BMM neck-through electric XII build

Talk about modding or building your own guitar from scratch.

Colour?

Poll ended at Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:04 pm

Fiesta red
3
10%
Sherwood green
5
17%
Teal Green
4
13%
Lake Placid Blue
6
20%
Burgundy Mist
12
40%
 
Total votes: 30

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Post by Portuchacho » Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:05 am

Indeed, burgundy mist needed! Great build.

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Post by SansRegret » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:13 am

I added burgundy mist. I didn't at first because I'm going to be mixing the colour myself.

Also: if anyone has some tips/ links to burgundy mist metallic paint . They'd be much appreciated.
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Post by Portuchacho » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:31 am

I think you could have a paint store mix it for you, as a non-metallic (usually they can't make metallic) and then you add pearlescent powder, I think thats how it's called. Im not quite sure tho, probably someone here will have a better answer.

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Post by SansRegret » Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:06 pm

No real updates. Forgot to mirror the pickguard when I started to cut it, so new material is on the way.

Also it looks like my friend won't be able to get my bridge and control plates cut; his work is too swamped right now. So I may look at paying a different company to do it. I'm considering using a 12-string TOM but I'll see what the estimates are first (I will have to pay for gold-plating as well. So I was hoping the parts would be free)
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Post by pscates » Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:22 pm

Ha...I selected Burgundy Mist without seeing that it was the overwhelming leader. That's never happened to me before...I'm usually picking the outcast underdog (Shell Pink, etc.). :)

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Post by SansRegret » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:09 pm

Some updates. Went and bought some sheet steel today; took the bridge/control plate issue into my own hands. Made the bridge plate today (minus string/screw holes), only took two tries (using a jigsaw, bench grinder, dremel and vise/hammer). Got a new pickguard blank (messed up the first one).
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Have too many projects on the go (a strumstick for a coworker, a lapsteel and the xii.)
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I also bought this last week for $28.
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Post by FunkyFlash5 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:36 am

Am I just imagining a paisley strat with a jm trem or is that actually what it is? Not sure how I feel about that combo, I tend to hate strats and pink paisley, but does a jm trem make it better or worse? :wtf:

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Post by SansRegret » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:02 am

FunkyFlash5 wrote:Am I just imagining a paisley strat with a jm trem or is that actually what it is? Not sure how I feel about that combo, I tend to hate strats and pink paisley, but does a jm trem make it better or worse?
It is a paisley strat. don't know what the trem route is suppose to be for (bought it from Guitar fetish factory buoyout). I don't usually like Paisley but it actually has a nice range of colours (red, green and orange; no pink). The trem route doesn't fit a JM trem but i'm gonna make it fit. I want to put a AVRI bridge with the mute if the spacing matches closely enough.
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Post by MatthewK » Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:54 am

Actually the shape is a JM body with Strat horns - the waist is offset and the butt end is all JM. So it should look good with the JM trem. What a weird one, looks like a commercial finish on it too.

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Post by SquareWaveFuzz » Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:07 am

Looks like it's from a Hofner Galaxie, although I'm not aware of a paisley finish being used on them

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Post by SansRegret » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:04 pm

Routed the body cavities yesterday. Fretboard is slotted and has binding now. Just glued it onto the neck.
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Remade a bridge-plate, drilling all the holes prior to bending resulted in a lot nicer piece. Pickguard is also cut out, just needs screw/switch holes still.
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Post by punkacc9 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:12 am

That crazy awesome you made your own bridge plate. How are you gonna keep it from rusting? Will you be chroming it? Or is it stainless?

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Post by SansRegret » Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:35 am

punkacc9 wrote:That crazy awesome you made your own bridge plate. How are you gonna keep it from rusting? Will you be chroming it? Or is it stainless?
I'm doing gold hardware on this one. So I'll be getting it gold plated and might lacquer it.
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Post by SansRegret » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:17 pm

Long day of work today. Carved the neck, drilled tuner holes. Also routed for the string block, and rough carved the body contours (Also finishing the lap steel I'm building). I've decided that I'm going to use a Reranch can for the BMM then use the lacquer I already have for the clear coats. Just some more filing, sanding, drilling and fretting and it should be ready for finish. So here it is as of tonight:
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I am waiting on eyelets for the pickups from Stewmac, then I'll attach the leads and wax-pot them. I may actually be able to vacuum pot them because I'm TAing a course this term and the lab has a vacuum infiltration oven (used for infiltrating biological samples with paraffin). I'll have to wait a bit (until I have money) to get the bridge/control plates gold plated and other parts 3D printed; but I'm aiming to be ready for finish after next weekend.
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Post by SansRegret » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:29 pm

Finally an update. Did lots of work this week.

I got the eyelets for the pickups, so I wired in the leads then wax potted them. Also polished up the bridge plate and control plate and drilled,countersunk the pickguard.
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I drilled all the holes in the body and finished up the contours and edges. I had to remove the neck binding to deepen the fret slots, now the binding is back on. Did over 6 hours of sanding (whilst listening to an all Wilco playlist) yesterday. Got the frets in this afternoon (they're Gold evo from LMII), followed by grain filler on the ash and more sanding. I need to get this done before it starts getting cold (and my school schedule is not making it easy).
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This is what I decided to do for the truss rod cover; it approximates the shape of the headstock without getting too big or too close to the tuners.
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Also, the winner is:
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