This will be my first time drilling for Floyd post inserts, so hoping you guys can check me before I do the deed.
I haven't been able to do much actual work on guitars in quite a while, so glad to finally be onto something. My luthier friend has a little stash of NOS Kramer parts, and he is teaching me how to translate my experience with woodworking and finish carpentry to start building up some Kramers just like the ones I loved back in the day. We were just getting started last fall, then the NorCal fires torched his property where his shop is. Lots of losses there; good news is the workshop and Kramer parts mostly survived, but it's taken months of rehab to get the place back up to condition to do work. We're finally there.
I had started last year on a red crackle PC1, which I'm also getting back on, but in the meantime, I've heard members here and other people talk about scarcity of lefties. Thus decided to first build up a lefty, as this body looked perfect except for a couple deep scratches; I sanded those out, now just need to polish the finish back to gloss. I figure now is probably a good time to drill and install post inserts? I've got all the measurements and specs for where to put the posts, pretty confident I can get that right. The neck fits nice and snug, so I figured I'll bolt it solid while I measure and mark for the Floyd post holes, then go ahead and drill and install inserts before any more finish work?
1. Does this seem correct in sequence, or am I overlooking something?
2. Does the body and Floyd route look correct? I've only ever had Kramers without Floyd routes, so to me this looks weird with how thin the wood is where it must hold the posts, but maybe this is normal and just the way it is.
3. The inserts just get pressed in as opposed to glued in?
Some more questions for later, but:
4. Should I wire this with 1 volume and 2 tones, or older-style config with 2 volumes and 1 tone?
5. Black or chrome for the hardware on this one? I've got 2 lefty Floyds, one black & one chrome.
It's a little complicated, because for a future build, we have a pristine Classic II Tele body (probably my favorite of the whole lot, sad I'm not lefty or I would keep it) beautiful creamy vintage white with contrast brighter white binding, and we have the correct neck for it. So whichever lefty Floyd I use here, the other one will go on the Tele. For the Tele, I'm thinking chrome would be more "correct," but black would probably look super sick against the cream body with white binding! Decision to make about that, interested in peoples' thoughts...
Right now mostly interested in making sure I don't screw up this body when I drill it, so thanks everybody for any and all observations or advice.