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    First coat!

    Today, after a quick test and drilling all the necessary holes, I started to paint the body.

    Due to schoolwork and other duties, I didnít get to do much. In fact Iíve only done the first coat of primer which Iím going to sand off to find any hollow spots.

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    One problem Iíve discovered is the pickguard doesnít line up completely. If I line it up with the neck, thereís a big gap on the other side. If I line the control panel up, thereís a gap around the neck. Is this a common thing? Is it supposed to be like this? At the moment Iím going to leave it and see if itís noticable once the body is the same colour.

    Dylan

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Diggydude View Post

    One problem Iíve discovered is the pickguard doesnít line up completely. If I line it up with the neck, thereís a big gap on the other side.
    Dylan
    Yes. The pick-up route is a centimeter further south than a standard Fender Telecaster.
    This is why the standard telecaster pick-guard has the extra gap.
    On mine the fretboard was 5mm shorter at the high end which also exacerbates the issue.
    https://www.buildyourownguitar.com.a...King%27s+TL-1R

    I had already drilled the string-through holes so re-locating the bridge was out of the question.
    I had to cut a custom scratch plate to cover the extra territory.
    Since I decided on a different finish, I also re-routed some of the control cavity further back
    to compensate for it's forward position.

    cheers, Mark.

  3. #23
    It's also worth noting that the kit bridge is closer in design to the Squier.
    The squier bridge has an extra centimeter at the tail end so you could compensate somewhat by measuring scale length with the high 'E' forwards towards the end of it's travel.

    cheers Mark.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by king casey View Post
    Yes. The pick-up route is a centimeter further south than a standard Fender Telecaster.
    This is why the standard telecaster pick-guard has the extra gap.
    On mine the fretboard was 5mm shorter at the high end which also exacerbates the issue.
    https://www.buildyourownguitar.com.a...King%27s+TL-1R

    I had already drilled the string-through holes so re-locating the bridge was out of the question.
    I had to cut a custom scratch plate to cover the extra territory.
    Since I decided on a different finish, I also re-routed some of the control cavity further back
    to compensate for it's forward position.

    cheers, Mark.
    Ahh ok.

    I reckon Iíll have to cut one but Iím not going to do that now, Iíll just arrange it the best possible and leave it. When I do this Iíll probably cut space for a humbucker because I didnít know there a rout big enough for it so I didnít get one to begin with.

  5. #25

    Painting

    Hello,

    Over the weekend Iíve been doing some painting. Lots of painting.

    I sprayed in the primer and lost track of the coats. All I know is that I used the entire can. Same thing with the base coat. It went fairly well, there was minimal running.

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    As you can see I developed a bit of a reflection which will become better next weekend when I spray the clear coat.

    All in all, a productive weekend.

    Dylan

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    Nice one Dylan, youíve done well mate.


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    Done

    Hello again,

    Thanks to the long weekend, I finished my first build!

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    It came together nicely and once Iím done typing this Iím going to start doing all the fine tuning (although it plays nicely already). I showed it off at school and it had a great reception.

    This wonít be the last of my, I plan to make atleast one more and I want to make one for an art project at school.

    Thanks for all the help,
    Dylan

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    Theyíre a bit like chips, itís hard to stop at one. Well done, looks great!

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    Well done Dylan that looks awesome.


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