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LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 2nd, 2019 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got it back today and I'm very pleased with the paint. It's perfect! I wouldn't have minded if the color was slightly darker but I won't complain. It was less than $180 out the door.

The only thing that didn't go as planned...they painted the entire neck (minus the fretboard). I asked them to paint the face of the headstock and poly the rest. Still, after I saw it, I don't mind it at all.

Here's a pic with the parts laid in. I somehow forgot about the string ferrules so I need to order them. I'll start wiring tomorrow night.

Questions...

* How do I line up the tuners, pickguard, and control plate besides just eyeballing them?

* The neck P90 sits too low in the cavity? How can I prop it up since it just bolts to the body?

* How can I safely darken the neck a shade or two?

Copper Tele

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 06:26 PM, Jan 2nd, 2019)

Leftee
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Jan 2nd, 2019 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is nice!!!!

The way I line up tuners is to place them all in the holes and take a strait edge to them on the back of the headstock. Lay it on the headstock and press it firmly against the south end of the tuners (the tuning knobs being the north side). The tuners should line up. Take an awl and mark the screw holes. Drill.

You want some stiff foam under the P90. That is pretty standard under those.

You could try a darker stain on the FB. I’ve never done this, so we should wait for a real expert. (-;

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 07:47 PM, Jan 2nd, 2019)

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 2nd, 2019 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the tips, Eric!

Leftee
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Jan 2nd, 2019 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey. Did you pass that other guitar along?

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 2nd, 2019 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I did. He's still looking for a lefty youngster.

Leftee
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Jan 2nd, 2019 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Awesome!

reverend mikey
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Jan 2nd, 2019 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree the color on that looks great!

But I think you need

this pick guard ...

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 2nd, 2019 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Are you offering? :o)

reverend mikey
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Jan 3rd, 2019 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nah...but Warmoth is where I got mine (hint, hint).

Mick Reid
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Jan 3rd, 2019 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice LM. I like the colour.

Shame about the neck though. Hopefully they did a nice job feathering the finish from the maple to the rosewood.

As for the fretboard, don't forget that when you condition it (lemon oil or similar) it will darken up a bit.
However, once it's been oiled, it may effect other options for tinting.

Like Leftee, I'll defer to the hexperts once they show up...


LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 3rd, 2019 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

It wouldn't work anyway with my pup configuration. ;o)

I shielded the pup cavities today at lunch and found a glitch. There is no wire hole from the middle pup to the control cavity. I'll need to go to Lowes and see if I can find a super-long 1/4" drill bit.

I called Warmoth to let them know of the mistake so they can prevent it in the future.

Shielded Body

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 3rd, 2019 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mick, the painter did a great job of blending the paint at the edge of the fretboard. I'll take a pic of the back when it's all put together.

I bought some MusicNomad F-One oil for the fretboard. We'll see how it works.

Leftee
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Jan 3rd, 2019 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

That’s the oil I use these days.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 3rd, 2019 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good to know!

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jan 3rd, 2019 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool! Keep us posted.

Bummer about the hole for the pickup wire.

Also, A little tip with your shielding, is run some from the "wall" of the cavities up onto the top, make sure it makes contact with the shielding on the back of the pickguard.

I now like to extend mine all around the top of the routes, but have also just done it in a few places like little "tabs". (see link)

This will ensure continuity of the "faraday cage".

shielding pix

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 3rd, 2019 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a good idea. I ran out of tape for the control cavity so I need to get some more.

Speaking of holes, there's a hole from the neck pup to where the neck attaches. What's the purpose of that hole?

Here are a couple of pics of the neck

Back

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jan 3rd, 2019 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

...and the front.

Front

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jan 4th, 2019 04:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...there's a hole from the neck pup to where the neck attaches. What's the purpose of that hole?"

That's usually a residual hole from the drilling of the holes that are supposed to connect the pickup cavities (for pickup wires).

The manufacturer can drill one long hole with one long drill bit straight through the neck pocket and consequently through the neck, middle and bridge pickup cavities.

It's odd that the hole is there in the pocket but not in the cavities.

re: the painted neck, I like it! I was unsure about it at first but after seeing it. I think it will look cool.

Keep the pix coming. It will be like a "build diary".


Leftee
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Jan 4th, 2019 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is just a killer color!!!

littleuch
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Jan 4th, 2019 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like it, including the back of the neck. Hopefully you'll get along with its feel. I recently used Howard's Wax and Feed on my fretboards and like the way it darkened and added dimension.

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