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Walnut pickup ring...more pics...

PostPosted:Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:09 pm
by tnt1234
Couple of progress pics showing off the walnut/maple/walnut pickup ring. Pretty happy with it so far.

But two issues -
- The bridge seems to be about 1/16" off center. Don't think that will matter much - not much I can do about it - the boat rout won't allow me the adjust the pickup ring, and I already drilled the string through holes.
- I was going to run the fret board long with square edges to cover the less than perfectly tight neck/pocket. But the pickup ring is too tall for that - it's about 1/16" higher than the neck with no fret board. I might try to rout the overlap of the fret board, but might end up being too thin for that to work.

We'll see...

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Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:19 pm
by ac4468
Looks great! I've encountered a similar issue on an early build. There are two other options I used to solve the neck being a bit low (or more accurately the plate being thick). You can add 1/16" veneer over the neck yet under the fingerboard which looks like a sub binding or add a 1/16" veneer shim in the neck pocket to raise up the neck like on tiger. (assuming the bridge has the range to accommodate the additional height). Really like the tri-lam plate despite it being thick.

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:44 pm
by tnt1234
That's a great idea....a layer of maple under the rosewood....thanks!

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:55 pm
by ac4468
The only drawback to doing that is that you may have to thin the back of the neck 1/16" so be careful of the truss rod rout! Also, you may be able to get un-notched saddles for the bridge if your alignment is slightly off. This way you can notch them yourself to better center align them.

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:39 am
by tnt1234
ac4468 wrote:The only drawback to doing that is that you may have to thin the back of the neck 1/16" so be careful of the truss rod rout! Also, you may be able to get un-notched saddles for the bridge if your alignment is slightly off. This way you can notch them yourself to better center align them.
Thanks.

The truss rod is a low profile two way, so the channel is only 3/8" deep. Should be fine on that front.

Looking at it again, I think the bridge is set properly - I think my boat rout, and then the wood ring are what are off - so only issue might be the strings going over the poles correctly....and I actually think it's going to work out OK....

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:59 pm
by tnt1234
Dang it....I screwed it up....didn't think and stained the pick up ring with a red mahogany-ish stain. the maple sucked it up, and it looks dark - like black dark. So the cool accent is lost...having a hard time sanding it out - it just sucked into that end grain so deeply.

Oh well - live and learn.

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:51 am
by strumminsix
More than anything, I really like the shape!

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PostPosted:Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:11 pm
by lightningbolt
strumminsix wrote:More than anything, I really like the shape!

+1

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:59 pm
by gmchart
If the maple sucked in the stain that deep it was soft maple. I doubt you're gonna be able to sand that out. It's clear from the pics that you have a template, make another and finish it with clear. Let the wood be the wood.

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:58 pm
by tnt1234
gmchart wrote:If the maple sucked in the stain that deep it was soft maple. I doubt you're gonna be able to sand that out. It's clear from the pics that you have a template, make another and finish it with clear. Let the wood be the wood.

Yep. Have to get ahold of some more veneer. But it really doesn't look good - no other choice.

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:32 pm
by ac4468
PM me if you need some. I probably have some maple and walnut thick veneer I can drop in the mail for you.

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:37 pm
by TI4-1009
tnt1234 wrote:Dang it....I screwed it up....didn't think and stained the pick up ring with a red mahogany-ish stain. the maple sucked it up, and it looks dark - like black dark. So the cool accent is lost...having a hard time sanding it out - it just sucked into that end grain so deeply.

Oh well - live and learn.
If you slightly dampen the exposed endgrain with water before you stain you can sometimes limit how much stain the wood will suck up. Tougher to do in a "sandwich" though.

Re: Progress - walnut pickup ring...

PostPosted:Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:03 pm
by tnt1234
ac4468 wrote:PM me if you need some. I probably have some maple and walnut thick veneer I can drop in the mail for you.

Thanks man, but I just ordered a bunch for a bass I am planning, so I should have some left over for this...

Re: Walnut pickup ring...more pics...

PostPosted:Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:21 am
by tnt1234
So I stained the top - a subtle sunburst with red mahogany and vintage amber - really like it, but not sure it goes with the walnut pick up rig (which is at work right now, so can't snap a pic with it...).

Feel like the pick up right should be metal....don't know where to get it done in metal though. Suggestions?

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Re: Walnut pickup ring...more pics...

PostPosted:Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:00 pm
by ccw3432
I would go with ebony with an oil finish on the ring for a deep matte look. Cocobolo would look good too with that color body.