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Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Rattlehead83, Jul 6, 2018.
Just found this thread. Darn nice work!
Those pickup covers look sick! Do you plan on selling them?
As far as my knowledge of pickups and magnets go, these wooden covers might lower the output but I wouldn't worry about it. I dont think the difference will be audible. The wood itself won't stop the magnetic field, but the distance between the magnets/coils and the strings is a bit higher. That will probably be the only difference. So, the thinner the covers, the better..
But then I remember that active pickups have a smaller magnetic field than passive pickups. So the string height shouldn't be too high with active pups.
Why don't you test it yourself? You have the resources.
Crimson guitars has a build on YouTube with wooden pickup covers....
I should have mentioned I didn't make them. Who makes that many prototype covers then asks if they're good for something? ))
There's some vital information about the active pickups, thank you for clarifying it! It's actually the first time I'm going to put a battery in my guitar. I was thinking doing the cover 2 mm thick at the top.
Yes, I've seen the whole progress of this one, but the pickup there has open coils, so it doesn't count )
I've just tested the idea with some 2,5 mm piece of glued veneer and it literally has no impact to the output and sustain.
Made a bit of progress with the neck:
I'm selling padouk sawdust if you're interested.
Went for this odd method of natural binding, where padouk meets the maple at the 3rd fret on the bass side.
Some nice 40 grit sandpaper brushed-like feel. This is a 12" radius.
Some epoxy with phosphorescent blue pigment poweder.
This neck is gorgeous!
You do great work for someone so young! Keep it up sir
Looking cool! Becoming a big fan of padauk lately. I'm curious how the epoxy inlay's turn out. I tried some Zpoxy and glow powder and it came out quite porous though I've mixed both a high concentration of epoxy on a previous build, and a high concentration of powder in the second.
That's a really unique and cool way to do binding, looks awesome!
Ideed, it gets porous with epoxy too, but I managed to get minimal bubbles:
Got the 9th fret in (which is the neutral one) just for test. They will have hemispherical fret ends.
Sanded all the way to P7000 grit.
The inlays are blue in reality, but the photo makes them look greyish
Your builds are so damn clean! Did you have any wood working experience before guitar building? Also what did you use to make your fret ends?
Thanks! I just used a grinder and a regular fret crowning file for rounding the edge.
At 12 I went to some sculpture lessons taught by a priest, with whom I'm still friend this day and I plane my woods in his workshop
In rest, my dad had a lot of traditional and power tools, and I got to use them from time to time. Before entering high school, at 15, I was contemplating about building my own guitar on which I'd hopefully play the songs I was listening to that time.
First 3 of them were a fail, or just prototypes, how I like to call them, and to mention I never held an actual electric guitar until I made one later:
The one in the left is my 1st, the other is the second.
Please observe my way of thinking those metal nuts will actually hold the strings tension in place. And also I was using just spruce
The third and the most ambitious of these ones, never had at least some strings attached because I didn't even have a proper bridge and scale length at was still an unknown concept for me.
After I wanted something more special, so I made an acoustic flying-v, a Jackson Kelly inspired one, and some kind of Hetfield's Iron Cross. They're all on my YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBk3IPVwJeRjnHuyst1fJ1g/
Thank you for the background! Very interesting to see how well you've progressed. I need to realize that things take time as my first two builds didn't come out how I wanted them to.
Don't worry, man, you have the capability of working with wood and transforming it into a guitar now, you may need some more knowledge about luthiery to avoid mistakes. I actually take a lot of time to think when I do something and then what if it goes wrong and how can I fix it; experience just makes you build them more easlily and without anxiety.
For 3 years I've been learning almost every day from FB groups, luthiers on YT and forums like this one
Here is how I hammer in frets: