What's on your workbench right now?

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Keegan » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:54 am

LocustPlague wrote:
After that, I might actually try to build a violin. I've never held one, much less played one, so it might be interesting. The end goal is to build an archtop guitar, though...
I would start with a small bolt-on acoustic(maybe a Uke?) or a semi-hollow. Similar skills involved but not as hard as a violin, unless you're getting a kit. Still, it'd be nice to make something you could actually play as opposed to a violin :D
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by LocustPlague » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:03 am

I could learn to play the violin, right? :unsure: It's always been on my list of things to try, so I figure I might as well give it a go.

The main thing I want to work on, actually, is carving the top and back. Bending the sides, installing kerfing and all don't seem TOO difficult, I've done similar tasks on non-guitar-related projects at some time in my life (even if it WAS 10-15 years back). Dishing out and carving the arch on the top/back, though, are totally new.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Stereordinary » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:13 pm

I'd love to build an archtop guitar someday too. I have some ideas for how I would want to make mine, but it's still just conceptual stuff. Of course, I should start with something more basic and traditional. Right now I'm reading an article all about James D'Aquisto and it's just mind-blowingly awesome.

My workshop is all over the place right now, and I'm working on a ton at once. My camera is broken or I'd take pictures, but I have about 16 guitars I'm working on as well as plate polishing.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by noisepunk » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:46 pm

MatthewK wrote:The mighty "Mustang VI" has been in dry dock for about 3 months. But I am getting a router this weekend ... !
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Okay, this needs more explanation, because that is badass...
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by noisepunk » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:56 pm

I have a few projects on my figurative workbench. There's the B.C. Rich comp. Stealth w/ cyclone sensibility that I have sitting at my old school waiting to have hardware installed in it and a pick-guard made for it. I have my first body that I built over a year ago which needs pretty much everything but the body. I have a bass neck and body that needs routing, lipping, painting, hardwaring and possibly a new headstock (it cracked in half- the reason it was given to me- and I glued it back together, but I was a little too hasty and now it looks a little :-X and :(.

I also have two Maxon/ibanez pedals I need to buy a volt meter to fix, and I need to get a chassis and 2 way switch for a looper pedal with a feedback function...

In addition to that, I need to cut a new nut for my bass (and eventually make a new neck), my girlfriend's Washburn and a fakenbacker my stepdad has been working on; and all three also need a proper setup...

...I also need to replace the engine in my Volkswagen Bus :squint:

Too many projects...
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Keegan » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:21 pm

New engine? That's not exactly an afternoon project. You're going to seattle without a working car? Hmm, well I guess you shouldn't really need it anyways.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by MatthewK » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:28 pm

noisepunk wrote:Okay, this needs more explanation, because that is badass...
Thanks! At the moment it's a J bass body, a Jagstang tailpiece, Jag bridge, SX shortscale bass neck with a cut-and-shut headstock so I could mount 6 white-button Kluson style tuners. Cut a nut and strung it up, plays and intonates very nicely. I need to go back and fill the J bass pickup routs and rework neck pocket to fit the SX neck tightly.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by noisepunk » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:30 pm

Keegan wrote:New engine? That's not exactly an afternoon project. You're going to seattle without a working car? Hmm, well I guess you shouldn't really need it anyways.
No, I have a volvo that works most of the time (it doesn't like the heat we've been having though); the bus is my gig car, that as of yet hasn't been used for that because we bought it without an engine.

My stepdad is a volkswagen mechanic among other things, so during the 7 years he's lived with us we've owned over 10 different volkswagens, one of which was an orange beetle that I was gifted because we acquired it, not running, for $350 and the problem wound up being super cheap. He somehow convinced me to sell this in exchange for them buying me a bus though... so now I have a bus with no engine, instead of a beautiful orange bug that I really miss now :(
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by noisepunk » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:35 pm

MatthewK wrote:
noisepunk wrote:Okay, this needs more explanation, because that is badass...
Thanks! At the moment it's a J bass body, a Jagstang tailpiece, Jag bridge, SX shortscale bass neck with a cut-and-shut headstock so I could mount 6 white-button Kluson style tuners. Cut a nut and strung it up, plays and intonates very nicely. I need to go back and fill the J bass pickup routs and rework neck pocket to fit the SX neck tightly.
Build threads here:
viewtopic.php?t=29663
and here:
http://www.shortscale.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31305
Wow, that's cool, I thought it was just a regular 6 string, but a short-scale bass VI is pretty sweet too.
They tried to give me advice, down at the record shop. I said "Sit down boys, this may come as a SHOCK. But alls I listen to, it's all freedom rock."

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by MatthewK » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:39 pm

Just FYI - it's the same scale length as a real bass VI, which is also shortscale.

John Squire of Stone Roses fame did a Jaguar with a Jazz Bass body - you may like!
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by noisepunk » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:45 pm

MatthewK wrote:Just FYI - it's the same scale length as a real bass VI, which is also shortscale.

John Squire of Stone Roses fame did a Jaguar with a Jazz Bass body - you may like!
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Yeah... I'm a) not big on humbuckers (especially on a jag, because of all the chrome it already has, b) Your is the first "J-Bass that isn't a j-bass" that I've actually Liked, I've seen the John Squire guitar and the layout just looks wrong to me.

I didn't know Bass VI's were shortscale, I guess that would make sense though since they use lighter strings.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by MatthewK » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:53 pm

Interesting - why not try a Strat neck on a J body, and give it a J Bass pickguard - even a J pickup might work, otherwise a single coil would fit underneath.

Mine is going in a slightly different direction - going to cut the horns back a bit to look like an enlarged Mustang.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by noisepunk » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:55 pm

MatthewK wrote:Interesting - why not try a Strat neck on a J body, and give it a J Bass pickguard - even a J pickup might work, otherwise a single coil would fit underneath.

Mine is going in a slightly different direction - going to cut the horns back a bit to look like an enlarged Mustang.
Yeah maybe, I have too many plans for guitars and not enough equipment to follow through with them though :squint:

I saw some of your reshaping plans, big mustang sounds awesome.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Harvester » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:29 am

hey ho, i love these threads ...

on my bench right now is an old Kay bass that badly needs some fret love

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i love this thing, last month i put a random old japanese humbucker ( ? ) into it because it arrived from the states with a Gibson Marauder bill lawrence clear guitar pickup in it and a gassed-off tort pickguard in a million little pieces ...

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i've been playing a lot lately ( and haven't posted here for 2 months ... ) i've been gigging with the one on the right ( an earlier 50's number ) for a year or so and i love it, i've written so many songs on it this winter.

also on the bench is my laptop with my squarespace site ...

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which is slowly approaching something that i'd like to show to somebody.

next week i'll throw this ol' thing on there ( the bench that is ) and figure out how to put it back together ...

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iirc i had the chance to buy this deluxe about 12 - 15 years ago ( ! ) and even then it had a broken neck ... the current owner has snapped it at least once again in the interim ... and now here it is again looking like a very familiar site to any guitar repairer - if it wasn't for glueing up beheaded gibsons and syringing super glue into ovations we'd all be out of a job.

this week i will also update some of my build threads over on the projects section, they've slipped under in a tidal wave of brilliant insurgent guitar building that's going on around here!

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PS this post took me about half an hour due to the shit fight going on at flickr re: unlinked url posting of photos ... ouch !

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by twangster » Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:16 am

Supro map style project.
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