Renkenstein's LP Build Thread

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  1. Renkenstein

    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Thanks bud! Yeah, those inlays are 99% of the reason why I didn't cut the neck in half. So much time and effort invested, and I was so happy with how they turned out(for a first inlay attempt).
     
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    I found a long radius block works way better than a short one. What do you work with?
     
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    Uhhhhh....I think it's a dozen laminations of 3/4" oak plywood....so right around 8".

    I really want one of those long aluminum StewMac ones, or something comparable.
     
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    I work with a 50 cm long one now, that works really nice.
     
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    Ordered another stick of fretwire to finish this up. Question....does anyone have a spare crowning file they'd be interested in selling? StewMac's crowning files just aren't in my budget right now.
     
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    Sorry no file, but i'd send ya one if i had it, LOVE that blue!
     
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    Uhmm, you know you don't have to use the file from stew mac. Just find a straight file at Lowes and glue it to a block of wood. You can cut it down if its to big using an angle grinder as long as you take your time and don't get the metal too hot.
     
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    Got one you can use but you have to bring it back. Its old school (what else I am old) but its what I have always used
     
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    You ain't that old, dude! I'm due for a trip out to your shop. How are your fiddles comin?
    I may just use that file right there in your shop. I'd like to learn a thing or two from you.
     
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    Call or PM me when you want to do it. Work and summer has been detrimental to gitfiddle production
     
  11. Renkenstein

    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Getting a lot of shop time in lately. Really making some headway on my Siren model prototype. Here's the album for that build.

    Siren Build - Imgur
     
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    Dude, that looks awesome!
     
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    Finished pressing in the last 3 frets.

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    Filed the ends flush-ish. I'm going to make a file out of scrap mahogany and a mill file to get them perfectly flush and beveled. Here you can see the worst of the inlay job. #7 got the worst of the slop.
     
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    Both of my current projects lined up on my 4x12 bench.


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    The binding was too tall, so I marked it to trim it up on the band saw.



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    Trimmed on the band saw. The fuzzy remnants make great goop pretty dang quick.



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    I initially tried to heat the binding with a hair dryer, but it didn't have enough oomph. The winning "tool" was found in the kitchen. Popcorn popper slash binding bender.



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    Mixed up some goop overnight and got to binding first thing the next morning. My 14 year old son helped dispense the tape. He may have torn off too many pieces, as you can see here with my painter's tape green burst Les Paul.



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    Removed the masking tape to reveal quite the mess to clean up. Out come the cabinet scrapers.



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    Using the curved scraper, I leveled it all out, and took a little more off the recurve for good measure. Cleaned up really nice. While scraping, I found some voids in the cutaway, so I had to press some goop in. We'll see how that worked out in the morning.
     
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    pretty new to this forumn and thinking about building my first guitar. This thread is awesome and contains so much information and help. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Will be referring to this in the future :)
     
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    Thanks, bud. Yeah, I'll be finishing this up, most likely by the end of the summer or fall. My other build is getting all my attention lately, because it's an easier build and one of my own designs. Glad I could be of help to you! :)
     
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    This has been an awesome build and quite a learning experience reading and learning some tricks and tips from you! Are you still building on it? Will there be more posts?
    Your work looks great!
     
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    Haha...funny this should pop up today. This weekend I did this:
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    The body is on my rainy day table. Now that the FB is off the mistake can be corrected and I'm absolutely sure that both the body and the neck can be salvaged from this mess.

    I had to harvest the truss rod to feed the build I'm currently working on. I may revisit her and finish her up, but I tell ya...LP building is tough work that is not very friendly to a beginner shop. I had a LOT more success when I switched to building my own guitar designs.
     
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    Basically, the fretboard joint was a completely embarrassing mess that was not up to even the standards of a caveman equipped with stone tools. It had to die.
     
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    After Siren you're not a beginner anymore, so stop using that excuse and finish the LP. :p
     
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