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

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    Personally i use loxx, no recess necessary
     
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    The correct size string ferrules have arrived! Looks like my Christmas will be spent working on this SOB!
     
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    Got the ferrules installed, still need to attach and file the nut, and do the wiring and first setup. The build is moving slow because I just bought my first house. I was going to do the nut work today but I ended up breaking the entire drain connection off of a concrete sink in the basement and then adopted a puppy this afternoon! Named her Talia after Talia Al Ghul, going with tradition. Her brothers name is Harvey. After Harvey Dent.


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    Congrats on the house man! i know the struggle im trying to buy myself
     
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    I sized the nut today. For those thinking of using the 1.7” nut option: don’t. The options for pre-cut nuts are slim. The one I got a (tusq 6115) is the right length and string spacing but the width and height are fucky at best for a fender spec slot. I had to take the width and the height down about 1/16” each which doesn’t sound like a lot but without a belt sander and vice, it took about 2 hours by hand.
     
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    2 hours? I use a scrap block of wood where I glue on sandpaper. With a fresh sheet of 120 grit, you should be able sand the complete Tusq nut to dust in 10 minutes...

    Edit: I use a brush to clean the sandpaper every 15-30 seconds.
     
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    I didn’t trust myself enough with anything heavier than 320 grit but looking back that was pretty stupid.
     
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    Installed the nut, filed the slots, and did the wiring today. Needs truss rod, saddle, intonation adjustments still but I’ve run out of time for the day!

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    SICK!
     
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    It’s done! I finished the truss rod adjustment, saddle height and intonation! This guitar rings with a chime I’ve never heard in any guitar I owned, unplugged. It just reeks of quality wood.
    The stainless 6100 frets feel like a mild scallop and I fucking love it.
     
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    I am not proud to say that I approached the whole nut process with true ignorance and thus I need to get a new nut and do it again!! D’oh! Oh well. It plays well as is, but like a dumb ass, I filed the low B slot so poorly that the string pops off during serious chug sessions. Didn’t know the whole radius of the string rule. Yikes. Took a jeweler file so deep that the nut acts as a ramp.
     

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