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    Build 3 - FBM-1

    GAS has struck!
    I received a FBM-1 yesterday (with a TB-4 put away as a Christmas present). My plan is to try a dark vintage type burst using FW stains (jarrah and black). Not sure if I will try the FW wipe on poly or stick with Tru-oil. The body looks good and the neck fits well. Spent a bit of time sanding - good times.
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    Cut out and sanded the head stock. Will try a burst on some scrap wood next.
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    I have tried some practice bursts using FW jarrah and black stains. All done using slightly different techniques. They all turned out OK. I just hope I can replicate this on the guitar body!
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    Tried my FW black and jarrah burst. First coated the body in jarrah stain, then did a thin black burst, then a thicker black burst.

    The pictures are showing the burst darker than reality!
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    Also got on a few coats of tru-oil.
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    Between a few more coats of tru-oil (15 in total) on the body and neck I have done the soldering.

    The electronics cavity in the FBM-1 is quite small. Also the long wires from the switch cavity back to the electronic is only just long enough!

    Straightened the neck, then used a 12 inch radius block and levelled the frets using the technique in the build manual.

    Put on the neck, pick guard and pickups.

    Next I will put in all the electronics.
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    Thanks Bakersdozen.

    Can anyone tell me the best place to put the neck strap button so as to reduce the possibility of nosediving?

    I cannot seem to find any pictures of the FBM-1 which show the strap button placement.
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    The normal position on a real one would be in the middle of where the neck plate goes, so you could drill a hole in that and screw through. Otherwise you can get a neck screw thats 10mm or so longer than normal, drill out the centre of a strap button so the screw fits through it, and use the longer screw to fix both the neck and a strap button in the upper forward screw position on the neck plate.

    Just be careful that any longer neck mounting screw isnít so long that thereís a risk of it poking up through the fretboard.

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