Why weren't the trem post holes drilled before the thing was finished?
B/c its not finished, it just has one coat of sealer. The guitar is FAR from finished. Its just partially mocked up in that picture, besides, I drill the post holes last so their not piled under layers upon layers of paint.
Good catch. Typically the holes are drilled and the inserts are put in before the body is finished. I suppose you could do if after the fact but it would be easier to do it before finishing.
Good Catch? Its not about doing whats easier Toneboy, its about doing whats best. If you drill the holes 1st & then put the inserts in then your going to get about 4 coats of sealer, 2-3 coats of color & 2-3 coats of clear on them.....basically your going to bury them under paint. Why don't I want to do that? Several reasons. #1 I think it looks like total crap. I would much rather see the nice new metal anchor unpainted and cleanly pressed in than buried under approx 10 coats of finish. It just looks like a cleaner assembly when parts aren't painted over. #2 reason, what if one day you need to remove that anchor? What if the stud strips and you can't get it out so you need to replace the entire anchor? Guess what, if you use the method of installing the anchors before the finishing your going to completely destroy the paint all around the anchors when you remove them. Even if you try & exacto knife around them A) that doesn't look clean at all but & B) you can tell it was exacto'd out & it still chips & flakes the paint when its removed b/c the stud is essentially buried under layers & layers of paint. BUT, if you do the finishing 1st, then drill the anchor holes to the proper diameter when your doing the assembly then not only is the stud going to fit nice & tight in the hole but its also going to look much more cleanly done & if you ever need to remove the anchor you can do so without any paint damage. I use to drill them before finishing the body, but then I realized if I am going to be the one building the guitar/assembling the guitar & doing the paint work as well then I would be better off to drill them at the end so it looks nicer & more professional & looks like a little more time & attentional to detail was taken, rather than just putting them in & piling the paint over them. If done with the right bit, a forstner bit, it will be a perfectly clean hole as a forstner bit cuts differently than that your regular drill bit & will not chip the paint at all. The only time I drill the post holes now is if I'm not doing the assembly or paint & someone just orders a body I will go ahead & do all the appropriate holes for them.
I simply don't see any reason in the world why it would be better or benificial to install the anchors before the finishing. Toneboy, or should I call you Matt, what makes it easier to drill the holes & install the anchors before the paint when you do the exact SAME thing after the paint...drill the holes & install the anchors?
The only difference is your "easier" method places the anchors under many layers of paint & sealer & will only result in possible damage to the surrounding area of paint if the anchor ever needs to be removed to where my method of drilling the holes & installing after the finishing results in a cleaner look, no more work, & no possible damage to the paint if the anchors are ever removed for whatever reason. Of course, since your not a painter or a guitar builder I wouldn't really expect you to know or think of these little details....
(Also another scenario for reason to remove the anchors would be what if someone decides to go with another tremelo system & they want to utilize the studs & anchors that come with & match that new system)
Sure I know Ibanez does it & paints over them, but that doesn't really mean that its the BEST way to go about it. They also used colored paper for their vine & pyramid inlays, so I wouldn't really look to them for setting the bar in attention to detail......
HA! Fat chance of that.
GroovyCoovy contacted me and told me he wanted a mahogany JEM body. He told me his specs, he ok'd the piece of Mahogany lumber I showed to him that I recommended using, he paid & I cut the body that day & sent him the pictures....which was yesterday. So HA back at ya.....