Kit clinic-all brands- routine & fixes

Discussion in 'The Custom Shop' started by Ole'Lefty, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. saxman10

    saxman10 Senior Member

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    Riche, That guitar is finished, and perfect! What else is needed? I like the headstock too.
    Now I cant even use my ebony/black beauty idea, you took it! haha
    eh, probably wouldn't of came close to how good yours did, especially on my penny paint budget. :laugh2:
    Oh, and thanks Emoney.
    -marcus
     
  2. bossman302

    bossman302 Senior Member

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    Was able to get a few things done today. Hope to start finishing next weekend.

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  3. Riche

    Riche Member

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    Glad you liked
    Go with the Black Beauty .. there can never be too many in the world :)
    The Pickups are Bare knuckle Pain Killers, the bridge is a Shaller 456 I think.
    PIO caps and CTS pots with coil taps .. Grover Tuners.

    The hardest part for me was rebinding the the headstock .. It took 3 attemps for me to get it looking any thing like it should do .. I found some glue in wickes (UK) that came with a spray activator .. so you could glue and hold it in the right place then zap it with the activator .. The secret is to take your time.

    Riche
     
  4. jordans0nly

    jordans0nly Senior Member

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    Man all of these finished guitars kill me. I still haven't gotten all the excess glue off the body from when I changed the binding. I should have wiped the excess off, but didn't think about it. First timers mistake I guess..
     
  5. saxman10

    saxman10 Senior Member

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    Riche, True-er words have never been spoken! Black beauties for the win!
    But everytime I see an old casino, or...any gibson with a burst finish...I long to learn those skills to put it on my own.
    Know it or not, but Its been a long time since Ive seen that rare gold schaller bridge. Where did you get that at? From what I recall, it is one of the most sought after bridges in the "prince camp" (look up prince cloud guitar).
    On my lp-4 I have old seymour duncans, from the 80's that I was saving for something special. The electronics are wired for the Jimmy page mod that I attribute to Raz59's diagram.
    PIO caps from Jonsey that are fantastic, and knockoff Grover Tuners(Until I can get my looking ones).
    If at the very end, My budget wasnt so scarce...I would of gone the custom Inlay route.... oh well :rolleyes:
     
  6. MBrennan

    MBrennan Senior Member

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    Riche -
    That Beauty turned out Great!

    I'll be happy if mine turns out half that good!

    Saxman and Bossman, keep the pics coming!

    You guys are killin' me! I've got to finish up something else before I can get started on mine.

    Eventually, mine will have a SD JB in the bridge, and an unknown old Gibby in the neck, taken from another old build- In Black of course! :fingersx:
     
  7. saxman10

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    Hey MBrennan, Thanks again! You asked which pickups?
    Funny enough, the bridge is an old old old JBJ Seymour Duncan Reverse Zebra, and the neck is an equally as old 59n-J Seymour Duncan Zebra. But in keeping with Spirit....Gold Covers!!! :) Im jealous of how good riche's paint came out.
     
  8. emoney

    emoney Senior Member

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    I got strings on mine!! Woohoo!! They do sound pretty good acoustically, for
    whatever that's worth. One of us forgot to drill for the ground wire, so now
    i need to take the TP studs out and do that before I can wire it up. There's
    a lot of satisfaction knowing that the neck didn't snap right off when I put
    string tension on it. I still need to do a proper fret level and set-up, but
    surprisingly enough, there's not that much issue with the frets. I was prepared
    for the "set-up from Haydes" with all the other issues. Oh well, here it is and
    yes I'm trying to copy Bossman:lol:
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  9. saxman10

    saxman10 Senior Member

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    I like it!!!!!!!
    Where did you get that Lacquer? Thats a real nice color.
     
  10. emoney

    emoney Senior Member

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    ReRanch red and Deft Clear Nitro (and lots of it, lol). The back and neck are actually
    just hand rubbed, Min-Wax Red Mahogany
     
  11. saxman10

    saxman10 Senior Member

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    that Red Mahogany on the back looks stunning....Did you use grain filler?
    What kind and what color did you use on the grain filler (if you used any at all?)?
    10/10 Job on that, Im jealous of all the painted ones now....with custom envy!
    lol
    Thanks emoney
     
  12. nicolasrivera

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    This blew up my mind!!!!!!:shock::shock::wow::wow::wow::wow:
     
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    I used DAP wood filler and I mixed in some of the MinWax stain in order to
    color it. Use it pretty "wet" if you plan to go this way, and I wouldn't use a
    lot. I just put a very light, "skim" coat on, and I kept it very wet or "runny",
    if you will. Then I just used one of those "stain sponges" and rubbed the
    stain on. It came out really well, and I have zero experience at this.
     
  14. MBrennan

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    Here are some pics of my LP-4 kit for comparison.

    The neck pocket has some issues: 1/16th gap under the tenon, mortise wider than the tenon, goofy attempt at shimming, and the now standard angle issue.

    Still contemplating building another neck. :hmm:

    Got to finish the Jr. first before I start on this, but work has been busy.

    Again, sorry for the thumbnails, someday I'll figure that out too.
     

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  15. emoney

    emoney Senior Member

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    Looking forward to seeing them both completed. Before you throw out the neck
    try a small shim in the bottom of the pocket. That's what I did and then put
    the level on it and it was 4.1 degrees which is perfect. Once I glued it, I
    put another small shim in the gap at the front on the side, mainly just for
    extra assurance, as I was told I didn't need to. It seems to have come out
    fine. I'm sure they were all cut the same, as it looks like someone messed
    up the measurement for the neck tenon, or the body route?
     
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    @nicolasrevera - Thank bro!! Your aged R8 blew my mind when I saw it as well. Hopefully I'll figure out a patina formula soon enough.
     
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    I have a question about the eye hook people use to hang the guitar while your painting it, what is the size of it? I looked at HD and the ones they had seem to large. once your done paiting it and take it out, should you fill the hole back up or would the strap screw just fit in tight.
     
  18. ievans

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    I think you just need to make sure it's smaller than the strap screw. An Ace Hardware might have a wider variety of sizes.

    Oh, and do yourself a favor and use a closed eyelet (not a hook) and a carabiner or some wire ties to keep it secure. It seems every 5th build here has somebody's guitar take a fall off a hook and then they have to repair it.
     
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  19. jordans0nly

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    Hey guys, need your help.

    It seems I'm the last of the bunch to have not finished his kit yet, but i'm trying. Here are pix of how my tenon fits. It's pretty tight. I've sanded the sides of the tenon and bottom.

    Now, is the tenon suppose to sit up that far in the pickup pocket?

    Which grit is good to use?

    Just seems when I push the tenon into the pocket, it seems it gets "stuck" cause it's so tight.



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  20. jordans0nly

    jordans0nly Senior Member

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    Anyone online? lol
     

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