It Begins... (youngthrasher9’s first parts build)

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    I massively recommend KNE guitars for bodies. Simply stunning work.

    Specs (and specs to come):
    Poplar death kelly body
    Single D-Activator bridge pickup
    1k volume pot (farther away from the bridge...)
    Super thin U shaped neck, 43mm wide nut
    Ebony fretboard
    16” radius
    6100 stainless steel frets
    Carbon fiber rods for stability
    Hipshot bridge
    Hipshot griplock tuners
    Reverse “J” style headstock
    Transparent charcoal oil finish
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    This project is at a bit of a standstill. The guys at sound city guitar (best guitar parts), opted to program a specific truss rod depth for my neck so as not to compromise anything structural on the neck. Evidently it’s most common that people who order the baritone conversion opt for a thicker profile than I. Knowing 1. This neck is gonna be thin as Taco Bell shits, and 2. It’s gonna be long as hell, I’m glad I added the carbon fiber rods to the spec list. I think it’s going to be an extra $35 well spent.

    Also, HUGE props to BGP / sound city for their transparency. So far I could definitely see myself as a long time customer.
     
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    Love this build. looks like it could be a monster.
    Be careful with that D-Activator. it's a pretty bright pickup. I've got one in a guitar with a black limba body / Wenge neck wired straight to a 3 way switch and 500K volume pot. In that configuration it can get a bit thin if you don't run it into the right amp. That being said, with the right amp... it's a great combo for some stuff.....
    I assume you're looking at a 1meg volume pot, not a 1k.
    You might want to consider buying a 500K and even a 250K pot to have on standby incase the pickup comes out too bright/thin.
     
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    Thank you! Yup, 1meg! Thanks for catching that. And yeah, I have a 500k in my parts drawer if things don’t go as planned. I run direct into the fortin nameless or Tonelib GFX almost exclusively, worst case scenario I could probably run a pre-eq in reaper if I can’t make the time to rewire right away.
     
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    Highly recommend Sound City Guitar. (Best guitar parts). The neck came smooth as properly made queso dip and the assembly is immaculate. Just a little bit of fret end rounding and it’ll be perfect. The macassacar they used is streaky and beautiful.
    I’m losing it with excitement, guys!
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    How was the ordering process for sound guitar(BGP)? I've considered getting a neck from them in the past for a project that never got off the ground but their website since the re-branding doesn't have the neck builder anymore.
     
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    It was smooth, if you go back to their old site, you can build it there and they can use that as a reference point if you screenshot the end specs and email it to them. I actually got my quote this way by saying “I want this but this option instead of X option” for the off menu selections I made. Obviously I double checked that they could do the odd stuff beforehand.
     
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    Thin as Taco Bell shits is a hell of a descriptor
     
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    Shit is getting real, homies!

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    I’m truly just having a hard time believing this project is real. I’ve wanted to put an axe together since I was 15 and now at 23 I’m finally doing it. Sure it’s not a crazy ambitious build, but it’s gonna be the first guitar I’ve ever had that I won’t be compromising on a single feature.
     
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    First pic is to show it wet, while the greening from the minerals in the poplar is most obvious in the center piece. Second pic is to show the same thing but dry and as exaggerated as possible via unfiltered photo light (white bulb, bright as shit, no “umbrella”). 3rd pic shows it dry, with just a soft ceiling light. Why? A lot of people talk trash about the appearance of poplar, and in fact I originally planned to put a veneer over it, but I’m finding it to be quite awesome. Don’t let cheaper woods make you uneasy, guys- sometimes they’ll surprise you.

    Last pic is purely to show how streaky the macassacar ebony board is. Wowza. (Also under unfiltered photo light)

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    The bevel corners lost most of their dye in the sanding process, and I ended up liking it! It’s almost a binding/bevel highlight vibe. Despite frog taping at the nut area, the dye on the headstock still bled a little bit, which I somewhat expected. I sanded the dye line, then faded it out into the neck, adding more dye outwards, getting less dark as I went. A little sanding, and it turned out fading out fairly nicely for my first try. Pics of that to come.
     
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    It’s not a perfect transition, but I’m happy with it!

    Harvey was less impressed, he hadn’t been outside for his morning piss yet.
     
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    The humidity in my area is really high at the moment, so looks like I’m gonna be waiting a week or two to put the tru-oil on.
     
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    First coat of Tru-oil is ON! I’ll be adding a few more in the next couple of days, then I’ll let her cure for a week. Maybe more depending. I can’t wait to piece it all together!!
     
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    Finished the oiling process! However, I ended up liking the bevel highlight thing so much that now I’ll be emphasizing that further with a small amount of extra sanding and a little bit of reparative oiling. I’ll be drilling the volume pot hole this week and possibly the neck screws. More to come!!!
     
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