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Thanks to EVERYONE!! (I'm just a bit giddy...)

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Thanks to EVERYONE!! (I'm just a bit giddy...)

Postby Steve Sawyer » Mon May 08, 2017 11:07 pm

It is obviously a long way from being done, but after putting on the minimal hardware and stringing, and finishing up the nut slots, I continued to set the relief, action and intonation. Much to my surprise...

IT MAKES MUSIC!!!!

I musta sat and jammed on this for 15 minutes, just wondering at the fact that some of my various mistakes must have cancelled out some of the other mistakes, as it plays just great - no buzzes, the intonation set just fine, the action is good (set to .050" at the 17th fret) and...

IT MAKES MUSIC!!!!

I could NOT have done this without all of the advice I got directly from asking questions here and from reading the threads on this forum. What a great resource!

THANKS!!

Now...off to the next adventure to get this sanded (and sanded, and sanded some more...) and finished.

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Postby Eric Knapp » Tue May 09, 2017 12:24 am

Congrats! I hope to have that feeling myself soon.

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Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue May 09, 2017 1:54 am

Eric Knapp wrote:Congrats! I hope to have that feeling myself soon


Once the strings were on, my grin just kept getting bigger as I completed each step. :mrgreen:
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Postby Karl Wicklund » Tue May 09, 2017 7:21 am

How satisfying! I love that feeling, and I hope to be sharing in it soon. Just have to set up my shop again, and build a chicken coop. And remodel the sewing room. And erect a playset. And prep the new garden. And...

Anyway, congratulations!
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Postby Bryan Bear » Tue May 09, 2017 9:20 am

Awesome, congrats!
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Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue May 09, 2017 10:33 am

Karl Wicklund wrote:Just have to set up my shop again, and build a chicken coop. And remodel the sewing room. And erect a playset. And prep the new garden. And...


That's where I was three years ago, Karl. I feel your pain! ;)
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Postby Gordon Bellerose » Tue May 09, 2017 11:25 am

Way to go!
That is a great feeling of accomplishment.
Now for the pain of finishing. :o
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Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue May 09, 2017 12:54 pm

Gordon Bellerose wrote:Now for the pain of finishing


I'm actually looking forward to that. Finishing furniture can get a bit dull. This is a whole new ballgame...
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Postby Bob Francis » Tue May 09, 2017 2:10 pm

Congrats Steve!
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Postby Mark Swanson » Tue May 09, 2017 4:41 pm

That feeling never gets old, or goes away no matter how many I build!
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Postby Eric Knapp » Tue May 09, 2017 11:07 pm

Mark Swanson wrote:That feeling never gets old, or goes away no matter how many I build!

That is good to hear! Congrats again, Steve.

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Postby David King » Wed May 10, 2017 4:25 pm

Well done and store up those good vibes until you can dive into the next project!
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Postby Steve Sawyer » Fri May 12, 2017 4:15 pm

David King wrote:Well done and store up those good vibes until you can dive into the next project!

Oh, it's started already!! And this one has quite a way to go yet.

One thing I have noticed is that the high "E" string is a tad too close to the edge of the FB. Doesn't affect playing it at all, but it does feel a little strange. It's about 2.5mm from the edge at the 17th fret, compared to my Strat which is a full 3/16" at the same point. Debating whether I should shift the neck just a scrunch, as it will be better to do that now before I start finishing it.
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Postby Gordon Bellerose » Fri May 12, 2017 6:46 pm

Steve,

You will be removing the neck for finishing, will you not? I don't know if it is a bolt on, or not.
You would have to adjust it for final set up regardless.
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Postby Steve Sawyer » Fri May 12, 2017 8:06 pm

Gordon Bellerose wrote:You will be removing the neck for finishing, will you not? I don't know if it is a bolt on, or not.
You would have to adjust it for final set up regardless.


Oh yeah - glad I put in threaded inserts, 'cause that neck should have a zipper, I've put it on and taken it off so many times! :mrgreen:

It's all taken apart again, and I've started playing with my finishing schedule on some scrap, so it would be easy to correct the overhang at this point.
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Postby Matthew Lau » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:31 pm

Nice!
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Postby Steve Sawyer » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:33 pm

Thanks, Matthew.

Since Matthew resurrected this old thread, thought I'd give a little progress update. I've applied two additional clear-coats (each coat being a 3-shoot) since taking these pics for a total of 8 coats. So far, 6 cans of rattle-can lacquer!! Only had to sand between coats a couple of times to get a little run. Unfortunately, I've gotten some black specks of something in the finish that would not sand out. This is my first build and is for my personal use, so I'm going to live with the specks (almost unnoticeable unless pointed out - of course everyone on THIS FORUM would spot 'em in an instant!! :mrgreen: )

The body and neck are now happily curing in my shop. I plan on waiting a couple of weeks before I start sanding in preparation for the polishing and crossing my fingers that I'm careful enough to not get a sand-through (hoping for beginners luck I guess...)

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Postby Barry Daniels » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:47 pm

To minimize sand-throughs, just stay away from the edges. They will take care of themselves. Sounds weird, I know, but trust me on this. And the neck takes less sanding and polishing than the body.
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Re: Thanks to EVERYONE!! (I'm just a bit giddy...)

Postby Steve Sawyer » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:46 pm

Barry Daniels wrote:To minimize sand-throughs, just stay away from the edges. They will take care of themselves. Sounds weird, I know, but trust me on this. And the neck takes less sanding and polishing than the body.

Thanks for the advice, Barry. And yeah, I notice that the neck seems *almost* ready to polish right off the "gun"! Strange. If it weren't for a bit of a sag on the headstock face, I'd be tempted...
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Postby Brian Evans » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:12 pm

Necks are weird. Mine last one was almost good enough to leave alone off the gun, I have no idea why.
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