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Thread: Here goes... spalt maple axis re-top

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    Here goes... spalt maple axis re-top

    Love my axis... hate the top. Kind of a "lame duck" unfortunately. Also, not the hugest fan of the plastic binding...

    Pretty experienced in guitar building and modding, so, theres a poignant solution for me. RETOP IT

    It's a quilt blue axis, nothing special, and its REALLY beat up. Not concerned about any opinions on resale value please. That said, I will respect Mr. Ball's wishes and will not be placing an EBMM logo (it will keep the serial back plate however). Im even removing the "made in san luis obispo" screen on the rear of the headstock.

    Disclosure out of the way, lets begin shall we (I work quickly, bear with me) Heres a good teaser, more to come tomorrow.
    (edit, theres no gaps, thats just the glue)

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    Look forward to this. I love spalt. That one looks particularly nice with some flame!
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    I'm a fan...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfbone07 View Post
    Look forward to this. I love spalt. That one looks particularly nice with some flame!
    Not bad for a 30$ piece of wood eh? haha

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    Nice book match - can't wait to see it!

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    Oh, yeah. I'm on board. Are you removing the original top?

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    Project thread! This one is going to be fun!
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    Please give lots of explanation along the way - because I'm hoping I might learn something!

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    Awesome! This ought to be good.

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    Totally stoked !!!!
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    Most excellent choice! That's a nice specimen there. Will be watching anxiously. Lots of pictures along the way if you can PLEASE.

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    Yeah man... Lots of details. Getting popcorn...

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    You should post a before pic of said Axis just so we can see the whole transformation

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    Don't worry guys, I'll go into some modicum of detail for ya.

    Its painfully simple though, I will be sending the body through the planer, until it goes to the thickness required, then I will be gluing the top to the body. Then I place it on the router table for about 30 seconds and to to town trimming it to the body.

    From there, I will take another trim bit and a plunge router, do some new pickup routes and follow the neck joint.

    It's truly not a complicated process, Im kinda shocked its not done more to be honest. Tops on these things are so hit or miss. My EVH was about 300000% better than my axis, but most EVH's have (sorry) (in my taste) terrible tops.

    edit: I've done this before as well, sorta. This one didn't come out so well, but it was a long time ago as well, my skills have been sharpened since then

    Last edited by Bob123; 11-18-2014 at 09:23 PM.

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    Wow... I'm excited, love these threats..
    Last edited by Jorge ven; 11-19-2014 at 06:37 AM.

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