My other guitars have been feeling neglected since I got my first Precision Junior finished. I’m loving the range of tones this little devil can produce. And the resonance is amazing.
Finishing the guitar was a piece of cake:
Grain filled with ebony filler.
Sanded it back then dyed using amber dye/rubbing alcohol mixture.
Applied sanding sealer, sanded lightly then clear coated with several coats.
Level sanded, then buffed to a gloss finish.
I purchased my finishing supplies from Wood Essence in Saskatoon.
Here’s a few pictures for your gallery.
At long last, I finally got around to taking some pictures of the finished guitar.
I am very happy with this kit and it produced one of the finest guitars I have ever played or owned!
Thanks so much,
I wanted to share some images of my completed guitar, you are nore than welcome to include them on the website if you’d like. I’m pretty happy how my half of the work turned out and very happy with your end of the deal. Set up was a breeze and everything was spot on.
I went with seth lover pickups and of course used all of the nickel goodies you offered. Top it off with a set of Kluson tuners and there you go.
I’ve run her through both my Vox Ac10 and Fender Bassman ltd. And it sound amazing through both. Thanks again and looking forward to building another someday.
This is something I always wanted to do and I am very pleased with the kit and the results. Especially for my very first build. I even got my wife involved with staining and such, and as a thank you to her I put her name, Jamie, on it.
I used your parts kit (perfect color for my on the dials, btw) and Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues pick up set.
As some of you may have heard there is a new international ruling now in effect, January 2017, regarding Rosewood. Now we and our suppliers are just not sure how various agencies are going to enforce this ruling. It’s a tough one for sure.
The reason it was initiated is that a bunch of ne’er do well bugger’s are mowing down forests to get rosewood. No replanting, no thoughts to soil erosion, no cares for the people who rely on the forest to survive. In reading the CITES brief on why this sweeping measure was put in place they stated that rosewood is the number one illegal item trafficked now. It’s in the same style as ivory and rhinoceros horns etc.
So I agree with what they are trying to do. To be clear, all of the rosewood we have used in the past is in accordance with the existing rules. It is part of harvest silviculture.
We are moving to a new wood for the rosewood look. Pau Ferro (Machaerium villosum or schleroxylon), also known as Morado, Santos Rosewood, or Bolivian Rosewood is not a true Rosewood, but it boasts many of the qualities that are highly regarded in a fingerboard wood. It’s stable, abrasion resistant, hard, attractive, exotic and has good compression strength parallel to the grain. It’s not so resinous that it can be difficult to glue like a few of the Rosewoods. From Brazil and Bolivia, supplies are adequate and no shortages are anticipated.
Pau Ferro is the fret board at the bottom of the pic. Nice eh?
I never met Jay in person, he was one of my favourite grumpy curmudgeonly funny as hec customers though. Really enjoy working with him
I thought I’d just share this with you in his memory. This came from his wife when she responded to the Merry Christmas email.. ( see.. Jay didnt have an email either..:) and told me Jay has passed on November.
The guitar form you made for Jay made him so happy. I don’t know if I ever saw him so engaged in a hobby before. He was so proud of his finished guitar and really enjoyed playing it. His granddaughter has it now. He would have liked to do another but just did not have it in him. We had one of his friends play it at his memorial and he said it was one of the nicest guitars he has played. Thanks so much for helping to make Jay’s guitar venture such an enjoyable one.
RIP my friend..
This is where the boys in the paint shop rise above the others. The attention to detail is crazy good, This on of the PH-AT, plain maple cap arch top with the maple cap sides taped off. It creates a binding that’s so cool, because you can look at it up close and see the grain of the maple. It’s quite beautiful actually.
Through the years building our guitar I’ve come to understand what works well with our guitar. I mean most pickups are pretty darn good, it just some really stand out when placed on our “BONES” These pickups are hand made here in Vancouver, with the pieces we’ve come to know are tone giants… Okay well maybe not tone giants but pretty darn good… I have them made for our Junior, 59 Carved top and especially the Archtop..
Here’s one of new Archtops in the paint shop. The bursts has just been applied. This is a triple threat, a triple burst. Burst on Top, Burst on Bottom, Burst on Neck.
And then we’re going to pull the tape and scrape a binding. It will be the natural beautiful grain of the maple that will show through.
Triple Tobacco Faux Archtop.
It’s been a while but I wanted to send some pictures of my LP build now that it’s finished. This was quite a learning experience with a lot of mistakes but I persevered and very happy with the results.
I used hot hide glue for the neck which fit perfectly. Next, oil based pore filler from Guitar Re-ranch was used for the mahogany. I tinted the filler with cherry aniline dyes which gives it a nice antique look with fading. The top was then stained lemon yellow followed by sanding and a coat of tinted lacquer with a few of ‘clear’ coats. This step was the most interesting and fun. I used Behlen lacquer and set it out in the intense summer sun for a week or so which turned it a beautiful amber shade and seemed to lower the viscosity. The top cherry shading was the same aniline dye as used in the pore filler along with a little blue to get a more pronounced and deeper color (I was shooting for a washed cherry fade with a dirty-green lemon). The aged lacquer gives it a nice dirty lemon hue all around and I did a light top coat with the pristine lacquer. The guitar was then wet sanded from 400 up to 2000 grit followed by buffing using the foam pads from stewmac. The top and back are starting to fade slightly and the pics more or less capture that effect, especially the lower bout that now has a nice antique-y amber tone. I kick myself now for not documenting the whole process since it was an incredible transformation and a very rewarding experience overall.
Aside from the finish work, I put in Throbak PG102’s with luxe capacitors and faber hardware. The bridge studs are the new faber ABR-nashville adaptors, which are a nice upgrade. The result is a very lively and resonant guitar that plays and sounds way better than the reissue’s costing around $3K or higher. The guitar is also super light (~8 lbs) which seems to go very well with the PG102s. In particular, the neck pickup along with the out of phase middle position are scary good in this guitar (amazing clarity and punch, notes bloom like crazy)! Together with the thinner and harder lacquer finish and the buttery neck (somewhere between 59 and slim 60 with small shoulders) the feel and playability are absolutely superb. I don’t think it could have come out any better than it did. A real gem.
Lastly, I still can’t get over how cool the old looking top is with all the flecks and subtle curly pinstripe flame that really pop with the finish (so much for being in the ’ugly’ top category!!!).
Thanks very much for all of your help in making this happen!
sorry it took me a while to give an update… I decided to let the lacquer cure while we were on holiday and do the buffing and final assembly later.
Here are some pics… of the end result… I call the look ‘light ginger burst’… quite please for my first attempt at an LP…
To get to this, I first lightly washed the maple cap with potassium permanganate to emphasise the flame and give the maple a slightly ‘sun-light aged’ base colour, then sanded. I then dyed the entire top with water based light amber coloured dye. I then applied 2 thin coats of shellac and sanded again before spraying gloss nitro over the top, with a little more amber tinted nitro towards the edges. The back and sides are dyed in a mix of cherry red and black (to darken it) water based dyes. The back of the body is grain filled using transparent filler that I tinted with the cherry red /black mix, followed by 2 thin coats of shellac as barrier and sanding. The back and sides of the body and back of the neck were then finished in satin nitro…. Buffing and polishing of face of headstock and top done entirely by hand just using wet & dry of increasing grits as well as 3M micromesh, before using Meguiars automotive compound and ScratchX to mirror finish.
The pickups are the ‘Super-Dry’ humbuckers by Mark Foley of Fatboy Guitars UK (Replicas of Maxon/Greco DryZ humbuckers of the 1970s). The wiring harness has all the usual bits, including CTS Switchcraft, as well as bumblebee caps.
All metal hardware is nickel. The tuners are Grovers, the bridge, studs and tailpiece are Faber. All plastics are Gibson OEM.
I see you now do a hollow arch top 335-style body as well??? Might be a project for the winter/spring if I can get a good price on it. Always wanted a cherry red 335…
All the best,
I finished this thinline a while ago and thought you might like to see how it turned out. It looks way better in person than these photos but you get the idea. It plays and sounds awesome loaded with Fender Twisted Tele pickups.
Thanks for the great kit!
HI.. finally done.
Yes it took a few years to get her completed but I’ve had her up and running for about a month now. I haven’t played any of my other guitars (save my archtop) since then. Although my last Carved Top was Stolen in 1982, I do think this one sounds better. Band members and fans love it as well.
Wanted to send you a pic of the first kit I got from you. You remember this one? Has the four little knots between the pickups? Anyway, its the best playing and sounding Carved Top l I have ever picked up.
So we are making some changes of our offerings. I tell ya, making new guitar shapes is both fun and hard, a good amount of both.
This is a take off on one of our older kits.. I called it Bird Of Paradise, cause it looks like is flying.
One of our most excellent customers had a tie with this image on it. Lets do it he says. The tie comes to us, we send it to our airbrush team and voila, we have an exclusive amazing one of a kind guitar…
Hello all PGK team;)
I wanted to say that I was very satisfied with the kit that I bought you, it sounds crazy, mega rock guitar! grin emoticon
I exploded view to realize the black over goldtop heavy relic, everyone finds beautiful and it sounds great!
So I think that soon I will come to you to buy a sg jr and a flying V!
You address some pictures of my work hoping you like it! grin emoticon
This Name is ” T.T.Special ” ..Tracker Trip Special wink emoticon
Here is a guitar that is pretty awesome. It is 59 Carved Top with the Graphtech Ghost System installed. It has the most wonderful, full, acoustic guitar sound with just a bit of that edge you’d expect from an electric. Ken was very happy with the end result and we love making stuff like this..
Here is what Ken had to say:
Thought I would send you a few pick of the fantastic work you and yours did for me…I do not have the tools nor the patience to complete a project like this but Precision Guitar Kits sure do…the work that the CNC shop, the Bespoke build crew and paint is first rate…if you want to have a custom guitar built for you, I can recommend this wholeheartedly…fill your cart and press the buy button…then sit back and wait for “Precision” to arrive!
Hi there – Here a few pics of my SG Jr. build from a few years back. It plays like butter, and resonates like nothing else I’ve ever played. I’ve recommended PGK to anyone interested in rolling their own. Great bones – just like you say!
Named this one the “Les Ismore”. The P90 is an Alnico 2 kit from Stew Mac (8.4k dcr) The bridge is a Pigtail – and the studs and bushings from them are just spectacular. The tone cap was rescued from an old Hammond organ preamp. Wish I had more of em! It was hard (for me anyway) to get an accurate photo of the color. It’s a slightly yellowed white – nitrocellulose that I mixed up here. Thanks again!
INCREDIBLY lively, resonant and responsive.
Truth is that I was going for a Neil Young “Old Black” thing– Bigsby, Firebird/P90 pups– but bought the wrong (’54) LP. Live and learn.
Will get it the 2nd time around…. and have two killer/different Carved Tops in the stable 😉
You guys do excellent work. And the MojoAxe wraparound plus Lollars puts the icing on the cake. Wow.