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  1. Thread: Es-3

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    Taswegian's ES-3

    My first build. It took a long time because I glued the neck on crooked and it took about 50 attempts (and some collateral damage) to get it off and re-glued.

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    Even then the alignment was...
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    Thar She Blows

    Finished maybe. Still touching up fret ends and whatnot. Very low fast action. Plays really well.
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    It aligns!

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    However quite a lot of sanding to get action down. Also I ground the bottom off the ABR to make it flat.

    I started to get quite excited and didn't stop to take photos of the next few...
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    "Fake" Floater

    You may recall that the neck angle was still slightly askew but thought that a floating bridge or renotching the bridge saddles would get it right. Had an idea for a sort of fake floating bridge.
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    Tuner Day

    Trial attachment of tuners. When I finally drilled the holes for the little screws I forgot I was going to align them all horizontally.
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    Finished finish?

    More pictures of finish applied
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    Fruit of the Loom

    Heat up soldering iron.

    Before:

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    After:

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    Looking a bit more like a guitar

    Several clear coats of Aussie Oil rubbed onto top. Walnut stain back and sides. Headstock face painted black.

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    Finish neck fail and recovery

    Ok, Mask neck binding and apply tinted varnish.

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    Two coats.

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    Decided I didn't like it. Much sanding later and application of stain without varnish.
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    Needs healing! 32231 Had a bit of blackwood...

    Needs healing!

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    Had a bit of blackwood the right thickness.

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    Sanded and filled. Not the flushest join. Also apparent is damage on the bout from the steam. Will be going for a...
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    Get that neck on!

    This time we're going to get the neck on a bit straighter.

    First attach the tailpiece. Folded paper to give a small gap to avoid rattles and buzzes.

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    Then insert the bridge posts (but...
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    32225 Putting it back together.

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    Putting it back together.
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    32222 3222332224 Some of the collateral...

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    Some of the collateral damage from the neck removal
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    Let's get this party (re)started

    Another bunch of time has passed. Time to pick up the pieces. Today I glued and clamped some of the bits that came unstuck during the steaming and dismantling process. Don't see where to post photos....
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    Back again. Can't believe I have left this...

    Back again. Can't believe I have left this project abandoned for over two years. Someone gave us a steam cleaner so after four or five attempts managed to get the neck off. Lots if collateral damage...
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    I used Titebond Original. A lot of it has come...

    I used Titebond Original. A lot of it has come out with my various pryings and steamings but there it is a very large neck pocket with a lot of surface area. I can get a spatula an inch or so in...
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    Help!

    I used a bbq skewer and some veneer that i had available but it has all ended up a bit of a disaster. realised after glue dried that neck was no longer aligned with the bridge position. Have tried...
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    Back again

    Have been busy with other things but now getting back to the build. Have some Titebond and some Aussie Oil and some various grades of sandpaper. Also a couple sets of flatwound D'addario Chromes. I...
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    I've started a new thread in the Build Diary...

    I've started a new thread in the Build Diary section:-

    http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=5652
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    Taswegian's Birthday ES-3 First Build

    Ok, so I started a build diary over on the Welcome forum but I guess it should really be here. The story so far in this link:-

    http://www.buildyourownguitar.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=5630
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    No, it's a chunk of granite. An off-cut from a...

    No, it's a chunk of granite. An off-cut from a gravestone perhaps.
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    Control layout

    Getting a bit ahead of myself but I would welcome opinions. The holes for the volume and tone controls have been made in a sort of "Southern Cross" pattern (first photo.) I could fill and re-drill...
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    Headstock

    So I am thinking of something Epiphoney (see what I did there?). Still some smoothing to do, but it's getting there. I cut the corners off with a tenon saw and shaped it with a rasp.
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    Fret Check

    Can I turn this welcome thread into my build diary? Moderator is welcome to move it. Did some work on the neck last night. Neck had a bit of a back bow. Read somewhere that Pit Bull kits all have...
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    Garden centres sell adhesive backed copper tape...

    Garden centres sell adhesive backed copper tape about 1" (25mm) by several metres for under $10. It's slug repellent. You stick it around the rim of your plant pots. I shielded my Strat copy with it....
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