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I am going to Baileys on 8th October for a course.   I’m going with my mate Dave and his son (grown up son…) for my third course.

Going to do a set neck based on Mark’s Curve shape - I have a set of HSS pickups from House of Tone -

Matt has produced a custom humbucker - this is what he suggested 

Hi, we can do HSS sets with any of our humbuckers but we can also customise the humbucker for specific tones and output. 

For the best split sound usually you would want a higher output humbucker to get less volume drop when split. There are other ways around this though. We have in the past made humbuckers where one coil uses Alnico magnet slugs instead of steel ones so that when it's split down to that coil it sounds much more Fender like than any traditionally built humbucker. This is on a medium output wind will give the closest to a true Fender like sound and still sounds great as a bridge humbucker.
I think an Alnico 5 and Alnico 2 mix in a high vintage wind for the humbucker along with the '68 Specials will be just right.
 
Hopefully they will sound good….
 

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The revised Curve body - 6mm added to top and bottom edges…..

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The finished item…. Well nearly….  There will be 3 or 4 more applications of oil…

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And the bolt in the selector will be chrome or black…….

 

 

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Russ Russ 16/10/2022 3:17 pm

@frocesterbill

Looks fantastic Bill.

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Final bit - engraved truss rod cover has arrived…….

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tv1 tv1 29/10/2022 10:28 am

@frocesterbill
That's a tasteful finishing touch.

Rocknroller912 Rocknroller912 29/10/2022 5:31 pm

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Looks good

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Congrats Bill - I didn’t realise courses were running again!

As for the pickups ... hopefully you’ll have happy ears.  Say hi to the gang.

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Bill Flude Bill Flude Topic starter 26/09/2022 10:48 pm

@tv101 First one I think Carol said……

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Russ Russ 09/10/2022 9:42 am

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Much Fun being had Bill.
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That is a wonderful sight to see - Mark back in the workshop with a bunch of students making sawdust.

And the funny lady in there too.

 

That workshop is one of my happy places.

(Strangely, I find wood-working workshops to generally be happy places!).

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Course totally brilliant 3 days in.

Did most of the neck carve yesterday and added dots…..

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Mark and Carol on top form!

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More pics required Bill, more pics!!

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Awesome that the courses are going again! Enjoy!

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Will post some tomorrow - neck done apart from the heel - body glued and started routing.

I am using Mark’s Curve design.  The template for the body is tiny - first thing Mark said when we talked about our ideas was that he had been thinking of adding about 6mm to upper and lower body edges.  We started laying stuff out - I have HSS pickup set and also a FreeWay blade switch to fit in with the carve so a Curve II is emerging - we worked on altering the design and a new template has been made - looks really good - body blank is mahogany with a one piece quilted maple cap to allow a carve…..

Having a brilliant course - get booking the rest of you to build something in Ayrshire!

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New Curve template

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Neck with aluminium tube and maple dots

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Body so far - outer line is new shape - inner line is from existing Curve template

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Wizard at work!

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