Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:07 am

PorkyPrimeCut wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:00 am
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"Fuck you!" from Siouxsie Sioux.

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I'm just gonna listen to Tinderbox at work now.

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by mackerelmint » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:01 pm

I'm sure that picture was taken just before she smashed it to bits.
This is an excellent rectangle

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by smjenkins » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:24 pm

Does anyone else feel this thread is like when they rebuilt Robocop? There's just so little of the original to work with.

I tip my hat to you Will. This restoration makes the world a better place to live for everyone.

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by otis » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:10 am

You have my respect; this is my most favorite tread since long.
After you finished this, can you fix the climate too?

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:58 am

Oof! I accidentally ordered a 1/2" roundover bit. Hopefully the 1/4" one will arrive this weekend!

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I'm considering reshaping the headstock on the Coronado neck - the edges have already been sanded a bit, so they're kinda wonky anyway. I did some rubbings of the back of the Coronado headstock and a '63 Jazzmaster headstock to compare

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..then I tried one overlaying the two with the tuner holes aligned - it was reeeeeealy close. I moved the outline over by about 3/32, and there is enough material there to make a Jazzmaster!

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The tuner holes are so close to the edge of the headstock anyway on pre-CBS necks that F tuners would be practically over the edge. 3/32 of extra wood would make things a little safer. Here's the F tuners on the 63 Jazzmaster and the Coronado to compare how close they sit to the edge:

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by Telemnemonics » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:08 am

I agree it's worth reshaping the Coronado headstock.
If it's just the tiny bit if tip that's missing you could glue on what would end up smaller than a 1/4" triangle to get the full JM shape.
Maybe I'm not seeing what you're doing though?

Cool progress!
The little chunk that tore out is a drag but understandable.
It'll be easier to get a tight glue joint on a small patch there.

That neck is really really nice too, really will bring the whole thing together beautifully!

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by øøøøøøø » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:42 am

Great move. I love making the headstock shape right.

I'm checking in on this thread religiously! I love a good "back from the dead" project!

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:49 am

I still feel a little odd about a pre-CBS headstock with a B+B neck - I think it will look nice, if a bit bizarro-world-Jazzmaster

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by countertext » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:30 am

LESS WORDS MORE PICTURES

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:41 am

countertext wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:30 am
LESS WORDS MORE PICTURES
PICTURES! OF! WORDS!!!

(...looks like my roundover router bits will arrive in time for the weekend)

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:41 pm

I needed to file the router template so that the brass plates would actually fit inside the control routs:

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Nonononono. Too late on a Saturday afternoon for this roundover router bit to be too big for my router.

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Luckily, the router bit is a cutting tool, and carbide should be stronger than aluminum or a phenolic plate.

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Gotta run the router on a piece of scrap first, just to be sure:

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I need to keep on repeating to myself: "don't accidentally radius the neck pocket. don't accidentally radius the neck pocket."

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Whew! I stopped the radius in time.

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It's actually starting to look like a guitar body now!

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It's looking better after more sanding, and using the edge of a belt sander to get the belly cut closer.

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Spray-glued the pattern to the headstock:

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Got mooooost of the extra wood sanded away:

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Still a little more work to do. Those Jazzmasters do have some odd curves in their headstock if you really stare at them for a while!

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Hey! Kind of a Jazzmaster!!

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Also, I did a bit of work on a pickup. Cooterfinger sold me a bargain humbucker, and I figured that I'd mod a blank Jazzmaster cover so that I can install it in the bridge position. I thought that I could use the metal cover to be able to drill the Jazzmaster cover so that the screw holes wouldn't be all wonky like a Mosrite.

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I clamped the covers together to prevent wonkiness:

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Yay! The screws are all in a tidy line!

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I bent the humbucker tabs and cut the screws down so that everything would fit under the Jazzmaster cover and I wouldn't need to do any routing. Some wax potting helps keep things in order!

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by countertext » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:47 pm

$$$$$$$$

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by will » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:48 pm

Also, it looks like the body is 81% original.

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19% reissue tones.

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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by Trout » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:07 pm

You are a fucking magician.
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Re: Un-Voxing a butchered 1961 Jazzmaster project

Post by Pacafeliz » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:12 pm

Insane.
You guys... wow
i love delay SO much ...that i procrastinate all the time.

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