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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Routing UV?

I'm still waiting for my UV777BK (ordered it end of August, expected to arrive end of January ) and I'm really thinking of putting in EMG 707's. I know the PU-cavaties will have to be routed, but I was wondering how that is done considering the finish. Won't that crack arond the edges? Does anybody have pics of the body before and after the routing? I'm just a little worried about putting a saw to my new $1900 guitar
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 01:41 PM
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It may chip the finish along the edges of the routing, yes. The pickguard should cover up any flaws that may occur. If you take your time, go about it nice and slow, you should be fine ;-)

I would try on a "practice" body first.
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use a NEW router bit (a sharp one) and cover the entire area the router base will touch with masking tape, draw your route pattern on the tape, and route it all with the tape on, when you peel the tape off, pull it back on itself very close to the body TOWARDS the edge you just routed, you probably won't end up with any chips in the finish, but more importantly, you won't end up scratching your body up.
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post #4 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 02:05 PM
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Good point, Jeremy....the tape thing for no cracking.

I do the same thing, but I didn't think of it at the time I posted

Also, I use templates and mask the body with this blue film I have, basically the same thing as tape ;-)
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Tape is a great idea.FOr hardwood floors,I use blue painters tape since the extra adhesive strength of masking tape can cause problems.The green painters tape is even better.It is less likely to stick to any potentially loose pieces of finish on your guitar afte you route it pull them off.Unless you are having someone else do it for you .
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I just noticed that my grammar was horrible in that post.I am not even sure if I spelled Grammar correctly.
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post #7 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 02:38 PM
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Your s p a c e bar isn't working either
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Would it also help to lightly trace the outline of the area to be routed with an X-acto knife and a sharp, fresh blade? That might help prevent any chipping, etc. as well I'd think.
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post #9 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 04:04 PM
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I believe that would help.
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if you actually had the patience to cut through the clear with it, Exacto's are good, but man, that clear is tougher than you think. if you have a very sharp router blade though, you can do it. I've cut monkey grips in finished bodies with no chipping, then all you have to do is refinish the grip.
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post #11 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 05:13 PM
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Should this be in the Tech: Setup, Repair & Mods section?

You use a Router for the grip?
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post #12 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 05:41 PM
 
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ya, what do you use? LOL
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post #13 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 05:46 PM
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Hee hee hee, now, now, I can't reveal my trade secrets ;-)
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post #14 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 06:17 PM
 
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Brian's tutorial on projectguitar shows it being done with a spade bit (or a hole saw bit) and a jigsaw.
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post #15 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 06:32 PM
 
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yup, but a router is sooooooooooo much easier and does nicer work
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