Back to Building! Let's See What I Remember ;)

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  1. pshupe

    pshupe Senior Member

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    Do you have a printer? I usually just print out the outline and holes with center marks and use a punch / awl to locate. Then I use the drill press with a 1/4" diameter brad point bit. I have all of the Stew Mac peg head bushing reamers. I actually bought the Stew Mac 3 in a line tuner jig but frankly it was way more trouble than what it was worth. It's this one - with 1/4" peg holes.

    or maybe you need one of these -


    Cheers Peter.
     
  2. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Hahaha. Thanks! Glad to have you. I’ll have an update or two later tonight :cool:

    Thanks, Peter.
    I do have a printer. I actually printed out some headstocks and spray glued it to a think maple block for the jig, which I drilled on my press. It looks straight and square but it didn’t come out that way on the other side :/
     
  3. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Welp. I've been trying to use guitar building to mature a bit, slow down, be more careful. Hasn't worked yet :420: Need to slow back down. I made a lot of "progress" in the last couple days but now I have to plug and move one bridge :doh: and steam off one neck :doh:

    I started by trying to make a jig for the tuners.
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    I probably should've just glued this to the headstock. Instead, i glued it to a thick block of maple and predrilled 1/4' holes.
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    I don't know how they got off. The holes were drilled on a drill press and the jig was a snug fit and the center lines matched up. But, the tuners were super tight.
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    I had to enlarge them to 5/16" and they're still a touch more snug than I'd like. On the 2nd one, I tried to just use the jig to mark the holes and then measure and drill through without it. But I was impatient and drilled by hand and they turned out almost exactly the same. That's 2 out of 2, genius.
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    Anyway, they're on. Onto bridge placement...
    Regardless of where you believe the center line to be, mark both sides of the neck (after it's glued) to be sure.
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    Then mark the center of that.
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    My perfect straight edge is only 24" so I mark that first from the nut.
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    According to the Stewmac calculator I need to be at 24.625-ish" on the treble side.
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    Then the bass side is 1/8" back
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    Marked
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    X2
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    Strings
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    It's alive!!! Don't worry, it will have a dogear cover and that pickguard is only taped on at the moment. Couldn't resist a mockup.

    Here's the problem, though...
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    Ouch. Too high. I could get away with that but I don't want to. Looks like I need to steam the neck off and slightly adjust.

    The DC is looking better!
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    Except for this...
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    Grrrrrrrr. The bridge is dead centered, I swear. But I just read about how you need to fudge the bridge to the bass side a notch when using a wrap. Looks like I need to either get an adjustable bridge OR plug and redrill.
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Even so, they are still HAWT

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    Happy New Year!
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Hit me with it.

    How difficult will it be to get the neck off the SG? Going to do it today. It’s hot hide glue. I’m thinking a damp rag and an iron
     
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    cain61 Senior Member

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    What angle did you use for the neck? Can you not lower the bridge further?
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Already steamed off my man :cheers2:
    Good lord that was horrifying.

    The angle was ~3°, turned out to be slightly over and no, that bridge height was with low action. I’ve already rerouted and sanded to ~2.4° And rechecked the action.

    Pics incoming.
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Here it goes. An iron and a wet rag.
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    I ground the end of this ruler extra slim so I could get it into the glue joints. I was even able to hammer it in and BONUS*, I could tell exactly how far in I was because the measurements were printed on it :lol:
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    Lots of this. So scary to be pulling and prying on a neck. I do not want to do this again.
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    I raised a little bit of grain along the way but it's off.
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    Here's what it was...
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    Too much. Rerouting the floor.
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    After checking a couple times, I ended up with this...
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    I dig it.
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    Ready to be reglued. It's warming up now!
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Ready
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    Done
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    While I had the glue hot, I made some plugs
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    Scraped flush and remarked, moving it over 1/16”
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    Boom!
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    Success!!
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Wow, this place is quiet today! I'm using this day off to get some crap done, dangit.

    This guy is back in business.
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    I have one bone nut blank from Stewmac which I'll use somewhere along the way but I forgot I had this.
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    A scrap of Corian from a jobsite.
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    It's tall enough for the nuts to be upright and wide enough for two rows. I can probably get 8 nuts from this little piece. I should've grabbed more.

    Spent some time on the belt sander getting to this.
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    You all know this trick
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    First time using this ruler I ordered years ago haha
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    Better get some more family stuff done today. All in all, I'm really pleased. 2 major problems corrected today and then some!

    After I get two nuts going, I need to remove all the hardware, fill a few small nicks and bumps and whatnot and sand until my arm falls off. And actually, the DC's neck carve still needs some closer examination :hmm:
     
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    GreaseBox V.I.P. Member

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    This thread makes me smile. :)
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Glad to have you! Have you done any building?
     
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    Good on your for making those corrections to the build. They look well executed and I'm sure you'll be much happier with the results. Looking good!
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Thanks. I agree. I was close to leaving it (on both guitars) but I definitely would’ve regretted it in the long run.
    :cheers2:
     
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    cain61 Senior Member

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    It's never better to settle. Go for the best. Looks like you did.
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Trying to level some frets
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    I got a couple things from Stewmac in today! Here’s my medium 3-corner file for crowning.
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    Going well, I think :hmm:
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    I swipe it with 400 grit and then this buffing compound. Pretty shiny results but I need to review @Freddy G ’s fret series.
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    Shiny!
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    Now on to some nut filing.
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    Archer Senior Member

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    I've been itching to build an SG for a while, so I'm enjoying the thread. But what really inspires me is how you cleaned up your work space. That's what I really need to get started on.
     
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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Thanks man! That was definitely a big step in the right direction to get my butt out there. Do it. It feels great.

    Speaking of feeling great, I couldn't resist a little jam :dude:

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    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Question:

    Has anyone tried a hidden pickup under a pickguard? Does it work? I’d kind of like a Tele or Strat neck pickup but I don’t want to change the aesthetic.
     
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    mux164 Senior Member

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    Fender did it on a model but I don't think it was long lived, maybe the marauder but don't quote me on that
     
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