Passing on the mantle

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  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Have not got any images of the blue at this stage but here is one of the purple, after about 5 coats of oil.
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  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Couple of shots of the blue back (two piece Swamp Ash). This is after 4 coats of Tru-oil.
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  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,206Member
    Both front and back looking extremely good, and the Tru Oil does not seem to have influenced the shade too much. Great stuff, appreciate the pics Jocko.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Having a bit of problems with the Tru-oil. previous builds we didn't have a cat. Now we have two!

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    Another issue I have had this morning is I decided to do a bit of rubbing back using 1200 grit and Tru-oil as a lubricant. And I managed to rub through the staining at a couple of places. Looks like a reliced finish, but I don't think that was what Liam had in mind!
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Body has been finished for a while but we have not been doing much to the guitar due to my wife and my mother-in-law being ill.
    I did send Liam off with the electrics to build, and with the aid of YouTube he did a good job. Not the finest of soldering but it will work and the joints were clean. I had looked it over when he brought it along but today we rung it out and it works great.
    We added the copper shielding to the cavities today, a first for both of us as I have previously used shielding paint.
    I also set up his 1979 Squier Korean Bullet for him. He was surprised how easy it was when you had the right tools.
    He is considering a genuine Fender neck now, so that is his next purchase. He had decided on pickups but is now rethinking his choice. We will see what he comes up with.
  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,206Member
    Lovely cats! Bit of a faff doing the copper shielding I know, but I always enjoy that bit. I've always found it's false economy to go cheap on the neck, just speaking for myself. Do look forward to seeing the completed guitar anyhow, and the body looks fantastic. :)
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Mighty Mite neck arrived yesterday so we had a go at checking the fitting. At first it seemed too tight but eventually it slipped in beautifully (as the donkey said to the chorus girl).

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  • LesterLester Posts: 1,705Member, Moderator
    Ooh, now that is a different purple than the photos further up this page. Nice!

    It looks a simple enough shape to be a classic design, and with easy reach all the way up to the 22nd fret.

    Looking forward to seeing how it all comes together. Nice one, Jocko.
  • MegiMegi Posts: 7,206Member
    Looking good. Those Mighty Mite necks are quality I've found - truss rods works really well, nice wood, well put together.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    We got the neck fitted to the body, and the string ferrules inserted, on Tuesday. Things are progressing slowly as we fit the stuff as Liam buys it. He has the electrics panel built, but is ordering an engraved plate, so no point in fitting that. He also has the Gotoh bridge, and neck pickup surround purchased (no pickguard), but again, no point in fitting them until he settles on (and purchases) the pups.
    He has a mate going to design a logo, and he is still to order locking tuners. Be well into the new year before it is ready to tune up!

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  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Liam has now ordered all the remaining parts to complete the build. His choice of pickups is a bit different. He couldn't get what he was after with a gold neck pick up, so he has gone for wood! wigginsbrand.com/index.html in Maple. Texas wound.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    We have everything for the build now except the pickups. The logo is designed, the body has the ferrules and strap locks fitted, the tuners have been fitted and removed, the neck plate is back from the engravers (we'll polish it before we fit it!),

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    this weekend we will do the waterslide decal for the headstock so we can get the neck finished.
    Liam would love it completed by Christmas but I fear it may be the New Year before the custom wound maple pickups arrive.

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  • LesterLester Posts: 1,705Member, Moderator
    Those maple pickups look really nice!
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    He couldn't get a gold neck pickup in the wind he wanted so after much research picked those.
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 1,001Member
    That’s going to be a real eye catcher! And a one of a kind, too. Very cool!
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    That's the logo sealed on the headstock, so tomorrow we will fit the tuners then fit the neck to the body. The pups won't arrive this year so that will pretty much be us until they do.

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  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Well, that's the neck complete and fitted to the body, Pups will be dispatched from the US on the 19th, so I imagine we will see them in the new year.

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  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Finish building the guitar today. Missed the postie with the pups on Hogmany so had to wait until today to pick them up. There was £20 to pay for VAT and Post Office handling charges. My grandson came over this afternoon and we bashed on with the build. Only flies in the ointment were pocket for bridge pick up was too tight and I had to chisel a bit out, and when we came to do a sound check the volume control was intermittent and eventually gave up the ghost. Luckily I had a spare so a quick out and in and it was playing fine. We did a full set up with the exception of the nut relief. We didn't have enough time to do that but the plan is that he will play it in for a few weeks, then do any set up changes and the nut relief then.
    I was delighted when he said that the sound was exactly that sound he was aiming for.
    When he brings it back I will take some finished photographs and record a few sound clips and post them then.
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,705Member, Moderator
    Jocko said:

    I was delighted when he said that the sound was exactly that sound he was aiming for.

    That is in no small part due to your experience and ability to hit the bullseye first time. Well done, Jocko!
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Posts: 967Member
    Lovely job, well done.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    Got a txt from my grandson this morning and I quote: "Absolutely loving the guitar, sounds amazing with my pedals. Plays metal like a monster which I didn't expect at all, the pickups are very hot on gain but smooth for cleans. Absolute perfection!",
    Says it all really.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 7,107Member, Moderator
    My grandson, Liam, has taken on his first setup. His mate has an Epi Firebird which was a bit of a handful to play so he offered to do the work for the lad.
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    He brought the guitar this afternoon (I have the tools he needed) and I watched as he did the setup. He did a grand job and the guitar was transformed.
    He also brought his "Funkmaster" along and I took a couple of photographs of the finished beast. It has a Swamp Ash body with a Flame Maple veneer on the top.
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  • LesterLester Posts: 1,705Member, Moderator
    The Funkmaster looks like it could have belonged to Prince!
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Posts: 967Member
    Excellent work in bringing the lad forward. You are rightly a proud teacher and quality guitar tinkerer.
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