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#101 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:25 AM

Bummer! That board seems like it's the crux of excellence in issue. Stay persistent, Cur.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:35 AM

they'll send me a proper fretboard after i call. i just got home too late to give them a shout last night.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:40 PM

hats off to stewmac! i just got off the phone with them re: the flawed rosewood fretboard. a new one, checked by one of their techs, is going out today via 2-day mail. they didn't even want to see the pictures or have me return the flawed fb. they're just sending it out on my word. i'm a big fan of their tools, components and now, customer service. and, after asking some questions unrelated to the fretboard, i ordered a better 3-way switch to toggle between bridge, neck and both pickups together. they said i should just return the little toggle switches and they'll refund the money or give me credit. thank you stewmac!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:28 PM

Excellent. Good customer service goes a long way to creating loyal custeez. Belly up, brahs. :funny1:

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:42 PM

Excellent. Good customer service goes a long way to creating loyal custeez. Belly up, brahs. :funny1:

i've done comparative pricing with other on-line sources, and stewmac comes in with lower prices and better quality components than any other place i've found. this was my first dealing with their customer service and yeah, they won a loyal customer today.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:43 PM

:bigsmile:

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:30 PM

5/22

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finishing the headstock and truss rod cover. this layer will be sanded down.

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finishing the back of the guitar. this layer will be sanded down.

#108 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:03 AM

Moving from the shop I see. Soon, you'll be playing it.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:03 AM

Is that Rye's ass I spy? :bigsmile:

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:24 AM

Moving from the shop I see. Soon, you'll be playing it.

i moved it out today so it would dry better as i add more lacquer. that layer will be sanded until almost nothing remains...just a thin residue. then more lacquer and more sanding. then i've got to set up the next fretboard...and add hardware and electronics. it's still a couple of weeks from a strum.

Is that Rye's ass I spy? :bigsmile:

yup! :cur:

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:08 PM

5/23

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preparing to enlarge the toggle switch hole to fit a different switch than the one i originally planned to use

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newly expanded toggle switch hole

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scraping the finish smooth, even and flat over the grain flaw on the guitar back

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lacquer and sand and lacquer and sand...

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bubba wet sanding (600 grit) the body of his guitar build

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same dude as before still clutching my guitar

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the guitar put away flat and upside down on my project shelf space, waiting for the grain fill to set

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:24 AM

5/24

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the replacement for the flawed fretboard i received on monday, arrived today broken at the 12th fret slot. it appeared as though something fell on the box in transit. the wood is beautiful but useless to me. stewmac is sending a third slotted rosewood fretboard overnight.

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today the replacement fretboard arrived broken

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broken fretboard

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snapped at the 12th fret

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still got some more finishing and sanding accomplished

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finishing and sanding and finishing and sanding...

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:16 AM

Wow man, you should consider building a guitar without a fretboard. Terrible luck!

Looking good though!

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:54 PM

Wow man, you should consider building a cheesecutter without a fretboard. Terrible luck! Looking good though!


thanks...that's what i have now (i fixed that for you). ;)

next slotted fretboard is expected sometime today. :)

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 01:30 AM

5/25 - fretboard arrived this afternoon.

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cutting edge angles on today's fretboard

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double sided tape...the preferred temporary adhesive

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dots and edge dot marks

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hand drilling side dot holes. a crack, which i later chipped off, can be seen between fret slots 23 and 24. it was glued back on and repaired using a rosewood dust/titebond paste and clamps.

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m.o.p. side dots

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fretboards and workbench

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first clampdown

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second clampdown

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workbench

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looking down the fretboard

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 07:39 PM

5/26

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after being clamped overnight, here's the repaired fretboard and side dots.

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repaired fretboard and side dots

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preparing to put the frets on

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adding frets

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frets on the repair

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frets on the repair

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routing the top thinner from inside using a dremel freehand

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thinned top halfway done

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bench layout

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:26 PM

i can honestly say that this is not a hobby for those who need instant gratification or have a low threshold for frustration.

it's been two and a half months and all the parts are slowly but surely coming together. :)

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:53 AM

5/27

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5/27 - filing fret sides

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5/27 - leveling frets

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5/27 - leveling frets

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5/27 - truss rod set into the neck

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5/27 - preparing to glue the fretboard to the neck

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5/27 - gluing the fretboard to the neck

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5/27 - fretboard bound and clamped to the neck

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5/27 - trusty canine assistant

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5/27 - trusty canine assistant

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5/27 - trusty canine assistant

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:56 AM

5/27 continued...

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5/27 - fretboard glued to neck

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5/27 - fretboard glued to neck

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5/27 - fretboard glued to neck

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5/27 - fretboard glued to neck

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:38 PM

Looking great, Adam!
I really enjoy watching your progress. :smile:

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 10:00 PM

Wow. Looks super.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:57 AM

Fantastic !! :bigsmile:

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:26 AM

thanks!

here are a few pics from today.

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grinding an allen wrench for the truss rod

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dressing frets

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sanding and shaping the neck

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setting screw threads in the peg head

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oops. i broke a threading tool in the body, under where the bridge sits. i used a dremel with a small bit to rout down around the embedded tool.

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bubba extracting the threading tool

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tailpiece/bridge, volume and tone pots, 3-way switch and cable socket

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flush mounted cable socket

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control cavity

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:28 AM

5/28 continued...

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headstock back

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headstock front

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today's shop dogs...barley and her momma, rye.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:54 AM

.You're gonna need to add sound to this thread at some point very soon...

It looks really amazing Adam.


yes, I have been following the progress "lurkingly"

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:35 AM

heading back today to hopefully finish the lacquer finish/sand/finish/sand/finish/sand cycle.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:22 PM

Ballin!

Hey whats that black material you used to bind the fretboard to the neck after glueing?

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 11:28 AM

Ballin! Hey whats that black material you used to bind the fretboard to the neck after glueing?


it's bubba's brilliant idea for a "clamp" that provides significant, equal pressure to the entire fretboard/neck glue up. they are strips of rubber inner tube wrapped around the fretboard and neck!

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:43 PM

a few pics from yesterday... .

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heating an alpha-numeric punch

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identification numbers burned into the inside of my cavity cover

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warming lacquer

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workbench

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electronics cavity further routed by hand to custom fit the pots and 3-way switch

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unsecured cover placed over the cavity

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:57 PM

Awesome! Looking great, Adam.

Given it the Scottie sand n coat? :crazy:

That guy never stops. After about 8 sand/coats I usually call it a day, but not Scoot. He'll sand n coat the wood cardboard thin. :funny1:

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:09 PM

you can see how thin the top has become by looking at the control holes in the access cavity.

the back and neck are done...but for a light 600 grit sanding. the front still needs another 320 grit sanding; then a final coat of lacquer and a couple of 600 grit passes. and yes...it's received many coats of lacquer which have been sanded back down to wood, though there's no point in posting more pictures of the same.

scottie used poly which actually requires more of the old "coat and sand" than does the nitrocellulous, but i'm still putting in the time and effort to ensure a thin, even finish.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 01:11 PM

6/3 - finishing and sanding... .

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 02:29 PM

i don't know how i missed the beginnings of this thread.. . reading and looking through all of this has really brightened up a rainy day home with two sick kids.. super talented, dude.. i am dying to see this all stringed up

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:00 PM

thanks...me too. i stuck the thread here so it would fly a little under the radar, and not constantly be bumped in the family forum with updated pics.

i stole an hour or so today and sanded down yesterday's coat...and then added some more. it's raining and cool today and i used the opportunity to apply a thicker coat after sanding and cleaning.

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the sanding part

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applying a heavier-than-normal coat of lacquer

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yesterday i started working on a new truss rod cover by cutting and laminating together left over wood from the neck.

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today i removed the clamps from the now laminated block that will become the new truss rod cover.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:45 AM

some shots taken over the last few days...

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unfinished new truss rod cover

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finished new truss rod cover

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pick-ups and pick-up rings ready for wiring

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wired pick-ups and rings

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wiring the tone pot with a .020 microfarad capacitor

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tinning the volume pot

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starting to wire the -way toggle

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wired pick-ups and rings

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electronics workbench

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:23 PM

Hi A Squared!
J Squared is still diggin this thread. :jamguy:

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:46 PM

thanks j2!

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using a sharp, level edge to scrape the finish even and flat. the white residue is already scraped finish.

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sanding the finish smooth

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wet sanding the finish

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 06:56 PM

Starting to look smexy! :drool:

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 02:42 AM

6/13

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workbench - underside of tailpiece/bridge sanded through for grounding

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adding pieces to the puzzle

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wired components

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starting to set up the guitar

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setting up the intonation

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setting up the intonation

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playable...though it will be disassembled next week so i can tweak electronics and complete the lacquer finish.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 03:15 AM

adam.... it's been real cool watching you work through this project here and on FB. Very impressive, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:19 AM

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Ballin!

She's a beaut man, great work. It was fun watching it go from wood to woody, that is, I mean to say: Shwing!

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 03:39 PM

Adam

I would like to thank you for this thread. As a career woodworker and a three chord hack of a guitarist, I have very much enjoyed following this project.
Nice attention to detail, really shows in the end result. I would like to hear it sing sometime. Also curious if this is your first.

It is not often that I get to make sawdust without the meter running anymore. Something I need to work on.
Musical instruments are about the only task that I have never attempted in the shop. I have an employee who has completely rebuilt a cello and built a stand up bass from scratch. Some of the most impressive work I have seen first hand.
Thanks again for sharing. Us lurkers appreciate it.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:34 PM

thanks for your kind words, ken. this is my first instrument and first major woodworking project, though i did once build a soapbox derby car with my dad and i have an unfinished kayak waiting for me... .

my next projects will be an electric violin for an old and dear friend, and an even lighter guitar for myself, using just a piezo bridge pickup with a single volume control running through a small, on board pre-amp. for the violin, i'll probably try my hand at custom winding my own 4-pole magnetic pick-up.

this guitar weighs in at about 6 lbs, even with the through-body neck...or roughly half the weight of my gibson les paul.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:45 PM

Nice work, Mr. Luthier! :clapping:

Will you give us a demonstration at Vibes?

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:39 PM

Nice work, Mr. Luthier! :clapping:


thank you! it still needs some tweaks, but it's almost there.

Will you give us a demonstration at Vibes?


you mean like occupy vibes? :grin:

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:45 PM

Looks great, Adam. :clapping:

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:54 PM

you mean like occupy vibes? :grin:



:lol: NO!

#148 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:13 PM

Also, will you be adding the inbedded LED lights in blue or read at any point?

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:14 PM

They have a special on them right now @ NYBulbs. You can get the diodes at a fraction of the cost of an MR16 IR halogen replacement bulb.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:16 PM

Definitely gonna need #3s. Definitely.