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    Exile Custom Guitars - my first move into complete custom guitars

    For the rear strap button I'd just counterbore a spot for the strap button, on axis with the centerline of the guitar. But be careful to ensure that you can actually attach a strap equipped with straplocks. As for that....I always equip my guitars with Schaller straplocks. "Standard factory...
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    Right glue for reseating lifting inlays?

    Based on prior experience, I say that the best option is to pull the inlay out completely, clean the gluing surfaces thoroughly, and reseat it with slow setting medium thickness CA glue. You need to have the option to pull it out and start over if it should get stuck in the wrong position before...
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    Exile Custom Guitars - my first move into complete custom guitars

    I tend to be somewhat judgemental, particularly about body shapes. And I'm a very traditionalist kind of person. My opinions: I LIKE the body shape. Classic enough to be familiar, distinctive enough and different enough to be identifiably yours, AND likely well out of the danger zone that...
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    Fret size preference vs 'correct'?

    In my opinion, either choice you make is correct. A Burny is only moderately collectible, not one of the real high value collectibles, and as you've not mentioned anything abouit it having been owned by a prominent artist, I see no reason why you shouldn't do as you please with it. There's...
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    Fret size preference vs 'correct'?

    When dealing with vintage instruments, there are "correct" fret sizes and that might be important for restoration purposes, particularly in the case of historically important instruments. If someone were to refret Buddy Holly's '54 Strat with railroad track frets, that'd be the wrong...
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    Fret size preference vs 'correct'?

    If the frets were objectionably low, I'd refret the instrument without hesitation. I've done enough fretjobs that it's something I almost don't even think about anymore. Ain't skeered.
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    Fret size preference vs 'correct'?

    I like my frets tall. Period. Don't care if they're skinny or wide, but they need to be tall. If the remaining fret height is under .030 inches, it's time for a refret. The "railroad track" tallest size Stew-Mac sells is a very good wire for me.
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    Gibson Les Paul Custom 'Refinish' + Modifications

    In my limited experience spraying solid colors, the color coat is typically a very thin layer and overcoated with a much thicker built-up clearcoat. But "much thicker" is a relative term. In the case of a traditional nitro lacquer finish, the entire finish thickness is just a few thousandths...
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    Gibson Les Paul Custom 'Refinish' + Modifications

    Tip for you next time: Masking off and painting just the area to be repaired can work if you're using solid colors and have an exact color match, but to avoid a witness line, it's much better to fade the spray job into the original finish, and for the final touch, spray the clearcoat over...
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    ADVICE NEEDED TO SET UP A GIBSON WITH A LIGHTNING BAR WRAP AROUND TAILPIECE AND ZERO FRET ADJUSTABLE NUT?

    I'm sure it's "close" and I'm aware of its adjustable height feature. But be aware that no company as of yet is making guitars with fretwork that is so consistent that any given "drop in" replacement nut won't need some tweaking to make the setup perfect on any given guitar. Even with the two...
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    ADVICE NEEDED TO SET UP A GIBSON WITH A LIGHTNING BAR WRAP AROUND TAILPIECE AND ZERO FRET ADJUSTABLE NUT?

    If you're going to be adjusting the height of the zero fret itself along the ridge, to fine tune and shape its curve, and it's titanium, you will need a diamond stone for that.
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    ADVICE NEEDED TO SET UP A GIBSON WITH A LIGHTNING BAR WRAP AROUND TAILPIECE AND ZERO FRET ADJUSTABLE NUT?

    I can pretty much guarantee that any pre-slotted nut will have the nut slots cut higher than optimum, and probably by a great deal. A good nut is slotted to fit the fret job and give super low first fret action without buzzing and it's a matter of just a couple thousandths of an inch that makes...
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    ADVICE NEEDED TO SET UP A GIBSON WITH A LIGHTNING BAR WRAP AROUND TAILPIECE AND ZERO FRET ADJUSTABLE NUT?

    I see no reason to go with the titanium version of the zero fret nut. No doubt it's more expensive, and titanium is very hard to work, particularly with hand tools, so getting the string height set optimally will be very much harder than with the brass unit. I say stick with the brass unit...
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    HELP NEEDED: Hand Rubbed Stains

    You don't need a spray booth. It's nice to have but hardly a requirement. Incidentally, most auto paint supply shops have the capacity to make a custom spray can with your finish and color of choice loaded into it. It'll be a "1K" (single component) paint.
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    HELP NEEDED: Hand Rubbed Stains

    Some company in your area must surely repair cars after an auto accident. They get their paint supplies from somewhere! Ask them.


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