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Astro Jet 12 String project

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by englishman, May 9, 2018.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Most of you are familiar with the NOS Astro Jet bodies that are still floating around. Apparently Gretsch thought they'd be a huge seller so they knocked up a boatload of bodies. Afterwards this huge stash got moved around a couple of times and eventually sold off in lumps.

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    (I don't know who these belong(ed) to)

    They are made of some nice 100 year old Honduran Mahogany which can be kind of 'weighty'.

    Anyhow, as part of my Spring Sale @wildeman wanted me to put together one of these bodies with an Epiphone bolt on 12 string neck.

    Right now, the @firebomber SA-15 is on hold waiting for more clear coat to arrive so I'll be dividing time between this and the neck through Jazz Bass.

    First order of business it to convert the body to accept a bolt on neck. This consisted of squaring off the original neck tenon rout in the body and then making a block to glue in there, effectively starting over as far as neck pocket goes.

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    As you can see, this body has that cool 'bottom of the ocean for 40 years' look going. It'll probably take longer to make it look good than the rest of the build combined.

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    The Epiphone neck is a 25.5" scale so that means I don't have to worry about the bridge hitting the bridge pickup rout, plenty of room there (different story on the Corvette bodies).

    The Epi neck heel is identical to a Telecaster luckily so my StewMac neck template worked like a charm.

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    As you can see here, the 20th fret overhangs too much. I dared not go any shallower with the pocket as there would be insufficient area to run the screws through and still be safe. Luckily, one doesn't spend much time up at the 'dusty end' on a 12 string, so off it came.

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    Trimmed fretboard and the bridge position.

    I plugged the original holes in the neck heel and drilled new ones and it went together as planned. Also expanded the pickup routs to accept the humbucker-sized pickups that's going in here. IMG_9933.jpg IMG_9934.jpg IMG_9935.jpg

    Got some of the crud scraped off also.
     
  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Nice work Eman , looking good
     
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  3. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Your work just keeps getting better!
     
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  4. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I've been wanting an electric 12 for days. This thing is gonna be cool!
     
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  5. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    The Epi-headstock makes it look a little less bizzarre. Cool project.
     
  6. firebomber

    firebomber Electromatic

    53
    Oct 24, 2017
    California
    This is gonna be a real sweet mashup!
     
  7. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Cool project, wildeman and Eman. Consider it a trial run as I have the thing coming up. :cool:
     
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  8. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Man it’s so nice to have this Atlas drill press. What used to be a big hassle is a walk in the park.

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    Got the gold off the knobs too.

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  9. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    You definitely do some cool guitars E-man!
     
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  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Stripped the poly off the Epi neck. Surprised they used maple. Two piece neck, not real pretty wood.

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  11. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Maple, very cool. Love those knobs in nickel too. This is gonna be rad....i been brushing up on my Beatles and i've always wanted to learn The Song Remains the Same, one of the rockinest 12 songs ever.
     
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  12. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    What color is it all going to be?
     
  13. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Starting to look the part now.

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  14. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
  15. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
  16. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Dunno if y'all know but I'm a weirdo guitar freak...and i'm very stoked about this one!
     
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  17. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Fun with decals.

    How many of you can spot the problem here??

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  18. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Well, that's lame. I should have sent you the black one's, maybe they would have turned out gold:confused:
     
  19. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I have a gold 'Eman' that might work :)
     
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  20. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Getting shiny!

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