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  1. Skyjerk

    Ridiculous LP

    apparenty the dream didn’t die in me since I never gave up my day job
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    What's on YOUR workbench right now?

    Some of you would have seen the Damascus neck mounting plate I made for my recent Strat build. Of course I forged a large billet of Damascus, and the neck plate used only an oz or two of it. This is what I made with the rest of that Damascus billet... Warning: it’s not a guitar
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    Thank ya! Thats how I feel. I didnt love any of this Strats predecessors. Loved the looks and feel of the last couple, but didnt like the tone of any of them. This one has grabbed me on all fronts. I wont be sellin this one :)
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    Ive never been in with the super strat crowd, never owned one, but if I had I probably would have assumed the tonal difference was due to humbuckers as opposed to single-coils I'm only 55 so my brain is still (hopefully) moderately plastic, and still capable of learning new stuff and/or...
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    Any concerns with Dupont Connectors for quick swaps of loaded strat pickguards?

    if youre swapping the entire pickguard you're only talking about the output jack hot and ground, and the bridge ground, so you're talking about 3 conductors. A molex wire to wire connector might be more sturdy than the dupont?
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    Thanks :)
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    Well here we are at the end. As I remarked in the "guitars you built" thread, this is my first alder body Strat, and damn. Anyone that thinks the wood doesn't affect the tone of an electric guitar is just wrong :) I totally love the way this guitar sounds. WAY better than all that came before...
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    Post Guitars You Built

    For those that think wood doesnt affect tone in electric guitars, I've built 8 Strats. The only difference between this one and the previous 7 is the body is alder instead of ash. everything else is the same. pickups, tuners, bridge, electronics, all of it. Well, except the hand forged damascus...
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    What's on YOUR workbench right now?

    I did that with my blacksmith makers mark stamp. While steel is glowing hot i put that against it and smack the back end with a hammer and it imprints right into the steel. No need to engrave :) So happens I can heat it up and brand wood too, but thats not its primary purpose :) I also have...
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    Didn’t have as much time as I wanted tonite, but I got the whole body sanded up to an even 800 grit and it’s as flat as I can make it. Tomorrow I’ll go straight to the buffer and hopefully 30 minutes or so will see it done. Then I can get to assembling. I also put my brand on it...
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    Lacquer reaction with naptha?

    Oh and 25000 grit might be overkill ;-)
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    Lacquer reaction with naptha?

    I don’t believe that naphtha would do that to nitro. I use Mohawk exclusively on about my last 12 builds and I wipe with naphtha all the time and I’ve never had any issues like that. What brand naphtha? Is it actual straight naphtha or is it like camp fuel or lighter fluid that you think is...
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    Here’s now it worked out: Perfectly! No sacrifice necessary. This carbide burr... Created this chamfer in about 4 seconds per hole. The fact that the steel was hardened didn’t matter. The carbide is harder. That’s what Matters. The screws seat perfectly and dead center. I sanded the...
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    Knocking down gloss to semi-gloss

    I get satin sheen by adding flattener to the lacquer.
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    What’s your favorite pattern? This would have also been a good piece for raindrop. It’s a bit small to show off ladder pattern but that would have looked good with a high enough layer count. Re: other hardware, I’m going to be sending a hunk to a fellow MLP guy that’s has a mill to see what he...
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    Seems kinda nutty, yep :) To be honest though, and this may take some of the overkill magic off the thing, I didnt forge a 12 lb billet of damascus for the sole purpose of making a 3 oz neck plate :) It was the initial motive for that particular forging, but I figured that while I was at it...
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    What's on YOUR workbench right now?

    Finished Strat neck plate. Hand forged (by me) Damascus. Well, needs holes chamfered still...
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    The plate itself is spot on size-wise, and the holes are spot on too. I just went out to lunch mentally and hardened it before making the chamfer :) Yeah it’s not much of a chamfer, I tempered the hardness back to about HRC 50-55 before I etched, so a carbide burr should be able to cut it well...
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    Half a Strat is better than none

    Sand to uniform 800 grit finish, and into the etch It actually comes out of the ferric completely black, then I polish off the oxides with 1500 grit sand paper And the question is, are there flat-backed neck mounting screws? I didn’t chamfer the holes before hardening....


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