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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2020, 06:25:23 pm »
I guess it's better that it happened on a cheap Harley Benton kit than on some expensive DIY project!

A question (might be a stupid one):
Does this "unwanted" sanding affect how well the neck fits the body?

Expensive or cheap makes no difference, it's only primer and elbow grease, a pain but no real issue, as for the neck fit, it will make no difference what so ever as the neck pocket is masked.
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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2020, 09:36:03 pm »
SGs are so hot right now. Looking forward to how this is going to turn out.

As for the primer mistake, that's why you take on a kit guitar, to make mistakes and learn. 

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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2020, 08:26:20 pm »
More work done today, nice weather so sat outside installing the tuners and made a soldering jig, also gave the body a coat of filler primer (no pics as not much to see)

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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2020, 10:36:01 pm »
More work done today, nice weather so sat outside installing the tuners and made a soldering jig, also gave the body a coat of filler primer (no pics as not much to see)



Finally something I know how it's done :D! The more I read those posts, the more I am thinking of actually buying a kit and learning how to do basic woodwork.

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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2020, 11:24:51 pm »
Oh wow Agj nice hearing from you and certainly such a neat build story! Curious how this will look and sound in the end!
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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2020, 02:44:30 pm »
Got as far as I can with the electrics, my soldering tends to be functional rather than neat and tidy.  Also got some paint on the body but I'm keeping it under my hat at the moment just in case I fail to achieve what I'm aiming for.



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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2020, 02:53:18 pm »
Thx for the pics. I had no idea a 3 way toggle looks just like on the Seymour Duncan wiring diagram, I thought they were abstracted!
Can't interpret the push/pull pots from the diagram though, look much more compact than the diagram.

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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2020, 04:02:13 pm »
Well I'm not sure, what do you think?  Bear in mind the blue looks much nicer and the silver less grey in proper light and lacquer is still to be applied , colours used Honda Electron Blue Pearlescent, Mercedes Cirrus White and Ford Tectonic Silver, probably a little too ambitious to go for this type of finish with rattle cans.

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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2020, 05:58:54 pm »
Looking good! I'm starting to GAS for this baby:
https://harleybenton.com/product/dc-custom-cherry/
For $200 US plus shipping, I'm about to begin my sales pitch. I feel a tender and emotive love song coming on...<grin>

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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2020, 07:41:58 pm »
Looking good! I'm starting to GAS for this baby:
https://harleybenton.com/product/dc-custom-cherry/
For $200 US plus shipping, I'm about to begin my sales pitch. I feel a tender and emotive love song coming on...<grin>
You really won’t go wrong with that baby, those Roswell pups are pretty decent, for the price you can’t get anything anywhere near as good for less than double the price!
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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2020, 08:29:20 pm »
You really won’t go wrong with that baby, those Roswell pups are pretty decent, for the price you can’t get anything anywhere near as good for less than double the price!
Yeah, I'm not sure the epi at double the price is this good of a guitar. I said this before, but SG's are smokin' hot right now. I was riffing some AC/DC the other day and really could have used this thing.

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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2020, 01:09:12 am »
Yeah, I'm not sure the epi at double the price is this good of a guitar. I said this before, but SG's are smokin' hot right now. I was riffing some AC/DC the other day and really could have used this thing.
An interesting comparison here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8G280geLTmc
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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2020, 02:04:15 am »
An interesting comparison here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8G280geLTmc
I like the HB's single volume & tone controls and the output jack on the bottom. A much cleaner design. Any difference in tone is completely overshadowed by the difference in cost. I've got to work on my Rock chops before I can even justify another guitar to myself.

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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2020, 09:59:25 am »
An interesting comparison here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8G280geLTmc

I think a like for like test would be more interesting, the P90 Gibson with Wrap Around bridge against the Harley Benton with Humbuckers and Tune o matic bridge is not a true comparison
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Re: New Project, Harley Benton DC Kit
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2020, 11:53:43 am »
Well, got everything together, just the wiring to do and final set up.  Due to short supplies on Amazon I went with the supplied nut which to be fair seems to be cut just right.  I got really lucky when I screwed on the bridge posts as can be seen in the pics, that's the string height I got without making any adjustment, intonation is close enough, only requiring some fine adjustment but I want to wait for everything to settle in first.  Strings used were GHS Boomers 09-42.  Just the electrics to finish and we're good to go.  Paint job didn't quite go to plan but it is what it is, I may change it later.







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