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M Tracy
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Sep 15th, 2019 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Been away for a while so I missed this. Looks really nice as usual. I’ve used CA for grain filling but not as a topcoat. The fumes suck and the short working time sucks too. It helps a little to keep the bottle in the fridge but I just use UV cured grain fillers now. Almost infinite working time, inside, and sands nicely after a couple minutes in the sun.

I’m an electrician and my soldering looks exactly like that last picture. Not good.

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Sep 16th, 2019 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Got all the major components attached to each other. Looks like a guitar now.

The weight is about a pound less than my '63 CS Telecaster. The large edge radius makes it look like a cheeseburger.

I have a custom bridge pickup on the way; the one you see here is a Stooge Mac Golden Age pickup that measures 7.01K Ohms. When the new one comes I'll swap it in.

Pic here

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Sep 16th, 2019 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

That looks fantastic - I love the neck plate!!

Bubbalou

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Sep 16th, 2019 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice job peegoo. Is that a custom pickguard?

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Sep 16th, 2019 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pure class Geno!

Can you make me one? :P

OK, OK … maybe I need to get back into putting something together. It's been a few years since I did a project.

I think my Warmoth G5 bass was the last one I did. :(

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Sep 16th, 2019 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Expect the best and there it is.


I’m so lame “o)

Peegoo
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Sep 16th, 2019 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cheers, y'all.

Bubbalou, I cut that pickguard from .090" Bakelite sheet. On one-offs like this, I use a scroll saw to rough in the shape and finish with sanding sticks.

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Sep 16th, 2019 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

The pickguard is very cool, as it smoothly flows from the ebony fretboard.

Mick Reid

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Sep 16th, 2019 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool G!

I very humbly will say it puts my best efforts to shame...


Peegoo
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Sep 16th, 2019 05:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ohhhh no it doesn't, Mick. I've seen your work. There are a bunch of skilled folks here on the FDP...not just in guitar stuff, BTW.


We all have our own individual creative style. It's not a contest!

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Sep 16th, 2019 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hanging with skilled and talented craftsmen and artists raises the bar for all of us, we rise to the challenge, often in directions we never considered.



Peegoo
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Sep 16th, 2019 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great point.

Thanks to you, hushnel, I'm working on my first "good" knife. I've made a few in the past from old files and one from a piece of leaf spring, but they were fairly utilitarian and ugly.

This one is going to be my Sunday-go-to-church knife...so to speak.

Re: the pickup that I have coming for this guitar; I wanted something a bit more mid-rangey and muscular than a Tele bridge pickup, in the realm of a P90. So this one will look like a Tele pickup, but is made with alnico bar magnets like a P90.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:32 PM, Sep 16th, 2019)

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Sep 17th, 2019 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like when I stuck a Guild Bi-Sonic in a Squire Affinity Bronco. Freakin’ pickup was almost twice what I paid for the bass. Or maybe nothing like it at all “o)*

It’s a good sound and fun. You may find it a bit strange but their are those that will judge you based on your instrument before they ever hear you play. Woohoo I’m a lame assed bassist with “First Act” type bass, until the first set “o) Lots of fun.

Like the Bisonic Bronco, instruments like these always bring the musicians out of the crowd. The Home Depot 2X8 is another one I built as a sleeper type axe.

*This project of yours is unmistakably a super fine instrument but anyone expecting the standard Tele tone will feel like their ears are going sideways “o)

Home Depot 2 by 8

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Sep 17th, 2019 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

That 2x8 reminds me of an old Harmony Stratotone guitar from the early 50s.

This tone beast!

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Sep 17th, 2019 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

The pickup going into my Tele thing will be a weird one indeed. Typical P90 mags are a bit too large to fit into a Tele bridge cutout.

It was born yesterday.

Here's a picture from the nursery. Awww it's so cute!

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Sep 17th, 2019 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

That Harmony is wild.

I should get back to the Silvertone Stratotone Jupiter project. Kind of stalled out on because of the hazmet fee on the freakin binding. I really don’t need enough to make it worth it. Those old DeArmond pick ups need to get back in service. I had to have LMI slot a custom fretboard for that guitar.

A knife project is cool. You going to make the sheath too?

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 06:15 PM, Sep 17th, 2019)

Peegoo
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Sep 17th, 2019 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think I'll stick it to a magnet in my shop and use it for stuff like cutting cardboard, tape, and plastic hose. General purpose knifey stuff. No sheath required. It's cut from a 1/8" stainless 440C flat bar, so it is magnetic.

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Sep 17th, 2019 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is it already tempered?

Mick Reid

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Sep 17th, 2019 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a feeling Aaron was involved here some how ;^)


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Sep 17th, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, it's tempered. I ground it on a wet wheel.


Aaron is a *wizard* with pickups.

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