Friday 18th December 2009
we begin proceedings with the paf doublecut..
while Igor oils this other paf
I scrape the fretboard clean of excess finish
the fretboard is masked off and I adjust the truss rod to get a straight neck..
after every fret is flattened and profiled they are all polished
and the fretboard is oiled..
dejavu.. the same process is repeated on the hollow vanquish
now, a set of sperzel tuners are installed on the paf dc
as well as the scalloped bone nut
now, a bone blank is marked out for the Vanquish
while Igor strings up the paf
a new scalloped bone nut.. there’s no real reason for the scalloping other than aesthetics..
the begining of the end.. more sperzel tuners are utilised
the paf is now pretty much ready for wiring.. we’re very happy with the quality of lacquering that we can now do in house!
now, a threaded insert is made for the new ‘crowebar’ tremolo
and we also build a pair of custom stainless steel posts.. turned to fit the ball bearings on the trem
another little touch, we’re going to engrave the back of each nut with ‘Crimson Guitars’
the trem is put in place and we mark out the post positions..
the springs are stuffed with foam to stop unwanted buzzing etc..
Igor has installed all the hardware in the paf now and she really is ready for wiring
now.. strings on for the first time ever!
the pickup surrounds are only screwed in place now, aligning the poles with the strings
a pair of locking strap buttons are installed
and we start making the custom trem arm.. bit long here though..
and here… but getting there
this is Igor in the morning.. doing an impression of me in the morning.. it’s a vicious circle
now, an ebony truss rod cover must be made..
and we start on the wiring.. a simple volume, tone, three way toggle and coil tap this time!! Phew!
the recessed jack plate is in place
as are the backplates..
and she is finally complete!!!
setup time.. and a test or two! She’s completely hollow and weighs only 6.3lbs and sounds absolutely amazing!!
and I’m not the only one who thinks so! Ben lives near by and just had to pop in for a viewing!
Have a great weekend!!