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Well, I had a serious brain fart today.  I'm making the Mini Taser Teddley Bow.  I made the one string humbucker and cut the mounting holes for it and made the rear cavity to access the pup.  Next was a cavity to access the jack and the hole to mount the jack, then drill the wire route hole.  I did that, then resanded the wood (2X4s) and applied 2 coats of the vintage Fender butterscotch stain. 

I was feeling pretty good, a great few hours work.  Then I noticed it.  UH OH, I really screwed up.  Major goof.  When I did the cavity and the hole for the jack I put it on the wrong side of the guitar.  The jack was in the wrong spot.  The jack was now on the top edge of the guitar.  I'm an idiot.

What now?  This is a real head scratcher.  I don't want to trash it after all the work to form & sand the wood into that sexy shape.  Making it left handed is out of the question as this one has already been claimed by a good friend.  I have to salvage it.

My solution is to plug the jack hole with a dowel, make another cavity and redrill the wire route.  I'll then fit an entire back cover (from a cigar box).

I'll sand down the edges of the back cover to blend with the curvelature of the body, and sand down the dowel plug so it fits in seamlessly.  There's a little sanding clean up around the cavities.  I already showed it to my friend via Skype, he's cool with it and we had a good laugh.

The moral of this story?  It doesn't matter how many times you've built an instrument, you can still screw up big time...

Hope y'all got a laugh out of this!

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I used a magic marker to make the dowel plug look like another knot.  I used a Padron cigar box to make the back.  I'm happy with how it came out!

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Update:  No one will ever know...

Lol, nice save. I'm only on #107, but had my own moments. Jaguar spaced frets on a strat pattern neck spring to mind, as does using a 7mm drill instead of the correct 6mm to make the tuner holes. Easily my fave was not noticing an aluminum shard wedged in my adjustable set square, all the frets were tipped 1.5mm out of true. Didn't notice until my home made bridge position finder wouldn't reconcile....

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