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Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 28th, 2019 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have some very nice Strat pickups made by our pal Aaron that I'm going to put into a lightweight alder body (hardtail) that has just a whiff of linseed oil finish on it to discourage carpenter bees.

Actually, the light finish will protect it from humidity, beer, and BBQ sauce. I'll stick a well-worn maple Warmoth neck on it that has been on several different guitars over the years here; it has stainless steel frets so it still plays like a new one. Instead of a typical Strat jack plate, I'm going with an edge-mounted Electrosocket, Tele/LP style.

The linseed oil cures extremely hard and is pretty durable. It's the traditional finish for custom gunstocks, and lends a nice golden color to the wood.

Pics to come as this thing takes shape.

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Apr 28th, 2019 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds cool. Can't wait to see some pics.

Doesn't LSO take forever to cure?
I know BLSO is a component in Tru Oil, but thought that's the reason they put other stuff in there. To speed up the drying/curing.

Colour me interested...


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Apr 28th, 2019 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

8-)

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Apr 28th, 2019 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, it takes about a week to cure; about the same as nitro lacquer.

Here's a way cool trick: if you have a neck that's a bit slippy in the pocket and you don't want to put anything in there like sandpaper to help lock it down (and you have no bow rosin), rub a drop or two of BLO in the floor of the neck pocket with a fingertip before you reattach the neck.

Loosely string it, line it up, and snug it down. The BLO will cure, but unlike glue, it will pop loose with a light tap, separate cleanly, and do no damage to the wood of the body or the neck.

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Apr 28th, 2019 07:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ohhhhhhhh cool beans! Sounds like a fun project.

Is danish oil similar? I feel like maybe it's the base for danish.

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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 28th, 2019 10:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Danish oil is thinner; more solvent and less solids. The varnish component in it is usually polyurethane.

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Apr 29th, 2019 04:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great tip on the BLO and neck pocket, P!

I'll try it some time.


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Apr 30th, 2019 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got it together this evening since I had all the required bits. I still need to dial in the setup, but initial reports are good :o)

I wanted the Tele version of a Strat: nothing but the absolute minimum parts necessary to make it play and sound good. The no-finish thing was an afterthought, because I had a funky neck that's been on several of my project guitars that come and go, and this neck on a nice shiny body would look pretty weird.

It plays easily and sounds great; I am certain it has nothing to do with the lack of a finish on the wood.

The bare wood does feel a bit strange under the forearm, but that will probably smooth out over time. These pickups are amazing.

Pic of the initial assembly

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Apr 30th, 2019 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

That looks great!

I bet it'll wear in great.

59 roundback for the win!!! Enjoy!

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May 1st, 2019 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like!

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May 1st, 2019 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice!

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May 1st, 2019 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool!!

Leftee
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May 1st, 2019 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Does it have finish on it now? It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it doesn’t look like it.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 1st, 2019 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, it does; I rubbed on some linseed oil and then wiped it dry. It smells like walnuts now.

It looks and feels like there's no finish on it.

This is the same treatment you do to hammer handles and axe handles. It protects the hickory from moisture without imparting a slick/slippery surface on the wood.

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May 1st, 2019 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I C

Mick Reid
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May 1st, 2019 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like it's "rustic appeal". Noice!


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May 1st, 2019 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

There’s something cool about a nice, light resonant hardtail Strat.

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May 1st, 2019 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

That'll work.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 1st, 2019 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I tweaked the setup, and yeah baby this thing rocks.

The pickups seem to bloom--especially the neck and middle pickups. The middle pickup has lots of juice so I was able to back it down a bit more than normal and it stays out of the way of the pick.

Overall I'm super happy with this experiment.

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May 1st, 2019 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

What’s the details of the pickups?

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