Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by countertext » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:42 am

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:40 am

I was thinking - I don't know those characters, but they look kinda Venture Brothers...
(my girlfriend was an intern on Venture Brothers way back when, but I haven't seen much of the show.)

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Post by øøøøøøø » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:38 pm

I was disappointed when I got to the end of the thread and realized this was still a "developing story" (as opposed to a finished tale I could read all the way to the end).

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:23 pm

øøøøøøø wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:38 pm
I was disappointed when I got to the end of the thread and realized this was still a "developing story" (as opposed to a finished tale I could read all the way to the end).
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that router templates arrive in the mail tomorrow, so the project is moving along pretty quickly. One of the folks on eBay that sells a full set of Jazzmaster templates agreed to sell me only the templates that I needed, so that was helpful.

Also, I managed to get all of the bushings out of the headstock without chipping up any maple. What works best for me is putting a drill bit that just barely slides into the bushing into the bushing (the smooth end of the drill bit), and then moving the end of the drill bit in little circles while gently pulling upward. It's slow, but helps keep things non-destructive.

I'm planning on using one of these oddball transitional Jazzmaster decals:

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...and eventually doing a really aged Lake Placid Blue that has turned into a dark green:

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:07 pm

will wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:40 am
I was thinking - I don't know those characters, but they look kinda Venture Brothers...
(my girlfriend was an intern on Venture Brothers way back when, but I haven't seen much of the show.)
Sorry for the derail, but yeah, you should check out The Venture Bros. The show is amazing in every way. As far as I'm concerned, probably one of the best animated shows ever made.
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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by MC3 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:26 pm

How do you plan to do the aged Lake Placid? I'm interested in a slightly less aged LCB that retains more blue but curious on how to do it with nitro. Lots of tinted lacquer?

Project is amazing btw, I really like that neck too

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:14 am

MC3 wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:26 pm
How do you plan to do the aged Lake Placid? I'm interested in a slightly less aged LCB that retains more blue but curious on how to do it with nitro. Lots of tinted lacquer?

Project is amazing btw, I really like that neck too
I'm planning on spraying a little test strip to see how many coats of yellow/aged lacquer it takes to go from blue to green. Green is my favorite color, but green guitars are in short supply.

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by antisymmetric » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:53 am

It will be a very cool guitar! Matching headstock?
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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by øøøøøøø » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:22 am

Matching headstock is an interesting idea--it would allow you to reshape the peghead to the "right" shape, too!

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:15 am

øøøøøøø wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:22 am
Matching headstock is an interesting idea--it would allow you to reshape the peghead to the "right" shape, too!
I think I'll be sticking with the Coronado headstock shape - it looks like there isn't enough material there for the smaller Jazzmaster shape, and I don't really like the CBS headstocks.

It'll be okay - I kinda like the Coronado shape, and this guitar will be something of a mutant.

Side question to the Jazzmaster experts:
Were there any B+B Jazzmasters made with the smaller headstock, or were those used up in the D+B times?

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:30 pm

The router templates arrived in the mail, so I got to get the body closer to being finished. It wasn't exact, but it was close enough - after some minor modifications!

Trimming away more of the scrap with a jigsaw

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I got some tearout - I guess my router bit is showing its age. ...time to make another tiny alder patch!

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The body was slightly cupped, so sanding with a giant block didn't work too well. I got rid of some of the extra wood in the routs with a Forstner bit.

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Block sanding time!

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I trimmed the neck pocket and corner of the pickup rout by hand. It was rewarding to make a nice neck pocket fit!

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The tuner screw holes were feeling loose, so I dowelled them so I don't have any issues with screws falling out.

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Also, plugged the extra string tree hole with a sidegrain dowel.

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Pet peeve: when the truss rod nut is an innie. I made some washers fit the odd size by putting a few washers on a machine screw, clamping them with a nut, and then chucking the screw in a drill and reducing their diameter with a file.

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...seeing how many washers I need to add...

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...tidy!

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by countertext » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:36 pm

hee hee heeeee exciting

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by MC3 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:05 pm

this is so damn cool

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by mackerelmint » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:28 pm

Will, good sir, you are doing the lord's work here.

I know many think that teardrop guitars are cool, I have personally hated them since seeing my first one at around age 4. The idea of taking a great guitar and mangling it into one of those ugly things makes me despair. And here you are fixing the apocalyptic fuckery that some fur vest wearing apeman hippie got up to decades ago, and going to some lengths to do so. You have my respect and my enthusiasm!

I am eager to see this poor beshitted thing restored to its proper form and glory.
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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:00 am

mackerelmint wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:28 pm
...fuckery that some fur vest wearing apeman hippie got up to decades ago...
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