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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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Looking at those pics and remembering happy days in the workshop ... I'm getting an urge

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Looking good Bill.  Those fretboard markers are a nice detail, so much better than a standard dot inlay!

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Cheers TV1 - I was re-watching some Guitar Making YouTube videos a couple of weeks ago and the one about inlays came up for Roland’s build that Mark was doing so I had a go at making some….  The tube came from eBay with maple middles…

Liking the offset dots - thought they might be too but think they work…

 

I used 2mm aluminium wire for the side dots - got it from HobbyCraft - very soft though so cut long, installed in neck then filed and sanded flush.  

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It has been a very happy time to be back in there.  Carol said they were apprehensive not having had courses for a while - think they have had a few visitors but not 3 all starting at the same time!

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And before anyone points it out the 21st fret marker is in a ‘custom’ position….  Couldn’t have the guitar perfect……. 🤣 

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Bpower Bpower 12/10/2022 9:47 am

@frocesterbill The progress looks great. At some point I'll get brave enough to try an electric guitar myself. I am really enjoying the pictures of the shop in use. It is great to see. At some point I will need to see this shop in real life. 🙂

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Recommended activity - David (younger chap in pics) is on his first visit to ‘Bailey World’ hasn’t made stuff since he was at school and is making brilliant progress - Mark assesses how much support he needs to give at each stage - I think it would be very difficult to screw it up….

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It makes me So Happy to see Mark's workshops up and running again. I'm sure it will be a Blast for you all. 

I can feel the Mojo rising. 

🙂🎸🎶🙏

🗝️ "Life's what you make it"🗝️

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The pencil line on the top is the original Curve shape…

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Ahhhhhh - I can almost smell the wood shavings and sawdust ....

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Watching Mark at work with his Mirka was a revelation - such precision work…..

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Hey Bill, I’ve just seen your new guitar build on Mark’s Instagram page, it looks wonderful. Well done, very nice work indeed. It’s good to see that you’ve taken friends with you as well, the more the merrier. Keep going. Top marks. 👍

Make guitars, not war 🌍✌️🎸

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Currently applying more Finishing Oil - hardware stripped off - I have also screened the control cavity.

I will also swap the bridge, tuners, screws and knobs for black ones.   

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We need more pics Bill (for those of us not on InstaTok or most other SM platforms!).

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Clinton Clinton 18/10/2022 10:22 am

@frocesterbill. I like the flying v style headstock. My favorite shape.

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tv1 tv1 18/10/2022 6:56 pm

@frocesterbill
That's pictures!!

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Not a lot to say about the pictures…..

Two issues….

First is the neck joint - with a single coil in the neck position instead of a humbucker we had to play with the shape to give gluing surface.

Second I wanted to use a Freeway Blade Switch - you need to get the switch within 3mm of the top of the slot so the controls ended up on the flat bit…..  Also I hadn’t realised that the threaded part of the switch isn’t on the top surface but is 2-3mm under the top so we needed to find longer bolts - Mark had some long gold M3 bolts that we cut to length - I have now ordered some suitable ones.

 

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tv1 tv1 18/10/2022 6:59 pm

@frocesterbill
I'm using a similar switch - one of the Schaller megaswitches - on my current build. And yes, you need a slot on the flat part of the body, and the body can be no more than ~3mm thick else the switch tip won't come far enough through the top of the body to be usable.
It adds a bit of fiddly to the build, but I think it's worth it for the flexibility those switches give.

Bill Flude Bill Flude Topic starter 18/10/2022 8:20 pm

Mark was concerned as we started routing - we went in 1mm steps until the switch could do the extremes with a tip in place. I like the way that on the lower 5 positions it is a standard Strat settings with the extras on the upper ones - also the wiring up is very easy….

tv1 tv1 18/10/2022 8:37 pm

@frocesterbill
He's an old worrier.
A wise man gave me a valuable tip many years ago. And it works in just about *every* situation.

"Stop, just before you go too far".

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5 more coats of Liberon Finishing Oil and a one of microcrystalline wax…..

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tv1 tv1 20/10/2022 7:43 pm

@frocesterbill
Sexeeeee!!

Bpower Bpower 21/10/2022 10:01 am

@frocesterbill wow. that's really nice. 🙂

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