I have decided to create a thread to keep everything in one place .
An old bagger Hondo HLP-2N , that I had bought a while back from marketplace for £10 in a rather bad condition .
Here are the links to previous discussions and problems I have come across .
So I am slowly moving on .
Last weekend I had sanded off the old finish . The fight took about 2-3 hours ,mostly by hands with a little help of very cool abrasive bit to do side profile .
While sanding the top down I had sadly realised , that the ash top was just a thin veneer and I had lightly sanded to other layer of wood in places .
One places is between a bridge and tailpiece area and some patches on the outside profile .
I haven't taken any close up photos but you can just about to see on this photo .
The next stage , is to enlarge pickups slots to accommodate custom pickup covers .
I will need to shave off a 1mm of each face , and while at it , I'll re-machine toggle switch cover hole and wiring cavity too ( only top faces where the covers go ) as both are well out of shape with visible gaps .
I have already made pickup covers with 49.2mm and 52.5mm spacing . Once I get everything made I'll plate them black .
I am also planning to machine pickups rings .
This is going to be a little nightmare as the body's profile radius varying from one end to another , and it is going to take long time to machine .
I have drawn some ideas as to what I might like . Though not the last word on those designs at all .
Other things in cooking are the bridge and tailpiece anchors .
They'll be custom made too , to suit current holes in the body , as I failed miserably to find them new to buy ( with the gold finish I go with ) .
That's the progress and plan so far .
Now though , I have purchased a Graphtech bridge which turned up yesterday , and their tailpiece ( on special order as no stock in UK ) .
I have just put the bridge on , to see what it looks like and immediately noticed a problem that I am not sure what to do about , other than return the bridge .
But , I have made a special order , so no going back now !
What it is , is the intonation screws are facing pickup cover .
If you look at the photo , you can see there will not be a great clearance to fit screwdriver to adjust intonation with string on .
Any solutions to this other than to get another bridge?