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    Fretworn's JBA-4

    This beauty arrived just before Christmas and, as I'm off work until 5th January I'm hoping to get a good start on it. It's good looking kit but it does appear to have been cut with older router bits, its a bit rough and is going to need a fair bit of sanding. The drill bit used on the bridge ground hole was clearly in need of replacing. The neck is pretty straight and the truss rod is responsive.

    There are a few small blemishes on the body, but nothing to worry about.
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    JBA-4
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    Meinl DIY Cajon
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    There is a bit of glue and/or wood polishing from blunt router bits on both the upper and lower cutaways, and some definite glue leakage on the bottom end of the body.
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    Current:
    New/Replacement Scratch Lapsteel?

    Completed:
    Custom ST-1 12 String
    JBA-4
    TL-1TB
    Scratch Lapsteel
    Meinl DIY Cajon
    Cigar Box lap steel

    Wishing:
    SG

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    Today I've been able to get neck alignment worked out and the neck holes drilled as well as measuring the scale length and getting the bridge alignment finalised and the done the drilling for that as well. I find one of the hardest parts is getting the tuning machines straight but after a lot of measuring, re-measuring and triple checking I got their placement worked out as well. The last bit I got done today was doing the rough shaping for the headstock.
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    Current:
    New/Replacement Scratch Lapsteel?

    Completed:
    Custom ST-1 12 String
    JBA-4
    TL-1TB
    Scratch Lapsteel
    Meinl DIY Cajon
    Cigar Box lap steel

    Wishing:
    SG

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    nice looking kit Fretty, when was your last build ? been a while.
    Sure you will work around the small issues. There's some nice ash grain in the body. Rough headstock shaping looks good.
    Whats the stain colour plans ?
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    DT Clear for the neck, Nullabor Ochre for the body. Part of me is hoping that it will come out like the finish on old Wal basses. But to be honest I don't have a set vision like I had for the Bigsby Tele, so as long as it gets a decent finish I will be happy.
    Current:
    New/Replacement Scratch Lapsteel?

    Completed:
    Custom ST-1 12 String
    JBA-4
    TL-1TB
    Scratch Lapsteel
    Meinl DIY Cajon
    Cigar Box lap steel

    Wishing:
    SG

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    Good to see someone also doing a JBA the headstock shape looks good, I only got a a sketch on mine haven't work up the nerve to cut it yet. what was your distances from the nut to 12th? It will look good with the Nullarbor Ochre, are you keeping the white scratch plate?

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    Joe, working completely from (a dodgy) memory it was 432cm from the nut to the 12th fret. At the moment I'm keeping it completely stock.
    Current:
    New/Replacement Scratch Lapsteel?

    Completed:
    Custom ST-1 12 String
    JBA-4
    TL-1TB
    Scratch Lapsteel
    Meinl DIY Cajon
    Cigar Box lap steel

    Wishing:
    SG

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    Slowly working through the glue spots. The large one inside the cutaway is so far completely resistant to the wire brush. I don't know why there would be glue where they are either, because they aren't on the joints between the body pieces. I'm considering getting a sanding wheel for the drill and reshaping the cutaways to get rid of them. Or do think that would be a stupid idea?
    Current:
    New/Replacement Scratch Lapsteel?

    Completed:
    Custom ST-1 12 String
    JBA-4
    TL-1TB
    Scratch Lapsteel
    Meinl DIY Cajon
    Cigar Box lap steel

    Wishing:
    SG

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    A bit of broom handle or equivalent with some 80/120 grit stuck to it would probably do the job just as well and be more controllable. It's how I've dealt with hard soaked in glue seeps in cutaways on a couple of kits.
    Scott.

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    Not sure I'd want to cross a man that plays an 8 metre bass. Ha ha

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