I will be using Tru-Oil, so the preparation needed to be really good.
I sanded with 120, 240, 320, 400 and 800 grit, getting rid of all the
scratches and marks. I then masked off the fingerboard and a few other
I applied the Tru-Oil sanding sealer with a bit of old t-shirt:
Again it is applied with an old t-shirt. Here it is after 6 coats of Tru-Oil:
I put on a total of 12 coats of Tru-Oil. I then rubbed down lightly with 2000
grit wet-and-dry, used wet and buffed it.
I put on two coats of Colron wax polish. I will put more coats on over time...
I am using Seymour-Duncan SH-1s ('59s), a SH-1n and a SH-1b, essentially
PAF-type pickups. I really like their tone - they are quite warm. They are
only single wire plus earth so no coil tapping.
I am using one tone with a .02 uF capacitor and two volume pots (all 500k
log) and a three-way switch to control it. I wired as much as possible up on
a wooden block before mounting it in the cavity.
I used sticky-backed copper foil. I lined the pickup cavities, the control
cavity and the control cavity cover. This is to reduce extraneous
As a belt and braces approach, I also soldered wires in each compartment to
maintain a common earth (the pickup shielding would probably have done this,
but it can't do any harm and may do some good).
Earth The Bridge
I attached a wire to the bridge mounting post by drilling a hole in the bottom
bit and soldering a wire to it. The wire was then attached to a screw in the
control cavity that is common to all the shielded cavities and the common
The following image shows the control cavity wired up.
The setup was a very similar process to the OM guitar. I again notched
feeler gauges with a file to act as a nut file and set the action at the
nut. I then set the overall action at the bridge and then the intonation.
Finally, I adjusted the truss rod.
The only major hassle was in levelling the frets - I needed to relevel
them at this stage - not really too sure why - could the fingerboard have
shrunk a little with the oil or finish ? Who knows....
Anyway I ended up with a really low action that I am happy with...
It plays really nicely with a very low action - I am pretty pleased.
It sounds amazing - there is absolutely no hum whatsoever - I have never
played such a noise-free guitar. I think I am going to have to look at my
other electric guitar and shield that now !
I really like the neck humbucker (SH-1n). I am less convinced by the
bridge pickup - I can't put my finger on it but I don't like the sound
anywhere near as much. It sounds ok blended with a little bit of the neck
or with the tone rolled off a little. I wish now that I had put separate tone
controls on each pickup - oh well, live and learn...
The following are a few photos of the finished guitar: (there is a bit of an
optical illusion with the grain and the angle of the bridge - it looks as
if the stop tailpiece and pickup rings are not true - they are !).