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    Fat Elvis gets leveled

    Hey guys. I decided to give my Arch-top I named Fat Elvis a full level crown & polish. It played pretty good but when I started investigating the odd fret buzz that was happening I noticed that the frets were all over the place for height. Common place for inexpensive guitars. So on the rack he went I got him all strapped down & ready to go.

    I tuned up & set my gauges to zero to monitor the relief. I used to set my neck totally flat with the tension on. My luthier buddy Simon turned me on to a new way for single action truss rods which is to tighten the rod as tight as it will go. Within reason of coarse. This rod only works in one direction so having all the way will give me maximum adjustment when I start to relieve it. A dual action of coarse you would want the neck to be totally flat because it has that flexibility both ways.


    Now with the neck in place I will mark all my frets with a jiffy marker to act as a guide coat to show me my uneven fret surfaces.

    Now I use my leveling block with 320 grit double sided taped to it to level everything out.

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    Now that its leveled I removed the tape & reapply my jiffy marker to start the crowning process



    You can see the thin line indicating how the crowning is doing. notice on the bottom where it is wider showing me I need to give that area more attention.
    Now I clean the fretboard with 0000 steel wool & then polish


    Now a nice coat of lemon oil.
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    Now here it is all better then new. These are the last photos of my beloved Fat Elvis as I sold him last night to a persistent buddy who made me an offer I just couldn't refuse.
    I will miss him but now I got some play money to find a new project.


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    I'm not I've seen that guitar before, but it's a pretty one. Love what you did to the neck. I hope your buddy appreciates it.
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    Great thread, Bruce!
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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    & here I thought it was about a fight with an Elvis impersonator...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zontar View Post
    & here I thought it was a bout a fight with an Elvis impersonator...
    To be honest, I expected to see something like that when I came here.
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublewah View Post
    To be honest, I expected to see something like that when I came here.
    Well he set it up that way--but it was cool seeing detailed pictures & descriptions of the process.
    I've been a pilgrim on this earth, since the day of my birth, I'm a long way from my home.

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    nice job- and nice looking guitar, KC!

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