MLP/Bartlett Retrospec Giveaway!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by alk-3, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Strung_Out

    Strung_Out Junior Member

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    Man, I can't wait to see this finished, but the let down if I don't win it would be pretty tough.

    Someone will soon get one amazing instrument.
     
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  2. monsterwalley

    monsterwalley Premium Member

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    Great info on the goldtop Tom!!:thumb:
     
  3. Sct13

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    Awesome!

    Might that explain the R9 I had with the shrunk back nitro?
     
  4. madeinAmerica

    madeinAmerica Senior Member

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    Final Jeopardy tune runs through head....
     
  5. alk-3

    alk-3 MLP Sponsor

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    Alright guys, one more day!!
    So the last thing we need to do here is get the tailpiece bushings in. Now that the neck is in place we can get the bushings centred on the neck for alignment.

    I use this brad point bit with a little tape on it to tell me when to stop drilling.

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    I carefully drill out the holes very slowly to avoid any tear out.

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    Before I insert the bushings, we need to instal a ground wire to ground the tailpiece, and therefore the strings.

    I drill this small hole the goes from the control cavity to one of the tailpiece bushings.

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    And use this wire as the ground. This is a thin gauge wire just like a vintage burst.

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    Now with the wire inserted, I can press the bushings into place. There are long steel bushings, not the short ones you find in modern dar les pauls.

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    I use my large drill press as a press to install them. I close up the chuck all the way.

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    And I lay out a piece of clean mdc so I don't damage the back of the guitar with the pressure of the press.

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    Now I just press them in.

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    That about does it!
    I will not be posting photos of the paint work taking place, because I want the finished guitar to be revealed as a surprise. I will talk about how its done though, so those of you who care about the technical aspects will be informed of the way I do it.

    So that about wraps it up for the build! I hope you guys have enjoyed it, and good luck to everyone who has entered! :thumb:

    oh, and here is a teaser shot:

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    Hope you like it!!

    :fingersx:
     
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  6. Sct13

    Sct13 Premium Member

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    I am very interested in the paint tech stuff, as well as most....

    Thanks for a great build! It was extremely informative and enjoyable to watch....:thumb:
     
  7. Strung_Out

    Strung_Out Junior Member

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    Any chance you'll post photos of the paint work after the winner has been announced and the guitar shown, Tom?

    I love reading the technical aspects, but I enjoy the photos even more.
     
  8. corbo

    corbo Senior Member

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    Teaser pic is killing me , Tom big thanks for this thread most educational and enjoyable. top thread on MLP for me since joining
     
  9. PuroMojo

    PuroMojo Senior Member

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    This is a great tread, thanks for all the details on the build. And yep, the teaser pic works great :shock:
    :fingersx::fingersx::fingersx:
     
  10. LPG

    LPG I PLAY LIVE Premium Member

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    Yeah.....................I like it. :thumb:

    Kevin
    :)
     
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  11. theNARDdog9

    theNARDdog9 Senior Member

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    I haven't chimed in much so far, but I have followed this build thread with gusto. I always looked forward to updates and I just want to take a moment to say thank you very much for devoting so much time and energy into the build. The guitar looks wonderful ad watching it be built has been a treat, to say the least. What you're doing here is amazing Tom and though I doubt ill be lucky enough to win, watching the build has been a win in my book! Good luck to all!
     
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  12. DagerOne

    DagerOne Senior Member

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    I was an early adopter and bought my entries early...before I realized folks would be able to re-up and dilute my chances as much as they probably have. Just the same, beautiful guitar and a brilliant fundraiser for the site. Good luck to everyone, but hopefully slightly less good than my own. :)
     
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  13. Wrecks

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    Great thread, beautiful guitar! It's going to be like Christmas! Think I'll go buy 20 more real quick...
     
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  14. monsterwalley

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    I can't think of anything to add that hasn't been said all throughout this thread.

    Thanks for including us on all the little inside tricks and techniques used in your construction process. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    For dessert, you could shed a little more light on your fretboard and inlay aging methods.....:naughty::fingersx::naughty::fingersx::D
     
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  15. Greco

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    It's already today in Australia :naughty:
     
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  16. KnightroExpress

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    Looks like we're coming down to the final few hours. Best of luck to everyone out there and a thousand thanks to Tom for an awesome thread :D
     
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  17. Laggspike

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    im biting my nails here.. and been smoking waaay too much too..
     
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  18. dave b

    dave b Senior Member

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKMNPQ35OUc]Daffy Duck - Mine, mine, mine! - YouTube[/ame]Seriously...:fingersx:
     
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  19. GammyBird

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  20. alk-3

    alk-3 MLP Sponsor

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    Thanks for all the kind words guys! It's really my pleasure to donate one of my guitars to this forum! I'm happy that someone here will take it home and enjoy it :)

    Well, this build wouldn't really be complete without touching on the case. This is a custom flight case that I had made up for the guitar. We went through a bit of trial and error, then made the first case and it is tough!! the guitar will be very safe in this vault of a case!

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    Of course the case wouldn't be complete without a big gold logo on it :)

    I start by making up the silkscreen. This is made by taking an image of my logo and blowing it up, then using it to make the screen.

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    I lay it onto the case centring the logo...

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    Then I pour out some gold pigment. I use quite a lot here because it really needs to cover a fair bit of surface area.

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    and there we have it!

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    I do the same thing on the other side:

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    ....And what the heck, why not one more teaser pic for the fun of it!


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