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    My local bottle shop had Hopslam on draught Friday, so I swung by on the way home from work and had a few. Tasty stuff.
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    Hey everyone. I've been lurking here and going to school on all of your builds, and I figured I'd actually post what I'm doing so someone else can learn from my mistakes, and maybe y'all can help me out before I make too many more. I've done some Warmoth builds with great results, but I always thought the woodworking part of the builds was beyond me; that is, until I saw some youtube videos that made me think I could handle it. I started with a blank piece of paper on my dining room table and some pencils and measuring devices. A few hours later I had some lines drawn and I was eager to get cutting. This picture was taken after one of my many many body redesigns, where I just erased everything and started over. It turns out that I'm lucky enough to live about a 10 minute's drive from two awesome hard wood lumber yards, and I found some great looking black limba, wenge, padauk, bubinga, and other woods. In fact, I kind of sort of accidentally bought enough for two builds. Oops. Here's the black limba before I started planing it down. This will be a neck-through with a 5 piece laminated neck with padauk, maple, and wenge. Right before I cut the body wings out of the limba I did something really dumb. The 8/4 limba has a really dark side, and the other side is lighter with a lot of swirls. I wanted the black on one side of the guitar and the light side on the other, but right before I went to the saw I decided I could be more economical with the wood if I oriented the pattern a different way, not realizing that it would mean I was screwing up my plan. As you can see, the bottom wing is dark and the top wing is light. (the purpleheart fretboard was an early attempt that now lives somewhere in the garbage) One thing I hadn't expected was how much work is done that looks like zero progress from a third party perspective. Flattening, thicknessing, planing, squaring, sharpening, repeat. It puts the "work" in wood working. Well today I worked up the courage to make some cuts that I can't take back, and this thing is starting to look more like a guitar. Below all of the rulers there is a piece of wood I'm going to try to turn into a fretboard. If anyone can guess the species I'll be impressed. Below my little note paper is the fretboard-to-be for this guitar. One thing I didn't understand well enough is how different woods laminated together would react to planing and sanding. My plane will dig into the padauk and just glide along the top of the wenge, creating a crest on the top of the neck blank. It takes a ton of work to get it to level out and square with the side. I'm obsessed with the grain pattern of the wenge, but man it's hard to get it to behave. Anyway, I'll update as much as possible. Thanks for checking out my first build!
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    hate to hear it Mike All I have is a piece of hard rock candy. But it's not for eatin'. It's just for lookin' through.
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    Next was locating the control cavity and routing it along with the knob and switch holes. Then I clamped the guitar on edge and drilled the jack access and cover recess. I set up for screws and magnets in the cover, but for some reason the attraction didn't feel as strong as it did when I used this system in my last build, the electric mandolin, so I ended up swapping the screws out for magnets in the cavity as well. It is starting to look rather guitarish. SR
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    Out of the clamps and pickup cavities routed. Next I located the bridge and used it as a guide for the string through holes. Note that the bit is chucked up pretty high to minimize bit wander. I have a pin system I use for drilling the string holes from the back side. The pin is the same diameter as the bit and is lined up directly beneath the bit used to drill the holes from the top side. One then flips the guitar over and sets each string hole onto the pin and drills ferrule sized holes from the back. Oh yeah, once it is turned over, I remember to shoot the logo carved into the volute. SR
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    Some more work on the claw. I might make v.2 with different layout of holes, but I think this one will be OK, if I don't break it when I drill the adjustment holes. I made 2 cuts first, then drilled trough, and finished the cut with the round file. I'm planing to have the claw screw trough to the neck when adjusted, so that the vibration transfer is maximal. 159 by Goran P, on Flickr 160 by Goran P, on Flickr 161 by Goran P, on Flickr 162 by Goran P, on Flickr 163 by Goran P, on Flickr 164 by Goran P, on Flickr 165 by Goran P, on Flickr It was already dark, so the pics are ...... , but I did manage to get 3 coats during the day. Scars on the back are pretty obvious, but I'll see if that bothers me enough to do something like veneering or not, probably not. All the holes and cracks were nicely filled, but the downside is that the dye cannot be applied evenly. 166 by Goran P, on Flickr 167 by Goran P, on Flickr
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    Wow, surprisingly versatile and a great range of usable tones! When I progress through the PG build arc and end up at the Firebird Red Special (cat, bag, out, spoiler) the Bohemian Rhapsody solo tone is a recognisable combination to tick off. I wonder how the radically-different build styles will contrast, especially since I will (hopefully) have a Helix for my Vox patches by that point.....
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    I'm finally getting around to posting some of the new stuff I've tried over the last few months. Looking over my pictures, I have become embarrassingly complacent in my documentation. Oh well, here is what I did keep track of. Back in November Lagunitas came out with this (that) year's version of Born Yesterday Pale Ale. Pale ale my ass--the hops in this stuff grabs you by the nose as soon as you open the bottle and tastes better than it smells. Damn good stuff! From local brewery, 8th Wonder, Rocket Fuel, a rather low test Vietnamese coffee porter that carries off that taste quite well. From Jester King in Austin, Commercial Suicide, farmhouse mild. Jester King gets a lot of accolades, so I decided to try one. The specialize in farmhouse ales and wild yeast and fruit additives....none of which I particularly care for, but I wanted to at least see what they are talking about. It comes in a big bottle and the first glass wasn't too bad--mildly tart, mildly tasty. Second glass not quite as good and the third went down the drain. Looks like this will be a one glass only if ever beer for me. Burial's Griddle Imperial Espresso Stout. Delicious coffee aroma fills the room with the popping of the tab. May be the best stout I've ever had. Founders Sumatra Mountain Imperial brown ale brewed with Sumatra coffee....which is my favorite coffee these days. Good stuff. Hopitoulas from NOLA brewery. I had this a couple blocks away from the brewery the last time I was in New Orleans. Good, but not as good as I remembered. Perhaps the surroundings played a bit in that. It seemed maltier in my back yard. From Athens, Creature Comforts Duende. Absolutely delicious DIPA. Everything I have been fortunate enough to try from this brewery, has been great. This is fruity, citrus laden and aromatic. Dust Bunny Hazy IPA from Monday Night in Atlanta. More citrus fruity pungent goodness. House Brew coffee stout out of Kansas City. Good solid stout, nice coffee notes, nothing to go out of your way for. Creature Comforts Get Comfortable IPA. Also delicious. Juicy citrus with a nice tang at the end. Bells Expedition Russian Imperial Stout. This stuff is jet black and thick and slick. Good stuff....but not my favorite. I'd prefer to exchange the dark fruit for coffee. Perhaps the "sipping whiskey" of stouts. From Austin, Buckethead IPA. Though it does not make the claim, this is a big ol' double at 8.9% abv. I liked it. It reminded me of Founders Centennial with more alcohol. There are a lot of holes in this accounting. Mayhap I should revisit some just for documentary accuracy. SR
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    Made me some ginger ale ice cubes