Hand Tool Build #2 - ESP/LTD Style

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  1. guidothepimmp

    guidothepimmp New Member

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    Poro, this is inspirational stuff mate.. well done.

    I followed tis along with your other build, and Barnaby too and cannot get over how you just get on with it.. and.. I learnt a few things too. Thanks !

    One question, how exactly did you make that dowel? I am about to embark on a dowel making experiment to plug some neck holes.. but my initial thoughts was to get some scrap metal, drill a hole through it and then butcher some wood through it to get the round shape :hmm:
     
  2. poro78

    poro78 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    See that "fork-like" drill bit near the Tru Oil test piece in one picture?
    That is for drilling dowels.
     
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    guidothepimmp New Member

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    thanks mate.. going drill bit shopping :)
     
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    Your build is looking great! I really love the way it's coming along :D

    FYI Guido- that bit is called a plug cutter
     
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    One of those weeks when everything in this universe seems to resist my efforts.
    Patience exercise 367 - how to remove a broken screw with neanderthal tools (without destroying everything).

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    Had to drill it out with couple of small micro drill bits, took time, was really frustrating, but everything is ok now.

    Electrickery problems fixed.
    Using mini pots makes the cavity look huge. One thing I didn't plan well enough was the space between the jack and the tone pot - normal sized potentiometer doesn't fit there when the guitar plug is on. :rolleyes:
    But fortune favors fools and mini pot fits perfectly. :yesway:

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    Pickup rings v2.0 will have some reinforcement from rosewood.
    But first I needed to remove all the maple that doesn't look like pickup rings.
    Because I have so great trust in my skills, I took a bigger chunk of maple, just in case if I screw up the first set. :D

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    With this bigger piece it was easier to clean up the inner edges too.

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    Starts to look like rings after some sawing.

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    I had some rosewood strips so I decided to practise some mitering with them.

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    Other ring had just a small rosewood scrap glued onto it and inside cut out with a jeweller's saw.

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    Rough shape done.
    Hopefully these will be strong enough after final shaping.

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    And similar shape as in the first ones.

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    Neck pickup ring ready.
    And this time it won't cause string buzz. :D

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    Another one is still cooking, hopefully I get these ready for some color today.
     
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    I had the exact same problem and solution for my tone pot!
     
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    These are the dangers of building without complete plans. :D
    Next time I'll be aware of this problem and plan the control cavity bit better. :thumbs:

    Pickup rings v2.0 have now some color.

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    All right, pickup rings have now couple coats of Tru Oil and they're on.

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    We'll see what adjustments I still have to make after the real test. :yesway:
     
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    Wow! True commitment to a lost art! You have some serious patience, Bro. Very entertaining scrolling through this thread.
     
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    Excellent work on the rings, Poro! I normally am not overly fond of them but these just flow really well with the carves and contours! And color!
     
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    Thanks guys!
    We had a small test moment yesterday - just with a laptop and his home recording stuff.

    The bridge pickup is lacking power, it needs to be replaced.
    But that was something I was suspecting and that's why I didn't put my SG's DiMarzio pickups back when I tested the DIY ones.
    Have to put my X2N to this one until we find a better option (= I succeed in winding better or we find more suitable elsewhere).
     
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    Hey Poro,

    In the image above, is the orientation of the pickups correct?
     
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    Yeah, they're like that because of a little winding mistake I made. :D
     
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    "If you can play Megadeth with it, it has to be good!"

    Sound samples later, when my friend gets something recorded. I have a crappy video that I shot with my camera, but the sound is poor.

    What can I say after this day?
    After 466 days, the project is now over. (Well, of course we're still going to try another DIY humbucker some day, but that's somewhere in the future)
    The guitar is ready and it's got a new home.

    Heard the guitar through proper equipment, first alone while waiting for the rest of the band, then as a part of a band.
    And it sounded like.. like a real guitar. Wow.

    I made it.
    Damn.

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    Here's some pictures taken by the happy owner:

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    My friend recorded a little collection of samples yesterday:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16rZFeWDI-k&"]DC666 sound samples - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    He played the first riff to Death's Symbolic wrong :io:


    Sounds pretty good though.
     
  18. poro78

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    Yeah, noticed that too ;)
     
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    Poro, I'm glad for you this "fight" is over! ;) This really IS a custom instrument and one of the things I admire most is your patience! Great the owner is happy!

    One thing I don't like about this guitar is the way the carve came out. I always see the stairs on the control side. I can talk since I've never build a guitar (or a carve) with handtools only though! Just wanted to speak frankly.
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean with stairs, but if you mean that the carve isn't smooth and has those accented steps - well, that was intentional (if we mean the same thing).
    Of course not for everyone's taste ;)

    I'm not 100% happy of the top either, there's couple spots that I would like to redo, but of course that wasn't possible.
    Anyway, that's the essence of old school building. Can't be perfect and the day something is absolutely perfect - I'll quit. :)
     

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