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Wow…. You, sir, have an amazing talent. 

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That Green/Gold Tele with Checkerboard binding is one of the coolest guitars I've ever seen; and friends, I have seen quite a few!  😉

These all look great, but I call DIPS on that one!

Love your work, thanks for the update and I know we all look forward to seeing the final Flag Tele for your Dad.

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Well, I didn't start polishing today as planned, but I did get the yard mowed before it rains tomorrow. So, I've got that going for me. :D I did, however, get my work area set up for polishing.
 
All the components have been already been buffed on the buffing arbor, but need a final polish. For the polishing process I use a small auto detailing polisher along with 3m Perfect It polishing compounds and polishing pads. It works great and it give a really glossy, deep shine. The problem is that it's incredible messy, so I keep trying to find better ways to shield the spatter.
 
I'm happy to say that all the time I spent in my youth building forts didn't go to waste. Welcome to the He-Man Guitar Polisher's Club. #LOOTHING
 
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I should have a pic or two to send ya within the next 24 hours or so…. 😉

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7 hours ago, topekatj said:

Back to the back of the bass for a second 

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What’s the purpose of the narrow rectangular cavity that’s visible in this photo? Thanks 

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9 hours ago, cmatthes said:

I should have a pic or two to send ya within the next 24 hours or so…. 😉

Oh goody! Is this what I think it is? 

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8 hours ago, topekatj said:

Back to the back of the bass for a second 

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What’s the purpose of the narrow rectangular cavity that’s visible in this photo? Thanks 

That cavity will hold 2 9v batteries if needed for active electronics. I put a passive circuit in this bass, but I used my standard control cavity template. 

Here is what's in it now:

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Here is the same cavity in another bass with an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp installed. 

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Butt yeah, you can totally put your weed in there if need be. :D

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Wow, that was a long afternoon/evening/night. I got through 3 levels of polishing on the necks and bodies. I'm beat. Tomorrow, I'll do a final cleanup and wipe down and a quick coat of wax on all of them. Then it's on to assembly and setup over the next few days. Fingers crossed, it looks like I should make my deadline. :D
 
Here are a few pictures at the end of the polishing. 
 
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6 hours ago, a.bandini said:

You have the best workshop on the planet. And you make gorgeous guitars and basses.  If I were 40 I'd ask to become your apprentice. 

 

Wow, thank you. I'm still learning, myself... so not sure how much you'd get out of being my apprentice. Although you could help me to find my damn pencil or ruler, or glasses, or whatever else I can't find at the moment. :D

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22 hours ago, topekatj said:

You must have a shee-it load of Tele pickups and hardware tee’d up — are you recruiting locals for a mini assembly line?

You bet I do. :D

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I made some more decent progress today. I started off by performing a very light fret level, crown and polish. The frets gleam like jewels now. :D I also applied a light coat of carnauba wax to the bodies and necks. After that I installed the tuners and string guides. This evening I assembled the control plates.

Here are a few pictures of today's progress.

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1 hour ago, G Man said:

Beautiful work!  I particularly like the serial # on Dad's Buck Owens Tele, very nice touch.

Hey thanks! I had a slight panic attack the other day when I thought I put the wrong date on it... The date on the headstock is fine, it's the date that I posted above for my deadline that is wrong. I meant to say May 21, not 20. :D

 

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A little more assembly progress tonight. I made sure that every hole was chamfered and redrilled to help avoid chip out with the lacquer. I also use Johnson paste wax for the ferrules and all screws.

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I bought one of those ferrule installation tools from Stewmac a while back. It's surprisingly helpful and does a great job on these. The other end of the tool is tapered and is perfect for installing press in tuner bushings.
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All done. 
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Got bridges, pickups and strap buttons all mounted tonight as well.
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More soon. :)

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That looks ridiculously good! B)

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2 hours ago, Biz Prof said:

This thread calls for a sampling of Buckeroos:

 

Not quite Suffragette City. Wonder if the lyrics had the same meaning back then

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Last night I finished the assembly and initial setup process. It feels good to bring this project to the finish line. Overall, I'm very pleased with the result. 

Here are a few pictures while still "on the bench". By the way, the protective plastic is still on the pickguards. I'll take some better photos today or tomorrow and get them posted. 

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2 hours ago, slingblader said:

Last night I finished the assembly and initial setup process. It feels good to bring this project to the finish line. Overall, I'm very pleased with the result. 

Here are a few pictures while still "on the bench". By the way, the protective plastic is still on the pickguards. I'll take some better photos today or tomorrow and get them posted. 

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Outstanding work!  They really came out looking fantastic. And I bet they sound every bit as good. 

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