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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Getting back to some guitar mangling



Apr 3rd, 2017 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

First off, I haven't posted here in quite a long time. Glad to see the place hasn't changed.

I have a couple of tele scratch builds I started *cough* *cough* about 7 years ago. One of the bodies was ready for buffing at one point but while in storage it got pushed up against one of those stupid exercise balls that never gets used and the rubber reacted with the nitro. Completely melted a 3 or 4 inch diameter area.

Fretting the necks has been the most intimidating part for me. I don't think I got a consistent radius along the length of the fretboard. Took the frets out and I am debating now if I should just muscle through with the radiuesd sanding block or set up some type of jig for my router. What would you do?

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Apr 4th, 2017 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would progress through the gritted sand paper using the radius block. But I like sanding, I even carry a sandpaper wallet in my back pocket.

Leather pattern is based on 1/4 sheet folded in half "o)


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Apr 6th, 2017 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi g!



Apr 6th, 2017 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

hey, you're still here too!



Apr 7th, 2017 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Radius sanding blocks aren't always correct from the factory (sadly, which is why I still use straight blocks), so check with a gauge. Technique plays into it as one would expect as twisting the block creates an elipsis, but keep it in the back of your head that the block could be bad. You can't make a negative image radius gauge with a piece of scrap; that is, one that is convex instead of concave and check it for accuracy. If it is off, you can use a flatter one and sand side to side, or correct with a straight block.

If you want some good straight blocks, check online for Great Planes Bar Sanders. They're cheap and plenty accurate.

On the exercise ball finish fiasco, make sure you get off (by sanding or otherwise) all of the gooey lacquer. The goo doesn't dry, but will stay gooey so just spraying over it will just create more problems down the road.



Apr 7th, 2017 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. I think the StewMac radius block I got is ok, but will definitely check it out more thoroughly. I will also check out the Great Planes bar sanders.

As for the finish, I ended up sanding the whole top back to wood. It was just such a mess that I didn't see a spot repair working out well.

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