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Baby sitar build – day 6 – complete

The last coat of tung oil has dried, so I applied a coat of paste wax.

Applying a coat of paste wax

Applying a coat of paste wax

After 15 minutes or so, I rubbed it off and buffed it out. It leaves a nice luster to the finish.

Polishing

Polishing

Next step was to line the control cavity with adhesive-backed copper, for shielding.

Lining the control cavity with copper

Lining the control cavity with copper

I was asked to sign the guitar, so I tucked my name away in the neck pocket.

Signing the neck pocket

Signing the neck pocket

 

Attaching the buzz bridge

Attaching the buzz bridge

After that, I added the buzz bridge and the tail piece.

Tail piece attached

Tail piece attached

 

Adding volume and tone pots

Adding volume and tone pots

I added the jack, then the tone and volume potentiometers.

Tuners installed

Tuners installed

then I installed the tuners in the head and attached the neck.

Neck installed

Neck installed

 

Leg rest installed

Leg rest installed

After adding the leg rest, I sat down to figure out the wiring. I am no expert at electronics, so it takes me a while. I had a little trouble and actually wound up re-wiring it three times till I got it right.

Wiring up the controls

Wiring up the controls

 

Closing it up

Closing it up

Finally I got it right and attached the panel cover to close it all up.

Oiling the neck

Oiling the neck

The last thing I did before wiring it up was to put a rejuvenating coat of oil on the fret board. May as well make it all look new.

Before and after

Before and after

Here is a before and after shot. I think it is a bit of an improvement.

Since I don’t play, I am going to hand it over to my friend Bill, the proud new owner, and he can set it all up properly. There may be a couple tweaks required to get the buzz bridge set up, but for the most part, I think I am done. I took a few different photos trying to find just the right light.


This build was fun. I hope you enjoyed following along.

2 comments on “Baby sitar build – day 6 – complete

  1. Michael Mathews
    January 25, 2015

    Lawrence, Very nice build and documentation! The Baby Sitar looks great and I’m sure your friend Bill will make it sing nicely.

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