OH, NO! Not another Javamagic build?

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  1. javamagic

    javamagic Well-Known Member

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    Next batch of pics, mostly self-explanatory.

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    After a week thinking about it the neck has had a bit more shaping and now measures about 22mm thick at the first fret and 23.5mm at the 15th. Next step is to glue it into the body. :)
     
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    javamagic Well-Known Member

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    ... and these two I forgot.

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    Now I see how you're doing the cutouts for the fingerboard. Nice.


    So, I'm thinking.... I know, don't hurt yourself... I have a piece of African Limba big enough to make a Rick 330 body from, and a spare neck blank. Would Limba be a good choice for a Rick copy? I want to start on my 331LS soon.

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    Dang someone is having a ball!
    Lookin' sweet!
     
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    javamagic Well-Known Member

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    I don't see why you couldn't use the Limba. If you're doing the light show inside you'll have to rout the body from the top. There's no tail scoop on the 331LS so that helps simplify things a little. A quick google found this thread over at the Rick Resource. I haven't read it all but it could help you out if you've not seen it yet. :)

    Rickresource Rickenbacker Forum • View topic - THE LIGHT SHOW, RESURRECTED
     
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    I so wish that I had the talent, experience and tools to do something like this. I really like the way this is going! Seeing the 3 piece neck and 5 piece headstock makes me long for the custom neck-thru that that got away.
     
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    is that router table "TV" yellow?:dunno:
     
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    javamagic Well-Known Member

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    Hi Axmaker, long time, no see. Glad to see you're still around. :thumb:

    The router table is not TV yellow, it's Triton yellow, much deeper than the TV!

    The table is a Mk III Triton Workcentre I bought at an auction about 20 years ago and it's paid for itself many times over, functioning as a router table and saw bench. What I really need now is a nice new router with fine adjustment and a collet that doesn't slip. :)
     
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    javamagic Well-Known Member

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    So the neck got shaped and sanded to my satisfaction (if not he customer's!) and glued into the body.

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    Two clamps on the neck tenon, just to be sure. Here it is after the glue set.

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    Next up was gluing the bookmatched curly maple back.

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    That's one of the things I learnt in the short time I spent at evening classes at the London College of Furniture back in the mid-70s.
    After thickness sanding at the joinery I roughed out the shape of the back and then cut the curve where the heel is as there is no way to do this after the back is glued on. This does of course mean that the back has to be aligned exactly when gluing.

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    Yes, all those clamps to make sure the back is glued. After trimming back it's ready for rebating with the small router.

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    And then I glue the binding on the back.

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    A bit of scraping and sanding and it's almost ready for sanding sealer (and lacquer when the weather warms up). :)
     
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    Very awesome! :)
     
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    I am looking forward to seeing an update. This is coming along very nicely!
     
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    Wow! Fantastic…
     
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    What a fantastic project. Really enjoying following this.
     
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    Nice to see you back here Ricardo. As you're a lover of Ricks I'm glad you're liking this one. Just waiting for warmer weather to do the finish. :smile:

    Hey Brew, time to update the avatar, posing with your 315? ;)
     
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    You're right… of course!

    I'll get on the case, JM
     
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    So the warmer weather arrived and it was time to see about putting some finish on this guitar. A trip to the old homestead was in order anyway (I've been working in England) so it seemed reasonable to use my garage for the spraying. It's only when you start masking and scraping and messing about that you realise what a pain it is to apply a sunburst finish.

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    Now don't be shocked by the next shot. This colour is the customer's choice.

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    Yes, it's "Turquoiseglo"! I felt that overall it didn't work as well as the cherry in that it didn't seem to blend nicely into the amber base coat. The sides especially looked weak so I decided to do a solid colour on those. Anyay, after peeling off the masking tape, this is how it currently looks. I'll leave it a couple of weeks before starting the wet sanding and final polishing. That will give me time to get together the other bits I need - and hopefully get the tailpiece(s) made by my friend and sent off for plating.

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    More in a few weeks. :smile:
     
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    Great skills, Java; very enjoyable thread.
     
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    "Awesome" just doesn't cover it.
     
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    simply outstanding!

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    looks fantastic.love these build threads.and a Ric to boot.
     

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