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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Filling in the trem cavity

I have a roadstar that I'm working on, I want to get rid of the power rocker trem and make it a hardtail, so I'm filling in the trem cavity and I was wondering if I have to use basswood since that is what it is made out of or can I use a different type of wood? Any info will help. Thanks guys
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Re: Filling in the trem cavity

Don't do this without reading the Project Guitar tutorial on this subject. If it's done properly (see what they suggest about the perimeter), the wood type will be less critical. Otherwise the joints will invariably be visible.
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Ok thank you
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Re: Filling in the trem cavity

I looked through that tutorial, instead of drilling the ground wire from the back, do it through the front where its going to be covered up by the bridge plate.

Also, Id suggest using a 2 part epoxy instead of wood glue for something like that. Theres really no good compressive force to bond the peices together, and epoxy will hold better. Plus, when it dries, you wont have those annoying lines to deal with, because the epoxy wont shrink like the glue does.
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Also, Id suggest using a 2 part epoxy instead of wood glue for something like that. Theres really no good compressive force to bond the peices together, and epoxy will hold better. Plus, when it dries, you wont have those annoying lines to deal with, because the epoxy wont shrink like the glue does.
There's no better adhesive for a raw wood-to-raw wood bond than a quality wood glue. That's why luthiers use so much of it.

As the tutorial says, you disguise the edge of the joint by routing or dremeling a small groove and using epoxy wood filler to fill in the groove. So it's wood glue for the inner parts and epoxy where it's exposed.

This is the link for the trem to hardtail tutorial:

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/tht2.htm

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There's no better adhesive for a raw wood-to-raw wood bond than a quality wood glue. That's why luthiers use so much of it.

As the tutorial says, you disguise the edge of the joint by routing or dremeling a small groove and using epoxy wood filler to fill in the groove. So it's wood glue for the inner parts and epoxy where it's exposed.

This is the link for the trem to hardtail tutorial:

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/tht2.htm


Right. some epoxies have literally tons of bonding force though. You're not getting good wood to wood contact. Will it work? Absolutely. As long as you're using the expensive stuff. Stay away from stuff you get at walmart. There's a good wood glue, I don't remember the name, ill look it up when I get home.
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Re: Filling in the trem cavity

I was actually thinking of the same thing last night, and found this:

http://www.guitarpartsresource.com/b...hottrilogy.htm

Not sure the pocket is identical for the Roadstar. Might be worth the $20 if it was though.
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