What's on your workbench right now?

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by antisymmetric » Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:23 pm

epizootics wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:21 am

Dang! It looks bloody great already. One of these days I'd like to see a family picture of all your cool builds :)
Haha thanks! Not that I turn out many builds at all, but I'll post the current one and my Dano From Hell in one of my old threads one of these days to keep things kind of together.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by blimpage » Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:43 pm

Took my Cyclone to shim city!

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After I refinished my Cyclone a while ago, it never quite went back together the same. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I somehow changed the relative plane of the neck and the body, so that it seems like the neck pocket is no longer deep enough. In order to get the action high enough to be playable, I had to put the neck into a forward bow and raise the saddles as high they would possibly go. That kinda worked but made the playing experience pretty terrible, the action was all over the place.

I didn't want to modify the neck heel or the neck pocket, so I figured I'd go wild and try out a reverse neck shim, to angle the neck further forward and give the strings more clearance over the fretboard. I got some Stewmac tapered shim blanks and tried a 0.5° shim first which wasn't quite enough, then a 1° shim which seems to do the trick! This gave me enough clearance to set it up with some sensible neck relief and saddle height, and get nice consistent action all long the neck. Now this guitar might actually get played occasionally!!

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by bodhi » Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:20 am

Yesterday morning I spent a few hours turning these...

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with lots of planing and an overnight glue job, into what after a half-day today looks like...

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... making the template on mdf and so on along the way. Managed to figure out where to put Les Trems in a way that'll hopefully work out well sonically. I'll probably do a write-up on this as there's a few peculiarities going on and have a few learnings to share, but will try assemble it into playing shape (before painting) first.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by hexes » Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:35 am

FINALLY giving my hand wired princeton chassis a lovely home. It'll have light blue tolex and piggyback hardware for a 2x10 cabinet, similar to tremolux. I need to design faceplate and rear plate, as well as some sort of manufacturer badge for my little run of 6 amps and a reverb unit.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by JakeNelson2002 » Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:29 pm

Finally getting going again. Five baritone necks going.
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by antisymmetric » Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:32 pm

I got the chance to squirt some paint onto the edges of this thing on the weekend. I'm pretty happy with how it's come out, but as I expected, the red looks terrible against the colour of the fretboard, so I'll hit that with some black dye one of these days. At least that won't take long- I really don't want to put any more effort into that neck. So many things wrong with it- the headstock had been broken and badly repaired, stripped-out holes needed to be plugged and redrilled, I spent quite a bit of time tidying up the contours, and the heel shape was so irregular that making a pocket for it in the new body took a stupid amount of time, and it's still just the old neck with its tiny frets and no truss rod. In hindsight, it would have been better just to have made a new neck. :fp: ;D
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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by kifla » Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:07 pm

Radiusing the fretboard...

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Not really on my workbench...but it's on the CNC that I've built for my friend recently:

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Guess what is his favorite guitar.... ;D

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by JakeNelson2002 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:44 pm

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Norrin Radd » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:04 pm

JakeNelson2002 wrote:
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I’ll see your 5 long necks and raise you one! ;)

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by tribi9 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:16 pm

😂 🤣 🤣

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Lame Pseudonym » Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:33 pm

Nothin' fancy. A 1960 Jazzmaster that I stupidly broke. An Affinity Jazzmaster that I'm trying to paint Fifties Turquoise but the job is giving me pushback, and a $29 Mark II guitar that is really just a toy but it looks real cute and I actually put a new fingerboard on it in hopes of making a real guitar out of it. Frets soon. The feel of the neck is just bee-you-tee-ful, old real utility clear lacquer that I am trying not to disturb.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by SuperAxe » Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:04 am

kifla wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:07 pm


Not really on my workbench...but it's on the CNC that I've built for my friend recently:



Guess what is his favorite guitar.... ;D
That is sooo impressive. Any thread on how you built that CNC?

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by kifla » Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:46 am

There is a thread on openbuilds.com .....not much, but you'll get the idea.
I find V-Slot profiles from openbuilds.com very useful and versatile....but expensive.
So, I've tracked down their chinese supplier at bulkman3d.com and ordered bunch of stuff (enough to build 5 machines) directly from them for a fraction of a price. Built two "bigger" machines for my Zagreb and my Houston shop....

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1000x1000mm

... and 3 "small" machines for my friends:
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Those are more than a good enough for guitar building stuff.

I buy all of my aluminium for the cnc plates from recycling place here in Zagreb for USD2 per kg. ;D

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by Dr Tony Balls » Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:54 pm

Just wrapped up this custom jam. DOD 210 preamp (always on) into a DOD 250 overdrive.

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Re: What's on your workbench right now?

Post by ThePearDream » Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:06 pm

JakeNelson2002 wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:44 pm
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I really like the grain on that center neck.

Anyway, here's my six necks. Who has seven?

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L-R: curly maple on curly maple 25", 3X rosewood on birdseye maple 22.5", zebrawood on maple 26.94" short scale conversion baritone, ebony on roasted curly maple 24".

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