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  1. Thread: JK-1 kit build

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    Definitely will be watching this one :-)

    Definitely will be watching this one :-)
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    Hmm. Muddy Waters played a Telecaster. "Rollin'...

    Hmm. Muddy Waters played a Telecaster. "Rollin' Stone" is a great song. Stonecaster? A guitar without sin...
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    The next thing to consider is how to put some...

    The next thing to consider is how to put some kind of branding on the headstock. First I need to come up with a name (the other half has forbidden "Covidcaster") and then decide how to get it on...
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    Gosh, two weeks off sick and this thread got...

    Gosh, two weeks off sick and this thread got pushed to the third page! Glad to see everyone's using lockdown time so productively :-)

    In between bouts of feeling sorry for myself, I've managed to...
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    That sounds like a useful trick, thanks! There...

    That sounds like a useful trick, thanks! There were a couple of the step-ups when I found myself off-centre, but some gentle sideways pressure on the drill for the next one addressed it each time. ...
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    So, lesson learned. Doing the drilling really...

    So, lesson learned. Doing the drilling really slowly and carefully took me about an hour. But doing it badly the first time around took about two minutes of drilling in the wrong place times two...
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    For everyone who's been so kindly supporting me...

    For everyone who's been so kindly supporting me over this build, some good news!

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    All of the strings are perfectly centred over the slugs -- the bass E looks a bit off in the photo, but...
  8. That looks stunning.

    That looks stunning.
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    Not quite, and that probably contributed to the...

    Not quite, and that probably contributed to the mess I made of it -- with the bridge in place, I used a small drill bit to make a hole of a mil or so depth in the centre of the hole in the bridge,...
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    A disappointing evening. It started well;...

    A disappointing evening.

    It started well; I'd bought the Vanson compensated bridge saddles that Simon mentioned a while back, and they arrived today. The screws that come with them are shorter...
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    Oh dear, I didn't plan to start a war! That said...

    Oh dear, I didn't plan to start a war! That said if anyone fancies doing a marmite vs vegemite side by side comparison for grain filling, I for one would read it avidly.
  12. On the subject of cleaning products instead of...

    On the subject of cleaning products instead of steel wool, has anyone tried using magic erasers? They're melamine foam and sound like a plausible option. Googling around I can see some references in...
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    So, after drying, both fillers are pretty much...

    So, after drying, both fillers are pretty much invisible, with the Osmo doing best:

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    (It's visible if you look very very closely.)

    Early indications with the finish on are less good,...
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    That's an excellent plan!

    That's an excellent plan!
  15. Thread: My new PRS 1Q kit

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    I love the inlay on the heel!

    I love the inlay on the heel!
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    This evening's woodfiller auditions: 34015 ...

    This evening's woodfiller auditions:

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    They both smell truly vile. My other half just came into the room where I'd used them and asked whether I'd just used the loo and if so, what on...
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    It's probably only a small step from where I am...

    It's probably only a small step from where I am to that level of madness ;)



    Yup, definitely -- I'm using an offcut from the headstock and filling holes in that, then applying the finish on top.
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    Will definitely keep the pics coming. Last...

    Will definitely keep the pics coming.

    Last night as I was dozing off I found myself considering using a sharp knife to try make scratches in the filler to continue the grain pattern. I think I...
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    Agreed, the whole screw holes in the headstock...

    Agreed, the whole screw holes in the headstock thing is probably something I'll not care at all about when the build is done! Still, it's a fun little side project to work on while I procrastinate...
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    :D I discovered the other day that if I take a...

    :D

    I discovered the other day that if I take a photo on my phone, then send it to myself using the Telegram chat app, I can download it using their desktop app on my computer -- and when I do...
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    Now, with the centre screw hole in place, I can...

    Now, with the centre screw hole in place, I can easily position it such that by eye it looks straight:

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    ...or too long on the bass side:

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    ...or too long on the treble side:
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    Time to rout out the bridge pickup cavity a bit. ...

    Time to rout out the bridge pickup cavity a bit. First, put the bridge in place, with the centre screw hole (the only undowelled one) aligned...

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    ...in order to draw a line around it, to...
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    The good thing about metric shit-ton(ne)s is that...

    The good thing about metric shit-ton(ne)s is that I only have 2 blistered thumbs, as opposed to 2.03209, 1.81437, or some other number, which would be confusing and inconvenient.

    One coat of...
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    So, all in all, quite a busy day. Tomorrow I'm...

    So, all in all, quite a busy day. Tomorrow I'm planning to put a coat of finish on the headstock offcut to see how that comes out, and also rout out the bridge pickup hole a bit towards the neck,...
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    Next step, a metric shit-ton of sanding so as to...

    Next step, a metric shit-ton of sanding so as to be able to fit 5.1mm dowels into 4.75mm holes. Sanded inside the holes with roll of sandpaper on the handle of a modelling file:

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    ...plus...
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