Doing the mutt...

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Post by _xxx_ » Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:01 pm

Talking about the beak neck and white deluxe body from the other thread... just doweled it.

Drilled with 8mm:

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Very hard, quality maple - the drill heated up and had to fight quite a bit.

Hardwood dowels made (beechwood, common here), glue inside and ready to install:

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Done. 15 minutes total.

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Tomorrow I'll pair it with the body. I'll have to shim the width a bit so we'll see how it goes. If it works out fine, I'll think about re-radiusing the fretboard to 12" and a set of new jumbo frets. I got some quality cryo-treated fretwire in medium-jumbo and jumbo size here too.

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Post by _xxx_ » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:44 pm

It will work! The required shim was exactly the 0.7mm plastic card from a usual useless membership somewhere. I glued it in and will let it dry till tomorrow with the neck pressed inside.

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Current look:

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Post by sixstring » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:00 pm

Looks like it will work just fine. :thumbs
But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:22 am

That looks very nice. I first thought you´ve had white EMGs in the mock up before I realized that it´s just the empty cavities :roll . Wouldn´t hurt the eye, though.
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Post by _xxx_ » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:18 am

It will have black pups, Schaller and two Fender singles. Black pots and switch tip, chrome jackplate and strap buttons. Will keep you posted.

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Post by Del Hudson » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:38 am

She's coming along nicely. Never thought of using a plastic card for a shim. Great tip and can't wait to see her finished.
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Post by _xxx_ » Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:51 pm

It was a long day but it's finished now except for some minor things. It plays and sounds awesome! It's way better than the nanner I recently sold, much more clarity and very dynamic sound, endless sustain and loads of singing harmonics. I love the neck too, it plays and sounds even better than expected. Textbook Kramer sound and feel :thumbs

I will have to lower the nut quite a bit (I can't believe they sold them like this, it's got over 2mm action at the first fret :nono ), need a black back cover and switch tip and will have to level the frets after all - the action is nice, but the pitting is a bit annoying when bending. And the logo obviously, but that will have to wait till spring.

Other than these minor to-do's, it's a killer axe :headbang so not "dead in the water" after all, I'm happy I didn't sell the parts...

Some quick pics:

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Blonde back... :)

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edit - just noticed the topic link:
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And a question - what's the correct orientation of the serial/parallel switch - series when up or when down? I think it's flipped here, because the hum in series is "up" and split mode is down (parallel is in the middle).

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Post by sixstring » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:03 pm

High action at the nut might be why the original owner got rid of it. shrug
Looks good otherwise. :thumbs
But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Post by _xxx_ » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:23 pm

Could be. All the frets are evenly grooved so he did play with lots of grip obviously.

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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:04 am

Looks like a top-notch player :headbang :thumbs .
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