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Leftee
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Aug 1st, 2019 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is a cross-post from the Lefty forum.

The body is a 1 piece pine from USA Custom Guitars - on Reverb. I stained it lemon yellow and then mixed some of the same dye into some wipe-on Poly-Crylic for a glossy, sealed finish. It's not a perfectly smooth, "glass-coated" guitar finish. It has imperfections in it if you look up close. I wanted to keep this a thin-skin guitar.

The neck is a new roasted maple Warmoth boatneck profile, 1-11/16" Tusq nut. Gotoh 16:1 tuners. The frets are their nickel-free copper alloy which gives them the gold color. They are their GD6150 which are medium frets. They are almost as hard as stainless steel, so fret life should be exceptional. Frets have been leveled, crowned and polished. Although the neck needed no finish, I applied Tung Oil to make the grain pop a little more.

The pickups are GFS Lil' Punchers - the cool set. Bridge Ohms out at 6.5k and the neck 5.8k. Full-sized Alpha pots, an Oak-Grigsby 3-way switch and a Pure Tone Jack round out the electronics. This guitar is 25.5" scale, weighs 6 lbs. 14 oz. and plays extremely well. The tones are along the lines of Vintage Tele, but a bit more hi-fi in nature.

Album of Banana

Pinetree
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Aug 1st, 2019 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Like any of us normal people would have any reason to look in the left handed forum...





Nice work.

Leftee
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Aug 1st, 2019 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Y B normal... I sez.

I post there because they don’t always look in here.

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American-made in Oz!!
Aug 1st, 2019 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another example of your fine work.
Did the body come routed and as a string-through, or did you have to do that yourself?

I’ve had visions of doing a fender cross gibson sort of thing, but possibly the other way around. A fender-style body with a gibson-style neck and probably a TOM bridge.

Very cool. (cool bananas as we say here)


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Aug 1st, 2019 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks gents!

Body was pre-routed. Funny, but I’ve never had to use a neck shim with their bodies.

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discontinue use.
Aug 1st, 2019 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

That color precisely matches yellowheart; it's beautiful.

nice work!

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The Escalator
Aug 1st, 2019 07:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks!

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Aug 1st, 2019 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Whaddya think of the lil punchers? I've been underwhelmed by previous GFS pickup purchases but really like that one.

Leftee
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Aug 2nd, 2019 05:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like them a lot. This is the first time with the cool set and they sound great.

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Aug 2nd, 2019 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful work!!!

Leftee
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Aug 3rd, 2019 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks!

Well, it's sold.

I think I need to build another.

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