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And some daylight pictures.



There are a few funny marks in the plywood, they are really in the wood, you can see them but you don't feel them.
It's a pity but I'm not going to do anything about them.

The belly cut.

I need the refine the transition to the upper horn a little bit but that's something I'll do once I'm going to sand the complete body.

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That transition kept bothering me, I could not resist the urge to fix it now.



It's not yet fully 100% perfect but now I can simply correct it while sanding the rest of the body.

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Looking good, I can see why you went with the rosewood for the contrast. Very nice work!

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Today I've spent a couple of hours of quality time at my workshop (at work).

Milled the cavities for the pickups.

And the cavities for the battery box and the controls.

Once the neck is finished I'll do the neck pocket.

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The routing is soooo clean and tidy! How's the work progressing on that university project you showed us?

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This kind of routing I'm always doing with this little handy tool. B)

A milling machine.

The University project part I showed is finished and will be built-in in the setup somewhere halfway September.

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No real progress to report on this build, a few weeks ago my server computer crashed on me and since that time I've been busy with tuning and filling a new main computer, and after that setting up my old main computer as the new server computer.
Everything is working as I want now and no data was lost during this accident, the build will resume soon.

Last week I've been busy with fabricating some new pickguards for several of my basses.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/vlDMzUT.jpg[/IMG]
For my F(ake)ender Jazz V.

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/IT8vfvR.jpg[/IMG]
For my OLP MM2.

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/qyz2gHR.jpg[/IMG]
And one for my Squier Precision.

A detail shot of the last one.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/jcGnHOb.jpg[/IMG]

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Done the rough sawing of all the wood for the neck.
Top of the picture will be the neck itself: wenge - 3 ply birch - padauk - 3 ply birch - wenge.
Middle, the fingerboard: padauk.
Bottom, headstock: Merbau with a rosewood top (the top is a leftover from the top of the body). Edited by blablas

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May be a bit late with this suggestion but you could consider decluttering the headstock by taking a leaf out of Kramers 8 string book the XL8 has the lighter string tuners at the opposite end of the bass.

[URL=http://s970.photobucket.com/user/gelfin5959/media/20140910_131249_zpsdbec3f05.jpg.html][IMG]http://i970.photobucket.com/albums/ae181/gelfin5959/20140910_131249_zpsdbec3f05.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

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I prefer the look of the cluttered headstock over this "oh, we need more tuners" solution.
I've given it some thought if I could use headless bridge tuners but that still meant I needed to anchor the strings at the headstock side.

I like the headstock as I designed it now.

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How about [url=http://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuning_Machines/Guitar_and_Solid_Peghead/Steinberger_Gearless_Tuners.html]these tuners[/url] for the octave strings? Might cut down the weight and clutter at the headstock.

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These only give less clutter at the side of the headstock and more on the top and back.
Like I said before I'm fine with what I already designed.

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Not yet, I'm to lazy and it takes too much time before I'm happy with the result, maybe someday but not for the time being.

At the moment I only build them for myself not for an audience or a customer so why would I really bother with spending all that time on making a demo. ;)

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In between my normal work I made myself a small handy fret wire bender today.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/AktKTfK.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/AqyhNQw.jpg[/IMG]
Since I'm going to use stainless steel fret wire for this current build, which is lot more difficult to work on than the standard copper-nickel alloy, I decided it would be nice to have the fret wire already in the right shape before hammering them in.
The better the shape is beforehand, the easier it will be during leveling and crowning.

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Minimal progress.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/AZJz0Em.jpg[/IMG]
Glued the wood for the neck and made half of the scarf joint.

Haven't been in the mood to do much work on this project the last couple of weeks, partly due to this little in-between project.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/LGUwNRY.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/DmQqbeN.jpg[/IMG]
A new maple-fingerboard neck for my G&L L-2000 Tribute, needed work on the fret ends, also did some crowning and polishing on the frets and now it's oiled with Danish oil.

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