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    Yes, as well as occasional spray cans when I can't be bothered to get the spray guns out for small areas.

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    I worked the colours again yesterday evening.. I used a synthetic sanding pad to knock colours back. Then add more yellow over the whole lot.

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    I think it's evened it out bit more and made the fade a little less hash - I'll repeat this again tonight.
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    Oh.. and I'm still waiting for the pickups to arrive - so in the meantime I used a paper 'bucker that I had.

    It sounds quite good - if a little thin
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    Though that 'thinness' could also be down to the virtual strings you have fitted.

    Looks good.

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    I think it's evened it out bit more and made the fade a little less hash - I'll repeat this again tonight.
    That's a smoother transition now.
    However back in the 70'& 80's I would have preferred "more hash" .
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    Quote Originally Posted by McCreed View Post
    That's a smoother transition now.
    However back in the 70'& 80's I would have preferred "more hash" .
    Doh!

    The paper 'bucker has gone...

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    Vintage stack in the neck and Little '59 in the bridge.

    According the label on the bridge everything is "in tune". I wonder if that changes when you're not in tune? The quotes make it's feel like an ironic statement though...
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    That should sound better now!

    Looking at the bridge pickup, you have it adjusted quite high. Hopefully you have adequate room in the cavity to go low enough.
    I don't know the dimensions of the Vintage Stack, but stacked buckers are usually taller than single coil, so it's good to measure cavities before final installing.
    I only mention this because if the cavities need deepening, better to do it before the finishing is completed. I've had a mishap when routing a finished guitar before, and even though it wasn't catastrophic, I was not happy.
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    Yeah I think there might be problem here.

    According the specs the pickup is just under 21mm high. Roughly measured, the cavity is about 15mm deep.

    It won't sit flat because the wire comes out the bottom of the pickup. If I could get flat then with pick guard it would be about 4mm above the surface of the guard. I've a feeling this will be too much? But until the strings are on it's hard to know for sure.

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    I guess the cleanest way to deepen the cavity is with a router - I was planning to buy a trim router to make a pick gaurd for the PB tele.

    What's the best bit to use for this? I figured something with a bearing so I can follow the walls of the cavity? Something like this:

    https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tool...uter-bits.html
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    Yes. I'd suggest something like this: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/C121GX1-4...%2C190&sr=8-10

    Trend make decent quality router bits. I've found cheap Chinese sets are a waste of money, and the shafts tend to be slightly too small, so they slip in use and you end up with routs that get deeper as you progress.

    Just check that the diameter of the cutting bit is small enough to fit the smallest radius of the pickup rout.

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    Simon has been much more specific in his recommendation (I'm going to have a look at those bits now myself!).

    My only suggestion was going to be "Don't get them from Stew-Mac" - you can get good quality bits a whole lot cheaper elsewhere.
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