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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Jul 16, 2017.
That spalt is awesome, you must preserve and enhance that grain pattern. That's a real winner IMO.
That's a sweet chunk of wood David!
Slow progress with this one. I wish I had a thickness sander. I need to take the top down another .1 and it's a hard slog with the sander and 80 grit disks. I thought spalted wood was soft??? Not this stuff.
Got the slots sawn into the ebony board, dots in, radius sander, frets and glued (@audept clamp p0rn ).
No pick guard and a bigsby?
Gonna have an evertune bridge so a Bigsby won't work. Haven't decided about the pickguard yet. I did just pick up an oak neck pickup surround.
That top is spectacular!.
The thickness sander is used pretty regular in my shop. I got lucky and found one used with a few hundred yards of various grit sand paper for a song. Keep your eye on Letgo and Craigslist.
Mine is a 16-32 Performax, very similar to the Jet 16-32, and works well.
So what do you guys think?
No scratchplate and oak neck pickup surround?
Bear in mind it'll have the evertune bridge and not that Wilkinson.
I would vote no scratchplate and one of those chrome neck pu surrounds.
The evertune is chrome right?
It is, I hear a lot of conflicting reports about metal surrounds not being good for the Tele neck pickup. I think the chrome of the pickup will suffice. If I go that way lol
Tempted to say no scratchplate...
This one is still sitting here, mocking me until I can get the 325 done or at least to the point where I'm waiting on stuff.
I'd go with the scratchplate simply because a little playing will scratch up that beautiful wood in no time flat. Maybe a clear plate?
How about a tempered glass guard? Can they be made thin?
I've got a glass screen protector on my iPad and my iPod screens, really thin, they are a bit flexibke.
I wonder how they make them?
I'm not sure how durable it is in all situations. Glass placemats break.
You could find one without cutouts for an iPhone. Someone must make them to order.
Larrivee uses a clear mylar stick on material. You can barely see it. Stewmac carries something like it.
That's the ticket. The best of all worlds.
I go back and forth and I'm for sure leaning towards an opaque scratchplate with matching binding.
Standard black scratch plate would be my choice - there is little actual figured grain it would be covering - the lower horn is perhaps even better covered since it is far more heavilly figured than the top bout.
Glad you went for the "Chinese" option - I know it's just a question of taste but a guitar made from knotted pine always looks to me as though it's been made from the remnants of an Ikea wardrobe - even if we are only talking about a guitar top in this instance! Yuk!
I'm kinda liking this.