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Bill Flude
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14/06/2020 12:28 pm  

Went back to the Electric Course - 1.5mm on treble and 4.5m on bass side - holes now drilled and holes for tailpiece.

I invested in Famag brad point drill bits after the cheapy i bought ripped a bit out on the Bandsman - they are lovely...

 

 

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Bill Flude
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19/06/2020 8:52 pm  

Sanding finished....

Spent a whole shaping then sanding - did 80, 120, 150, 240 and 320 grit using my lovely Mirka Deros random sander and by hand - took a while but nice and smooth.....

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First coat of Liberon finishing has gone on

 

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19/06/2020 10:11 pm  

@frocesterbill

Very nice Bill. I'm well impressed. 🎸😀✌️


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Bill Flude
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22/06/2020 9:39 pm  

3 more coats of Liberon and a bit more sheen...

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A shot of the edge of the wings.

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Bill Flude
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27/06/2020 10:17 pm  

My truss rod cover is a piece of 2.5mm black plastic with a water slide decal.   The silver lettering of the decal doesn’t ‘shine’ but the letters are the ‘Gibson’ font and just about the right size.....

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If I got Small Wonder to cut an inlay for ‘The Phoenix’ or just ‘Phoenix’  would an Ebony truss rod cover 2.5mm thick stay flat and be thick enough to put an inlay into?

All I have to do then is to learn how to cut a recess for the inlay....

I can use the plastic one until I get it right! 🤗 

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27/06/2020 11:45 pm  

Looks great Bill..I’d leave as you’ve got it..


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Bill Flude
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01/07/2020 7:42 pm  

Nearly finished.....

I am waiting for some screws to fix pickup surrounds, truss rod cover and rear cover plates.  Also need to look at pickup height and tweak intonation.

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Pickups from Mr Fabulous in Australia, and a Dusenberg Les Trem II.

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01/07/2020 8:50 pm  

@frocesterbill WOW Bill!! I agree with Deej about the truss rod cover - looks ACE...Outstanding work - how is the action?

Measure twice, cut once...


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Bill Flude
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01/07/2020 10:33 pm  

Action is pretty good - set to your ‘Standard’ action settings - the neck was flat after fretting and the frets levelled nice and easy.  The guitar plays really well and is sounding good.

I followed through the electric course steps applying them to this build so thanks again Mark. All of the hard work that went in to put the course together has given builders access to the processes that can be used to build any solid guitar.  I guess that some bits I have watched ten or more times.  

Thanks to Darren for the high tech glue and also thanks to the rest of the GM members for the great support!

I am now going to watch the acoustic build for the first time...

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02/07/2020 5:47 pm  

Will try to take some better pics later might wait until it is dark so that there is no light through the window.....

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02/07/2020 6:42 pm  
Posted by: @frocesterbill

I need to drill to position the tune-a-magic bridge and tail piece.

From the design course - mark scale line then go a further 3mm on bass side - join those and mark for holes?

How much room from the bridge to tail piece?

That's pretty much how I do it Bill - checking the alignment of the neck first to make sure that the bridge will be in the right position side-to-side as well as scale length.

I'm not sure that there is a rule for the bridge to tailpiece distance - just what looks right and gives you the string break angle over the bridge.


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Bill Flude
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02/07/2020 9:53 pm  

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Some more pics - still missing pickup ring screws and cover plates....

The trem works well for gentle wobbles - a (cheap) roller bridge and ‘Nut Sauce’ means that it stays in tune.

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06/07/2020 8:44 pm  

Some neat electro I work there Bill...


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Bill Flude
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20/07/2020 9:05 am  

Cheers Deej - had to pull the cables for pickups and switch though a routed channel in the wing - I had tried it a few times before applying the finish but all went well.  I have cut the covers but was waiting for screws to arrive.

Will have to adjust the shape of the back of the neck slightly around the nut - all felt fine until i had been playing it for a while - will have to shave a bit off and re-do the finish.

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Sod it - make tea!


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