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    Default NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    Well I'll skip all the boring parts which involved me wetsanding for hours and hours. But I did sand the body and headstock all the way to 2000 grit before starting with the polishing compound. The compound worked wonders. Here's the results:





    Ok, onto final assembly!

    Drill pickguard and jackplate mounting holes: Dheck.


    String Ferrules and battery box: Check.


    Strap Buttons: Check.


    Tuners: Check.


    Neck plate: Check.


    Pickguard and bridge baseplate ground wire: Check.


    Saddles and jack plate: Check.


    Strings: Check.


    And a one, and a two, and a without further ado, gents, I give you, the Jolly Roger!










    And lastly, the Jolly Roger and the '62 reissue together


    I've only done a quick tuneup and quick adjustment of the truss rod and bridge saddle radius, but so far this is a rather sweet playing guitar. Actually scratch that, it plays extremely fast and clean, even though the neck is meaty. Quite bright, and very articulate sounding body and neck. The Custom really crunches along nicely in the bridge whether in series or parallel mode. parallel definitely sweetens it up a bit. The lil 59 is great in the neck. The parallel tones get a nice warm glassy single coil-ish tone.

    I think I'm going to replace the ceramic mag in the Custom with an A2. I'm really craving that chewiness in this guitar. Might also go to a 250k volume, or a different cap value for the tone to tone down the brightness a bit.

    I really love this neck, it doesn't feel like my MIJ strat, but it's got a smooth, fast, slick feel to it that I really dig.
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    Default Re: NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    Very nicely done.i dig it!
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    Default Re: NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    You spelled my name wrong.

    Otherwise VERY well done. How does a nicely built Warmoth feel? I'm curious, I wish I could touch it.

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    Oh HELLLLLLLLLLLLLL yes!!!!!

    So much ****ing WIN.

    You gotta be happy with that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly_Rancher View Post
    How does a nicely built Warmoth feel? I'm curious, I wish I could touch it.
    Well I still have to give it a full setup, but my first impressions are very favourable. The neck is a fender neck mind you, but otherwise, the body is a very resonant piece of surprisingly light alder. The whole guitar weighs in at 6.6 lbs (almost a whole lb less than my '62RI. But it's bright and spanky which I like. I would rather a guitar be bright than overly dark cuz I can always darken up a guitar with electronics, but it's more difficult to add high end to a dark sounding guitar.

    I also really like the contoured heel and the extra scooping of the lower horn, really makes playing on the upper frets a lot easier than the average strat.

    and yes, TLD, I love the sh!t out of it
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    Default Re: NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    Hell yes brotherman!

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    Default Re: NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    Excellent job!!! What are you using the battery box for?

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    Default Re: NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    Looks great. When you swap the mag to A2, you are making it a Custom Custom. Do not change the volume pot to 250K, it'll be too dark with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dali View Post
    Excellent job!!! What are you using the battery box for?
    Nothing. Bought the body from a form bro, and it had the battery box routing there. Didn't feel like leaving the route open with the wood showing, so I decided to just put the box in. Might make a little cover for it though.
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    CTN Exploder 880 bass
    Korg Pitchblack, Boss NS-2, Crybaby, OCD, East River Drive, Monte Allums GE-7, Nova Repeater
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    Holy bajeebers batman that's awesom

    Seriously though, I totally totally dig it. The chrome tuner bushings, contrary to my previous thoughts, look killer. Saucy wench? Win. My favorite part, though? Two pickup strats with a 3-way gibson switch. It's just so much better than the slide switch. I put one on mine and for some reason, I like playing it so much more now.
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    Default Re: NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    Super super hot. I really dig it, everything about it... Great build...
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    Default Re: NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    Sharp!!!
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    Darned nice Job!
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    Under Jolly Roger,
    Pay or Flee!!!

    All sorts of amazing sweetness man!!!

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    Thanks guys! I really love it. I always loved my Fender strat, but I always wanted the clarity and punch of a maple fretboard. After spending some time playing it today, it really sizzles and blooms with the little '59, especially in series mode. It sounds like a hybrid between a strat and a piano. lovely. The Custom is still bright in this guitar. I can tell the wind is going to sound great in this guitar, it just needs a warmer, less brash sounding magnet.
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    CTN Exploder 880 bass
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    That looks GREAT!! I thought the cutie was going on the front though!
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    Default Re: NGD & End of Build: Jolly Roger!

    Nah, I didn't want the front to look flashy, just simple.

    You can't just show your treasure and booty to the whole world, after all...you keep your secrets tucked away in the back.
    My Music

    Fender MIJ '62RI strat: Rose BuffBeauty/Robusta/Robusta | Jolly Roger Cutlasscaster: CustomRCA3/Little'59 | Squier Pro-Tone Strat: Stock | CTN Polaris: JB/Hot Rails(b) parallel
    CTN Exploder 880 bass
    Korg Pitchblack, Boss NS-2, Crybaby, OCD, East River Drive, Monte Allums GE-7, Nova Repeater
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    Yep, I love that neck. The lil 59 is really really impressing me. It has a really nice full sounding PAF vibe to it that I didn't expect from a single coil-sized humbucker. I really need to swap the mag in the Custom though. The ceramic is way too nasty sounding in this guitar.

    I also gotta check what value cap I put on the tone. it sounds way too bright.
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    Fender MIJ '62RI strat: Rose BuffBeauty/Robusta/Robusta | Jolly Roger Cutlasscaster: CustomRCA3/Little'59 | Squier Pro-Tone Strat: Stock | CTN Polaris: JB/Hot Rails(b) parallel
    CTN Exploder 880 bass
    Korg Pitchblack, Boss NS-2, Crybaby, OCD, East River Drive, Monte Allums GE-7, Nova Repeater
    H&K Tubemeister 18 | Retro30/ET65 in a Saxon custom 2x12
    Persian Rug

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