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    The Black Strat

    I like that idea. I was already going to use a plate that was angled so that I could sculpt the neck some. Care less about the vintage correct part, and more about how it looks and feels.
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    The Black Strat

    Haven't talked about the neck yet, but I bought a neck blank from Guitar Fetish that was cheep and didn't come with frets. Had to scrape all the finish off and spend a lot of time bringing the shape closer to that I wanted, and then installed some stainless frets. Was my first fret job and I did...
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    The Black Strat

    So I figured that as my second build, I would step it up a few notches and build the body from scratch and do most of the neck work too. I am a huge Floyd fan, and since I don't have an extra $4 million lying around to buy the Black Strat, I decided to build one myself. Used a paper template...
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    Tru Oil questions

    I just finished my first Tru-Oil guitar and I think it looks great. I particularly liked how the neck came out as I wanted it a little mat and not too shiny. I cut the oil with 50/50 mineral spirits and used an old cotton shirt to put it on. Oddly, I tried one coat with a synthetic shirt and it...
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    Walnut Strat: First Scratch Build

    Found a local place with birdseye maple and going to give that a shot. I also found this incredibly beautiful guitar that I am going to try and copy. Woods and switches will be my own, but damn the neck joint is sexy! https://moarguitars.com/guitars/
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    Walnut Strat: First Scratch Build

    Haha. Good to know. Sounds like a pre-slotted fretboard and a two piece neck is in my future :rofl:
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    Walnut Strat: First Scratch Build

    That helps a lot. Glad that I asked before I did something dumb. Going to find some maple at my local place (Portland OR) and see what I can do with that. Is quarter sawn important, or will a straight grain full thickness board do the trick? I had been thinking about ordering a rosewood fret...
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    Oil can guitar build

    Where are you getting the quality guitar neck with the unfinished headstock? I was thinking about picking up a decent neck to use as a template for building my own first neck from scratch, but wanted to at least get one that would play well if I wanted to put it on another body sometime. I am...
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    PGK Les Paul Build

    Haha, well I was excited to play the damn thing. And it helps that I started with such a good kit. Sure sounds fantastic. Better sustain than any other guitar I own, and the marshallhead bridge pup sounds incredible. Seriously has the best tone. Maybe all that fancy wiring and pickups do...
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    Walnut Strat: First Scratch Build

    Interesting takes on the neck. I have heard that the stability of curly wood can be an issue. I would certainly do a rosewood fretboard, but don’t know about the neck. I like the idea of making the guitar with all local woods. The same place that I got the walnut has maple, so maybe I give that...
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    PGK Les Paul Build

    Well, lots of progress since the last post. Did a ton more coats of oil, and on the last ones, used 2000 grit between each one. putting in the bridge and tailpiece was tricky, but rather they were tight than loose. Got the electronics all put in and wired up. @Tone Man Guitar made it easy to...
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    Walnut Strat: First Scratch Build

    Thanks! I tried to tap test on the body, and it sounded pretty good to me. Don’t have the best trained ear for that, but I have heard dead wood and this is not that. tell me more about the neck. I am not tied to walnut, but why would it be a poor choice? Could go with a standard maple neck, but...
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    Walnut Strat: First Scratch Build

    Yea, good call on the weight issue. I was wondering about that. Figure it won’t be as bad as a walnut LP, but still think it will be heavy. Might try and hollow out a little extra wood when I route things out. going slow is going to be key for me. Honestly I might just do a lot of things by...
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    Walnut Strat: First Scratch Build

    I am going to start of by saying that I blame you all for this... I am starting to see the finish line on my first kit build PGK Kit Build, and I want to build another... from scratch this time. So since you all put me up to this and convinced me that I wouldn't be satisfied till I built my own...
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    PGK Les Paul Build

    Well the finish is coming along. This is after about 10 coats of thinned down tru oil. Letting it dry overnight after two coats. Looking pretty good, but steel wool is causing issues. Leaves a nice finish, but imbeds in the finish some. Seems to work better to just do a wet sand with mineral oil...
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    PGK Les Paul Build

    Well the neck didn’t fall of… yet :oops: starting finishing with tru oil. Plan is to do 3 coats a day and then sand on the first couple of coats with 1000 or 2000 before switching over to 00 steel wool for the last 20+ coats.
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    Muffler guitar build

    Hey, I am in the Portland area, but certainly am not the one to demo it. I do know a few folks who would be good though, so hit me up if you don’t find anyone on here.
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    PGK Les Paul Build

    Alright, after a minor delay due to not having my hide glue ready, and needing to sand down the top of the body where the fingerboard will glue on, I just glued in the neck, and damn does it make me nervous. Here's to hoping that I didn't screw it up. I mixed up a batch of glue yesterday with...
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    PGK Les Paul Build

    Whoops… I only did one coat, but it did get sealed. I will have to try and tape it off and sand a little.
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    PGK Les Paul Build

    Interesting. Now I just have to figure out what a wood conditioner is… going to guess it isn’t the same as hair conditioner…:fingersx: Put grain filler on the body today, and damn, if aquacoat is the easy stuff, I would hate to see the hard stuff. Super obnoxious goop everywhere. That said, I...

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