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    FS1 - second build

    Can't resist a bargain. $50 off for a tiny chip on the edge of neck pock. I'm juggling blue vs orange dye job. I have some Fender WRHB knockoffs to fit, which are going to get FeCrCo threaded rod magnets. I have PB-style blocks for the neck. Wanted one for ages, but too $$$ for me.

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    Orange.
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    Watching with interest and envy.

    Got a new race car (Fisher Fury) to finish before the next guitar.

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    Start of Fantaburst
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    The brown and orange-brown wash underneath pops the tigerstripe. This is just water based tint. Click image for larger version. 

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    Really lucky to just have a couple of glue spots which sanded off easily. Very impressive fit in this kit. Accurate lineup.
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    This looks great - nice job on a tasty amber...
    If you don't mind me asking - where'd you source the rod magnets, and what was the cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarmonIser View Post
    This looks great - nice job on a tasty amber...
    If you don't mind me asking - where'd you source the rod magnets, and what was the cost?
    Here's the ebay listing - Philadelphia luthier also has them on their website to buy direct. One of the guys on the TDPRI Tele board actually reconstructed the bobbins and rods, it cost a packet because he had to get a whole heap of Cunife magnets made up. They sold out a few years ago. He experimentally had some different rods made up, and said Alnico 2 has very similar characteristics to Cunife.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Threaded...72.m2749.l2649

    Here's the humbucker knockoffs. I expect to have to pot them, but that's no biggie. They have to come apart to remove the bar magnets.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Les-Paul...72.m2749.l2649

    My next project after this one, I have the body on order from PBG, is a Firebird VII which will have a Maestro long vibrola. Those pickups are tricky - but I found a mob selling a FB clone with 7.2 kohm wind, with ceramic blades. I'm getting some Alnico 2 blades from Stewmac to replace them with. Hopefully they'll end up somewhere in the ballpark. The originals were 6,6kohm. The alnico blade inside the bobbin is what gives them their unique sound.

    The new Firebird pickups are nothing like the old shrill but warm sound.
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    Fantacaster!

    Is it just me, or did successive model Fender headstocks resemble wangs more and more, from Tele - Strat - Starcaster?
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    Next gen?
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    You realise now that loads of people out there are going to be unable to unsee that...

    It wasn't until a few months ago it occurred to me that a Fender heastock shape is really a highly simplified violin head scroll tuned 90 degrees...
    Build #1, failed solid body 6 string using neck from a scrapped acoustic (45+ odd years ago as a teenager!)
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    Build #4, pre-owned PB ESB-4
    Build #5, Lockdown Mandolin

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    First coat of wipe on poly
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    Goes on really easy.

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    Touch dry within seconds!

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    Halfway through the finish coats. Looking nice I think.

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