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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:57 pm

I think S2 and I were lucky enough to get in ahead of major restrictions coming in to Oz.
Hope you get a more promising email soon.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Wonks » Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:13 pm

Auspost were talking of 2-3 week delays, even though it's sent via the Express service which they are prioritising over the normal service (and have halted economy deliveries) . I expect UK delays will be longer as well once it's shipped.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:38 pm

Think it was about a week or so for me once it had arrived in the UK.
I could probably check the dates earlier in this thread...

My lesson learned from last time was to wax the fretboard before taping up. So after levelling off and polishing the frets there was only a little bit of lift and no massive chunks taken out.
Also took off the nut/string clamp to file out some rough casting. I'll paint that up before re-attaching.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby zenguitar » Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:14 pm

Well done Drew, time spent on cleaning up and tidying parts now will make the build better and give you the best instrument possible.

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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:16 pm

Thanks Andy. I've already had the bridge apart and given it some nice teflon lube - runs much smoother now. Just need to check the saddles for any rogue sharp edges next.
And then more sanding.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Wonks » Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:28 pm

Just had an email saying it's in the country! So hopefully a week or so if things haven't slowed down over here in processing.

Has yours got an artificial 'Blackwood' fretboard? If so I'd suggest using thin superglue to stabilise it and hold it together. Tried it on the neck of the free guitar that I got from PBG that had it and it worked well. Applied then scraped it down with a Stanley knife blade. Resulted in a very smooth fretboard. Then I discovered that the neck was so twisted it wasn't worth progressing with. A lot of problems with the body as well. Which is why my mate will be getting the SG Jr instead of that guitar and the neck was taken apart to recover the dual-action truss rod.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:53 pm

Wonks wrote:Has yours got an artificial 'Blackwood' fretboard?
Yep, but it does appear to be a bit better than the previous one - maybe their quality has improved or just a bit lucky/unlucky. I gave it a nice application of wax and that appears to have done the job.
I'll bear in mind your suggestion though if I run into any problems.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Wonks » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:05 pm

In hindsight I wouldn't have waxed it, as it may make stabilisation with a this superglue or an thin epoxy a lot harder to do. If you do try such a thing, you may need to rub the neck down well with something like acetone first to get as much wax off as you can.

It's a bit like The Karate Kid, only after 'wax off', don't 'wax on' again.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:50 am

I'm hoping that I won't need to recover the fretboard, if I do, I shall be sure to wax off before I start! :)
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Mon May 04, 2020 9:25 pm

Well it turns out I'm actually waiting on some more sand paper as, in my hurry, I'd bought the wrong pack from Amazon. On the positive side I now have shed loads of really fine stuff.
But anyway, on the principle that I need to do a bit more sanding before I put the grain filler on, and then more sanding again afterwards, I thought I'd see how the stain was going to work out on this wood.
Bearing in mind Simon's advice on the other forum about grain popping, I did do a bit of a wash with some dark ink but just to darken the overall colour as I prefered that on my test stick:
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Then first coat of red - bit wishy-washy, not really the wine-red I was looking for:
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Second coat, that's a bit more like it:
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I'm not going to go any further for now but I'm comfortable that this is going to give me the right kind of shade. :)
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Fri May 08, 2020 4:10 pm

So, grain filler. That's interesting stuff isn't it?
Tried using a spatula at first (as suggested on the tin) but gave up and used my fingers after that. Suspect it may need another coat.
Anyway, sanded to 320 and grain filled:
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sat May 09, 2020 9:38 pm

Working back up through the grades. Up to 180. Wouldn't normally bother with a photo at this point but as I was sanding this I was reminded of those old muscle anatomy diagrams you used to get in textbooks:
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sat May 23, 2020 3:40 pm

Couple of updates on this:
Staining part 1 done, happy with the wine red.
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Next step is to over-complicate things and balls it up completely.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sat May 23, 2020 3:41 pm

Adding a variable pitch chamfer to the top edge, rough cut:
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And then I realised that the surface I'd clamped it to had managed to pick up some crud (it's really windy here today) so I've got a couple of divots in the back:
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And then I managed to get really slack with the sandpaper:
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I've done a bit of touching up and I'll see how it looks later. Ho hum.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sat May 30, 2020 6:19 pm

Prepping for the burst on the back:
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Some tidying up to do on the front:
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And knocked up a footstool/storage box whilst waiting for things to dry:
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