Bossman's kit build

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  1. bossman302

    bossman302 Senior Member

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    My orignal thread was removed so i'm posting it again.

    The pickup didn’t fit so I had to enlarge the opening.
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    I used blue painter tape to mark what needed to be removed. Didn’t want to lose the line.
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    I used my Dremel with the router base attachment. This maple is some hard stuff so be careful.
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    Here is all done.
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    It fits. Yay!
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    Next area that needed attention was the neck pocket. Couple of issues here. First is the neck was not straight. It was crocked to the right. This caused the fret board to the hang over in the cut way area about 1/16th. Where the heal meets the body also stuck out 1/16th.
    You can kinda see it here in these two pictures
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    I notice that one side on the neck pocket bellied out causing the neck to site crocked.
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    Figured using a router was just too much and I didn’t was to risk screwing it up even move so I just used a file. I just kept filing until the neck would sit straight.
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    Not to bad.
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    May not be pretty and it did leave the neck fitting loose in the pocket. Least now it’s straight. I will get some mahogany veneer to shim the neck. I will fix the gaps after I fix the next problem.
    Second issue it the neck angle is 5.8/5.9 degrees. I measured the angle of the neck plan and it’s 5.6 degrees. I then measured the angle of the pocket and it’s 5.2 degrees.
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  2. bossman302

    bossman302 Senior Member

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    I used my handy dandy file and was able to change the angle. I used some more blue painters tape to mark where the fret board was (sorry no picture of that).
    Here is a shot after filing. You can see on the bass side a lot more material was removed than the treble side.
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    My goal was to get to at least 4.8 degrees and I did it.
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    Here is a shot with a straight edge and the bridge. Pretty damn close if not perfect.
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    Here are a couple of shot of the fret board sitting on top of the body.
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    Need to do a little bit of tweaking but not too shabby.
     
  3. bossman302

    bossman302 Senior Member

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    I was able to close the gap where the neck meets the body. I basically put sand paper between the body and the cheek of the neck tenon and sanded till I was able to close the gap. Had to work both sides a little at a time.
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    I decided to stop there because the butt of the fret board was getting close to the neck pickup. This will leave me with just enough room between the two.
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    This weekend I plan on getting some mahogany veneer and then glue the neck in.
     
  4. Sea Ranch

    Sea Ranch Senior Member

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    Ha! Way to go, pal. You're "puttin' it together!" Looking great. One step at a time.

    And I believe this is supposed to be an enjoyable thing, this building process, no? Hope it's working that way for you! :thumb:

    I'm looking forward to my time, too. Making some sawdust and a beautiful instrument all at once; good therapy, I'd say :D
     
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    bossman302 Senior Member

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    It really has been enjoyable and exciting. Looking forward to the day i plug it in and make some noise :dude:
     
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    Looking good! Keep us updated on how it comes along.
     
  7. pulaifax

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    :thumb: looking good - I wondered about your thread in the sub-forum
     
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    emoney Senior Member

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    What about the pup ring? Is there enough room for it to fit without riding up
    the neck?
     
  9. bossman302

    bossman302 Senior Member

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    I didn't measure but there is atleast 1/16 gap maybe 3/64s. Every kit will be different so there is a chance you may have no gap.
     
  10. bossman302

    bossman302 Senior Member

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    Anyone have a scrap binding they can part with?
    I have a spot of the neck binding that was sanded to much. You can kind of see a in this pic.

    EDIT: its at the 19th fret
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    Nice bet it will come out great when its done
     
  12. 58_Iced_Tea

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    Is this a Bulldog? Lookin' nice so far!
     
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    Thanks. No it's not a bullbog kit.
     
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    Oh ok. Sorry if I insulted you. I had searched for "bulldog build". I noticed the "nibs" on the fretboard. That's why I asked. Did you build this yourself?
     
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    Rob, great job getting this build thread up and running again, and great work on the guitar! I was hoping the fix would be a relatively easy one that folks around here could do without much in the way of fancy equipment. I hope, because of your thread, that people are feeling more confident about being able to pull off their builds.

    Thanks!


    Frank
     
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    it's a clusterf*** george kit
     
  17. 58_Iced_Tea

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    :io:
     
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    Better not to ask. Let's just say that no more are available.
     
  19. bossman302

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    Don't worry you didn't insult me. Just have to be careful but yes it's a G kit.

    Thanks Frank. I really do hope that this will help others with their kits. I will admit that I was nervous before I got started but it really wasn't all that bad.

    Hey now, lets keep it clean. No more using the G word :laugh2:
     
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    Don't have any white binding, sorry. A piece of LMI binding is just a few bucks, so if you need any parts that they sell for your build add it to the order. There's also a TAP Plastics in El Cerrito, Pleasant Hill, and Sacramento if you ever head in those directions. Look through the scrap bin, and maybe scrounge up some back plate/truss rod cover/pickguard material while you're there.
     

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