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  1. All gone I'm afraid. None were useable by anone else - nothing I make ever has standard size neck pockets, routs or scale lengths! But they had already been recycled by me in one way or another. Mostly for experimentation either for fixtures or finishes. Bit hard to see but that Tele on the top has been planed down several times to apply different experiment grain fill & finishes. Control cavity has about half a mm at the back😮
  2. Ha ha this is a timely topic. My car is full as we type, awaiting a trip to the tip......Here's a litany of my first half dozen builds or so, each utterly utterly awful. I've been carting them round for several years in the hope that I would think of something to do with them, but I've finally admitted that they simply need to be burnt. The world will be a happier place without them. Adios.....
  3. OK, I'm doing a wipe-on finish on my Walnut Les Paul Guitar thingy, which means I have an inordinate amount of time between an inordinate number of coats. So rather than actually do useful stuff, I thought I would start planning my next build. I realise @Christine has pretty much done the definitive Les Paul bass build thread, but maybe mine will be just different enough to hold your interest. Anway, specs something like: 31" scale, 19 fret (is this too few??) Some sort of ridiculously over-laminated and accent-lined neck blank Slightly oversize Les Paul Body (though smaller than the official Gibson oversized) Slotted headstock Single humbucking pickup, probably in the 'P' position Birdseye Maple veneer top Figured Etimoe or Bosse Cedar veneer back Double bound with flame maple (umm...once I've learned to bend it) Guitar tuners Double 'f' hole Yet more pinstriping and veneering than you can shake a stick at. So there you have it. Short scale because I've never build one. I want it simple though, so I thought a single pickup would be good. I must do love the sound of a P bass though, so I'm thinking a Gibson humbucker in the P position would sound pretty similar but keep the Gibson look. Slotted headstock, because I just think they look great. The guitar tuners I'm going to try because bass tuners, even Ultralites, look a bit oversized and even they I think might cause neck dive, my pet hate. The Hofner Beatle bass uses guitar tuners, so I'm pretty confident it can be done, particularly with light-ish strings, but if anyone has done this please shout up. And they only weigh 20 grams each, ie half that of an USA Ultralite..... Veneer-wise, here's the top I'm thinking. Birdseyes. And lots and lots of them: For the back I'm thinking one of these. The first is Bosse Cedar, the second is Figured Etimoe. I've put the three together to see if you have a preference. The workshop strip light sucks the colour from everthing so here's the stock photos. Both look pretty amazing in natural light. Any thoughts? As for layout, here's a mock up of the slightly larger body and 31" scale with slotted headstock. As with the Walnut LP I'm just finishing, the lower horn is 'sharp' so that I can do a mitred joint in the binding, rather than trying to bend flamed maple (which has a reputation for splitting) round the more traditional rounded lower horn. But if I can practise a bit and I can manage it, then I may revert to the more traditional shape. So there you have it. Them's are my thoughts. This won't be a quick build cos I've still got two others to finish! But thanks so much for looking. And feel free to shout up with thoughts and criticisms🙄😎
  4. Christine, how did the Mojo pickups turn out? Are you happy with them?
  5. Happy shaving! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Single-Edge-Razor-Blades-100-Pack-Of-Blades-FREE-SCRAPER/291805443229?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2648
  6. I like your optimism! I'll give it a go on a test piece before commiting myself😁 Have you ever used the pearloid celluloid type sheet that R&K sell? Do you think that might be easier than real shell?
  7. Thanks Norris, I've emailed them. I'll see what they say.....and will also try doing it myself on a test piece....
  8. Yep, this. Lots of skills and knowledge which I really wish I had! Really looking forward to this one....
  9. Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the compliments. 😁😍 They're definitely premature though. I've learned not to count my guitar making chickens till they are well and truly hatched. The process of finishing, in my experience, is fraught with danger! The plan for the body is an epoxy grainfill followed by a hand applied polyurethane varnish, probably to a low gloss finish. The neck will be wipe on poly again, satin. i've tried all sorts of grain fill methods and not enjoyed any of them. So I'm returning to epoxy, which I thnink is the best of a bad bunch. I'm using West Systems and tinted it with Mixol dark brown and a bit of black to make it darker still. Ive done two coats on the back and it is smoooooth.....one more on the front and I'm done. This time it's gone pretty well. The thing that's really made the difference is using a razor blade to spread a tiny amount of epoxy. For the entire back of the body I probably used about two pea-sized drops, maybe less. The razor blade is really effective at spreading the epoxy around without pulling it out of the pores. I rounded off the edges of the blade slighly so there was no chance of them digging in, and slightly dulled the blade using 400 paper on a very flat surface. It worked really really well. These are the type blades I used: Here's a photo of mid fill, I love the way you can see the difference between grain that hasn't been filled, and the grain with the brown epoxy. It does a great job of highlighting....
  10. Yes, sorry. I feel bad now☹️ But the next one definitely definitely definitely will be a bass. 😁
  11. Mostly pics today. The neck is pretty much finished. It ended up with an interesting scarf joint - I'm not sure I've seen one like it before! Other than that, it's mostly just little jobs before finishing. There was bit of a chip in the binding so I repaired it using epoxy and black furniture powder. It seemed to work pretty well. I may use it to grain fill....time to do a few more experiments. Finally I did the pickup routs. Me being me I decided to rout the neck heel at the same time. So I double sided taped the neck in, cut the side off the template, and whizzed away, praying the tape didn't fail! A test fit and the pickup ring was right up against the end of the neck. Perfect!
  12. I've been meaning to go to a BB for ages, but what with one thing and another just never made it. We leave for Italy in March though, so it'll have to be before then. Anyone one know, is there one???
  13. Progress.....but still a bit of tweaking needed.....
  14. I've always wanted to do a zero fret, but never quite dared. I don't know what template you use for slotting, but most are designed for fretboards that are cut off or Fender style, rather that a zero fret (which effectively lengthens the scale length by half the kerf width of the saw). How is the intonation? I'm guessing the extra 0.3mm doesn't make much difference....
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