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    I find the text a bit confusing myself and at...

    I find the text a bit confusing myself and at first glance, to me it reads 'Cabbytone' after a bass clef. I think the 'I' would be clearer if there was a small break in the crosspiece of the T, so...
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    All the best!

    All the best!
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    Nice work there.

    Nice work there.
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    Most of the issues with nuts is that they are...

    Most of the issues with nuts is that they are badly cut or still far too rough. The nut slot should slope back from the fretboard side of the nut to ensure the fulcrum point is o the front edge of...
  5. No problem. I and others have found a drum...

    No problem.

    I and others have found a drum sander on a Dremel-style tool to be a quick and easy way of enlarging cavities without having to get the router out.

    Best of luck!
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    I'd be a bit wary of adding a zero fret as you've...

    I'd be a bit wary of adding a zero fret as you've got currently no fingerboard to add it on to. You'd need to fabricate maybe 5-6mm of extra fingerboard with a matching wood to fit the zero fret on....
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    Nice decals!

    Nice decals!
  8. Hi and welcome. Is the neck screwed on in the...

    Hi and welcome.

    Is the neck screwed on in the pictures? A small change in the neck angle can have a big effect on the required action height.

    You may also have a bit of play in the neck pocket...
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    Looks like shims will be needed. I'm not sure...

    Looks like shims will be needed.

    I'm not sure the piezo element will work well with that bridge. The lead will exit the bridge where the thumbscrew sits. I don't know how deep the saddle rout...
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    *Goof-off. There is a product called Goo-Gone,...

    *Goof-off. There is a product called Goo-Gone, which is more for label adhesive removal and wonít do the job, so donít get them confused. Goof-off contains a lot of acetone, so pure acetone on its...
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    Hi and welcome. My own opinion is that spalted...

    Hi and welcome.

    My own opinion is that spalted tops work best with the minimum of alteration. Either no stain and just a clear finish, or a very light amber stain. Too much colour and you hide...
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    Flame looks nice but in reality a straight grain...

    Flame looks nice but in reality a straight grain maple neck is stronger. It certainly wonít make it dangerously weak, but a flame maple or birdseye maple neck wonít be as rigid over time as a...
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    Iíve replaced abalone dot markers with back...

    Iíve replaced abalone dot markers with back plastic ones in the past on a maple board because I found the contrast too low and they were very hard too see at a playing angle.
  14. Not all ebony is black. Only a smallish...

    Not all ebony is black. Only a smallish percentage of ebony is very dark wood. A lot looks quite like rosewood but it has a much smoother surface to it. Iíve got a pit bull ebony board thatís...
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    The nut should be a hard material so that it...

    The nut should be a hard material so that it absorbs the minimum of vibration from the string. It should have a characteristic thatís similar to the fret material so that open strings sound the same...
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    For the fretboard scratch, Iíd scrape the board...

    For the fretboard scratch, Iíd scrape the board between the frets with a single-sided razor blade. Scraping a fretboard is a standard method of removing dirt from the top layer of the board plus of...
  17. Not a huge amount, though I end up with the...

    Not a huge amount, though I end up with the treble end a bit nearer the strings than Iíd like. The alternative of dropping the bass end to get the balance thins out the sound a bit too much for me.
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    Thatís certainly the way Iíd go. A simple...

    Thatís certainly the way Iíd go. A simple drilled block with smaller diameter holes for the strings and bigger ones for the ball ends should be easy to make, and can simply replace the existing...
  19. I meant IV(A4) not VI (6). As there isnít a...

    I meant IV(A4) not VI (6).

    As there isnít a lot of imbalance, I just wondered whether you really needed to drop all the way down to A2 from A5, with less of a tone change as well between the two...
  20. Bridge holes in the wrong place is something that...

    Bridge holes in the wrong place is something that occasionally happens on the kits, but sometimes appearances can be deceptive.

    Whilst the pickup routs look evenly spaced either side of the neck...
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    Hi and welcome. What size air gun have you...

    Hi and welcome.

    What size air gun have you got? I started out with a full-sized one with a 1.4mm nozzle, but quickly realised it was far too big for guitars (I was getting through lacquer at an...
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    I doubt it, at least not from a stock part. ...

    I doubt it, at least not from a stock part. Which is where a lot of new kit ideas fall down. The Chinese guitar kit makers buy in the hardware from other factories, so unless one already makes a...
  23. It is a minefield. And unless youíve heard the...

    It is a minefield. And unless youíve heard the pickups in direct comparison with each other, itís always going to be
    impossible to give a direct comparison. And it also comes down to the...
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    StewMac do nut spacing rulers, though you can get...

    StewMac do nut spacing rulers, though you can get similar on Amazon for slightly less or often a more local supply if you arenít in the US. A few videos on how to use them on the web. Always start...
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    Yes, all the truss rods should be double action. ...

    Yes, all the truss rods should be double action. The design of a double action truss rod in its square section tube means itís much easier for the factory to install than a conventional single...
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