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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2013, 04:16:44 AM »
It's been a while since an update was posted, so here we go. I finally finished cutting out the cavities for inlays on one finger board. The second has four of eight finished. It takes about a half hour per pocket, so it takes a while. Anyway, this is how the first one looked before gluing in the inlays.




And this is how it looks as of now.








After I finish the second board, I'll be able to do a little bit of filling and a nice finish sanding on both, then start pressing frets in. Hopefully I'll have another update in a couple of days.

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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2013, 07:00:45 AM »
Very classy-looking inlays!
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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2013, 06:36:05 AM »
Very nice work John.

How do you make the cut outs for the inlays? Do you simply scribe and chisel?

Do you use some kind of filler where the inlay has additional cut outs - they appear to have 4 lines cut (1 on each side)?

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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2013, 01:53:54 AM »
Thanks. I had initially scribed the shape of the inlay in the correct location. Then I used a brad point drill that was much smaller in diameter than the inlay to drill a starter hole in the fingerboard. It was set to the depth that I wanted. Then, I used a .032" diameter routing bit in my Dremel rotary tool to freehand rout to a rough undersized shape. Then I went at it with a hobby blade in an Exacto knife.

I'll be filling the slots in the inlays, and the small random gaps with palisander saw dust. I save as much as possible, whenever possible. Then I'll drip in some CA glue (Superglue). It will be hard enough, and a close color match to sand when dried. I may need to do a few applications.
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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2013, 12:47:44 AM »
Well, it seems like it took forever, but all the inlays are in. I've fill all the gaps with palisander sawdust and CA glue . Tomorrow, it will be the last time I sand the fingerboard (I hope). Then I need to start pressing in frets. Looks like I can also start moving along with the neck.


Guess I better start bending and cutting fret wire...


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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2013, 04:43:33 PM »
Keep the pics coming John - loving this!
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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2013, 11:11:45 PM »
I'm shouting along with David on this build  :) :)

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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2013, 05:44:13 AM »
I'm home for two days, then back on an airplane Monday morning for me. In the meantime, I've been busy today. I got the inlays and fingerboards sanded for the final time and oiled with Fret Doctor. I cut all the frets for both boards, and beltsanded and deburred all the frets for one of the boards. I hope to have the frets pressed in by the time I go to bed tomorrow. It'll be a bonus if I get a chance to file them flush to the fingerboard.

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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2013, 12:19:36 PM »
Very nice ... looking good.

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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2014, 02:47:47 AM »
It seems as it took forever, but I finally finished scraping all the edges of the plastic binding on the fingerboards. I wanted the same look as on the 50's Les Pauls because I think it is classier, but had no idea of how muchwork it would be. They must have a quicker way at the factory. Now, I can start making truss rods and getting the necks ready to be glued to the fingerboards.















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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2014, 09:59:53 AM »
Very classy detail work - digging those nibs!
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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2014, 03:16:41 PM »
Lovely work, John. Really lovely.
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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2014, 11:26:32 PM »
Nice work!

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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2014, 10:58:21 AM »
Amazing attention to detail. Wow.
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Re: Building a couple of SGs
« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2014, 09:21:34 PM »
Stunning , just stunning John .  You could seriously take on work as a bespoke guitar builder and have a healthy waiting list .    ;)