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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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    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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    Fruit of the Loom

    Heat up soldering iron.

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    Figure everything can fit in through pickup holes.

    After this photo I added an extra ground wire to the back of all 4 pots.

    Maybe I will redo all this one day with shielded wire. It's great fun putting it into the guitar!
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    Finished finish?

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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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    "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.

    1. Remember to drill an extra hole for an earth with to the tailpiece because I'm not using the stud mounting inserts.

    2. Some strips of hardwood, blackwood I think or maybe myrtle, glue together and sanded to contour.

    3. Holes drilled for studs.

    4. Threads cut with bolt.

    5. Voila
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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 processes.

    Getting the pickguard to look correct was interesting. Compared to an ES-175 there are some differences. They have a 14 fret neck/body join and the kit has a 15/16 fret join, so there is not as much real estate between the pickup and the cutaway. Also it was predrilled for the bracket a bit close to the edge once I had the basic shape right.

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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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    Great ideas on making a bridge, Iíll file that away in the memory bank. I also like your choice of walnut stain. Nice work.

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