What's on your workbench right now?

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by ol_lukey » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:06 pm

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been fiddling with this player series since i got it a few months ago. humbucker covers, TOM bridge, neck shim, paint

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by blimpage » Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:42 am

On my workbench right now is... a workbench! Building a simple but chunky bench following this Modern Builds video. I've had a nice big vice sitting on a shelf for a while and I'm very excited that I'll soon have something solid to mount it to.

Currently it mostly looks like a pile of 2x4s, but it should start looking benchier very soon! Here are the legs pre-glue-up, and half of the top mid-glue-up.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Rgand » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:35 am

Very nice! That top will be good and solid. A good vice needs a bench that won't move to mount to. You can do any kind of work on one like that.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by nnieman » Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:28 am

Working on an offset
Korina body, roasted maple neck, wrap around bridge and 2 vintage firebird pickups

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7mQnSZgQoF/?hl=en

First coat of shellac

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8KOqDAA7G4/?hl=en

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Gordon » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:27 pm

Hello friends! I have a question that is not worthy of its own thread, so here it goes: if you finish (even with oil) a roasted maple neck, it darkens it; but I'd like to dye it (black) for an even more dramatic effect. But will the dye wear off with playing the neck? The choice of roasted maple is not innocent: I usually dislike maple fretboards because they need to be finished, with a roasted one I don't have to. But then, what about the dye? I'm fearing I'd have to seal it somehow. :'(

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by nnieman » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:04 am

Gordon wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:27 pm
Hello friends! I have a question that is not worthy of its own thread, so here it goes: if you finish (even with oil) a roasted maple neck, it darkens it; but I'd like to dye it (black) for an even more dramatic effect. But will the dye wear off with playing the neck? The choice of roasted maple is not innocent: I usually dislike maple fretboards because they need to be finished, with a roasted one I don't have to. But then, what about the dye? I'm fearing I'd have to seal it somehow. :'(

Thanks! :)
Yes you would have to seal it in.

A thin coat of wipe on poly or shellac would be enough.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7Jr7rUAZI7/

I used steel wool disolved in vinegarthen analine die for those two.

Nathan

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Gordon » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:36 am

nnieman wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:04 am
Yes you would have to seal it in.

A thin coat of wipe on poly or shellac would be enough.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7Jr7rUAZI7/

I used steel wool disolved in vinegarthen analine die for those two.

Nathan
Thanks! :) That's good to know... And nice guitars, by the way!
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by nnieman » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:05 am

Gordon wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:36 am
nnieman wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:04 am
Yes you would have to seal it in.

A thin coat of wipe on poly or shellac would be enough.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7Jr7rUAZI7/

I used steel wool disolved in vinegarthen analine die for those two.

Nathan
Thanks! :) That's good to know... And nice guitars, by the way!
Thanks!

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:59 pm

I didn't want to start a new thread for this, but I thought a number of people might be interested. I was just searching for some cabling and connectors to make a few new cables (for bass and synth specifically), and found this awesome connector. Kinda like the old-style pancake jack, but it looks like it might be just a little bit slimmer.

Low Profile Flat TS Squareplug SP400

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(the one I'm referring to is the far right connector that's square-ish in this picture)

EDIT: I've never made any cables for synths before. I feel like maybe it was suggested by someone here, but maybe I found this on my own. It's basically 2 resistors wired in parallel/series-parallel inside the cable to protect the pedals a little bit. Has anyone ever done this before?

Also, for guitar and bass, I usually use Mogami 2524 (unbalanced) bulk cable. Would unbalanced still be the choice for a synth?
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by blimpage » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:12 am

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:59 pm
I didn't want to start a new thread for this, but I thought a number of people might be interested. I was just searching for some cabling and connectors to make a few new cables (for bass and synth specifically), and found this awesome connector. Kinda like the old-style pancake jack, but it looks like it might be just a little bit slimmer.

Low Profile Flat TS Squareplug SP400
Never seen these before! They're kooky, I dig them. 😄 Love the way they look all plugged in next to each other:

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:18 am

blimpage wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:12 am
Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:59 pm
I didn't want to start a new thread for this, but I thought a number of people might be interested. I was just searching for some cabling and connectors to make a few new cables (for bass and synth specifically), and found this awesome connector. Kinda like the old-style pancake jack, but it looks like it might be just a little bit slimmer.

Low Profile Flat TS Squareplug SP400
Never seen these before! They're kooky, I dig them. 😄 Love the way they look all plugged in next to each other:

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Don't they look sweet? When I found them, and they had some sample pictures, I got weirdly excited. Hahaha.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Flurko » Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:18 am

My weird bass is slowly evolving from something ugly to something still ugly but more fun :

it spent a few years like this :
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Then, i changed the bridge to an Hofner copy, and I had to shim the neck for it.

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And now I'm experimenting with various aliexpress pickups:

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Flurko » Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:20 am

^^^
I took some more photos of the bass completed with better lighning / mise-en-place :

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by thephza » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:56 am

Hi guys,

I'm new around here, but have been lurking without an account for months now. You have no idea how much you guys have already helped me on my two simultaneous builds (one of which is my first ever).

Anyway, I'm getting close on one of the guitars and figured I'd share a pic. It's a Lomic Guitars Jaguar body w/ HSS GFS gold foil pickups, Varitone switch, killswitch, coil split, and Duesenberg Multibender bridge:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B9kvZVnHbMU/

I am most interested in seeing if I can build weird stuff in combinations that most other people wouldn't want. :)

Anyway, thanks and let me know what you think!
PHZA

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by antisymmetric » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:55 am

S-l-o-w-l-y closing in on having a finished guitar... side binding and jack plate are done. I've kind of painted myself into a corner- there's just too much plain white going on with the side binding, so I've been trying different things with black paint and Wandre-style smoke to make it not annoying, looks like I'll be doing something zebra-like to quite literally paint myself out of the corner (I'm now wanted for murder by the metaphor police :ph34r: )
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The back, with more of the alligator vinyl (there will also be a white back with a slightly different layout of the same vinyl)
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Gut shot- the back is held on magnetically, and neck bolts/ truss rod/ pickup adjust/ trem adjust/ string change are all accessed from inside (still lots of tidying/ shielding to do):
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Watching the corners turn corners

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