Selmer lap steel restoration – part 4

In part 1 we created a template for the main scratchplate and in part 2 brass sheet was cut out and shaped to form the scratchplate. In part 3 we designed and built the tailpiece and came up with a design for the bridge. In part 4 we build the bridge…

The bridge will be made from a solid piece of brass bar.

After the bar has been cut to the right length, mounting holes are drilled and tapped for machine screws.

Mounting holes drilled and threaded

A template is applied and a final check made against the master template on the scratchplate

Final check on bridge design and placement

Then it’s time to get to work with the file…

Ready for filing

Some time later, it’s starting to take shape…

Bridge and tailpiece in position

Meanwhile, the next question was how to replicate the engraved markings aroung the volume and tone knobs. A quick search on the internet revealed that one could buy waterslide decal sheets that can be laser printed. Back to the CAD software to try to recreate the original design.

Decal design for volume and tone markings

Once applied to the scratchplate though, there was obviously a major problem – the decal was always going to show and unless it was laquered over, would be prone to peeling off.

Spot the decal?

Fortunately, the design was good and exactly what was needed to have the scratchplate professionally engraved and filled with black, so off it went to the engraver.

While that was being done it was time to have a look at the other end of the guitar… read more in part 5