What's on your workbench right now?

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by nelsongeets » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:22 am

Got this one currently on my set up bench. Just needs its final setup tweaks, and a bit more minor "aging". Pretty excited about how it's turned out so far!

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Rgand » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:21 am

That came out great! I really like that tort with the MKW.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by nelsongeets » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:00 am

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That came out great! I really like that tort with the MKW.
Thanks! Yeah I'm really happy with the color combo on this one. Next time I'll go a bit lighter with the transparent blonde color though. I think I put 1 coat too many - would like it to be just a wee bit less opaque.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Rgand » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:45 am

nelsongeets wrote:
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Rgand wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:21 am
That came out great! I really like that tort with the MKW.
Thanks! Yeah I'm really happy with the color combo on this one. Next time I'll go a bit lighter with the transparent blonde color though. I think I put 1 coat too many - would like it to be just a wee bit less opaque.
It's great the way it is. Of course lighter would be good, too. :?

The blonce is really nice, especially with a black PG. But then, I'm partial to blonde with black, anyway.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by VPO » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:14 pm

That's a beauty! That pickguard - whoah.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by nelsongeets » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:56 am

VPO wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:14 pm
That's a beauty! That pickguard - whoah.
The PG definitely has that attention grabbing look to it! My first time working with single ply celluloid. Incredibly easy to cut/route. And to think, I was originally contemplating going with a white guard ;D

The pickups are the real show stoppers though. "Dual foil" gold foil pickups in a p90 cover. They are switchable between full humbucking mode and single coil with no drop in volume when switching from one to the other! I find myself leaving the neck pickup coil split and bridge in humbucker - really cool range of tones.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by StevenO » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:07 am

Where'd you get the pickguard material from? It looks great! Lovely guitar.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by nelsongeets » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:30 am

StevenO wrote:
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Where'd you get the pickguard material from? It looks great! Lovely guitar.
This stuff actually ended up coming from Warmoth. The blank stock they sell is enough for me to get 2 pick guards out of. It has a "fresh from the factory" sort of matte sheen. It could be buffed up to a high gloss if desired, but for this one I felt like the matte finish fit the overall build.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by bodhi » Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:46 am

nelsongeets wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:22 am
Got this one currently on my set up bench. Just needs its final setup tweaks, and a bit more minor "aging". Pretty excited about how it's turned out so far!

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Great body color! I'm looking to do something quite similar, what approach is this? Can I go with something like a Mary Kaye tutorial or something? What stain/paints did you use?
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by nelsongeets » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:39 am

bodhi wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:46 am
nelsongeets wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:22 am
Got this one currently on my set up bench. Just needs its final setup tweaks, and a bit more minor "aging". Pretty excited about how it's turned out so far!
Great body color! I'm looking to do something quite similar, what approach is this? Can I go with something like a Mary Kaye tutorial or something? What stain/paints did you use?
Thanks! For this one my process was: waterbased sealer to seal the wood, 3 coats then sanded smooth. then mixed up the transparent white - I mixed white pigment into clear waterbased lacquer until I got something I thought was close to the tint I was after. Then it was 3 coats of this transparent white, followed by clear coats with no tint to finish it off. Hope this helps! if you're using rattle cans then I bet reranch's MaryKaye white would get you very close to the same ballpark. I also did not grain fill the swamp ash because I actually really like the look and feel of an open grain finish.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by bodhi » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:50 pm

nelsongeets wrote:
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Thanks! For this one my process was: waterbased sealer to seal the wood, 3 coats then sanded smooth. then mixed up the transparent white - I mixed white pigment into clear waterbased lacquer until I got something I thought was close to the tint I was after. Then it was 3 coats of this transparent white, followed by clear coats with no tint to finish it off. Hope this helps! if you're using rattle cans then I bet reranch's MaryKaye white would get you very close to the same ballpark. I also did not grain fill the swamp ash because I actually really like the look and feel of an open grain finish.
Thanks for the detailed answer! Will have to see where I end up, but would be pretty happy with what you have if nothing else ;)
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by s_mcsleazy » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:18 pm

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rewired the jankaster with a set of AVRI pickups i got for £40 (i'm good at haggling) it now also has a phase switch.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Gordon » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:06 pm

Wanted to sell my bass since I wasn't playing much... But decided against it, actually fixed all issues, and now trying to get back to playing instead.

It's a Squier Cabronita bass body, but the neck is from a Mike Dirnt signature Precision because I like rosewood fretboards better than maple, and because it also has a satin finish. Pickup is the original Fender Fidelitron, which sounds awesome (I only wish it had a slightly higher output), electronics are upgraded, and obviously knobs aren't original either. Fantastic little bass altogether.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Rgand » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:27 pm

That's a nice looking bass. Clean. Looks good.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Steadyriot. » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:43 am

Been working on this guitar for the past few weeks. It's a bit of a hybrid (Jaguar body template, full scale neck).
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It's a birthday gift for a friend of a friend (who's helping in building it and paying for all the parts).
Keeping this on a budget has been a bitch. We bought most of the parts from Aliexpress (pickup, bridge, tuners, electronics etc.). The neck is from Gear4Music and is completely off spec (wider heel, thicker heel) so I had to route the pocket out wider and deeper after finishing which was quite nerve wrecking and the bridge has a shim underneath it. It's still not aligned properly. Tuner holes had to be doweled and drilled out for vintage tuners too (bought the neck after the tuners).
Body is a slightly thinner than regular sandwich of birch ply with a pine core and is surprisingly light even without contours.
Body is finished with custom blended milkpaint from Miss Mustardseed. The black layer has a heavy helping of dark silver, black and dark blue Mica in it to give it a little shimmer and the pink has a bit of red acrylic added to it so it wasn't as dull. Headstock is straight black. Milkpaint is so forgiving and customisable; I love it. The whole guitar is coated in a few layers of tung oil.
We kept it under a 100 bucks but man, after this I'd rather pay a premium for good parts than having to futz around with things that aren't really worth the time and effort. I hope he likes it! At least it looks punk rock.
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