The finish is cured, so my last step is to apply a coat of paste wax.
I let it set for a few minutes, then I rubbed it off with a soft cloth. This buffs the finish to a nice warm glow.
The fret board was very dry from lack of use, so I applied a heavy coating of lemon oil, then rubbed away the excess with a cloth.
Next, I installed the pickups and attached the tail piece.
I re-attached the tuning heads to the head stock.
I really should have remembered to install the copper shielding prior to running the pickup wires into the control cavity, but I just worked around them. I also drilled a small hole over to one of the screw holes for the tail piece, and ran a wire from it into the control cavity to ground everything together.
Once the copper was in place, I installed the switch, potentiometers, input jack, and wiring, then closed it up.
I drilled two small pilot holes and installed the strap buttons.
I don’t have the new knobs yet, so I re-installed the old ones.
I bolted on the neck and strung the baritone up.
Here are a few shots of the finished product.
I got my son Ian to tune the guitar and play a few short clips for me, so you can hear how it sounds.
All in all, I think it turned out pretty nice. My son is not a fan of the burled top, but he likes the way it sounds. Bill should be happy with it, when I hand it over to him on Monday.
That guitar looks amazing!!
Thanks, I have a couple more to do in the near future. The Nextel one will be a Hodge-podge of styles done with my son’s school logo and colors. Might look a little weird, but I get to be creative…