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    First I needed to hog out the switch and control cavities. I should have done this a long time ago, at least before I started the finish. Oh, well. Using the Forstner bit at approximately the same angle as the top and carefully measuring the thickness so the pot shafts would all stick out the same amount



    I prewired the switch and mounted it



    Installed the pickups (no picture, sorry) and the pots (notice how I cleverly wrote on each pot what its function was - since everything is upside down and backwards it would be real easy to do something stupid)



    and wired them all together following the schematic that came with the parts.



    Incidently, I'm using the Parson Street humbuckers - they are half the cost of Gibson or some others and right now I wouldn't know the difference. As I get wiser I could always change them. I also just bought the basic wiring kit from StewMac - standard 500K pots, 0.02 mf caps, some shielded and unshielded wire. I did do the trick of reversing the switch and pickup wires which means that if both pups are selected turning a volume control down won't turn the whole thing off.

    I also had one other brain fart at this time - I knew I needed to drill a hole for the wire to the "string ground" at either the bridge or tailpiece stud, but I had totally spaced it. I did it now (again, sorry, no picture) but realized that there is no way to connect to the stud so I just pushed the wire tight against in and super glued it in place. If I get string hum I'll have to pull the stud, fan the wire out and reset the stud so it makes better contact.

    This doesn't look like a lot but it took most of the day last saturday. Next, a little set up


    Beautiful guitar and a super, squeaky, clean wiring job. You are my hero Freeman!
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    • Beautiful guitar and a super, squeaky, clean wiring job. You are my hero Freeman!


      I am by training an electrical engineer and a million or so year ago I used to build stereo and ham radio gear. I had seriously considered building a tube amp to go with this before I scored the old Gibson one.

      Tomorrow I'll do the final setup and tweak the pups - its getting closer.....

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      • Freeman I have to say this looks cleaner and better built than my Les Paul from Gibson.
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        • So, you're going to sell this to me for the cost of your parts plus a couple of dollars for your time and skills, right?

          I can't stop drooling over this guitar. The attention to detail is inspiring and it's just a damn beautiful instrument.
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          • Freeman I have to say this looks cleaner and better built than my Les Paul from Gibson.


            of course it is! this is hand built by someone who put not only hard work, but also passion into his own instrument!

            Bravo! been following this thread since the beginning. You better post clips of it singing when you're done!
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            • Very nice, as usual. Can't wait to see it all done!
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              • how have i missed this thread until now? great work. that's going to be a beautiful instrument when it's done.
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                • Maple truss rod cover w/a burst would be special.


                  Well, OK, lets give it a try









                  Does that look to busy? Should I just stay with the plain black plastic one?

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                  • And while I'm asking opinions, should I put a pick guard on it (picture sabotaged by Photobucket again, it should be anticlockwise 90 degrees)



                    or not?

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                    • And while I'm asking opinions, should I put a pick guard on it (picture sabotaged by Photobucket again)



                      or not?



                      i vote, no guard.
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                      • My vote would be:

                        no guard

                        rosewood (or similar dark matching wood/grain) truss rod cover (isn't the headstock veneer rosewood? or use whatever you used for the headstock). That one is too busy/jarring, and a cheap black plastic cover simply doesn't suit the guitar. A cover that matches the headstock would look very classy.

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                        • I'd vote yes to guard (although it looks great without as well) and rosewood trusrod cover.

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                          • Excellent progress Freeman! I always enjoy checking this thread.

                            As for your two questions, my votes are as followed:

                            Black plastic truss rod cover

                            Yes pickguard, but in a darker cream to match the pickup rings.
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                            • Excellent progress Freeman! I always enjoy checking this thread.

                              As for your two questions, my votes are as followed:

                              Black plastic truss rod cover

                              Yes pickguard, but in a darker cream to match the pickup rings.


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                              • rosewood truss rod cover, flamed maple pickguard a la Heritage.
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