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  2. curtisa

    Bass in Yo Face

    Cheers, old bean. Lets hope I can keep the pace up a little better from this point onwards. Yes, they are massive potholes I've put into that body to fit all the big bits. I'm a bit concerned I'm building a bit of a neck-diver though. I haven't weighed it yet, but the body doesn't feel all that heavy at the moment. At this rate I might have to add a few hidden fishing sinkers to balance it all out.
  3. ScottR

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Right? I have a buddy that recently had both big toes amputated. He's learning how to walk again.... because he's missing some of the little things. SR
  4. ScottR

    Guitar template design

    I'm not going to be much help, I'm afraid. My software of choice are grubby half gnawed pencils and scraps of foolscap. SR
  5. ScottR

    Bass in Yo Face

    That sounds so wrong...and yet we all do it enthusiastically! And the more exotically dear, the more our manic joy. Those are some seriously wide cavities. I've heard of bathtub routes, but his will be the first time I've seen pickups set in olympic swimming pool routes. It is good to see you grinding cellulose again. That top is going to be amazing when you get through with it! SR
  6. westhemann

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I woke up really early this morning(about 1am) and noticed a buddy was playing Destiny 2, so I joined and we did some of the harder stuff in the game... namely this week's Nightfall, Prestige Nightfall, a weapon quest, and another Prestige Nightfall where we had to add a bunch of modifiers to increase difficulty and increase the score. I wasn't able to go back to sleep, so it feels like this day has been really long. I guess that's the price of turning into a video game nerd in my middle age.
  7. westhemann

    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Tomorrow will be two weeks and it's nice to finally be able to roll over in bed and sleep on either side. It's the little things.
  8. mistermikev

    Bass in Yo Face

    wow... looking great!
  9. Yesterday
  10. curtisa

    Bass in Yo Face

    Finally. Some quality time in the workshop again. It feels good to once again be able to emerge into the sunlight covered head to toe in woodchips after a few hours reducing some very expensive timber to a pile of sawdust. While the CNC'ed body was still embedded into the surrounding timber, it made sense to use the rest of the wood as support for hogging out the remainder of the cavities. If I had removed the body from the slab first I would've had very little real estate left to keep the router from rolling over the edges when doing the control cavity or neck pocket. As it was, the neck pocket is so freaking large on this thing I had to do the last little square inch or so at the leading edge of the pocket by hand, as even my biggest Makita couldn't reach it without wobbling too much: Once all the cavities are all routed out, the body can be extracted from the slab on the bandsaw, cutting through the thin layer of timber separating the front and dthe back of the CNC'ed outline: The thin sliver of timber remaining just gets scraped/sanded away until both halves are clean and level. It's also possible at this stage to see how well the two machining operations lined up. There'd probably be less than 0.5mm alignment error here, so I'm pretty happy with how my guerrilla machining methods turned out: Once all the edges are brought under control, the final task for the day is to add the rear belly contour. 5 minutes with the Turboplane (aka, the Toe Cutter) yields this: 10 minutes later using the Microplane we get to: And a final 15 minutes with the scraper gets to here. Nice to see some fiddleback pattern starting to emerge too. Some minor refinement of the shape still to come, but it's probably about 90% there now:
  11. looks great Scott- she's a beaut!
  12. Done. Those Klein '58 PAFs sound great, they have a ton of character. SR
  13. All dressed up and ready top go out. SR
  14. Last week
  15. Hi, I have never built a guitar before but I am really interested. I want to do something a little different, I want essentially a guitar with a slightly shorter neck and only the bottom four strings. Anyone have any resources for neck length, string guage ratio?
  16. ShatnersBassoon

    even better - quilted maple for $30

    Phwoar, nice wood (she said)
  17. ShatnersBassoon

    Guitar template design

    What program do you guys like to use to draw out your designs? I would love to get to grips with something where I could do full scale, realistic looking models of possible future creations! Maybe something where I could superimpose the photos of the woods I am using on to the designs. I believe Sketch Up is good? I’m pretty computer savvy although something that doesn’t have an insane learning curve would be cool. Cheers!
  18. ShatnersBassoon

    Les Paul build revisited

    Thank you so much for the detailed reply! Knowledge is power . It’s a Jimmy Page style system I am doing (apparently), hence more wires than normal I guess. Actually it’s just about finished now and it doesn’t look as crazy as I thought it would! Nevertheless I will definitely be checking out some wiring erotica and gleening from it
  19. Andyjr1515

    A Bitsa Dreadnought for me :)

    And I know what some of you are thinking. You are thinking - 'Yes - Andyjr1515 is right. 25 feet is a tighter curve than you would imagine. And surely he's going to run out of wood on those X-braces when he tries to cut the radius?' Which is why I'm splicing 4 extensions to the X-brace ends...
  20. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    Epoxied the rods in, and made a "point press" to hold the rods down. (Last neck I almost had a terrible mess when a few bubbles pushed the rods up. Fortunately, I caught it before it set, and pushed the rods down with bamboo sticks ... and some of the bamboo is buried under the fretboard) Sure enough, the next morning there we a few bubbles ... on top of the rods (this time), which were seated firmly in their channels. Removed the tape and a few swipes with a card scraper got the neck ready for fretboard.
  21. Andyjr1515

    A Bitsa Dreadnought for me :)

    OK - a bit of explanation in this post of some of the design and build features of a 'typical' steel string guitar for those who haven't ever built one but might. I stress that, after building only two acoustics before, I'm no expert but it's OK because experienced acoustic builders will have 'unfollow''d this thread long ago . In my defence, this is still firmly in the basics territory, but it is info I would have appreciated understanding prior to embarking on my own first acoustic build. First of all - what plan am I following? Got one of the Elite Guitar Plans because it was easier than printing off the numerous versions on the internet and stitching together so many A4 sheets. The design is the pretty ubiquitous one based on the Martin X brace design of yesteryear. The plan is pretty good too, other than the spelling (it's OK - it's just a brit thing ). So the basics: The top is spheroidal, like a slice of a 25 foot radius football The braces not only transfer the string vibrations, via the bridge and underlying bridgeplate, to various regions of the top, they also form and hold the top in the 25' radius spheroidal shape. So the bottoms of the braces need to have a radius appropriate to were they will sit on the sphere And for that, we use the 25' radius dish again In pictures: First the braces are cut to profile. These are flat bottomed at this stage so allowances need to be made in terms of the thickness. I also leave them long so I can trim to my planned final length based on my actual sides assembly. The plan shows where each of the braces will be positioned: But, at the moment, they are flat bottomed - and they need to sit unstressed in their final positions in the radius dish so that, when they are glued down into the top - done also in the radius dish - they will force and hold the top in that spheroidal shape. And at the moment they don't...yet: It always surprises me just how curved 25' is! So - the next step is to curve the bottoms of each of the braces so that they sit in the dish with no gaps. Then we can reveal the black magic of the go-bar deck Hope that makes sense to those who are interested...
  22. charisjapan

    Chinaberry Six

    I will be epoxying the carbon fiber rods (these have a round hole in a rectangular rod, manufacturer says nearly as strong as solid) in soon, but before that wanted to flatten the headstock from15.5mm to 13.5mm. While I was at it, it thought I'd give it a small (1.5 degree?) angle to give me a bit more break angle on D and G strings. Also, the neck had twisted a bit ... just like the other Padauk neck, I waited this long, resurfaced, then straightened, THEN add the rods. Worked well on the Limba Six, so should be okay. Elbow tendinitis is flaring up again, so will have to slow down a bit.
  23. boeba

    Bronze guitar

    Next update: Pickups Hi guys, so what is a electric guitar without pickups..... Just a picture with the pickups thrown onto the bronze...:) At this moment the pickups are just stock taken from my ibanez grg170dx. I needed to make some kind of brackets to mount the pups onto. And somekind of cavity for the controls.( at this point i didn't know what to do with them, but in the future updates you will see what i've come up with. And voila, a bad picture of the pickups mounted on the bronze shape. And here it is. A somewhat working electric guitar. Don't mind the shabby playing and face...;) At this point it wasn't easy for me to play this thing because i had no handsupport so my hand keeps " falling". The bronze piece itself has no support to place it onto my leg or anything so it keeps rolling over as you can see. But!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The next update will be a journey, a journey into shapes and forms. The quest for the ultimate design for this bronze beast. Stay tuned. Benoit
  24. boeba

    Bronze guitar

    I would have to check it when i take the neck off again. But yess, it shrinks a couple % of a millimeter. But not enough for me to have measurement issues or other technical problems. i made exact holes in the 3d model where the neck should go, and when i casted the pieces all the holes alligned for 99,1%. Something like that...:). I remember i wrote it somewhere, but i can't find it back. When i take it apart again i will remember to weigh it. Greetings, Benoit
  25. Hi. I'm playing with a 'dry run' of an ES type semi hollow body guitar. (in pine) I've watched videos done a harness and am going to glue on a pine back to practise mounting the pots jack and switch. While playing with them with no back on it's become clear to me that I'm not getting the nuts snugged anywhere near enough just using star washers. (Jack no problem - I have a 'Jack the gripper') . I f I go ahead and glue on the back & fish the harness into position I'm going to end up with sloppy nuts and/or broken solder joints. So - how are the nuts for the switch and pots effectively tightened in a semi hollowbody build ie with no rear access cavity? Thanks, Rob
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