Precision Guitar Kits SG Special Project

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  1. PAFHumbucker

    PAFHumbucker Well-Known Member

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    Now I debate with myself whether or not to use the Birchwood Casey Sealer & Filler and then Tru Oil or just go with the Tru Oil.
     
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    I'm guessing that the sealer/filler will reduce the amounts of Tru-Oil needed? ... :hmm:
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Nice project!
    What type of P-90's?
    Traditional single coil P-90's or hum-cancelling P-90's?
     
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    PAFHumbucker Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    So the original idea was to make my own P90 stacks with some cheap P90s I bought. 36 bucks for two sets. The problem is the route on the body is a standard shallow P90 route.

    I can deepen out the route no problem but I'm not sure if I want to now. What I'll probably do is try out a dummy coil in the control cavity first. If I don't like those results I'll just deepen the route and try out the DIY P90 stacks.
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    I know where you're going with this. You're itching to suggest the Kinman's (Zero hum): The world's greatest pickup... at least in my world, ha ha! If anybody's curiosity is piqued, the current versions of Kinman P90's are 1/8" deeper than a regular P90:
    https://kinman.com/InstallGuide/P-90-Gen-3/p-90-gen-3.php
     
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    Will it be grain filled, or will you leave it, and apply more oil?
     
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    I think filled would be great, just a smoother, sexier feel.
    Plus, maybe with more work put in, it feels like a greater achievement?

    BTW, hows that 59 neck spec? A nice chunky C shape?
    I keep thinking about what kind of neck I would order from them, the 59 or the Jr contour.
     
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    I think I'm just going to keep applying more oil with some wet sanding after multiple coats. I'm still debating if I want a super smooth as glass finish or if I want it to look a bit worn.

    It's a nice C shape but not super chunky. Not a baseball bat or anything. It reminds me of the WD music SMVBH neck I have on 2 strats partscasters.
     
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    I worked from home today and used the opportunity to throw a few more coats of Tru Oil on the body and neck.

    I cranked Baba O'Riley during one session on principle alone.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    You can have it super smooth with the grain filled and still have a satin finish so that it has a worn look. My '69 Special was like that as well as the '70 Junior I had pictured below. Even though those guitars ended up that way through natural age and wear, I don't see any reason why you can't produce a new finish with the same results.

    With a bound neck, it would be a shame to not fill the grain IMO. Those Specials with bound necks, dots and P-90's are my favorite SG.

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    Yeah I think I'm going to try to grain fill by wet sanding with Tru Oil and using that slurry to fill the grain.
     
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    Over the last two weeks I've just been working on the finish with Tru Oil. I sanded the front all the way back down to the wood and re-stained the front because I wasn't happy with how things were turning out. Slow and steady.

    I picked up an old set of Grover Futura tuners off the bay for about 60 bucks and cleaned them up.

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    Getting there...

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    I'm almost done with the finish. At this point I'm trying to take care of as many small imperfections as I can by sanding down with 1500 - 3000 grit and applying an ultra thin layer of Tru Oil.

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    What can I say ?...
    BEAUTIFUL, KILLER, AWESOME ! :dude: :cheers:


    Just for fun :

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    Looks great! Nice work on the finish.
     
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    Because of the wet sanding and finish work the routes for the pickups needed to be cleaned up a bit so I decided to kill 3 birds with one stone. I opened up the routes, I made the routes deeper to accommodate a P90 stack if I go that way, and I made a template for a pickguard.

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    Nice clean routes and bridge studs installed. Yes I remembered to put the ground wire in there.

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    Nothing scientific here. I just lined up the pickguard with the template and routed out the holes. Before taking it off the template I did a test fit.

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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    I prefer the small pickguard on an SG Special P90 but it' s your guitar :smile:

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    I messed a spot in the finish on the front so I ended up sanding the front all the way back down and doing it all over. There are some spots I need to touch up but other than that I'm done. I went with Kent Armstrong Stealth P90s.

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