- Oct 1, 2009
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Sorry Peter for all the likes I gave you this morning. I just can't help myself.
Actually the grownups say it tooI took a quick trip down to see @Freddy G and cook up some HHG and talk shop. Thanks Freddy that was a lot of fun.
Glued up the neck. I gotta make a few more cauls for neck clamping. I left a bunch of stuff over at another friend's place the day before so just used my long clamping caul. Looks a little funny but worked well.
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out of the clamp this morning and it looks great. "It's Alive".
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It's pretty funny that the gumby head stock looks huge in the picture. This is actually the thin one and it looks smaller in real life or IRL, as the kids say. Just learned that recently.
They should not!Actually the grownups say it too
Yeah, that makes sense. I might have been slightly closer to the head stock as I was taking the picture from eye height but it shouldn't have been that distorted. I should try my real camera.Aamera phones distort images horribly because they are a wider angle via of the world. Not quit fish eye (different kind of fish eyes!) but still a fairly wide view.
Drilled some test holes for bushings. I find that depending on the wood I am using I can change out the drill bit by 1mm or 1/32" or so. Ideally I want the press in force about the same for each type of wood. I take the offcuts from the body and drill, press, and remove the bushings to find the right size drill bit.
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I have a set of metric and imperial bolts and cut off rod just smaller than than the threaded hole in the bushing. Then I can press in the bushing and wind the threaded bolt in to pull the bushing. Taking it out gives me a good idea regarding the hole size as well.
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I also test the tailpiece for center to center on the posts. I can then be confident it will fit perfectly on the body.
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I drill with some tape as a depth stop on my brad point bit and then wind the bolts into the bushings and turn a drill bit upside down to press them in. I use a carpet on my drill press table. One thing to remember is to drill and place ground wire in the bushing hole before pressing in the bushing. Although it's not a big deal to take the bushing out, I do not like to take them out unless necessary.
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Test fit tailpiece and bridge. So far, so good.
Yes I do keep the carpet on there, but I use it for the test piece as well. Hasn't seemed to make a difference. TBH I haven't thought about it. Now that you mention it, I might create a smooth hard surface for the drill press for that reason. ThanksLooking great
Cool to see different style guitars.
Do you keep that carpet under it on the drill press? I usually keep things firmly on the table. Even firm carpet can allow microscopic movement which could translate into infinitesimally enlarged holes. That would be my fear anyway, so I'm just careful not to dent the body up when its on there
It might just be a case of "Any difference that makes no difference is no difference" but I try and eliminate variables wherever possible.Yes I do keep the carpet on there, but I use it for the test piece as well. Hasn't seemed to make a difference. TBH I haven't thought about it. Now that you mention it, I might create a smooth hard surface for the drill press for that reason. Thanks
Yeah - I use a very sharp brad point bit and just let the bit cut. It would not compress the carpet but I could see if I pressed hard that the body may rock and deform the hole slightly. The carpet is quite hard with short fibres, so that may be why I have not had an issue. The body pretty much always sits on carpet while I'm working and it's easy to bring the carpet with it to the drill press. Definitely not an issue and helpful when pressing in the bushings. No dents when sitting on the carpet.It might just be a case of "Any difference that makes no difference is no difference" but I try and eliminate variables wherever possible.
One way Ive found to reduce (not eliminate) that wide angle lens issue is to stand back farther and zoom in closer. That can cause the image to appear grainy in low light though...On to finish sanding now prior to pore filling. My wife just bought me a new dust extractor for my sander recently. Nice to not have dust all over the place.
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Here's a shot you can really see the wide angle Iphone camera. I think it looks cool even though it's very skewed.
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Because I'm really just spraying a light coat of nitro before I pore fill. I guess I could have just done the top of the fret board but it's quicker to run down the side and not have to worry about lacquer getting on the board. TBH I didn't give it much thought. ;-)I love that natural golden color. It will be a beauty. I wonder why are you masking the sides of the fretboard?
Interesting. I know Billy Gibbon had a custom Moderne made with the big G on the head stock. I also have heard he has a real one but I do not think anyone has seen pictures of it. @voices would know off the top of his head. If you have not, check out his book on Modernes. There have been lots of copies over the years.