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    Today I am going to spend some time steaming & clamping the top like this in several areas to improve the shape. This is the 1st time I've done this with an open kettle and it's amazing how the steaming seems to get the top moving in the right direction without any manipulation. The wood has relaxed and it appears to have a memory of where it used to be.
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    I want to go electric on this & have been researching what kind a pickup to use. I don't want to cut into the top because there is not a lot of support on these old things & it's also suffered enough trauma already. I have contacted Mike about doing something with this old teisco pickup I'm thinking it would look cool without a top.
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    I'm starting to get excited about this now. The pickup has been officially booked for a rewind so I will send it out tomorrow. Look how good the surface mount holes line up with the ribs! It's perfect for it!
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    KC, not sure if I posted this earlier but consider putting a sound post in that guitar when you put it back together

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    You might want to throw a sound post in there anyway- reduces feedback!
    Yes that's a good idea.
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    I clamped the top down & steamed underneath all afternoon & I am pleased how that top looks now. It's not perfect but it's acceptable. I'm going to leave it clamped like that for a few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    Yes that's a good idea.
    I was too lazy to check back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    I clamped the top down & steamed underneath all afternoon & I am pleased how that top looks now. It's not perfect but it's acceptable. I'm going to leave it clamped like that for a few days.
    looks good- soon time to play with the neck angle...

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    There's still a huge amount of work to do on this. It could take me all winter. I have to repair the seperation's on the back, stop the neck block from continuing to crack, make a sound post system & the neck is totally stripped. On that I will have to make a fretboard by hand because they are not a common scale. I'm blanking at the moment what that scale is & carve out a bone nut. There is probably a lot of little things I'm forgetting to mention. All on a guitar that I could have picked up a clean older one at the show last weekend for 300 bucks. Lol. This project is not about what this instrument is worth. It was purchased as a lesson to see if I could repair something that appeared to be a total loss giving me the confidence to take on a far more valuable project. My main goal is to one day really push this as a business well into my retirement years.
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    Makes sense- and you are right. This particular guitar you will never get that time invested back but it is definitely a good trial for more valuable projects

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