vlog#6 How to set up and recondition a vintage guitar

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Good day excitement for today is delivery
just came through from United States

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it's a vintage Hagstrom I just pick
it up from the post office so let's

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open it up and see what they find inside
it was supposed to have been dismantled

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with the neck taken off the body to save
the on shipping, was a good idea but it

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arrived in the in a full-size box so not
sure if that actually took place.

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it came in a cardboard box
personally I probably would have a

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a bubble wrap or some more padding

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I suppose if it has lived 53 years gonna
hang in there a little bit longer.. right

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so lets have a look... its nice.. pretty much exactly as it appeared on the images this was bought on the on

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reverb few little scratches around the
sides nothing I didn't expect frets are

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in reasonable condition certainly no
need to re-fret any time soon

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back of the neck a few Little nicks.. doesn't
really need much done to it

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I'll probably plan to do is i'll
probably put new strings on this drinks

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are fairly new gonna put a little oil on
the fretboard give it a good clean up

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and the the whammy bar has gone missing
at some point or another so is that

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that's tube so I need to make up one of
those, not a big drama pick up looks like it lost one of the metal magnets

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one of its metal discs you can see that on
there and this pickups have like little

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metal discs that fit inside the holes
and look like one of them has fallen out

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that may cause that string to ring
slightly lower in volume..  so

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probably have to make up something to
put in there all that said and done

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not in bad Nick actually... you want to have a look Alex?

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so what is it? 53 years old
yeah.... they are famous for their

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necks you know, you can actually see the
truss rod at the tail end there if you

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look here you can see that's that's that
profile that they're famous for oh yeah

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expose it yes you can see the hole..
normally this is a sticker over there a

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little little metal plate top of it and
if you can see it on the camera here you

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can see the shape or the the truss rod
in there that's what makes this neck

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world famous cool okay

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I will check back in when I get ready to
set it up okay so I'm just gonna take

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off the inspect there's a little bit of
scratching in the switches so can I look

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at what's happening behind that that's
pretty pretty straightforward and clean

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tops which is just a kill switch so
when you flick that on that just go

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straight to earth so it's the same that's
handy if you are using a clip-on tuner

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just kill the signal and and sure this
switches great scrape a little bit so

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I'm gonna just apply some switch
lubricant and clean it the same with the

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pot and then I'm just gonna put it back
together there's nothing that needs any

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changing here

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I'll spray a little lubricant in there.. and wiggle the switches back and forth a little bit

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and do the same with the pot. there are two
last switches here there are just a tone

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type switch which affects the tone a
little bit.. that basically one is a

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capacitor the other one is just a resistor
so nothing magical going on I'm just

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gonna leave all that exactly as it is I think.

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few little nixon and cracks and stuff
like that  its they had

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over the years now I'm not gonna respray
this or anything like that I'm just

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going to put a little bit of PVA glue in
this and this cracks just to stabilize

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so that they don't get any worse

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basically that's because it's not....well
you know it's a 53 year old guitar I don't

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want it to look brand new! if I wanted a new one I would have bought a new one..  just

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putting it up PVA glue in here that will
go underneath the loose little bit of

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loose paint work and also seal the area
which is exposed that's what I did with

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my previous Hagstrom as well, so that's
all that it needs there really,  just gonna

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let that let that dry and clean off the
excess they're gonna string it up and see

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what it sounds like
okay so I've had a bit of a closer look

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at the Hagstrom 2 - and you can see it
here and what I've noticed is that

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there's a little bit of fret where I see
if we can get in the end see it's a tiny

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tiny amount of fret where along here
that neck is still pretty good

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conditioners pretty straight what I'm
going to do is I'm gonna take this

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straight piece of wood nice and straight
I'm gonna use double sided tape I'm

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gonna put some sand paper on the one
surface and I'm just gonna condition

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condition those frets just a little bit
just to make the action a little more

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playable and its really playable as it
is so I'm probably just being nitpicky

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all right that's me okay so here I got
some man double-sided tape

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it's a Express tape that's quite a
good multipurpose tape it's

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double-sided tape which doesn't have any
foam on it so it's a it's a very thin

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double-sided tape so I'm gonna just
stick that on this is a wood here hung

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like that

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we take the same sandpaper and want to
have is 400 grit pushing it down into

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the tape and then basically just lining
up as well as we can continue onwards

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now we have a emery stick pretty straight
so this is you know I'm not a scientific

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method you can you can go and spend the
money and getting your guitar plexed and

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stuff like that and some people swear by
that very much I find that this this

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works pretty good so now all we need is
a bit of patience

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now as you've noticed I've been going
back and forth a lot over the fret board

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and that caused this little sandpaper
marks going across the frets so when you

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go to to bend notes you'll get a little
me as it scrapes across these little

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scratches so I'm gonna finish off by
moving back and forth over the over the

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frets so that the scratches become top
to bottom so your bending notes in off

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getting that kind of lived scraping
sound happening and that's just done by

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going over it again in this direction

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it does look pretty good I'm not gonna
apply a little bit more oil to the

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fretboard is because this fretboard was
very dry probably haven't been almost

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for 50 years I'm just using a orange oil
first I'm just gonna clean clean it a

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little bit so I'm just using a half a
window cleaner just get off some of that

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black metallic dust that was created
when we em and they sounded the phrase

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feels really good so I'm gonna be with
generous with this because said progress

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them in all in a long time something's
gonna rub that in with my fingers that

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then absorb into the timber

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nice and refreshed

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wipe it off lytic see there's still
black stuff coming off wiping that off

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that's a bit cleaner

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I'm robbing a bit on the back of the
neck as well because there was a few

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chips and things so that where the
varnish had come off you can see here

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there's a few little marks and I've
sanded off back a little bit and I'm

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just rubbing some rather than rebar
gnashing the neck I'm just rubbing a

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little oil in there too to perfect it
them keep the timber happy and that's

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this is just part of the maintenance of
an old guitar in them I'll do this tour

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me or my guitars feel irregularly it's
not something I do once and then forget

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about it every every four times when I
change strings so every second time

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depending on how long it's been I will
give it a good clean down and bit of oil

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on the fret board bit of oil on the
tuning pegs and you know it's it's a

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it's a machine it's a musical machine
that's need main and it's just like a

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car or a lawnmower depending on what
your favorite transportation method is

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so yeah I'm just gonna leave that oil
now to suck into the timber probably

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overnight tomorrow I'll come back and I
will put new strings on string it up I

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have to see if I can get a metal bar
that fits into the truss rod fitting

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there because I like the sorry into the
whammy bar a fitting because I have I

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haven't got another guitar at a bar a
bar I've never really had one never

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wanted one but since this one has one on
there I thought might be fun to give it

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a bit of a girl because my ultimate plan
for this guitar actually I want to put

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my guitar synthesizer on it not doing it
damage to it this is gonna be mounted

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with them with some double-sided tape or
something that doesn't do any damage

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and after being testing to see how the
the whammy bar goes on on the synth well

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this is quite a distance tracks really
well its a Roland guitar synth

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not a new ones one of the older ones but
it's got a really good tracking for

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pitch Bend you can get really delicate
little little bends out of the synth so

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that's that's my plan for this
instrument now hopefully to tomorrow

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I'll have it all strung back up and
ready to play as an electric guitar with

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after synth attachment and tomorrow
night is actually a jam on in Newcastle

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that I'm hoping to take it to and maybe
I'll bring my camera and I'll actually

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play a little bit live to see what this
thing sounds like up with a with a good

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guys so let's cross our fingers for
that one... okay till tomorrow but for

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you will be a second away but for me
it's actually overnight see how we go

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now the original Hagstrom when it was
released back in the

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70s or early 70s

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had a cover on the switches

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like this how quickly I might wanna do
that assist of paper I'll have some

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white sticker plastic or vinyl sticker
than one printed on eventually but I

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just wanna I'm just make sure to see
them fits

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at the kind of bits the long-winded eyes
I'm gonna take the big guy door from

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take this plate off make sure a good an
exact match clean it right back it's an

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acetone or something so I get it would
stick then stick the vinyl sticker up

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and then put it back on the board

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originally did a suppose

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so I've taken the screws out

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like I'm soft
type of background

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I'm not sure if this is the original plate
or if it's something that's been the

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retro made and if you can see but if you
look at it closely it looks a little

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kind of jagged here and had done
it's possible that this

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its been made later on, although I can't see why..

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anyway or maybe they were quite a semi
handmade in the factory back then it's

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hard to say

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maybe that's how that made them fall
about the whole today so anyway I have

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my the template thing here I'll see how
that basically that's going to be stuck

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onto this plastic bit it's going to
screw it back on

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ill just make it up and make sure it fits..

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and so as I suspect the that little
cover plate was a retro-fit it was made

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after after the guitar was made
as a result of that for some reason it was

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made smaller than the original would
have been so the artwork wouldn't fit on

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this plate so I can see I printed out
the artwork here that's what it would

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look like on the guitar and it is a bit
small next I'm going to have to cut a

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new plate there's no big deal I got
this plastic like workshop so I'll just

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glue the sticker onto plastic plates cut
a few holes in it and then we are ready to

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rock and roll I'll do that

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now the other thing they do on this
guitar part

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the Whammy

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is missing so that needs to be a
five-millimeter rod, being in Australia

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being a metric country you can't get a
5mm rod...

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I can find the five-mm screw 5.5mm
rod, which is imperial converted

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so I'm just gonna weld that to the end of

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went up a little bit so I have one
drink up

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throw the strings back on give it a

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adjust the in-tonation and I'm planning
to take it to a jam tonight and see what

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it sounds like

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okay so now the new plate this on and
that made some kind of

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my whammy bar replacement thing
rough-and-ready but I will at some point

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in the future, will do the job tonight

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next things to put some strings on some

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I've kind of put it all together now
we've got the wunderbar happening

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temporary plastic cover here it's quite
and it is quite temporary too so while

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I'm waiting for something else to to dry
in the workshop I actually wanna I'm

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gonna start making the proper one I'm
gonna use some clear perspex the image

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behind the perspex that screw
shines through from

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but there's not actual perspex its
polycarbonate which is like perspex but

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it's unbreakable
great stuff

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okay so

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okay so I ended up making a new perspex
I just cut it out of clear perspex

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and glued the laser print to the back of it

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so I'm just putting

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from this
the other thing that

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that's all

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which is a bit awkward  actually as you cat see and I don't look at the front

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some tiny little indentations along the
side of the neck for each dot

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I put a bit of liquid paper

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inevitably spilling

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the dots will stay because they're

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and then just tune her back up
ready to take it to the jam tonight

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there you go theres your markers on the
side of the neck

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so thats 
pretty much it

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okay ill just fine tune that and see what it sounds like

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