So very close…

Barring final setup, John’s guitar is complete.

Covers are all buffed out and installed (including the trussrod cover Pete!), the wiring is complete, and the tuners are installed. Infuriatingly, one of the tuner bushing got damaged during installation, so that’ll have to be replaced in time - it’s a small cosmetic problem, but annoying nonetheless. For reference; when heating tuner bushings with a soldering iron to remove them, ensure all solder is removed from the tip, otherwise it might end up stuck to the bushing. Stuck rather better than the gold plating as it happens…. *nuts*

Excuse the long whippy string ends - the strings get removed a few times during setup and adjustment, so I haven’t gone to the trouble of using a locking wrap and trimming them to length.

Edit - I’ve moved the pictures of John’s guitar into the gallery section Heres.

20 Responses to “So very close…”

  1. Simo Says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  2. Ant Says:

    Cheers Simo - I was just about to post this one over at your forum. That limba single cut is looking great.

  3. Tim Says:

    Nice work Ant.

    I’ve a little favour to ask… do you have a little block of mahongany or similar you could spare? See I’ve this here pretty tele:
    Only thing is, the neck pickup slot was routed for a P90 before I got it, returned it to stock and added a bigsby. I need a little block of wood for the neck pickup to sit on as I think it might be adversely affecting the sound.
    If you can help out I’d reimburse you whatever you think the little job is worth.

  4. Tim Says:

    Oh, what’s with those pickups? It looks like they have wooden tops!

  5. Anttp:.. Says:

    They do indeed have wooden tops. They’re Swineshead Pickups and they offer wooden bobbin tops as an option, so I got RW to match the fretboard. The wenge pickup rings echo the wenge binding on the neck.

    As for the pickup route in the tele, I’m sure I’ve got a piece which would do the job. Do you know what it’s made from? I’ve got some bits of mahogany around which would do, and if Jamie gets me to make him a Jag’ I’ll have some basswood - no ash, but it’s only a small section. Nice looking tele bTW - I thought I saw a pic of that before and wasn’t particularly smitten, but with the black/white body/binding and the bigsby it looks great.

  6. Tim Says:

    Well all I’m concerned about is that the neck pickup is sat on a bit of wood. Other than that it doesn’t matter much. Would assume the tele is alder or basswood. If you’re free one evening in the next week I can bring the patient to your workshop.
    The tele looked like ass when I got it. Adding the proper pickups (custom shop texas specials) a bigsby and the parchment pickguard made all the difference. It’s also twangy as fuck now :-)
    Jamie still after a jag eh? I guess making one makes sense as lefty japanese ones cost a fortune even second hand, plus the colour options on them are bogus. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that Jaguars are just inferior Jazzmasters really. The only reason people buy them is for the sexy chrome plates. Anyone who’s played both guitars for a while could tell you that.

  7. Ant Says:

    I think the plan is a stripped down jag - no chrome sections on the pickguard, and no baffling slider switches - just 2 single coils, volume, tone and a 3 way toggle. Also, a tune-a-matic and string through - no whacky tremolo…

    On the subject, where did you get your paints for the Hag? I haven’t done any solid colours before. Did you end up using nitro or poly?

    I’m sure I’ll be around at least one evening next week, let me know when you’re around. Is it a pretty tidy p90 route? If so I can have a bit trimmed 95% of the way and just drop it in and route for the single coil. Do you plan on glueing it in place and doing a proper patch, or just want a bit for the pup to sit on so it isn’t dangling in space?

  8. Tim Says:

    That’s a baffling combination- for those specs he may as well just install another coil tap on the bolt-on SG and it’d sound exactly like the guitar above. To me, the plinky nature of a mustang bridge and the surfy trem are what makes a jag a jag. Ah well, horses for courses. Guess it’s more about the looks.

    The hag is painted in surf green nitro from manchester guitar tech:
    You’ll wanna top it off with a nitro clearcoat too so it ages properly.
    They’ve got Sherwood Green Metallic now, which is teh sex.

    The block doesn’t have to be too neat- was planning to screw rather than glue it in using the pickup mounting screws. Next week I’m good mon-fri, except weds when we’re gigging in Oxford I think.

  9. Ant Says:

    “That’s a baffling combination- for those specs he may as well just install another coil tap on the bolt-on SG and it’d sound exactly like the guitar above.”

    Not to blow my own horn, but I like to think there’s a bit of a difference between the guitars I make and a bolt neck Epi :D

    I won’t disagree about the bridge and trem, but they’re also pretty widely reviled for being flaky, so I can see why you’d leave them off it you didn’t expect to use the trem. Besides, it’s much easier to add a trem route after the fact if he decides he wants a trem, and a PITA to do the opposite!

    I think using a string through makes a big difference, as does having dedicated single coils instead of using split humbuckers - no matter how good the pickups are, they’re primarily intended to sound good as humbuckers, and the single coil sound is somewhat lacking. Combine that with carefull construction, supertight neck joint etc, and you’ll end up with a guitar which sounds much ‘better’ if not radically different in tone.

    That’s my take anyway.

  10. Tim Says:

    Mon/Tues good for ya?

  11. Ant Says:

    Don’t know if you’ll see this before you leave work, but tonight (Tuesday) is fine if you want to drop in and get that neck pikcup sorted out. Just give me a bell on the mobile when you’re on the way. Otherwise, Thursday evening would be OK too.

  12. Tim Says:


    I finished my little hagstrom synth guitar.

  13. Tim Says:

    Ant, make one like this. Mmmm.

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