What's on Your Workbench Today?

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  1. bea

    bea Well-Known Member

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    Today my SG was on the workbench. I finally built in an (approximate) nut compensation and the old Schaller 455 bridge i finally found again in my stack of garbage (that needle in haystack thing...)

    Luckily i could use a rest of rosewood, and it turns out that it is hard enough to provide a good sound on the empty strings as well.

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  2. SG John

    SG John Well-Known Member

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    It was a nice cool breezy day, so I worked on a couple of finger boards. One is Palisander, the other is Brazilian Rosewood. Maybe I'll get some work done on some of my builds this week, as I have a week off before starting my new job.

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  3. syscokid

    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    New job? That sounds like "work"... :ohno:
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    Currently on my workbench...

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  5. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Forgot to post yesterday, but I had my Strat on the workbench yesterday. Just a simple string change and setup:
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    And then today, I did the same to my SG. It needed some TLC :D
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  6. Raiyn

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    Last week I had The Lady on the bench to swap out the stock tailpiece for one of GuitarFetish's XGP curved brass "locking" tailpieces. I'm still evaluating it, but it's not a slam dunk so far.
    It's nonadjustable (the stud is nothing more than a bolt), the only position is decked, and there's no string radius to it at all.

    Thankfully, my bridge height is pretty low, so the break angle (while more than I had) isn't completely stupid. It could've been worse, but I chose to use the stock shouldered anchor sleeves instead of the recessed ones that came with the thing.

    I'm waffling between keeping it and putting the clip on Epi unit back on with new studs as was my original plan.

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    The holes fit an 8mm bolt easily so using unmodified sandwich locking studs isn't going to happen.
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    Oh to have a lathe and some brass stock (and to have any machinist experience)!
     
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  7. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday was wiring my esquire, today was bridge work and intonation on my U2.
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    Is this brass with a special finish?
     
  9. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Dunno, I bought the chrome version. I only included that shot for visual context.
     
  10. Madmatt

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    I experment with something simalear using thick washers from the hardwherestore as spacers to get the height correct, if the tailpiece height is your proublem with it, you can try that before just tossing the thing
     
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    got an old friend out today for a bit of nostalgia.. noticed the ol bird was a bit buzzy, so onto the bench she went. earth wire came loose, soldered her up and she rocks out again.

    forgot how awesome she is, single piece african mahogany, wicked birdseye maple neck, schaller bridge, bareknuckle blackdog bucker and irish tour single, what a belter
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    guidothepimmp Active Member

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    so,seeing as i got the cleans, i hauled out my old Ibanez Luke, 1984 from the serial. good gawd id forgotten how good this guitar sounds. has the sought after embossed 58s, and the bridge is a luke custom wound 58 with a bit more bite. both pups are coil split, i usually hav the neck on single, and bridge on bucker mode.
    top is a gorgeous marine burst.. great fiddle.ebony neck..

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  13. Scootermuppet

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    Not on my bench right now (as it's a dining table!) but was a little while ago...

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    My 2015 Epi Tony Iommi SG Custom, now cleaned, set up and strung - and Tonys signature pickups sounding sublime :thumb:
     
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  14. Dave Johnson

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    My bench holds my latest project. A marriage of a mandolin & a dulcimer.

    I bought a complete but broken mandolin on FleaBay for $10.50.
    Then proceeded to saw the snapped neck off, hollow out the neck block and made a new thru body neck that will attach at the neck block and tail block inside the instrument.

    The neck is a two octave, dulcimer fretted deal made from red oak with white binding & bullseye side marker dots, medium frets and a bone nut.

    The black stinger on the back of the neck ties it in with the black at the neck joint of the mando body. I tried to burst the adjoining area of the neck but it looked odd. So it got the stinger.

    It's getting close. Everything has been fitted. The mandolin tailpiece will be used, as will the tuners, that I cut down for 3 per side instead of the mandolin's 4 per side.
    That all ties in with the 3 pairs of strings that are tuned somewhat like a 12 string guitar only with the standard D A D dulcimer tuning.
    That gives me octaves on 2 of the pairs and one pair in unison.

    I should have it all wrapped up in another day or so. Still have to make a bridge & electrify it.
    Not sure if I'll go piezo or magnetic pickup. Leaning towards mag but I may get lazy and not want to chop another hole in the mando body.

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    Scootermuppet Well-Known Member

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    So Dave, is it a Dulcolin or a Mandomer? :D

    Looks cool tho whatever you call it :thumb:
     
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    Thanks Bob, I've agonized for days over what to call it.
    It looks like a more like a trichordo bozouki now that anything else.
    And this from Wiki kind of seals the deal...
    The name "bouzouki" comes from the Turkish word "bozuk," meaning "broken" or "modified",[
    It was broken and it is now modified.
    But the diatonic frets seem to throw a wrench into that theory, or do they?

    I love showing up at open mic nights with my oddball dulcimer inspired creations & proceed to blow minds.
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  18. Raiyn

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    You've likely forgotten more about stringed instruments than I may ever know. I'm glad to count you as a friend.
     
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    Dave Johnson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence Raiyn, but I've done my share of misdeeds to the poor things as well.
    I have little respect for mass produced commodities.
    They have no collector value and are easily replaced if something goes horrifically wrong.
    Cutting, routing, drilling and sanding on em' don't disturb me at all. :dude:
     
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  20. SG standard

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    My '14 Standard just passed through my workbench (actually it was on the bed...), after I managed to grab a cheap G-Force to replace the Min-Etune. That SG has become my main 'different tuning' guitar since selling the Midtown, so it's good to have something faster to repeatedly retune it with.
     

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