I’m not an expert.

Working on this.

It isn’t going great. Everything about it is just a little off.

  • Truss rod adjustment access is a bit off.
  • Truss rod averages centered but not at the ends.
  • There is some excessive routing in about 3 spots.
  • The marker dots are almost in a line.
  • Two of the dots are held together with super glue.
  • The fretboard is slightly higher on one side.
  • Some of the fret slots are not deep enough yet.

I was working on the fret slots while waiting for the glue on my sanding jig to dry, so I can fix the fretboard unevenness, when I noticed this:

Now I’m no expert but I think the frets should get closer together as they get closer to the heel of the neck. There is clearly one out of place.


This was supposed to be a learning experience. It has been that. I’m still going to finish it. Just use 18 of the frets.

I have plans to fix just about all of these issues. Most of them involve more careful alignment before routing anything.

I think I might capitulate on the frets and just spend the (ridiculous amount of) money and get a better fret slotting jig.

This was close enough that I’m convinced I can do this correctly.

Next attempt will likely be after the CNC is built. Thinking ambrosia flame maple fretboard on a multicolor laminate neck.


Still waiting

Still waiting on the bridge.

I’ve ordered many a thing from China since and they’ve all arrived pretty quickly. No the bridge, tho.

Can never tell when ebaying from China. I’ve gotten things in two days and in two months.



Sparkle sparkle

After the glitter coat dried this looked pretty good. Added 2 coats of clear. I think I need to add a couple more. (The glitter coat was rough.)

Note that the uneven areas are mostly gone.

the back side is really sparkly.





Added a glitter clear coat. This is a clear lacquer that should work with the Dupli-color paint I’ve been using. So this should be the start of the clear coats.

What I can’t figure out is why some spots are dark and some are not. I don’t know if they are over sprayed or under sprayed compared to the light spots. Biggest issue with the Montana Glitter is the lack of a fan pattern nozzle. Hard to get it even.

I think it is what it is at this point.

This is what it is:

I kind of wonder if it is just the distribution of the glitter reflecting the light.

Onward and upwards.


Cheap Telecaster Guitar Painting

I’ve sanded the body and filled it.

I’m using car paints for this part.

If the blue looks like a 60’s GTO there is a reason for that. Hopefully under a deep gloss it will look great. Not real sure at the moment.

Start with a couple coats of primer.

Once dry I checked it out. There are a couple marks from the triangle thingies I used to prop it up. Not enough to stop me, however. On with the blue.

Tomorrow I’ll sand any sections that need it and, hopefully, give it another light coat. If I have to sand too much I’ll have to hit it with a thicker coat just to give it an even finish.

Still trying to sort out the gloss.  The way I see it I have a few options:

  1. Duplicolor acrylic clear.
  2. Minwax Polycrylic
  3. Pre-cat water based poly

The first two are spray cans. I know how to use a spray  can.  The last one requires I learn to use my sprayer.  I think the price is in increasing increments, too. Get a lot more of the last, tho.

Be a few days before I start that process.


Building a telecaster


I decided to build a telecaster. Instead of just buying one from Guitar Fetish I decided to build one using cheap parts.

The body is a GFS XGP poplar body.

The bridge is on a boat from china. It is a Wilkinson licensed tray type with brass saddles.

The neck is a GFS XGP telecaster neck in vintage amber.

Dragonfire (who?) pickups. Extremely cheap and decent reviews. Pickups are second in importance to the neck. Why go cheap? If it all works out I’ll buy good ones.

This neat, but almost certainly insanely cheap set of electronics. Quality wise. It was certainly insanely cheap price wise.

Pickguard is kinda nice.

First step is sanding and painting the body.