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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:19 am 
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9am53 wrote:
Well done! I hope my new fretboard comes out as good! Did you superglue the frets in? Did you find the fret clipper tool worth the money? It looks just like a cutter at home hardware for 1/4 the price...


Yes I used thin cyano. Got some small gauge needles and syringes from Tractor supply to minimize the mess. Those horizontal nippers are ones I just ground flush with a bench grinder. They were cheap and now already trashed, so I should have tempered them! (Got some new cheapies and will try to heat and quench)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:54 am 
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did you end up using the locating pins that kramer had for lining up the fretboard? My biggest concern is getting the fretboard located perfectly, with only the 2 holes for the nut I dont think I would get it just right. while removing the fretboard I found little wooden locators under the 12 and 15 fret markers, I figure I'll use them and the nut and I should get it on there just right.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:06 am 
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9am53 wrote:
did you end up using the locating pins that kramer had for lining up the fretboard? My biggest concern is getting the fretboard located perfectly, with only the 2 holes for the nut I dont think I would get it just right. while removing the fretboard I found little wooden locators under the 12 and 15 fret markers, I figure I'll use them and the nut and I should get it on there just right.


I had the same concern, but I created my own locations right at fret slots for pins (luthier merchantile) and got it aligned by marking centerline for both the new finger board and the neck top surface (especially important at the ends of both). The new board was pre-slotted.
My first attempt was with titebond and c clamps and it was a failure for certain. Too thick a slidy, so I separated them and regrouped. I gotta say hide glue was the way to go, because it helps pull the separated surfaces together during the drying.

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I spared you photos of all the radiusing required to mate the surfaces, but this is the activity requiring the most man-hours. :chainsaw
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:33 am 
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Thanks!

you had to radius the back of the new fretboard? or do you mean the top of it?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:19 pm 
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I had to radius the back of the new board. The poor man's method I chose was to use the top of the old neck as a base for the sand paper. That way, with 80-grit double-sided taped to the neck, I was able to create the radius by sanding back and forth from 'stem to stern' so to speak.
And to really answer the question: both. Because the original rosewood board was quite thin, the replacement one had to be shaved down. I used a 12 in. radiused block and the same grit sandpaper adhered to the concave surface of the block. Lots more of the back and forth sanding motion was utilized.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:48 pm 
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Crazy stuff! I just made a real simple 10” block for my guitar neck, I’ll post it in my thread. Gonna glue the bastard tomorrow!! Kind of nervous!!

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 8:45 am 
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How do you like the alumatones?

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 10:58 am 
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They get a thumbs up :thumbs . Absolutely no complaints other than tech support.

I simply need to elevate the anchor points for the single coil neck position pup to get them close enough to the strings. The wiring diagrams I managed to find on the internet did not accurately represent the alumitone single coil. Apparently the older versions did not allow for coil splitting, but now they are four-conductor with the exact same harness as the Deathbucker. I have it wired so that either both are split or both are not.

Dead quiet, pleasant tone.

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:09 am 
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are the deathbuckers suitable for 70's rock n roll?

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:10 am 
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Id like to build an SG style guitar and really appreciate how low profile these pickups are, so I could keep the heel of the guitar less pronounced and still have enough strength because the pickup cavities wouldnt be so big.

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