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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by garyptaszek » Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:39 am

I love that body shape. I’ve been considering trying to make a Danelectro style body to swap the neck over from my Danelectro danoblaster XII (it’s heavy and very unbalanced).
This would be an elegant solution, and I like the single pickup vibe for a 12 string.
Nice work!

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by Singlebladepickup » Mon Jul 12, 2021 11:20 am

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As for finish, I love the mid-2000s Danelectro colors.
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The finishes were satin rather than high gloss. I have a Dano 63 in tangerine... No picture I've seen really does it justice. Sometimes it looks orange, sometimes salmon, sometimes coral pink, depending on the light.
So damn good...I would love the green, red, tangerine, burgundy, peach, gold. Love satin finishes too.

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by noisepunk » Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:49 pm

LVC wrote:
Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:59 pm
As for finish, I love the mid-2000s Danelectro colors.

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The finishes were satin rather than high gloss. I have a Dano 63 in tangerine... No picture I've seen really does it justice. Sometimes it looks orange, sometimes salmon, sometimes coral pink, depending on the light.
oh yeah, me too. somewhere local had the dead-on-'67 (hornet reissue) when it came out and i was a big fan of the tangerine one they had, i was pretty blown away by the satin finishes too and have preferred that over gloss every since. that said, i might try a semi-gloss finish on this.

anyway, no real progress on this today– i'm also working on a telecaster i rebuilt for my wife a few years ago–refinishing it and adding string ferrules– and that ate up most of my time.

...but i did buy paint and a 24mm acrylic sheet i'm planning on back-painting, or back-mounting some fancy patterned paper to for at least a temp pickguard. color is going to be...

SHRIMP :D
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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by LVC » Mon Jul 12, 2021 11:58 pm

noisepunk wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 5:49 pm
SHRIMP :D
Excellent choice!

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Looks very close to Fender's Shell pink or Danelectro's Peach (which is slightly darker in person than on the color chart I posted above). I think it suits that body shape very well and I bet it'll look incredible, especially with an acrylic pickguard with custom graphics — something white with a space age/atomic age pattern and/or pinstriping, à la Decoboom, maybe?
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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by noisepunk » Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:36 am

LVC wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 11:58 pm
... something white with a space age/atomic age pattern and/or pinstriping, à la Decoboom, maybe?
we'll see how ambitious i'm feeling– i definitely like the idea of doing something subtly decorative (like some of the floral teisco guards). but if i get close on time, or can't think of anything that feels right i'll just go with a solid color– probably a pastel, i'm thinking mint-green would look nice, or like a buttercream yellow. or i'll just do black, because i have it and know it'll look good, if not a little more hair-metal than i was going for.

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by noisepunk » Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:24 pm

i hate doing finishes on wood :squint:

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it's not super apparent from the pictures, but this was a dusty, orange-peel-y mess. i got it cleaned up and got most of the way through coat #2 before running out of paint–i'll hopefully be able to get some more tomorrow.

i was also suppose to get a new nut and some string trees today, but they were sent to my last address in CA :fp:

frustrations aside, i'm really happy with the color! i couldn't quite get my phone to do it justice, but i think it's pretty much shell pink, if my memory of shell pink serves true... maybe a slightly yellowed shell pink.

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by VPO » Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:55 am

I love this project.

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by noisepunk » Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:26 pm

well, we've all been there: my pickup showed up and i couldn't resist a mock-up:

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of course, GFS didn't include the screws or quick-plug jack in their measurement specs, so i'm going to have to bust out the router again and lower the cavity depth. but the shape itself is pretty spot on on both the cavity and the pickguard, so i'm pretty elated– this was the first time making templates just from drawings/measurements and i was super worried both would need to be rasped out or be noticably too big.

in other news, the finish is getting really close– i think it'll be ready for clear by the end of the day.



thank you all for the cheer-leading– i haven't done a project like this in years and it's honestly been very helpful seeing that people are into it :)

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by jthomas » Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:38 pm

Killer.... absolutely killer.

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by CROSS_guitars » Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:44 pm

Good pickup decision!

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by smjenkins » Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:15 pm

Damn, that mock-up looks goooooood.

Talk to me about the headstock. Is it the same neck in cooterfinger's post? Are you going to match it in shrimp? Paint it black like the Danelectro's? Keep it natural? We need the deets.

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by noisepunk » Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:38 am

smjenkins wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:15 pm
We need the deets.
ha! here's the deets:

same neck– it was a teisco neck with a reshaped headstock, if i remember correctly. i couldn't tell you what profile it is, but it has a nice feel to it– i'd say it's on the thinner side of medium-thickness.

originally, i'd painted it red to match the body, but with a white headstock-face (i was going for an airline aesthetic), and i was going to just leave it for now because to do it right i'm going to need to do a few coats of grain filler and i didn't want to mess with that right now.

however, the mismatch was bugging me, so yesterday i went ahead and did a quick coat of pink over everything. i did a decent job, but the grain is much more apparent now than it was with the red, so it maybe looks worse than it did... i'm probably going to leave it for now, but it may just bother me enough again to change my mind.

eventually, the plan is to match the face with the pickguard (whatever that winds up looking like), but i do have some black paint that might look nicer in the interim...hmm... :-/

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by noisepunk » Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:15 pm

re: neck...

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headstock matches the pickguard.

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by smjenkins » Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:46 pm

That’s gonna look rad. 👍

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Re: dano-bobkat project

Post by 601210 » Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:02 am

Is that hole under the pickguard an access port for the electronics? i.e. no back cavity plate?

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