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Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod

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Re: Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod

Postby Barry Daniels » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:16 pm

Polished out the finish by hand using Meguiars 105 and it shined up surprisingly easy.

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The new bound fretboard blended well with the neck.

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Re: Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod

Postby Barry Daniels » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:19 pm

Tuning machines back into the bushed pegholes seemed more stable. Made a ebony truss rod cover held in place by hidden magnets. New bone nut.

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The tone of the instrument seems more alive with the new electronics. Hope the client is happy.

Thanks to those here for their interest and suggestions on this project.
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Re: Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod

Postby Mario Proulx » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:38 am

Well done..!

I've been using Jescar wire(mostly SS but some EVO) for all my new builds since around 2004 or 2005. Great stuff..! For repairs, I'll still turn to various SM wire to match the original size, or for the wider tang.
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Re: Burns Gear-O-Matic Truss Rod

Postby Barry Daniels » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:21 am

Thanks Mario. Yep, the Jescar is nice stuff. I now remember that I had used it before, but never realized the difference in tang width. Doh!
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