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On 3/14/2021 at 5:23 PM, Dub-T-123 said:

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 should work out well because it allowed me to make a lot of critical observations which I will apply to the following builds. 
 

I’m still gonna strip it back down to finish the headstock and give the whole thing a proper wet sanding and polishing but here it is at the moment

 

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Beautiful Dub, Love the red. 

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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

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

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

Thanks Rabs! I can’t wait to see another one of your classic threads 🙂

 

I think you’d like how I’ve done the finish on the Tele neck. (Inspired by my 2008 Am Std Tele) I sanded the whole thing flat up to 1200 grit, then masked off the headstock face and buffed it to a high gloss. So from the front it looks high gloss and on the back you have a super smooth satin feel

 

My tuners are installed, my nut is roughly cut. I’m going to string her up and do the basic setup work before I add the electronics. Reason being that I have truss rod adjustment access in the heel so it will be easy to adjust while the guitar is strung up if I don’t install the pickguard 

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1 hour ago, Dub-T-123 said:

Thanks Rabs! I can’t wait to see another one of your classic threads 🙂

 

I think you’d like how I’ve done the finish on the Tele neck. (Inspired by my 2008 Am Std Tele) I sanded the whole thing flat up to 1200 grit, then masked off the headstock face and buffed it to a high gloss. So from the front it looks high gloss and on the back you have a super smooth satin feel

Yes totally..  I have thought satin necks are better for a while now.. Certainly since I got my 2011 Tribute Goldtop..  Feels so much nicer. I usually put only like two coats of oil on my necks.. One to seal the wood and an extra one for added durability... The body gets more like 10-15 coats...

I am going to try and push myself a bit this week. We will see what actually happens  🙂 

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This looks like it has turned into the Dub-T-123/Rabs thread, which I think is great. So much info in here that anyone with designs on developing their Luthier Skills should read the whole thing.. 👍

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I can’t say too much about the sound because I can’t crank my amp here at my apartment. It sounds great unplugged. Loud, clear, and spanky. I feel like it’s gonna sound more-Tele like than my American standard Tele because of the bridge and SD broadcaster bridge pickup. 
 

I checked that the electronics are all working and that’s fine, but I won’t really hear it till this Wednesday night

 

All my fretwork paid off though. It really performs well across the fretboard. Im also really happy with the finish and consider it a big success overall

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Awesome..   Good to see someone else trying this stuff.. You can now make what ever guitar with spec that you want exactly..

You need to go for a build with a back and a fancy top now... 🙂  Gives you a chance to do some chambering or al least route for the wiring before the top goes on.

I am hoping that 50mm London Plane comes in this week. When it does I will book a workshop day and go at it... 

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On 6/13/2021 at 7:28 PM, Rabs said:

Awesome..   Good to see someone else trying this stuff.. You can now make what ever guitar with spec that you want exactly..

You need to go for a build with a back and a fancy top now... 🙂  Gives you a chance to do some chambering or al least route for the wiring before the top goes on.

I am hoping that 50mm London Plane comes in this week. When it does I will book a workshop day and go at it... 

Have you thought about trying a semi hollow build? 

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13 hours ago, Retired said:

Have you thought about trying a semi hollow build? 

Well I have kind of done that before I just didnt put any sound holes in it so you wouldnt know...  But one of my next planned builds will have some kind of sound hole.. I am trying to come up with something original but its really hard.

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10 hours ago, Rabs said:

Well I have kind of done that before I just didnt put any sound holes in it so you wouldnt know...  But one of my next planned builds will have some kind of sound hole.. I am trying to come up with something original but its really hard.

Do the sound holes add that much to the tone? I know my Casino unplugged sounds more like an acoustic. I played a Lucille in a guitar shop that didn't have that tone.

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17 hours ago, Retired said:

Do the sound holes add that much to the tone? I know my Casino unplugged sounds more like an acoustic. I played a Lucille in a guitar shop that didn't have that tone.

Obviously very subjective but I would say it makes it more airy if that makes sense...  

What I do know about sound holes on electric guitars of that it makes them more prone to feedback when playing on stage.

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3 hours ago, Rabs said:

Obviously very subjective but I would say it makes it more airy if that makes sense...  

What I do know about sound holes on electric guitars of that it makes them more prone to feedback when playing on stage.

Yes and in the bedroom right next to the amp too, Lol.

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