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  2. Need another peek at this month's entries? Click HERE! Welcome to the ProjectGuitar.com Guitar Of The Month voting round! The winner of each month's Guitar Of The Month contest gets front page placement on the main ProjectGuitar.com website, privileged member status, a photo feature on our Facebook page, plus an (all-important) shiny member profile badge. Good luck to this month's entrants....as usual, discuss your voting choice and opinions about the entries this month in this thread....however don't let any discussion in this thread sway your vote! Polls will close automagically after a week - as always, this thread is for open for discussion on the month's entries during and after voting.
  3. I think that's absolutely beautiful!
  4. wow, that's going to look great when it's done. looks like you got-her-on-the-run. nice work. soon my garage will be tollerable for more than 10mins at a time.
  5. you're right, it's an awesome finish. Mine is coming along nicely. I've lost count how many coats I've done now, almost two 400ml cans, I've sprayed at least a couple of times per day, apart from Friday when 87% humidity was forecast. Going to leave it several days now and do a level sand, then I'll decide whether or not to leave it for there for buffing or spray the rest of the can over it. So far the only sanding I've done is to remove the odd spec of dust that landed on it while curing in the garage. There is a bit of orange peel to sort out, but nowhere near as bad as I thought! The back seems to have gone on a lot smoother than the front, I'm putting that down to the face that I brushed sealer on the back and sides then sanded viciously where as I just sprayed lots of light coats of sealer on the top and sanded lightly with wire wool.
  6. @curtisa I said guitarist because a good player will nearly always make any guitar sound good, a bad player will make a good guitar sound terrible. I said finish because whether or not a finish is soaked into the wood or built up on the surface of the wood is bound to affect the sound as much as species of wood (IMO)
  7. No, there's no actual hole. The only option I can think of is to put glue where the wood is broken and push that piece level from underneath. I'm planning a T-shape tool which I could slide in and turn it as a supportive beam. However, I'm afraid that it could cause either the back to break or the sides to rip off.
  8. Tru dat! What puzzles me the most is that when a guitarist in a band plays solo between the tunes, like when checking his tuning with a couple of chords, the sound can be pretty awful. But with the band he blends in beautifully. Most often a single player sound is entirely different than a band player sound. Playing by yourself you try to get a rich sound to compensate the lack of other instruments while with a band the sound has to be distinct in order to be heard. I recall an old article where a 60's musician told one guitarist having used an annoying sound reminiscent of the whining of mosquitoes. When the rest of the band played, the combined sound was very pleasant to listen to.
  9. Aye, but a guitar with a finish so rubbery that it dampens the natural decay and sound would be...well...kinda icky to play, to say the least To a degree, yes: Joe Satriani plays Surfing with the Alien on a cheap Strat clone It certainly sounds like Joe's playing, even if it doesn't exactly sound like Joe's sound. Surprised you put that ahead of wood. I'd personally put that waaaaaay down the list. Which is why I'm sure we'll never see any real objective reasoning behind the importance of the various components that make up an electric guitar and their subsequent impact on tone. Everyone's been 'trained' to know that mahogany is warm and maple is bright, but I bet any builder worth their salt could make a bright sounding mahogany-bodied guitar if they wanted to. A lot of the experiments trying to demonstrate the importance of some part of an electric guitar having an impact on tone centres around plucking long sustained notes or chords, or showing the results passing through a spectrum analyser to reveal the minutiae behind the sound. But the real-world application of testing like that is nearly meaningless as no-one plays or listens to their guitars in that way. We play in bands in bars, and perform pentatonic scales at 135BPM, and plug in to an AxeFX, and listen through headphones, and have a few drinks while we jam along with some backing tracks. And we do so safe in the knowledge that the wood underneath the opaque black paint finish on our Fendsonanez SuperThunderPatrolMeister86 is Honduran mahogany...or is it birch plywood?
  10. Decided not to update every step of the way as I am running a business and a lot of my builds tend to look very similar at this stage, so here's a jump forward to where we are now... On the workbench... The current custom batch all machined, routed and drilled, and now ready for handcarving the necks and body contouring. These include that 15/16ths size Strat body seen in my last post, two DCs, one SS, that pointy KX4 in the background (stock build) and a KM2 (no body yet). I'll start posting more as they are completed
  11. 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.
  12. Epiphone EX retails for around $1500 which is right at the top of your budget and doesn't leave much in the bank if you're wanting to retrofit some kind of tremolo to it. Floyd Rose FRX seems to be about $430. Duesenberg Trem is about $160 shipped. Stetsbar will set you back $350 upwards depending on options. All of the above also assume that they are compatible with the bridge dimensions on the Epiphone EX, so you'd want to do your homework before buying one. I'd personally be hesitant to buy a brand new instrument at that price, and then immediately modify it with a new trem. Dean Z 79? Secondhand/discontinued ESP LTD EX series? The recent Gibson vs Dean lawsuit may put the brakes on Explorer production from other manufacturers for a while, so you may be stuck for newer options until the dust settles.
  13. Thanks guys! Here are a few more pics from the past 2 days.
  14. Last week
  15. Ah shit dude, I feel for you. If you can't reach to push it back up from the underside, could you grab it from the top with tweezers? I guess you would need a long reach clamp to glue it back in place.
  16. More achived today, feels I'm getting closer now. Sanded the resin back and looks sweet now, made mk2 bridge as mk1 was a little to long so wasnt achieving the 648mm in the position I liked, did a trial finish on the copper, 320grit orbital sander and just 1 coat of gloss sealant, happy with how it looks and will stop the copper from dulling. Also got the fretboard glued on aswel. I think I'll be gluing the neck in once its done as I'll m not keen on screwing it in, hopefully it will all go well.
  17. A customer asked if I still build guitars as a hobby and when I said yes, they asked if I liked to see what I could do to their long overlooked acoustic. It appeared immediately that the bridge was for a big part torn off and the top was a bit cracked on the treble side of the bridge. Well, I promised to see if I could fix that and put a set of strings on her as she had none. So I took her home and sat her leaning on an chair crowded with my building gear bag. As I went to hang my coat a loud crash was heard. She didn't like the armchair. On her road down she met a piece of lumber who violated her. Unfortunately the wound is in a place my arms can't reach... Any advise would be highly appreciated.
  18. Absolutely, I should have clarified this I guess. With regards to the neck, I can only go by my limited experience, but so much of this is subjective isn't it? So many variables and of course confirmation bias comes in to the equation sometimes too. As has been noticed, I haven't really included 'tonewood' in this debate, although it is interesting for sure. I've heard of people getting death threats over this subject. Ah the church of the tone woods huh, people get so reverent over it!
  19. I meant that a thick plasticky/rubbery finish might work as a dampening material causing the sound to die sooner; I just love the word "thuddy" coined by the OP.
  20. Right now I'm saving up for it and my price range is around 1500 AUD max. If there is any traditional style EX with a cavity already at my price point, Please let me know! Thanks!
  21. Order of affects on tone (in my opinion) in descending order: - Guitarist - Amp - Pickups - String action - Bridge - Nut and fret material - Finish - Wood
  22. Here you go; the Floyd Rose FRX: https://floydrose.com/products/frtx?variant=29837643090
  23. Editing thread names might be restricted until you reach a certain number of posts. Floyd Rose make (or at least used to make) a double locking retrofit trem for Les Paul's that is surface mounting that might work on an Explorer. Seems a lot of work to make a stock Explorer look more metal, though. Wouldn't it be easier to start off with an Explorer already fitted with a trem, like an LTD?
  24. Wait, I'm new to this. can I edit thread names and comments I post?
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