Do you know Murphy’s law? Anything, that can go wrong, will go wrong. This could be a fine headline of this building day. Maybe I had set myself too much under pressure, because I really wanted to pluck a string today. And at last I plucked a string, but wait until I have told the whole story.
I started today with the side-dots. After the successful experiment with LEGO-knobs I went on and completed this job. At the twelfth fret I could not insert the common two dots, because the LEGO-parts are a bit too wide. After some head-scratching I chose a red Lego-dot for the twelfth fret to set a contrast to the blue ones.
Then I cared for the string-ferrules on the backside of the body. Because they were too loose onside the channel I fixed them with superglue and I also glued almost my fingertips. I think the ferrules were too loose, because I used an 8mm driller-bit and had better used a 7mm, but I don’t have a 7mm.
Next I screwed in the neck. As a beginner I tried first to screw without pre-drilling the neck (The body was already pre-drilled) and failed. Second I could not find the bit for my screwdriver, so I had to screw by hand. At the end of the day I had seriously injured the skin of my right hand. I executed the second try with predrilled holes on the neck, but the holes were too short, so I also gave up the second try. For the third try I drilled almost through to the fretboard and could screw in two of four screws. Then I had the idea to shorten the screws and shortened two of four. After these preparations I could fortunately screw the neck in. Screwing the bridge in was easy.
The next task caused many curses and a swollen carotid artery. I had ordered staggered tuning machines and when I tried to install them I recognized, that the shafts of the staggered ones were too low. I had ordered this tuners with perloid-wings from USA and I would not like to wait now for an alternative tuner-set. So I removed the ground-plate on some tuners to make them usable. The downside is, that it’s not looking good, but I can also order fitting tuning machines later.
Have I told you about Murphy’s law? I installed now the electronics. First I want to praise the company EMG. I don’t want to join the endless discussion about active and passive pick-ups. But I was very pleased about the solderless system of EMG, which worked like a breeze, and also their instruction manual could make other companies blush. Additionally the humbucker comes with all necessary parts and controls. But what went wrong? I register often, that I am a bloody beginner. I had carefully measured the battery and the Humbucker, but I had forgotten, that cables need additional space in the electronic cavities. Therefore I had to widen the cavities with the Dremel. I supported the EMG with some foam and drilled additional holes through the “ears”, because I wanted to screw it directly into the body.
I connected all cables as described and mounted the jack-plug and the jack-plate
Have I told you about Murphy’s law? Now I recognized, that also my logo on the headstock is reversed. This is consequent, isn’t it?
Looking back now, while I am writing this blog-article, I think I have done a lot today, though I could not make the guitar playable. I also cut the saddle and glued it in. Because I don’t have special tools for a saddle I did it this way: First I marked the desired positions for the strings (by the way a pencil is not suitable to write on bone). Second I drew a line for the depth of the string-slots. Third I used the coping saw to pre-cut the slots. Fourth I widened the slots with cleaners for welding equipment. It’s not very effective, but it works and is cheap.
And what’s about the strings and have I plucked a string today? Yes, I strung the low E and registered, that the neck-angle is too steep and the only sound I could produce was a nasty, rattling noise. You remember, Murphy’s law!
Outlook: Tomorrow I have to remove the neck again, because I have to care for a flatter neck-angle. And I am still curious, if it’s playable then without a fret-job.
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