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The glass idea is cool but I don’t know anything about working with glass! That’s not an avenue I’d want to go down right now but if someone gave me a glass pickguard I’d be stoked. Another idea is me

This thing is more guitar-like than ever. Neck shaping is done and I’m super super happy with how that turned out. I did my best to copy the neck on my R9 and I think I did a pretty nice job. It feels

Haha the luthier version of GAS sums it up perfectly! Not sure I can call myself a luthier just yet though I ended up having too much fun with the Jr after I strung it up. Incidentally that shoul

Looks the proper business that [thumbup]

And thats another thing about building and I guess any type of artistic creative form..  Its never perfect and it probably never will be in the eyes of the artist.. Like playing guitar, you can always learn more and always do better..  Never stops really  🙂   Often  its better just to forget it and move on to the next one.

When I first started showing my guitars in public it was something I was very nervous about, people bringing up every tiny flaw I know about them BUT to be honest it rarely came up. People kind of accept what it is you are putting in front of them and dont question every tiny aspect like we tend to (and that goes for all the guitar nerds on here and every other guitar forum).... Mistakes happen, things arent perfect. We are only human, otherwise you may as well just buy a CNC machine and be done with it.

Also something else I came to terms with very early on..  If you are going to be making something, any product for public sale.. You are always going to get one of three reactions.. Some people will like what you have done, some people wont and most people just wont care either way.. Once you get over that it all becomes much easier.

I will never forget the first guitar I sold at a show.. The guy who bought it had visited my stand a few hours before and had tried a couple of my guitars.. His comments were that he just couldnt get the sound out of his head. Didnt ask me what wood it was made from, what pickups were in it, nothing.. He just played it and had to buy it...  I was quite shocked after when I realised he literally asked me nothing about it but I think thats how more people are than we all are about this.

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I only went to the shop for a couple hours today. My Tele neck is pretty much ready to go and the green body is sorta on the back burner so I whipped up another Tele body. 
 

This one is a single piece of poplar and it’s going to be unbound and painted black. The cavities are just roughed in with a forstner bit and chisel at this point. 
 

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Do me a favor, put a short shallow channel, middle of the bridge pickup, up under the bridge.  Makes the ground easier.  Thanks.

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I don't think I know or care what the roundover is.  A little channel going towards the butt of the guitar, on the treble side of the bridge pickup route helps get a decent ground wire into the pickup area and out.  If you put your finger up under the bridge there isn't a lot of room to get one in there.  Not a big deal at all, most don't even care.

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My build is gonna be grounded through the bridge pickup plate/bridge. I don’t plan on using a non Tele style bridge pickup but I can see why you’d obviously want a separate ground wire if using a different bridge pickup setup. If I did that I’d probably be re routing the pickup cavity in general though 

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I’m really excited about how this is gonna look. The neck came out really great too. I checked it with my profile gauge against my warmoth boatneck and mine came out almost identical but with slightly less shoulders. Which is pretty much exactly what I wanted so that’s nice. Should be great 

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Nice one...  And yes this is what I mean when I say about while building a guitar isnt rocket science, you do need a bit of experience to know what you want and what you dont and trying out some different techniques to get the results you want.

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Thanks bud! Have you had a chance to start on that silky plank you posted a couple pages back? 
 

btw Rabs look at this.. I got a nice Lie Nielsen low angle block plane with some “stimulus” cash. Just came in the mail yesterday. Here are the shavings from while I was adjusting the blade. It is so nice 

 

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4 hours ago, Dub-T-123 said:

Thanks bud! Have you had a chance to start on that silky plank you posted a couple pages back? 
 

btw Rabs look at this.. I got a nice Lie Nielsen low angle block plane with some “stimulus” cash. Just came in the mail yesterday. Here are the shavings from while I was adjusting the blade. It is so nice 

 

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Cool..  There is nothing like working with a really sharp well set up blade  🙂 It s so satisfying..   Like a sharp chisel too. Just a pleasure to use.. My issue is I never really got good at sharpening.. 

Nah, I dont know whats wrong with me.. I really want to start building again but it just doesnt happen. At the moment I am still dealing with stuff from my dads estate which is the most painful complicated thing I have ever been involved with..  Hopefully soon.. Also I am waiting for the timber place to get some more 50mm London Plane in for the body. 

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30 minutes ago, Dub-T-123 said:

Do you have a honing guide? 

 

I’m really looking forward to your next build and hoping your next projects bring you some much needed peace

No I dont have one.. I do know the theory behind it, I am usually just to excited to get on with the building to sharpen things 🙂   And yes that means I have bought loads of chisels over the years..... 

And, yes.. Soon now.. All of that stuff will be over and I can finally move on.. Sounds harsh when I say it like that but enough is enough with this crap... Its also partly cos I have two older sisters who do very little and make the decision making very difficult. Anyway.. Totally different subject there..  🙂  

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Haven’t updated cause we’re basically just watching lacquer dry but it looks like I’ll be able to polish and assemble the black Tele neck weekend. Tis coming out quite nicely as of yesterday 

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My black Tele body got damaged by a coworker while it was drying in a storage room at the shop. It was all ready for the final wet sand and polish and assembly this weekend so this is an especially irritating setback. I’m just gonna keep striving for perfection on it

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3 hours ago, Dub-T-123 said:

My black Tele body got damaged by a coworker while it was drying in a storage room at the shop. It was all ready for the final wet sand and polish and assembly this weekend so this is an especially irritating setback. I’m just gonna keep striving for perfection on it

Ahh man, thats a shame..  But crap happens...  What you gonna do 🙂 And yes.  Get it right or anything that you dont like will just annoy you in the long run. Better to just get how you want it...

What about the DC? Wheres that at?

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