What's going on in rockdog's shop

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  1. rockdog

    rockdog New Member

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    Thanks Blackdog, but hey, there's no need to apologize my friend, for what??
    Ok, back to the bench, wound the pickups today, bridge a bit hotter than the neck, still a bit to do, but I'm on a good way. Sorry, slow progress only...

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    And regarding the fretboard: I'm planning exactly what Blackdog posted in the pics above, but I'll build it a bit different: one piece ebony board with an inlaid white binding strip, so no extra ebony binding at the edge. Did a small test piece today, the tiny router bit cut a clean channel and the binding fits good in it (I'll use the 0.5mm stuff). I'll post some pics when the new fretboard is done.
    I decided not to screw up the other fretboard that's already finished, it was a lot of work to install and scrape the binding on this one, it would be a shame to destroy it, I can still use it for another project. So I hope it's the better choice to make a new one.
     
  2. Blackdog

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    Hi again,

    Lovely work you're doing with those pickups.

    I wanted to ask if you have identified any tone/response difference between that configuration (with the short magnets as pole pieces) and the traditional Staple setup (longer magnets and the adjust mechanism).

    I know the classic Staple is much louder and cleaner than a P90, and the magnetic field pattern of your setup should be pretty similar…

    And a second question, what router bit do you intend to use for the fretboard purfling ? I assume we're talking about a Dremel bit here, right ?
     
  3. Murkar

    Murkar Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! That fretboard inlay is awesome :)
     
  4. rockdog

    rockdog New Member

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    I don't have an original or SD Staple with the long magnets that I could compare to mine. But I would say that my version sounds similar to a regular P-90, but with a bit more bite, sounds cleaner and clearer IMO without being ice picky, hard to describe. I really like that sound, my Tele and semi-hollow are already equipped with these and I hope they'll also work well as a set in the 336.

    The length of the magnets were a point I was not sure how it would affect the sound of the pickup. With the short magnets I expected that it would sound too thin, quiet or muddy, but these are punchy little pickups I'm very satisfied with :) :) ... and I still wonder that they are really working :lol:


    The bit I used for the purfling is not a Dremel router bit, it's a 0.6mm CNC bit, these small ones are available in 0.1 mm steps, seems to be a good quality. I can tell you more when the fretboard is done.

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  5. SG John

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    Great build so far. I really enjoy seeing your work.

    Ausgezeichnet! :dude:
     
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    Just Awesome!!
     
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  8. rockdog

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    Thanks for your kind words guys!

    Time to build PU #1 a home

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    bridge is roughly done, neck is up next

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    Radiused and polished the fretboard, ready for the binding inlay today. I hope that it works... :hmm:

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    WTM Guitars New Member

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    Man... beautiful as usual. I just love your inspiring threads with such clean work. Thank's for posting so much!
     
  10. rockdog

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    Done after I killed two bits :rolleyes:

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    The corners were a bit tricky

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    I used slow curing epoxy to have enough time for adjustment - what a mess...
    Need to wait at least 24 h to see how it turned out

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    rockdog New Member

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    ... and I'm more than happy with the result :D

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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    So ugly!
     
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    a picture of rockdog should be next to the word meticulous in every dictionary.

    is this a mill of some sort?

     
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    Beautiful work! Wow!
     
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    Geez Laweez that's looking awesome! Love the fretboard.
     
  16. rockdog

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    Thanks guys!

    :lol: Well, I guess I'm too much of a damn perfectionist, and sometimes I really really hate it :wallbash: Makes guitar building not easier... :lol:

    Yeah, it's a milling machine, I replaced the standard table with an extended one so that I can work along fretboards and necks in only one step :D


    In the meanwhile I finished the fretboard. It should fit better to the maple neck than the first one and I'm happy with the result.

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    work of art...
     
  18. Sully

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    That board looks fantastic!
     
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    Really nice fretboard! SS wire I guess?
    JUST got an ebony board in the mail today ;)
     
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    @ Knarbens: Yup, it's Jescar SS wire, my favorite one.
    Btw, that's a nice ebony board and neck you've got there!

    So lots of work done today, started with the neck, TR channel, planed the headstock veneer, cut the wings. More to come...

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