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 Post subject: I'm in
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:08 am 
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I will jump in too. This will be my first build. Going to be an electric with a mahogany body. Probably mahogany for the neck and ebony for the fretboard. I dont have a clue about pickups yet, what I do want is something bluesy what I dont want is a big pickguard hiding the wood.
Here is a picture of the body, It was green when I first got it but I have had it drying for around 10 years now.


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Welcome , Looking forward to seeing your build ! Glad you cold jump in ! [:Y:]

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The wood looks good. Did you do the cut out yourself or order it pre-made?

As for pickups, look into Lindy Fralin or Bill Lawrence (under the name Wilde Bill...not that other guy). They make some really great pickups. I've got a set of Fralins in my Warmoth LP that I love.


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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
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A friend of mine give me this wood years ago. He was a truck driver and said he went to a place in Norfolk VA to make a delivery and they had a big crate full of this but would only let him have 3 pieces, this one was the only one big enough for a guitar.The wood was some kind of shipping crates. The other 2 are long gone and I really want to kick myself for it now that I think about the headstock.
I cut it, the bandsaw blade I used was 1" wide so the curves are ugly

I will check those pickups out, thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:04 pm 
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Finally got all my pieces and I have been making some full size drawings of the top and sides.

I have a couple questions about the pickups. I went with the Fralin p90s
1- Am I right in assuming the pickups can be installed with the wire coming off of either side?
2- Do I want the pickups sitting firmly on the body? or a piece of foam under them ? or something else/


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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
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I think they'll work either way, I always install them with the wire down towards the control cavity.
I like to screw the pickups directly to the body, if there's any tone contribution from the wood this method maximizes it.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:17 pm 
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Several things combined to make me to chamber the body.
One was the body was on the heavy side 6 lb 4 oz before and it ended up 4 lb 5 oz after chambering.
The fact that I didnt have something that matched good for the headstock, and, I did have a nice piece of redwood that would work good for a top.

Now I am working to cut out the back where the pots will be. I am hoping to use the piece I cut out as the cover so the grain will match.


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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
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I do plan on cutting my own fret slots in the future but as you know this stuff gets expensive. So I decided to buy a slotted fretboard this time.
I was planning on binding the fingerboard with another piece of ebony that I had but the colors dont match :cry: and I dont want to dye it so I am now planning on trimming the fret tang back and filling the hole with some black epoxy.

When I was cutting the inlay I decided to put a dull chisel in my hands and I caused a small piece of ebony to chip out , you can see it in the picture. I am thinking there are 2 possible fixes,?? CA glue and some ebony saw dust OR some epoxy died black ? Right now I am leaning towards the CA glue fix ?

The inlays are just laying halfway in the cutouts in the picture, I still need to finish cutting to size. This is my first time trying inlay.


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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
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I got the inlays in still need to sand them down.

My plan was to use mahogany for the neck when I started. When I started I was under the impression that ONLY quartersawn wood was good enough for a neck but I have read here that some like flatsawn curly maple and I see that some suppliers sell it (flatsawn neck blanks) so it has me curious ? and since it is a bolt on neck that can be switched if it goes bad, I am thinking about trying a piece of curly maple I have.


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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
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The pickups should have a little spring that goes around the screw on the bottom of the pickup, like a ball point pen has around the ink refill. So you can adjust the height of the pickup to the strings.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
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JasonMoe wrote:
The pickups should have a little spring that goes around the screw on the bottom of the pickup, like a ball point pen has around the ink refill. So you can adjust the height of the pickup to the strings.

Just when you think you have it figured out .... Oh well

I fixed the chip out with CA and sawdust and there is no sign of ever being a problem. I did get the inlay finished. I used stabilized redwood burl for the inlays. I also cut out a couple pieces of the burl that I could make some pickup covers with if I decide to, right now I am thinking black would look better ??


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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
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I love the inlays, looks very nice!

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 Post subject: Re: I'm in
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Nice job on the inlays!


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