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  • sawyersawyer Frets: 155
    Awesome as always!
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  • TA22GTTA22GT Frets: 163
    All I can say after reading this thread is that you have my full admiration for your undeniable talents!!
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    started relicing the top o the first one.  I use a sharp scalpel for the crazing, then rub in a dark stain and rub the whole thing down with wire wool and wax... Damage, dirt and Patina.   still a bit to do on that final stage, but its already most of the way there








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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1096
    Stunning!
    Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole - Just strap on your guitar and we'll play some rock 'n' roll

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  • Andyjr1515Andyjr1515 Frets: 1657
    That's remarkable work @WezV  ;

    I see so many relics where I am left wondering, 'in real life, just how would that have happened???'

    Turning to this one, on the other hand, there have been so many genuinely old guitars I've seen and handled that have looked just like this.
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  • SteveFSteveF Frets: 74
    Bloody hell, that looks amazing.  
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    thanks peeps.

    In all honesty the knife always feels like a rather crude way to do this... but it seems to work for me.   it always starts off looking proper hokey though
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 525
    WezV said:
    thanks peeps.

    In all honesty the knife always feels like a rather crude way to do this... but it seems to work for me.   it always starts off looking proper hokey though
    I'm reluctant to try that way yet if i can stuff it in a freezer,  i did do a combination of the both which looked ok after the usual wire wool and dark stain etc
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    i don't have a freezer big enough yet, but do freeze fender style stuff.   I think I would still use the knife on a carved top for a bit of predictability
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 525
    edited May 20
    WezV said:
    i don't have a freezer big enough yet, but do freeze fender style stuff.   I think I would still use the knife on a carved top for a bit of predictability
    I've got a friend with a big enough freezer which helps,  in winter it works well in the boot of a car too, i can now fit one in the new workshop then i don't have to run around anymore, luxury

    Do fender style maple necks check in the freezer? 
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    nice update from @Mojopickups this morning


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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 8867
    :o 
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 525
    Those pickups look so bloody nice,  does he do the covers with corner screw holes
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    I think he has some being made at the mo.   

    I wasnt too fussed for these builds
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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 206
    You'll be able to hear them against an original.  I'm interested to hear how they compare.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    PhilKing said:
    You'll be able to hear them against an original.  I'm interested to hear how they compare.
    yeah.  Part of me did wonder about getting an adjustable staple too for a proper comparison... but that way lies madness.  

    Marc has said  he has changed the wind slightly to get a better balance in the set, but even if he had copied a 50's one exactly i wouldn't expect his to sound exactly like another 50's one... just the one he copied.

    I also buffed out an 81 refin this weekend... in a nice vintage black.   Its been a full on Custom weekend



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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 525
    well I'll be going the adjustable route just for the one I'm doing,  I'm also interested to hear a comparison 
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 6972
    WezV said:
    nice update from @Mojopickups this morning


    Excellent choice. Mojo are the best
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    time to make some new guards... i have at least 3 custom style ones to make and want a wider bevel, a coupel for things i have not done threads for yet.  I have an original 50's archtop guard here for comparison.

    here are 3 guards.. the 50's archtop, an off the shelf custom guard, and one i have made in the middle



    You can see the man difference between the old and modern material is the middle black layer... can't do much about that



    I used a router to rough the bevel in, but that looked pretty much identical to the one on the bottom.  I hand scraped the bevel on the middle one... getting much closer.

    The old guard's bevel is actually slightly concave so i think i need to finish off with a curved scraper


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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 206
    Interesting that they have a thinner black layer on top of the new material but don't put it in the sandwich layer.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    yeah, i doubt there are many other applications for this type of plastic, so you would think they would get it right.   

    the 3rd one with the short bevel is yours, the one with the wider bevel is from a  sheet i got from allparts last year - the material is identical.

    They are all celluloid and i am currently practising a few hole filling methods on some scrap... one just filled with black gloop, the other filled with a plug of scratchplate and black gloop
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    pickup delivery



    and a quick test fit

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  • KeefyKeefy Frets: 64
    WezV said:
    pickup delivery



    and a quick test fit

    Oh my! Nurse, the screens...
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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 602
    Love it, that’s wicked! So so cool!
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    this may be a costly mistake.


    I decided to wire the black set into my blacktop as the custom style they are meant for has fallen behind the burst.  Its going to be hard to take them out again so i may need a third set



    No point wiring the burst up yet as it needs some fretwork first

    I had a quick play and comparison with the original.  The neck is certainly in the same ballpark, but with a bit more clarity.  The bridge is a revelation.  I am excited by this
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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 206
    So you have found your Holy Grail of pickups?  How does the staple sound in the bridge.  Gibson only had that on the big archtop jazz guitars.
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 8867
    Having played a 54 Custom (reissue, natch) recently I am now fully onboard the staple-train. This thread isn't helping :D 
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 443
    Possibly a stupid question but is/was there such a thing as a “dog ear’ staple? - I find myself wondering what these would be like in my Peerless ES295-a-like... :-)
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8244
    JayGee said:
    Possibly a stupid question but is/was there such a thing as a “dog ear’ staple? - I find myself wondering what these would be like in my Peerless ES295-a-like... :-)


    yeah, some of the archtops had them.  I am not sure if mojo has plans for dog ear covers/baseplates but he does had adjustable/unadjustable with different mounting hole locations.   - that's  4 different cover styles already.. I am sure he will have considered dog ear too


    PhilKing said:
    So you have found your Holy Grail of pickups?  How does the staple sound in the bridge.  Gibson only had that on the big archtop jazz guitars.


    It certainly works for me.  I was worried I would be disappointed after waiting so long for these. I plan on doing some comparisons once I have the burst wired up.... but I will need to consider some of the variables.   The old staple has the magnets set quite a bit higher, from the coil for one.   None of the guitars are set-up with similar pickup heights yet etc...   The neck pickup is definitely in the same ball park, but has a bit more clarity than the vintage example.



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