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Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by youngthrasher9, Oct 2, 2019.
Personally i use loxx, no recess necessary
The correct size string ferrules have arrived! Looks like my Christmas will be spent working on this SOB!
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.
Congrats on the house man! i know the struggle im trying to buy myself
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.
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.
I didn’t trust myself enough with anything heavier than 320 grit but looking back that was pretty stupid.
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!
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.
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.
I determined after a few hours playing it and a string change recently that I should evaluate my neck relief and saddle height again with fresh eyes. Turns out my relief was over by about 50%! I have a lot to learn about setup and ironing out the wrinkles so to speak, but this was a HUGE step made for the playability.
It’s been almost a year, and this guitar is finally feeling like the instrument I’ve dreamt it to be. It could have been achieved much quicker if I wasn’t so damn busy, but I’ve never worked harder or for more hours than I did in 2020, and I’ve also spent a lot of my free time learning how to record.
To anyone else that may be considering a build like this:
My only pieces of advice would be: buy the right tools the first time, take as long as you can stand to do every step, and have a back up guitar to keep you motivated and play while the project is being built.
Another realization I made over the last couple of years is how important a tilt-back headstock is for a 6 inline design without a locking nut. I spec’d this wrong myself on my neck order, and now I rely on two string retainers soon to be replaced by a full tree like you’d see behind a locking nut.
+1 for the baseplate direct mounting trick and D-Activator!
After a year of tweaking the guitar, I think a cheap set of threaded inserts might even be more preferable but I haven’t investigated that option yet.
In regards to adjusting the pickup height or just looks?
In regards to the ease of adjusting the height. I think have a deeper set of threads would make it a hair smoother and less side to side movement.
Mine was on a Les Paul, so I installed my base plate upside down and had a layer of foam underneath it to give it some additional support, both would work on your guitar though!