Deegatron's 2019 Summer Build Challenge

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

  1. Deegatron

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    Got sick of slaving away carving the neck (Wenge is really fucking hard wood aiet?!?!?!)
    So I painted the body again last night.
    came out pretty darn good this time I think.
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    I'd say I'm pretty darn happy with that.
    I'm a bit scared to clear coat it with anything. I may just leave it as is. gonna whipp up a test piece tonight and try a flat tung oil sealer over top... we'll see how that goes...
     
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    Satin spray on poly, 3 coats, done! Looks good.
     
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  3. Albake21

    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    That's looking really good! Just like what KR250 said, just get some poly on there and it will look amazing.
     
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    Almost looks like a machined piece of metal. Super cool work, dude.
     
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    some partial victories this weekend....
    Finished the neck carve for the most part....
    nut end still needs a little work and I've got a couple lumps... but she's about 90% there I think.....
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    2nd partial victory. I CNC'd my back plates. tested on scrap of course. had some 5.35mm plywood sitting around so I used that instead of 1/4".
    The good news. they fit like fucking gloves.....
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    The bad news... they fit like fucking gloves... and they're not supposed to. I was expecting to use 1/4" Wenge for my back plates... but this 5.35mm (0.21") plywood fits exactly flush... it should be recessed a bit.
    Note to self, I need to thin down my Wenge material to compensate.
    Problem #2 the holes for the magnets that hold the covers on are incorrectly sized and improperly positioned. well shit....
    THIS IS WHY WE TEST ON SCRAP PEOPLE!!!!!

    On my current trajectory, I figure I'm about 2 weeks away from having the neck and back plates done... after that it should be a simple matter of assembly and stringing her up.
    I'm getting stoked to play this beast!!!!!

    I LITTERALLY COULD HELP MYSELF FROM INSTALLING THE BRASS STRING RETAINER... IT LOOKED SOOOOOOO GOOOD......... YEAH!!!!!
     
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    Round 2 on the CNC back plates was a complete success!!!
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    Plates fit, magnets fit this time everything lined up correctly.
    Awesome sauce.
    So I drilled through the test back plates and into the body to locate the magnets in the body. that way they will line up 100% when I do the real back plates from Wenge.
    that'll likely happen later this weekend or Monday (I still need to thin down my material a little due to some unforeseen circumstance....

    6 weeks till the deadline.
    I'm fairly confident I'm going to make it but this is a lot tighter than I thought it was going to be......
     
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    Oh, that's a good idea on the magnet locating part! I finally made a template for my back plate, so can totally do that now as well.
     
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    Woooo... flawless victory this weekend and last night.....
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    Got my cavity covers all sorted out on the little CNC that though it could.....
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    From there I moved on to doing the magnets and cavity shielding.
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    Here it is all buttoned up.....
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    Next step was to shorten my screws for the neck and sort that whole thing out....
    I hadn't actually checked the alignment on the neck until this point so I was a weeee bit worried.....
    but all worked out there as well....
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    At this point, things were really starting to take shape.... I wanted to do a mockup but needed to cut the heel so the neck pickup would fit....
    so of course... I did that last night.....
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    And then I proceeded to immediately start a mockup......
    oooooooooo....... thaaaassss nieeecccccceeeeeeeee.......
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    That is all for now......
     
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    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this all!

    Especially this bit that made me laugh like a madman!

     
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    Duuuude that looks tasty.
    It's weird, I've been keeping up with all the summer build threads from the start and for yours I always thought the individual pieces were looking really good, but man they look even better together. I'd have never guessed most of these were budget builds :lol:
     
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    I always have a plan/vision right from the start.... sometimes it comes together.... sometimes... not so much... so far this one is by far my favorite.....

    I'm in the same boat. REALLY impressed with all of the builds. Never for a second would have guessed that any of them were "budget" builds.
    Maybe an odd wood choice, or a single pickup... that's really your only fucking clues here... either could be a 100% preference choice.
    I mean, who the eff builds a freaking 8 string budget build? Well, apparently ICG does. What a fucking legend.
    Or a headless build... for under $200... WTF.... Defyantly's got that covered....
    We haven't seen some of the hardware yet... but I cant imagine any of it will be all that hideous....
    I pity the fool that has to judge this competition......
     
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    Thanks man. I'm having fun. perhaps a little bit too much fun at times.... LOL....
     
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    Looking killer man! Nice work! Is your CNC arduino?
     
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    Looking great!

    Almost makes me think of re-doing mine as a multi scale......almost.
     
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    Yeah, It's an Arduino Uno copy with CNC shield. bought the Arduino, CNC shield and stepper motors as a kit on ebay. then added a Bluetooth module.
    It connects to my phone via bluetooth and I control everything from there.
    Not gonna lie was an absolute bitch to setup.... but once I got all the bugs worked out its been a fun little contraption....
     
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    Dude your build is looking sick! Almost to that point where you can call it done!
     
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    I've still got lots of piddly little shit to get done and I'm feeling the time crunch hard right now as I only ever really get about an hour per day to work.
    I still need to:
    -bevel and dress fret ends
    -level and crown the frets (it's SS fretwire so that's a bitch all to itself....)
    -cut out trussrod cover
    -cut out my body nameplate and inlay (or something)
    -finish carving the neck (I just realized it's at 0.87" at the 1st fret. I was aiming for 0.80" so I'm way the eff off target there... that'll require some rework.... I've been putting it off cuz im kinda bummed I have to take material off and start from scratch again....)
    -apply finish to all Wenge parts
    -wind the pickups
    -wire everything up and assmemble

    I've also got some rush repairs to finish for a buddy that's really really hard on equipment... LOL.... so yeah... almost there.... but still gonna be close to the wire I think.....
     
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    Sweet! I have an Arduino 3d printer that has been fun. ..



    You may consider just leaving the wenge raw, finely sanding and buffing. I'v read it's the bomb for smooth necks. That's what I'm doing anyways. .
     
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    Agree on minimal approach to the wenge. I tried to pour fill it and was a nightmare. Light satin poly coat, or just go for oil. Looking great!
     
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    No worries guys.
    Going for a single coat of tung oil sealer.
    Will darken it slightly which fits the build theme and offer the tiniest bit of protection....
     
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