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This one will be heavily inspired by the Music Man Axis.

 

The headstock blank with an outline drawn and center-markers for the holes for the tuning machines.

45670231641_46904d35af_o.jpgPES_2018-11-01_20-10-20_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

 

The headstock blank next to the cardboard template.

44945463264_8af018b038_o.jpgPES_2018-11-01_20-13-17_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

 

The blank with the holes drilled. I will ream them to exact size later, when it is time to start assembly.

45619691222_8a9fcef8f6_o.jpgPES_2018-11-01_20-27-58_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr



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Still a Tele, Peter?

 

The picts are a tad too dark! :P



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About as far from a Tele as you can get without getting into shred machines. This one is heavily inspired by the Music Man Axis. Floyd Rose, coil-split humbuckers and 4+2 headstock makes it a bit more complex to build.

 

They are a bit on the dark side as the screen on the laptop is a bit too bright for editing. It is easy to make too small a correction. I'll try to do the coming parts of this series on a better screen, or correct the photos if I use the MBP.



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Ok, I thought you meant the headstock only is inspired  by the MusicMan. :)

…same finish?



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As the body has a beautiful quilt maple top and black binding, I will use Tru-oil, but applied in a slightly different way to get an end result with a higher gloss that hopefully brings out the grain even better. On the Tele, I applied the oil using a cotton rag. Applying it with fingers in a nitrile glove is said to get an even better finish in the end.



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This project is more exciting than the previous…

will you be done by tomorrow?  :D  :D  :D



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The Harley Benton kit is a bit like an IKEA flatpack. It works, but with little finesse. This Pitbull kit is much more challenging. I have already found two things I want to change... I want a tone control and I want a 5-position switch. I think I have solved how to do it. You will see how when I get there.



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I have already found two things I want to change... I want a tone control and I want a 5-position switch. I think I have solved how to do it. You will see how when I get there.

 

I could be of some help when it comes to circuitry if you need.

Could you post a shot of controls layout on the guitar?



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Thanks for the offer but the circuitry is no problem at all. The problem is the physical controls layout...

The Axis has the volume knob and the selector switch straight down under each other. This kit has the hole for the selector switch moved a bit backwards and I hope this leaves room for the Fender 5-position super selector I want to use in front of the tone pot that will live in the old selector hole.

I don't want to have to plug an existing hole as the plug would show so much because of the quilted maple.



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The problem is the physical controls layout...

 

 

When I modified a Strat into a "fat" one, I replaced the 5way by DPDTs and TPDP.



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If there is room, I want he ease of use of the bridge HB, outside coils, both HBs, inside coils, neck HB sequence on a Super Switch. I have a switch and some CST pots in the mail, so they should be here before I need them. As there is no middle pickup, the 5way is ideal.



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The headstock has now been roughly shaped with saw and knife.

43876826110_f42086f320_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_11-22-44_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

30754162397_e1fd911bea_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_11-22-53_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

30754160667_664b7d43a3_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_11-23-05_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

The heel has been adjusted to get a nicer transition to the body.

 

43876821270_6e3d6edfbd_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_11-23-34_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

44780497875_923d41a719_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_11-25-01_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

I haven't done anything to the body yet.

44969996314_1dd57f2652_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_11-25-52_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

43876816660_f99fda7ae2_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_11-26-12_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr



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Nearly done with the 120 grit. There are still some high spots to do, but the fingers lose some sensitivity if I keep at it too long. I will finish this first sanding session this evening and tomorrow will see the next, finer grit papers.

 

45646297882_d0de67074a_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_14-26-29_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

30756273697_06ddbca45c_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_14-26-53_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

45646315592_f077b209c2_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_14-27-07_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

44782635845_e82183d7aa_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_14-27-23_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

45646286382_6caf309863_o.jpgPES_2018-11-03_14-27-27_35mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr



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The grain is starting to pop after 9 layers of Tru-Oil.

45517584104_2f555673db_o.jpgPES_2018-12-09_10-43-27_24mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

46241476071_05d4643203_o.jpgPES_2018-12-09_10-43-48_24mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

45517582014_decdb8257c_o.jpgPES_2018-12-09_10-44-33_24mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

45517581154_e4e261424e_o.jpgPES_2018-12-09_10-50-30_24mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

46190800112_3233af616f_o.jpgPES_2018-12-09_10-50-42_24mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr