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Build #2 - The Osprey

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Routed the pickguard  cavity.  Put it on a 2 degree pitch to give it a little more life.  Really happy with it.  Oh and finished up the control cavity 

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So that's how you install the pickguard! Very nice!

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This is kind of an out there idea.  What do you guys think of having a multi spieces control cover?  I for sure don't want it the same.   It's either that or just wenge.  Wenge would match but would the multi piece still be in the same realm of the design?  You'll see the laminated neck as well.

I may just make both.  If it doesnt work on this one I know itll work on a white version later.

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There's an unspoken rule of thumb not to use more than three species in one guitar. Contrasting veneers used for outlining/separating  adjacent pieces don't count to that number, nor does the fretboard.

Rules can and have to be doubted and contradicted to enable creativity and inventions.

That said, to me that very example looks like a poorly organized samples of a wood vendor. Definitely not matching with the elegance you've built into Osprey. But that's just my opinion.

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That makes sense.  Sometimes you just need someone to pull you back to ground level :) thanks bizman

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If you use woods found elsewhere in your  build it can look nice. Like repeating you neck lam or mimicking your pick guard. But using woods found nowhere else in the build will just look out of place.

SR

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You're planning on painting it a solid colour aren't you? Just use any old wood and paint the control cover the same as the rest of it :D 

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Time to carve.  Love carving with just the lamp.  Really helps with seeing the angles.  Use to be an apprentice for a sculptor and always loved turning on some tunes with that single lamp and a slab of stone.

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So about 30 min into it I nicked myself and my 6 yr old son brought me a bandaid.  Then he said I needed a cofee break and got me a cup.  Then he said i should take a break and watch a show with him.  Guess what it is. I'll be back in about an hour lol

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A gouge in a fretting finger is probably my least favourite thing about guitar building 🤣 At least there is always plenty of super glue lying around to fix it

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Update.  Really soft carve.  I did bring it in all the way to the side of the pickups but I want to keep the carve simple and rounded.  I'll finish it when I get the binding in.  I'll do the fine sanding phase after the filler & before the primer.  Start hanging him next to his brother.

 

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Sssmmooootthhhhh... She looks like wanting to be cuddled.

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Used the stewmac laminate jig to make my binding thicker than normal to match the design.   Only like 30 bucs.  Oh also got a buffer wheel, and a bunch of wood cam clamps at an estate sale for 125 bucs.  Really great deals out there if you look

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Some binding.  Brought the carve back some more as well.  Will fill in the few gaps tomorrow.  Feeling a whole lot better about the binding this time.  More comfortable of what chances I should take and stay away from.

 

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She looks like something I might have built but taken a few levels up. For some reason I've never reached that level in details, hidden or visible.

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All of my builds tend to look like a dogs dinner throughout the process and come together nicely at the end, but every progress pic on your thread looks like precision, really clean work. Nicely done :) 

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After my first build I told myself I'd keep things cleaner.   I feel like I cut corners and wasted time finding things multiple times.  After this one, I have to say it makes a big impact in my results.  

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