1Q22 Challenge Downbytheriver 335 style from a kit with stains

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downbytheriverdownbytheriver Frets: 737
edited December 2021 in Making & Modding
Kit arrives today, stains ordered. More follows
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 2332
    Looking forward to updates
    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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  • downbytheriverdownbytheriver Frets: 737
    edited January 1
    So the kit is here and I’ve unboxed it. 

    Very quick once over is quite encouraging. 

    Body with a nice flame/quilt maple veneer…

    The neck looks pretty straight, fretting is ok, headstock ready to be shaped but not enormous…



    Very quick fit - neck is nice and tight…



    It even comes with a nice little bit of veneer to try out stains on…



    And of course a big bag of not much of this will get used…



    Now some thinking to be done. I have some Crimson Stunning Stains coming from the new pastel range - sea foam green and sky blue - these are intended for the top, but experimentation will precede commitment. I really like this effect…



    So sides and back may get a walnut stain. 

    I need to do some serious pickup thinking too. 

    I’ll take a closer look tomorrow but all appears promising. 


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  • RolandRoland Frets: 6236
    That's excellent. a neck which fits the body, and a spare piece of veneer. Who is the kit from?
    Known here as Old Misery Guts or the Big Bad Classified's Sheriff. Also guitarist with  https://www.undercoversband.com/.
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  • That does look really good 
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  • Roland said:
    That's excellent. a neck which fits the body, and a spare piece of veneer. Who is the kit from?
    Coban Guitars on eBay. 
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 21814
    That certainly looks to be a very good place to start.

    :+1:
    Having trouble posting images here?  This might help.
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  • That's lovely!
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  • Looks nice! How's the neck angle? I'm looking at this now...

    A cursory examination suggests it is looking good - I will make a more considered judgement tomorrow. 
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  • eSullyeSully Frets: 924
    Love the look of what you're planning to do  :)
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  • SvennnSvennn Frets: 58
    That's a great looking kit for sure
    9-42 thru 11-56 depending on my mood
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  • CanoCano Frets: 10
    My 1st kit was from Coban. I definitely recommend them, Mark was a pleasure to deal with, exchanging my cream colour parts for black when I changed my mind a few weeks down the line on my colour scheme.

    Neck fit on mine was perfect too, Solderless electrics not so great as the plugs were falling apart by the time I came to fitting so I went with an Epiphone loom and pickup set in the end, just dropped right in. 
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  • downbytheriverdownbytheriver Frets: 737
    edited January 1
    More ordering done…

    TonePros bridge and stop tail

    Schaller Da Vinci tuners 

    thinking being done…

    SD Seth Lover pickups? Any strong alternatives? 

    Pickup Rings? Could probably use what came with the kit but I’ve always quite liked chrome ones… 

    Headstock shape? Not sure, but not Gibson or Epi…

    wiring loom…? 
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  • westwest Frets: 717
    Strong recommend for lollar imperial pups , i know there expensive but they really are good , ive got throbaks on my collings and i prefer the lollars , its a shame as i have some spare locking rotomatic machine heads with ebony buttons that came off my 335 but ....
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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 1915
    Fletcher or Alegree pickups are worth a look for sensibly priced good quality pickups. 
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  • west said:
    its a shame as i have some spare locking rotomatic machine heads with ebony buttons that came off my 335 but ....
    Rats! How much? 

    The Lollars are definitely on my radar but I think it depends how the build goes before I commit to that sort of spendy. 

    Fletcher or Alegree pickups are worth a look for sensibly priced good quality pickups. 
    I’ll take a look - same proviso as above. 

    Meanwhile I’ve been out in the shed… very light sanding to the sides of the neck heel and another tight dry fit. I’ve laid a few parts in place and the neck angle looks perfect! That scratchplate won’t do though! Something else to think about. 

    Brought all the wood inside the house - it’s a bit damp out there at the moment
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  • Very impressive kit indeed! I'm going to see what GSPBASSES has available but if nothing tickles my pickle, I will likely grab one of their jazz models. Looks nice! 
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  • SteveRobinsonSteveRobinson Frets: 5173
    tFB Trader
    I've got an AllParts 335 guard going spare if that's any use? IMO you should make a bound torty guard which will set off your fancy top.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 21814
    edited January 1
    That scratchplate won’t do though! Something else to think about. 


    Re the scratchplate - go naked?

    That's a lovely bit of quilted maple veneer, it'd be a real shame to cover any of it up with some horrible cheap plastic.

    [edit]
    I'd also be looking at some chrome pickup rings.
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  • One thing I haven’t mentioned is that, disappointingly, there is no large access from the pickup routs - the electrics will have to go through the f-hole - I need to experiment with that to see what kind of loom will fit. 
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