This moment has came – this is the last post about this guitar. It is finished. I am completely satisfied how it turned out. During this build I have made some mistakes and I am not really fixing those. This guitar is not going to be my favorite one, but it is the one I have made myself. The first one.

I had an idea to not use pickup rings. But the problem is that in such case pickups need to be mounted slightly differently and that requires modification of the pickups. I am not sure that this guitar will be great in terms of playability, so, I want to have a way to mount those pickups on other guitar if needed.

As a result, I ended up using cream colored rings. After some shaping (body is carved), it fits well.

Next, while tape is still attached, it is time to do some fretwork. First I needed to level frets. So, let’s make some fret leveling beam. In other words, let’s glue sandpaper to the beam.

Using leveling beam, I have leveled frets. Now, when tops of the frets are flat, I needed to crown it (making round). There are some great files for this purpose, but those are pretty pricey. So, I have got some cheap things from eBay. Well, it works, but file would do better job.

The last step is to shape the ends of the frets and polish with a paste and Dremel, so, it shines again.

I have scraped some maple, so, it is more prominent on the back.

And this is how it looked at that moment (before finishing).

Finishing with a Gun stock oil. It is gorgeous and used to finish wooden gun stocks as well. I did not make a video, but the process of applying oil is the best part. Just believe me.

And while the first coat is drying (soaking in actually), I am adding some electric shielding.

After the first coat of oil dried, I sand it with steel wool and apply second coat. And when second coat dried, I used microcrystalline wax. It looks so great.

Tuners and truss rod cover time. I use locking open gear tuners.

Some strings to pre-test it.

Jack plate. That binding…

Installing the switch and closing the cover. Btw, I have pickups with tap wire. Plus I had 4 CTS push/pull pots (pot is rotary as usually, but also acts as a switch when you pull/push it). So, I will have some options – parallel and in series pickups; single coils vs. humbuckers; out of phase pickups. Wiring diagram is crazy – I have spent couple hours just soldering (below).

All that soldering…

And of course strap pins were installed the last.

Here is the guitar.

I will do another post with just the pictures.