Tone knob on the left, I had previously added a full size volume pot years ago.

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I decided to add a tone knob because now that I am using an attenuator some treble is lost and while it can be added back by the attentuator it can sound shrill under some settings. The tone knob sound more natural.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 02:33 PM

Good job.. Looks like it was meant to be there :) [thumbup]
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Posted Yesterday, 03:59 PM

Ok.. I got a bit more done this week..

Both bodies are bound
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And one neck is almost done
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And the other one got its fretboard glued today.
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Hopefully I will get that first neck and body glued tomorrow which is always a good day :) (if I get time [rolleyes] )
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Posted Yesterday, 05:55 PM

View PostRabs, on 21 September 2017 - 03:59 PM, said:

Ok.. I got a bit more done this week..

Both bodies are bound
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And one neck is almost done
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And the other one got its fretboard glued today.
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Hopefully I will get that first neck and body glued tomorrow which is always a good day :) (if I get time [rolleyes] )


Glad you decided to go with a carve with the Walnut and not put a cap on it. The Walnut by itself will finish out real nice I think. I know you normally go with just oil so the natural grain and color of the wood comes out, and I am a strong supporter of that, but I might recommend a little stain on the Walnut to make it somewhat darker brown. I think with the neck inlays you did, it would really stand out. But of course since I'm not custom ordering it, you must do what you are most comfortable with.
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Posted Yesterday, 06:10 PM

View PostTwang Gang, on 21 September 2017 - 05:55 PM, said:

Glad you decided to go with a carve with the Walnut and not put a cap on it. The Walnut by itself will finish out real nice I think. I know you normally go with just oil so the natural grain and color of the wood comes out, and I am a strong supporter of that, but I might recommend a little stain on the Walnut to make it somewhat darker brown. I think with the neck inlays you did, it would really stand out. But of course since I'm not custom ordering it, you must do what you are most comfortable with.

I would agree with you but ive seen what this wood looks like with finish... Im not sure I want to mess with that :) What I may do though is put some ebony sawdust on the top and rub it in to the grain... that can look really cool.. I will see what happens when I do it ;)

Theres a guy on another forum who made a guitar with the same batch of wood.. Check this
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And then I wet the wood slightly to get an idea...
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Posted Today, 02:49 PM

Ok.. For those still interested...

Second neck is almost done. Shaped the fretboard to the correct dimensions (43mm - 56mm and 12" radius if you are interested).
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Frets and side dots on
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Then I need to cover the fret slot holes left on the side

So I rub rosewood sawdust in
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A dab of super glue on top
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And sand it back down. Sorted :)
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Also rounded the back over
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So here we are.. Two bodies and necks ready to join for life ;)
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More soon.
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Posted Today, 04:09 PM

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Rubbing the rosewood sawdust in....the extra mile...IMO looks excellent.
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Posted Today, 04:17 PM

View Postjdgm, on 22 September 2017 - 04:09 PM, said:

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Rubbing the rosewood sawdust in....the extra mile...IMO looks excellent.

Well its always worth doing in my book. But in this case I had gone a little bit saw happy when I was cleaning the slots out and deepening them slightly just before I fretted it.. And if you see the pic where I put the side dots on, the holes are a bit big and a player would feel those holes so it has to be done :) (and its a relatively quick process too).

But I appreciate the comment anyway :)

Also these frets came pre radius'd and they were de-tanged at the ends (the tang is the bit that goes in to the fret slot)... You would absolutely need to use de-tanged frets for a neck with binding... But if I had used normal fretwire the tang goes right to the end so the holes would normally be much smaller.
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Posted Today, 04:21 PM

So each fret is cut to length and you buy a set? :-k
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