New Javamagic project under way - John Cipollina Tribute SG!!!

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  1. javamagic

    javamagic Well-Known Member

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    Got some cherry colour on the guitar now. Nice rich colour, probably a bit darker than the JC original but what the heck?

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    Now I need to apply a few clear coats before applying an amber-tinted coat to replicate the yellowing of the real thing. :)
     
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    holy (insert expletive of choice)

    VERY nice work.
     
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    really enjoying watching the progress. Keep the pics coming! Great looking inlay work btw. That body inlay looks very trick!
     
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    great work O0
     
  5. javamagic

    javamagic Well-Known Member

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    Slapped a load of lacquer on so, while leaving it to harden, I did all the plastic bits.

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    And this morning I finished off the final sand out and buffing so I decided to fix some of the bits together. Here's the whole thing...

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    ... and close ups of the head and body.

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    Although I've got the Fralin pickups I've still not got the covers nor the electronics. I was going to get a Vintage SG set from RS Guitarworks but their shipping costs are ridiculous ($30 for a $72 set of bits!) and I'll be over in England in a few weeks so I shall probably get the parts there - CTS pots, Switchcraft switch and socket, Orange Drop caps. :)
     
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    It's looking absolutely marvellous. Particularly like the binding on the body.
     
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    it turned out absolutely [glow=red,2,300]FANTASTIC[/glow]

    you must be very very proud

    you sure got the vision, man :Bangin:
     
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    That is turning out absolutely gorgeous!!
     
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    Last batch of pics now I've got the parts to complete.
    The controls with chrome switch tip...

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    The body, with covers on the Fralin humbuckers...

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    The head with the engraved trc...

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    And the finished article in all its glory.

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    Now that it's finished should I start another? ;D ;D
     
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    Stunning work. Well done, that man!
     
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    Gorgeous!! Great work!! O0
     
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    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    Very stunning! 8) 8) 8)
     
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    [quote author=javamagic link=topic=17692.msg233189#msg233189 date=1243086752]
    Last batch of pics now I've got the parts to complete.

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    The body, with covers on the Fralin humbuckers...

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    And the finished article in all its glory.

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    Now that it's finished should I start another? ;D ;D
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    Looks excellent! 8) Love it when a great plan comes together so well. How does it sound/play?
     
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    Magnificent! O0
     
  15. javamagic

    javamagic Well-Known Member

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    [quote author=1Way link=topic=17692.msg233221#msg233221 date=1243172109]

    Looks excellent! 8) Love it when a great plan comes together so well. How does it sound/play?
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    Plays pretty well. The neck is fairly chunky but no worse than a vintage Tele and the action is good. Set quite low so I needed to top a couple of frets to stop buzzing. Bends OK now. Sound? They're Fralins! They sound excellent ( as do any other Fralins I've encountered). Been playing it through my Fender Super Reverb and it sounds nice. May have to put a bit of a bend in the Bigsby arm as it tends to bottom out on downward moves of a semi-tone. Don't know if that's normal or just a bad technique on my part. :)
     
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    [quote author=javamagic link=topic=17692.msg233271#msg233271 date=1243248044] Plays pretty well. The neck is fairly chunky but no worse than a vintage Tele and the action is good. Set quite low so I needed to top a couple of frets to stop buzzing. Bends OK now. Sound? They're Fralins! They sound excellent ( as do any other Fralins I've encountered). Been playing it through my Fender Super Reverb and it sounds nice. May have to put a bit of a bend in the Bigsby arm as it tends to bottom out on downward moves of a semi-tone. Don't know if that's normal or just a bad technique on my part. :)
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    Glad the project is a success. Excellent news!
    Bigsby
    Check your arm like you say, but I believe they make an optional longer spring which slightly increases the down-arm motion. Another tip 'just in case' you end up getting stuck at the bridge (tuning problems). Smoother saddle notches (optional graphtech saddle blades or roller bridge) reduce friction for better returning to original tension after using the whammy bar.

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    If the fix is relatively easy, I'm considering creating a string spreader/spacer placed close to the string anchors to help keep the strings straight after the bridge saddles because Bigsby put the string anchors too close together/narrow providing slightly uneven tension between outer and inner strings when the whammy bar is applied.

    Must be rewarding building such a cool project! I'm not familiar with Fralin pickups tho the buzz I've heard is that they are excellent.
     
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    AWESOME JOB MATE !
     
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    a work of love!

    very well done O0 O0 O0
     
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    I had no idea who this dude was until I wiki'd him. I know QMS, but never really followed up on them. This guy was obviously incredibly into music and artistry to have gone so far to be a pioneer in so many ways. Awesome idea to do a tribute guitar based on his.

    The work you did just looks fantastic. It is truly impressive. In the three guitars I have built I find that my patience for wanting to get the whole thing done gets the better of me. I wanna rush to the finish line.
     
  20. mrk

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    That guitar is absolutely stunning, congrats on the beautiful work.

    MRK
     

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