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Another Jazzmaster scratch build. Done! 26-day build.
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Jazzmeister



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Another Jazzmaster scratch build. Done! 26-day build. Reply with quote

Okay, back from the depths of car restoration to make another guitar. I'm doing another Jazzmaster, I think in candy-apple red. After looking at some pics, I'm debating on the traditional mint green guard vs. tortoise. The celluloid tortoise guards from Spitfire are so damn beautiful, I'm basically looking for an excuse to buy one. Here's my progress, and some inspiration guitars. Which way should I go?

Alder ready to be planed and jointed:






Glued:




Cutout:



Flush trimmed:






Hogging out the cavities:


And the first routing session done:





That's where I'm at now. Now here are some vintage hotties:

Classic mint guard:


Tortoise on CAR:



Thoughts???
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The red tort on a red body looks amazing.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!
I'm starting on a jazz master build this weekend too. Got it rough cut and about the attach the template.
Mine will be fiesta red with a tort guard.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jlarkins wrote:
Nice!
I'm starting on a jazz master build this weekend too. Got it rough cut and about the attach the template.
Mine will be fiesta red with a tort guard.


Nice! Where are you getting your tort?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jlarkins wrote:
Nice!
I'm starting on a jazz master build this weekend too. Got it rough cut and about the attach the template.
Mine will be fiesta red with a tort guard.


Nice! Where are you getting your tort?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work. On a related note, what kind of jointer is that, and do you like it?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sundaram wrote:
Nice work. On a related note, what kind of jointer is that, and do you like it?


That's a good question. It doesn't have a brand name...it's a made-in-China special. I remember buying it online with free shipping. It got good reviews, which was why I shoes it. Since this is the one and only thing I use it for, I didn't want a bigger, more expensive one. I do like it, it works great, and seems pretty well built for what it is. I feel like it was an Amazon thing maybe. It just says "6" Jointer" on the side.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moving on...






Roundovers 7/16"




Note the dowel holes for vintage-accuracy:



The term cavity has to be chieseled square at the corners to clear the hardware. This is ready for contours...

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contours:
















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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks awesome! I agree about Spitfire's stuff. Not only is Mark a really nice guy, he's making the best tort out there! I finished the one below a couple of months ago and used a Spitfire guard. I vote tort!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy sh** that's beautiful tort!!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That tortoise looks beautiful, like it's on fire, wow!!! I love mint green and CAR, but I gotta vote for the tortoise in this case. It's going to be an awesome build!

I'm in the middle of a Jazzmaster "rebuild", I sprayed this a few years ago it turned out almost Sherwood Green by accident. Base coats were primer white, Seafoam Green, Ocean Turquoise, then tinted clear. If you look carefully at the close up, you can see how it developed. White pearl guard, and yes - humbuckers with a hardtail. Blasphemy, I know, I know...



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just a plain boring fender reissue tort on my build. Maybe I'll upgrade one day..
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the green with pearl--unique!

So, I made the contours a little more extreme and "sexy"





Made some clay dots



And got a start on the neck:




I need a new band saw blade...








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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where do you buy your lumber?
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