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post #1 of 88 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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RGT build

Just got an RGT of some description off the bay, basswood body with the usual 5pc maple walnut neck with dot inlays, I think its an RGT42. Bought it with no hardware whatsoever, not even frets! It was painted some awful blue when i got it but it looks metallic red/copper underneath. I did manage to scrape the blue off and found a bit of a serial number that I couldn't make out but it definitely said Korea. Here's some pics, hope someone can tell me what it is





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Yep, it's definitely an RGT42. If you take off more paint we'll be able to tell if it's an FMDR or other...........

Did you get it for a good price??
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I'm one step ahead



No flamed maple I'm afraid but I've got a nice walnut veneer I'm gonna put on top



Paid £100 GBP for it which I thought was reasonable
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I remember that RGT42 Been on ebay about 3 times ! I got offered it for £70 posted when the original owner had it.

You paid £100? previous person paid around £80
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I remember that RGT42 Been on ebay about 3 times ! I got offered it for £70 posted when the original owner had it.

You paid £100? previous person paid around £80
Wow thats amazing!
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Wow....I love the look of this........I'd be tempted to keep it as/is!!!!!
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Wow....I love the look of this........I'd be tempted to keep it as/is!!!!!

I know what you mean, not bad for basswood is it. Things is, and I know alot of people will probably hate me for this, but I want to fill the trem cavity with a bit of maple and convert it to a string thru hardtail, so ill need to do something to cover the top, but I'll leave the back as it is. I'll put some more pics up soon and of the future progress.
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awesome...looking forward to seeing this project progress!!
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post #9 of 88 (permalink) Old 03-26-2012, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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A few updates of the sanding progress... man I hate sanding sealer!










Sanding the horns is definitely the worst part...



All the paint off now, just got do a little smoothing out in the horns to get the shape right where they meet the neck (basswood is real soft ain't it!?) and then work up through the grades to get it nice n smooth
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No flamed maple I'm afraid but I've got a nice walnut veneer I'm gonna put on top
That's really tasty!
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looking really good!!! any idea what kind of finish youll be doing?? something transparent i hope to let those neck through woods shine
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Gonna try a tru oil finish, I've had good results with Danish oil before but I know I need something quite durable with basswood being so soft so I thought tru oil would be the best bet. I haven't got the equipment to spray clear coats and don't really like smothering guitars in thick plasticky stuff
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Tru oil will look awesome..i did a tele body with tru oil once it looked awesome..and a little gunstock wax after the oil...good to go!! its easy and it looks just as nice as a clear coat.
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wow man that walnut veneer looks wicked...that's going to be a sharp ax!
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post #15 of 88 (permalink) Old 04-02-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Update time!

Routed the front and rear trem cavities today and made a block from some maple to fit the rear. My first experience with a router and after a little practice on some scrap I just went for it, did the front first and then the rear, the rear came out better because i got the hang of it more doing the front side, in hindsight I should of done it the other way round!

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Ready to route


Front side routed square, sides are pretty straight



Rear side routed square, I left a lip and 4 screw holes so that I can still fit the trem cover to hide the block, might make my own trem cover from the walnut veneer with holes drilled in it for the strings to pass through and just glue it on and sand it flush with the body.



Filled with maple block, took forever to get it to fit, and even then I made it a bit small on the length because I didn't realise it was the corners stopping it from going in the hole! [email protected]! Some epoxy filler should sort that when I glue it in.




View from the front cavity, need to sort the pup routes when its glued in aswell

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