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  2. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Awesome, so no need to do the angled thing. Cool 😀 Cheers!
  3. Today
  4. Andyjr1515

    Les Paul build revisited

    Looking good! Ref the truss rod slot, a modern one way or two way truss rod would have a slot running parallel to the top face of the neck
  5. KempGuitars

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Prostheta, you got it bang on... It was not easy. I must've done a dozen tests on scrap and most left a brown blend. In the end, I found that repeatedly overlaying the purple, blending it and then (hard to explain) almost trying to rub away that blended "edge" with some green. It looks like there's brown there in the pic but it there isn't. It's very difficult to capture the true colour on the camera... And it does look much better in person. My client sent me a picture of a Kiesel with this colour burst and I think I replicated it nicely. I did try and find out what they used but no joy. I am not a big fan of stains or bursts but I'm quite happy with this.
  6. Prostheta

    Les Paul build revisited

    It looks like our dining table! Does the carve have a recurve at the edges?
  7. Prostheta

    Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Also, AWS S3 is scary since you don't know exactly what it costs until it costs what it costs....
  8. Prostheta

    Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Slow week? Hardly. I'm currently wrestling with our AWS S3 trying to offload the (HUGE) image proxy cache and attachments overhead so our main cloud package isn't as expensive as it currently is. Given the current load and space requirements, ProjectGuitar.com's package should cost $130 a month (yeah, tell me about it) however dividing it down should bring our cloud hosting to less than half of that plus whatever the monthly S3 get transfers are. Problem is, it means that the software has to rewrite every single attachment reference and cached inline image post for 16yrs whilst transferring the files themselves. Absolutely fraught with nightmarish things that could go wrong. I just hope that if anything that does happen, we're able to restore to a working backup. If we're only on nightlies, we can only restore to a mid-progress image....this process might take days or weeks to complete. Really really fucking scary.
  9. curtisa

    cnc rebuild

    Bravo, sir! Once you get it working you'll start thinking of all sorts of other little additions to tack on. My latest one is adding a LED light ring under the spindle to illuminate the work area.
  10. Prostheta

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    I'd guess that those colours are technically-challenging to get to work together since purple (blue-red) and green (blue-yellow) would easily produce brown with a high percentage of blue over the transition. I can maybe see a little of that, however I'm wondering how this would work if it were say, a green dye with purple toner burst? Interesting to say the least.
  11. I just recieved a "zimo" acoustic guitar kit from amazon in the mail. The body is already done. Everything else needs put together and I need to put a finish on it. Thats the extent of my knowledge. Where can I find a good reference for a beginner.  After this onei plan on getting a better kit but I didnt want to spend $400 or more in case I really suck at this.

  12. So a slow week for all I see? I for one have done all can I can on my CNC upgrade at this point. It is now time to do full bore testing and shake out any problems. So, Saturday I will be doing my first real sign. I need to make a new House Number plaque for my house since the outside reface and paint. I think the neighbors are tired of the MDF with Pink Numbers painted on it leaning up against the wall. LOL!! MK
  13. MiKro

    cnc rebuild

    So tonight I am going to call this done. Now to the full bore testing stage to find it's weak points. mk
  14. Yesterday
  15. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Thanks for the replies guys. The wood has a darkish red hue, so if it is Meranti then I guess it falls in to the first category in Curtisas post. I am probably going to risk it, the wood does feel fairly hard...but then until I route the area for the true rod and start shaping it then its all a bit up in the air. Im a little confused however. The template I am using shows that the truss rod for an LP design is supposed to be angled (fairly low down next to the nut and much higher towards the body). This has added confusion on a number of levels, firstly I am confused as to how achieve this and secondly I have been watching videos of builds where the routed area has just been the same depth throughout...is it ok to route it unangled? Anyway...as for the body, the top is on and everything routed out. Don't get me started talking about the carve on the top! Lots of trial and error. I have used an 'antique pine' varnish on it. Quite pleased with it so far.
  16. KempGuitars

    Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Me and the Hulk-burst enjoying the sunshine! Should be finished this time next week...
  17. Mr_Riddler

    Mr_Riddlers build thread

    @Norris Well that's a nice idea, but I think that would be a huge one. We will see what i can make out of this one when it have dried up. @verhoevenc Well after reading alot of reviews of this paint it changed my mind. To much work to redo the black parts. But I think I will order a bottle soon anyway, This is perfect for another project I have in mind.
  18. Mr_Riddler

    Mr_Riddlers build thread

    Well that's true I do the same
  19. killemall8

    KEA 2017 builds

    Thanks Scotty! I use a the old method of drilling one side half way through, then i stick a piece of MDF to my drill press table, drill a hole with the same size bit into the MDF and push that drill bit into the hole and use it as a guide pin.
  20. ScottR

    KEA 2017 builds

    Good stuff K! What method do you use for lining up and drilling your string ferrule holes? They always look perfect and I promise everyone wants to know your secret. SR
  21. Prostheta

    First full build from scratch

    Excellent, good to hear that you're back on track.
  22. spottydog

    First full build from scratch

    I was also mystified as to why the control cavity did not line up so I went back and rechecked the plan and found that the actual plan has a mistake and the cavity does not line up with the holes for the switches as it is drawn. Following your advice I have now made a new separate template and everything now lines up correctly.
  23. Andyjr1515

    First full build from scratch

    I'm also a bit confused. Are you saying that your body shape template doesn't fit in the right place of the table top, or that there are features in the table top you are trying to avoid, or a different issue altogether?
  24. Prostheta

    First Build, so many lessons learned

    Shaping a neck can be a real back-and-forth job unless you're aiming for a specific profile and have good templates to work from. Oftentimes, string feel from a high action in test fit can exaggerate the size of the profile, so it might be wise to give it a second test feel with a capo on first and the saddles adjusted to simulate a realistic action to get a new bead on it.
  25. Andyjr1515

    First Build, so many lessons learned

    That is so good by any standards. For a first build it's simply off the scale! Your comment about the feel of the neck rings true. It's why I personally do the final shaping actually strung up like this. After getting the neck profile broadly right with my templates, I string it up and sit the guitar on the floor between my knees like a back-to-front cello. I then draw a scraper up from heel to nut, taking the excessive curve away, being careful not to touch the fretboard edge or neck spine. At frequent intervals, I pick the guitar up over my knee and play it. For me, it's the only way I can really tell. I'm not at all sure if any other builders do this, but it works for me
  26. killemall8

    KEA 2017 builds

    A few progress pics from today.
  27. beltjones

    First Build, so many lessons learned

    I strung it up just to see if it played reasonably well, and even without a proper setup it played well. The action was too high at the nut and I need to radius the bridge, and with the strings on suddenly the neck felt huge, like a baseball bat, but otherwise we're in good shape.
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