Wow Arrived On Sunday!

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  1. MichaelR

    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I ordered the Kit on Amazon and it said guarented delivery on sunday but I really didn't believe it then all of a sudden it was sitting at my door! Really I was debating sending it back in favor or the BYO kit however this seems really nice and a good first one to learn on.
    The flames are not as pictured on Amazon which showed them at an angle, these are horizontal like most flametops which after some thought I really like better.
    Its definatly mahogany with a thin flame veneer however its very light at 5.02 pounds naked. The hardware comes in at 1.97 so 7 pounds all together which I like a lot. The neck is a solid piece of mahogany, I have looked hard and there is no scarf joint which I also like. Anyway here's the out of the box pics with one of trouble the cat who couldn't be bothered to inspect it closely yet.

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  2. MichaelR

    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Pleasant surprised bump.
     
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    believe it or not. Amazon has had Sunday Deliveries for over a year now....looks like a decent kit !
     

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    Only a matter of time until they start sellling Chik-Fil-A sandwiches for Sunday delivery....ha ha ha
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I've heard of it but just never believed it could happen here!
     
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    Partscaster Well-Known Member

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    Nice body.
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Your cat seems less than impressed. How are the Frets ?
     
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    Lefty Leo Well-Known Member Premium Gold Supporting Member

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    That looks really nice! Open book headstock and a bit of extra meat at the truss rod hole for a Gibby style cover too. Keep us updated on the build.
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I checked the neck, its straight, fits nice and tight and passes the two strings test for alignment. The fret ends are well done, I haven't spent the time yet to check them for level so 'heres hoping' but I'm prepared if they are not, fingerboard is rosewood. I ordered old fashion Hide glue that you mix and heat up because it dry's rock hard and draws the wood in while it sets so clamping is not even needed in a lot of cases but I will for the neck. Plus I can undo it with steam should I need to. Its a two piece mahogany body which I forgot to mention.
     
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    andrewsrea Well-Known Member

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    Looks great! Take pics on your journey!
     
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    Nice looking kit.

    Maybe because warehouse locations. I've been getting Amazon Sunday deliveries for about 2 years.
     
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    solteroblues Well-Known Member

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    yes, I agree! I've built several, and I never take enough pictures.
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah I was thinking of that and I will for sure.
     
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    Looks decent. They must have a stock pic in the listing that has the flame angled. No biggie.

    I almost thought it was already glued.

    After you get your angles/glue I'd recommend a pre-build of pressing in the bridge/stop anchors & tuners, then string it up with the crap strings to see where you are. No use spending months putting on a finish to find out it's out of whack from the beginning.

    The fun begins.
     
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    thanks, i've been working out.
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yes i agree and I have already installed the bushings for the stoptail and bridge, put the two tuners for the E strings and check the neck angle with the crap strings in the kit, it looks good which I was hoping the cnc machine would do. I'm going to remove the bushing again and start on the sanding and stain process next. I'm thinking True oil for the back, sides and neck after I make a belly cut. I'm actually thinking of buying a small cnc machine for the heastock logo and 01 serial number:). it would be useful for some other signage project I have in mind also................as soon as I learn CAD hehe.
     
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    That looks like a pretty good kit. It will be interesting to see the finished product.
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks I'm still watching youtube vid's on the subject and experimenting with dyes before I actually start. I also need a plan for the headstock, either I paint it black or buy the thin black plastic to cut out and glue down, then i need a logo of some kind. One thing I've discovered is that mahogany is fairly light compared to maple, this one is solid mahogany with a thin flame maple veneer which is why its pretty light, even the neck is mahogany. So now I realize that a 3/4 maple cap and maple neck will add more weight over all. This one will come out at no more than 7 1/2 pounds. I think some mahogany is denser but this one is pretty light, I like that personally.
     
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    There’s something to be said for light LPs, especially gig guitars. The later 50s Gibson LPs were known for being light and resonant.

    Kit looks good to start with. How much from Amazon? I’ve been looking for a good explorer kit.
     

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