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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1130
    Liking the simplicity of it, very nice...
    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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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    If you've still got it together on Wednesday wouldn't mind having a listen to it

    Really interesting build wez and like lt alot
    Yeah, I want to see how it copes with string tension before I finish it off so it will be together like this for a week or so


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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    9 days with string tension and it’s not moved at all.  I think I am safe to proceed 
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1130
    Thats good news Wez, it's interesting to see different woods to the norm being used with success...what finish have you decided upon for the neck and body?
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    I haven't yet.   I am tempted by fiesta red, but it does mean covering the sycamore on the back.

    I don;t know if i would call it successful, it sounds quite different to your average electric and that would put a lot of players off.   its certainly not the classic tones most are after.

    Tonally it sits somewhere between a danelectro and an acoustic at the moment
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    WezV said:
    I haven't yet.   I am tempted by fiesta red, but it does mean covering the sycamore on the back.

    Surely a transparent candy red with lots of big flake in it!...
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    poopot said:
    WezV said:
    I haven't yet.   I am tempted by fiesta red, but it does mean covering the sycamore on the back.

    Surely a transparent candy red with lots of big flake in it!...
    actually, i do quite like the idea of black with glitter

    this kind of vibe

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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    WezV said:

    actually, i do quite like the idea of black with glitter

    Get down to b&q... they do a clear lacquer with sparkles in it!...




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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    Yeah, I have seen that stuff.  I must admit I was tempted just to grab a handful and sprinkle it on ;)
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    WezV said:
    Yeah, I have seen that stuff.  I must admit I was tempted just to grab a handful and sprinkle it on ;)
    It’s a clear acrylic with the glitter in it... but... it takes a feckin age to dry and harden!!!!
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    That’s what puts me off.  I will be shooting nitro, but it’s almost worth buying a really cheap gun to shove some glitter through
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  • valevale Frets: 951
    edited June 20
    WezV said:
    pretty much ready for finishing now -  I got it together for a test fit



    I keep thinking about adding some contours, but i think i prefer the simplicity of it as it is.   I will probably add some string through holes since this bridge allows both

    acoustic tone is interesting, the softwood neck clearly contributes a lot to it - loads of overtones which i think would make it a bit uncontrollable for some styles, but awesome for others.   Its almost a bit danelectro

    weighs 6.4lb at the mo.   neck seems to be holding steady without many issues yet, but lets see how it settles in

    really like what you've done with the neck on this. that fab long heel should be superstable.
    i couldn't live without a neck pickup but i get your minimal vibe. bit like a junior but i would imagine that foil pickup will give it a steely blues shearing tone nothing like the gib.

    as for neck finish on the soft-ish fretboard, have you thought about using some kind of silicon powder prep (pumice) as they use in french polishing? that would literally rub-mash some glassy glide & toughness into the grain & pores of the wood.

    i have never tried it but i have watched a few videos about the process & it looks straightforward.
    i fantasize about making a guitar but solvent pongs make me reach, so couldn't use normal sprays. & i also like the idea of organic & natural finishes. so something on my list for one day.

    a cool build thread to follow for voyeur dreamers like me. keep it coming!
    what she said.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    The fretboard is maple, so plenty hard enough.  It’s just the back that is softwood.

      I don’t think French polish will work great on softwood, but most of my oil finishes use similar principles of lots of rubbing and cutting back to get a thin finish that feels great.  I really dont think it will work on this.  The Fir will likely feel heavily ridged along the grain within a year or two.  We will see 
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 607
    edited June 20
    Are you going to try a fatter sounding pickup, i think it was interesting enough when i played it

    Failing that what about a tone block 
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    I think I want to make it string through body and see how much that change it.  

    I want to try this pickup a bit higher up before swapping it out.  I agree something more powerful could be fun but will figure that out later
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  • Andyjr1515Andyjr1515 Frets: 1744
    Only just caught up with this one @WezV ; -  I like the lines a lot.  Fast build, too!

    It would be a shame to lose that stripe under heavy colour...

    Whatever, it looks good and I'm sure will play well.
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1130
    Agree with Andy that it would be a shame to lose the grain. It will be of interest to see how much difference thru stringing makes to the sound.......some enviable skills on display, love these threads...
    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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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1817
    You know my feelings. I’d always go for a clear finish which shows off the wood grain.
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  • FatPeteFatPete Frets: 162
    Really like this build and enviable skills is right.

    That type of knob, as well as having a cool 'test gear' look, works well with waterslide decals. Because the top is recessed, you can use any crappy ebay transfer paper without having to worry about hiding the edge etc.



    Easy way to add a subtle touch of personalisation. Just a thought.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    @fatpete ; that's a nice tip I had not considered
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    paulnb57 said:
    Agree with Andy that it would be a shame to lose the grain. It will be of interest to see how much difference thru stringing makes to the sound.......some enviable skills on display, love these threads...

    Roland said:
    You know my feelings. I’d always go for a clear finish which shows off the wood grain.

    I know what you mean, and I will definitely keep the back of the neck on display.   But the style of guitar makes me think it should be red or blue... I am struggling to get past that
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 153
    WezV said:
    paulnb57 said:
    Agree with Andy that it would be a shame to lose the grain. It will be of interest to see how much difference thru stringing makes to the sound.......some enviable skills on display, love these threads...

    Roland said:
    You know my feelings. I’d always go for a clear finish which shows off the wood grain.

    I know what you mean, and I will definitely keep the back of the neck on display.   But the style of guitar makes me think it should be red or blue... I am struggling to get past that
    A classic Daphne Blue could look really nice on it I think, in homage to it's Mustang ancestry
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1130
    How about a sort of Olly White using Crimson white stain and lacquer?
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  • NPPNPP Frets: 141
    WezV said:
    paulnb57 said:
    Agree with Andy that it would be a shame to lose the grain. It will be of interest to see how much difference thru stringing makes to the sound.......some enviable skills on display, love these threads...

    Roland said:
    You know my feelings. I’d always go for a clear finish which shows off the wood grain.

    I know what you mean, and I will definitely keep the back of the neck on display.   But the style of guitar makes me think it should be red or blue... I am struggling to get past that
    can it have a coloured front and clear back and sides like a Les Paul? Or would that look stupid on a Fender-style guitar?

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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606

    the roundover causes issues with that, and again it doesn't quite suit the vibe.   I guess what fender would call the pawn shop vibe


    I will get some sealer on it and make a decision later

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  • guitargeek62guitargeek62 Frets: 1614
    It's got a proper surf guitar vibe to my eyes - a blonde finish would be superb, if not the most original!

    WTB: Gibson SG Standard / Special OR Epiphone Bjorn Gelotte

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  • paganskinspaganskins Frets: 94
    edited June 22
    Is there any scope to do a racing stripe type of paint job but leaving the stripe as exposed wood so you can see the figuring? Would probably just look messy.

    This type of pattern, though that would also expose the neck tenon unless you added a scratch plate.



    Edit: just found this, stripes with visible grain:


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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    The problem for me is that any attempt to show the wood along with a coloured finish will take away from the simplicity of the guitar
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1130
    WezV said:
    The problem for me is that any attempt to show the wood along with a coloured finish will take away from the simplicity of the guitar
    Agreed!
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