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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by charisjapan, Jun 5, 2017.
Indeed, I got an email from Hipshot promising to send me a set asap. Great products, great service!!
Glued up a template for the bridge/ring inlay. I will use a 10mm router bit, and round the edges of the Padauk with a 5mm radius. Was considering sharp edges, but as this will be sitting proud about 2mm (will lower to 1mm if necessary), thought it would look better with rounded corners and a slight roundover.
Undecided as yet, but might make the bridge and pickup gap flush with the body to emphasize the "ring" look ... will decide after I see what it looks like. (or I could do a poll!)
Routed out the pickup first, making it a bit oversize, then the inlay. Rounded the edges by hand, and it came out a nice fit. Will give it a roundover before I glue it. I think I have to make the pickup rout about 5mm deeper for the foam/spring to not be over-compressed.
Weighed the completed neck ... 959g, a little over two pounds. It feels heavy-ish, but I really have no idea what a neck like this should weigh. Anyone?
Final body work is electronics cavity and roundover, so before that a bit of repair ... must've put the top on something. Ironed out pretty nicely!! Before/after/sanded #240
Sheesh. I'm going to have you make my next guitar
That's some nice, clean work Randy.
Yeah that is a very nice fix for the bridge height.
Great fix, I know I wouldn't have thought of that
The neck pocket was always a tad loose, but thought a few coats of paint would take care of that ... but then decided to use Odie's Oil, which has virtually no build up. Got a cutoff from the body, and shaved a 0.4mm thickness, then glued that to the treble side of the pocket. It might be a little too tight, but should sand to a good fit easily (fingers crossed).
Yet again, trying to decide controls ... Tone and Volume, no switches ...
I like number 3. I prefer the input a little high like that so if im sitting on the couch it doesn't get jammed up.
I like number 3 also. I'd go 90 degrees off of the angled edge of your bridge insert. Nice job.
Chiseled a pocket under the pickup to put a foam+spring thing. Also cleaned up the neck pocket repair. Neck is nice and tight ... and straight! The repair shouldn't be too noticeable after Odie's ... fingers crossed. At least I won't see it when playing!
Here's a couple mockup shots, as well as my two choices for controls ... still undecided .
After sketching things on a piece of paper, I find that the "angled down" (if that makes sense?) version makes for a more complicated cavity very close to the P.I.B. (Padauk Intensifier Block ) on the backside. With a controls cover like so, I can get my desired 45 degree jack. Still chewing on it, but right now this is looking better than the alternatives ...
Yet again, Limba is kinda soft, so the neck bolt area became the next target for Intensified Sonic Dispersion.
After routing, I found that I miscalculated, and the "plate" was 1mm too high. Rather than trying to get the template precisely over the original rout (and possibly making the rout larger ... assuming that CAN happen), I pulled out a hand tool that did the job quickly and accurately! And I enjoy using hand tools from time to time. I know this will clash a bit with the controls cover, but ...
The controls cavity will have an unusual interior (i.e. not LP), but it's similar to what I did with the Chinaberry basses. I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but here's mid-rout and the slightly recessed cover.
I love me a good router plane! Way underrated nowadays if you ask me.
TIPIP (Tri-Bolt Intensifier Padauk Inlay Plate)
The pièce de ré·sis·tance ... Strap Pin Intensification Transmission using Padauk, or SPITuP for short.
Okay, okay! No more stupid Tonez Jokez.
I just didn't want the strap pins to pull out of the Limba, so hoping Padauk will be tougher.
Roundover Time, Yay!! Notice the block in the neck pocket to keep the router bit from diving in and rounding the pocket edges.
After a little #240 sanding, I found a few more (new?) dents, which ironed out easily. I love morning light, so a few mood shots, and a post-ironing pic.
Glued the bridge plate/pickup ring yesterday ...
After a bit more sanding, locating the bridge, and a few final tweaks, started to apply Odie's Oil. It's become a little cooler, so this stuff is thick. But as instructed, using a little abrasive pad (not sure, but #1500?), it starts to work into the wood. I knew the Limba had some interesting things going on, but the oil really brings out all the wood "eddies" ... Cool!