As promised I made the stop, and a whole lot more. The guitar is almost done. It plays and my son gave it a whirl and he likes it.
The String Stop – Needs Polishing
The overall view is shown below. I finished the body (maple / limba blend) with satin poly. i finished the neck with lacquer and wet sanded it to 2000. Apparently guitar players like the feel of lacquer and it has good properties when used next to the skin a lot. I finished the fretboard with lemon oil (D-Limonene) as suggested by guitar players.
The buckers are installed, the tuners are all polished up, the electronics are installed and shielded. There is not much left to do and there is a lot left to do. There is so much detail in one of these guitars that there never seems to be an end.
The Shielded Electronics Cavity
Here’s an example of what’s left to give you an idea of the detail. I had to start a written list:
- Polish the stop
- Round the nut string relief
- Burnish the bridge string notches
- Add a cover under strings at stop
- Touch up string: string #1 fretted at 15 buzzes at 16
- Raise bridge bucker 1/8”
- Make some knobs on the lathe
So it plays! And it sounds great. And my son likes it. This will be the last blog entry; I’ll post the completed project in a couple weeks. Certainly this was one of the more challenging and satisfying things to make. I’m glad I did.
-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff