Deegatron's 2019 Summer Build Challenge: Winner!!!

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Deegatron, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Deegatron

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    Thanks muchly.
    Please do post updates ASAP. I'm dying to see how some of the other builds turn out. they all look sooooo good.....
     
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    Well, budget is in.....
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    I'm not even freaking close.... I'm grossly under budget.... I don't know WTF I did wrong here.....
    it was all the weak sauce cheapskating I did to ensure I made it in under budget... well... I did.....
    I feel like I'm missing something but I cant freaking find it.....
    here it is itemized....

    Wood
    -Wenge - $20 - I got all my Wenge on crazy sale for a stupid price at Windsor Plywood.
    -Cedar - $5.11 - this is leftover from my brothers planter last year (counted as 1/2 retail price as it's "reused")
    -Maple - $9.53 - didn't use a lot of this and it's cheap
    -Padouk - $1.44 - I only used about 0.1 board foot of this costed at $20 per board ft
    Total for wood - $36.08 CAD

    Pickups
    -Aluminum plate - $0.78 - Costed at 1/2 retail as this was leftover plate from about 10 years ago.
    -Salvage pickups - $10 - purchased a lot of busted ass pickups for $10, only used the magnets and screws
    -42AWG pickup wire - $10 - Neck pickup only. guessing I used about 4,000 ft. spool comes with over 25,000 ft. REALLY rough guess tho.
    -43 AWG pickup wire - $12 - Bridge pickup only. Guessing 5,000 ft. once again REALLY rough guess here.
    -Mild steel rod - $4.66
    Total for pickups - $37.44 CAD

    Hardware
    -Fretwire - $12.43 - SS super Jumbo from LMII - figure I used about 4'
    -Brass bar stock - $1.38 - SUPER rough guess here. counted as 1/2 retail price as it's been sitting in my parts bin for 10 years.
    -Neck screws and threaded inserts - $5 - counted as 1/2 value as it's been sitting in my parts bin for 10 years.
    -Pickup ring screws - $2.46 - 6 pcs - used to screw pickups to body and to hold the brass string achor in.
    -Neck screw ferrules - $4.84
    -8mm magnets - $5.59 - used to hold rear covers on
    -Neck screws - $3.58 - used to hold front nameplate on
    -Trussrod cover screw - $0.37
    -Knob - $4.01 - counted as 1/2 value - salvaged from a pedal build.
    -Tuners - $3.32 - counted as 1/2 value as they were salvaged from a failed project.... cheapest of the cheap ebay buy.
    -Output jack plate - $10.79 - outch, yeah that one hurt. couldn't find anything in my parts bin and didn't wanna use a regular barrel jack.
    Total for hardware - $57.54 CAD

    Inlay
    Black MOP blanks - $5.38
    Black MOP dots - $5.26
    Inlay Total - $10.64 CAD

    Electronics
    -3 way toggle - $8.5
    -Brass slug tape - $1.15 - lee valley find... love that place. figure I used about a foot of it.
    -Alpha pot - $1.91 - salvaged from my parts bin. looks like it had previously been used as a tone pot as a capacitor was soldered to it.
    -Output jack - $0.90 - salvaged from the aforementioned pedal build.
    -Pushback wire - $3.56 - hate this stuff. used about 2 lengths of it. literally used it to get rid of it. blargh…. such garbage....
    Total for Electronics - $16.02 CAD

    Wood Total - $36.08
    Pickups Total - $37.44
    Hardware Total - $57.54
    Inlay Total - $10.64
    Electronics Total - $16.02
    Grand Total - $157.72 CAD
    Using 0.74 CAD to USD exchange rate that comes to....
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    $116.71 USD.

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    That is all. glory photo's to follow.
     
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    Great job, man, and congrats on the build! The work looks incredibly clean!
     
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    Thank you sir.
    Glory/artsy shots to follow along with hopefully some sort of sound file. just cleaning up the garage after the hurricane of a build that this was and installing some new equipment.... LOL....
     
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    Congrats on the finish! I'm still refining mine. Its done just had to make a few tweaks to make it playable!
     
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    Aiet gentlemen,
    I just so happened to do some repairs for a buddy a few weeks back... just so happens that he's a hell of a good photographer... so I twisted his arm into doing the glory shots for me.
    I present to you my murder guitar....
    Deags Guitar.jpg Deags Guitar-2.jpg Deags Guitar-3.jpg Deags Guitar-4.jpg Deags Guitar-5.jpg Deags Guitar-6.jpg Deags Guitar-7.jpg

    Done and done. that wraps it up for the challenge requirements.
    Imna try to do a sound file but I'm old and I'm no longer with it like I used to be. Can I upload a sound file direct to this site or do I have to host it somewhere else and link it???
    if I do have to host elsewhere, where do I host it to? I've not done that before... dangit being old sucks.....
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    Good lord, that guitar looks incredible. Great job.
     
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    Thank you sir.
    I'm mighty proud of that one. still some minor adjustments that I need to make on the next one but I'd say this one's 95% there...
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    Very nicely done!
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    Congrats!

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    That's really beautiful. Nice work.
     
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    Wow, that's nice! The scarf joint is killer! But the best part is those blank bobbin tops. Those are cool!
     
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    Well done Deegs! I don't think anyone was in doubt you would win!
     
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    Thanks everyone! There were some seriously sweeeeeeeet guitars built this year. I'm just stoked I was able to participate!
    Now I've only got a few short months to finish up all my other projects so I'll be ready for next years build challenge.....

    Hollowway, I was only about 40% sure I could pull those bobbins off. If you look at my parts layout in the first post I had multiple backup options for these pickups "just in case". somehow they came together without ANY snags. I'm fairly confident I just straight up got lucky.... but I'm okay with that.
     
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