Performed by Don Jensen ($50)
Don Jensen ($?)
Kris Vockler, Elk antler. 2 knobs, 1 switch tip What shape do you want your knobs? Simple cylinder, cylinder with rounded top, skirt base to knob (standard tophat looking knob where it's beveled at the bottom and a cylinder in the middle? Maybe a cylinder with ribs?
I also need to know what dial parts you are using so I can have you accurately measure the stem diameter, depth the knob sits on the stem, etc. I will probably buy one or have you send me one so I can be sure of the measurements.
Vockler? Send her samples. Allparts
Joe Barden ($65) Vintage model
Stewmac Kit ($36)
Neck Mounting Plate
Chrome, with screws ($8)
[Tuners ($125)]Gotoh makes vintage Kluson-style locking tuner sets:
Notes from TDPRI: SDS510HAPM series has Rock Solid posts (they're extra strong and rigid, and to me, worth the very slight upcharge for that newer development; I have a set of both, and note the difference). Otherwise, they're both height-adjustable posts and use the Magnum lock system - the top of the post is a threaded affair which, under tuning tension, locks the string onto the static pin in the core - half to 3/4 of a turn, and you're up to pitch. Look much like vintage (though the Safe-T-Post feature is gone). The more recent ones (both series) feature a smaller through-post string hole for the e/b/g string tuners (marked with coloured dots on those 3 assemblies) for improved function (I haven't experienced the pre-reduced versions to compare).
Highly recommended; conversion bushings would be required as stated above.
(Schaller Locking Buttons ($6); check current ones for match.)
Misc Parts to Check Before Ordering Anything
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Consider a headstock decal
“partscaster” or “webbcaster” "Pixelcaster" Theoretically, that could be routed out and have a black quilted maple “pixel caster” inset
Sand with the grain 220/320/400/600
Dampen with water to raise the fuzzies.
Sand with 600
Wipe with Naptha
Get Clear Grain Filler/Sealer
Use several coats to fill pores and grain, sanding flush with 220 between
See bottle or Birchwood-Casey site for cure times between coats.
Cure 24 hours.
Apply Tru-Oil with fingers or cloth in very thin layers.
Cure 24 hours after first coat.
Cure 2-4 hours between coats.
Lightly scuff with Scotchbrite 1200 or 0000 Steel Wool (Prefer Scotchbrite with a block because it's flatter) or equivalent synthetic every 3 coats. Blow off the steel wool bits/sanding dust with compressed air.
After the 10th or 12th coat, let it dry 24 to 48 hours. Then wet sand lightly with #2000. Let dry another 24 to 48 hours and buff with a good quality polishing compound like 3M Finess It II or Meguires Mirror Shine Scratch Remover. This should result in a super high gloss. If you want a satin finish, omit the buffing stage, and call it done after the #2000.
Oil finishes dry in 2 ways. The evaporative stage, which takes about 7 to 10 days, (If you can smell the fumes by holding it to your nose, it hasn't fully evaporated yet) and the polymerization, which usually completes after about 60 days. Only then will the finish be at full hardness.
Clear Grain Filler/Sealer
Cotton Gun-Cleaning Patches
220/320/400/600 grit sandpaper or synthetic
Scotchbrite finish sanding pad
0000 Steel Wool or equivalent synthetic
Paper shop towels (blue)