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Congratulations to forum member Andyjr1515 on his Guitar Of The Month win for August!

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  1. 6 points
    Still a lot a details to see to, but I'd say it was a pretty good weekend of work. There is something about the proportions of this that I really like. SR
  2. 6 points
  3. 5 points
    In the bright sunlight. And with the first coat of Tru-Oil. SR
  4. 4 points
    I am impressed with the Stew-Mac Fret Tang tool! It cuts VERY nicely, but ... OUCH!!! I have some issues with my hands (getting old), and using this tool was tortuous. Surely they could do something about those slippery, hard, excruciatingly difficult to use handles, huh?! Well, those straight, hard handles DID make it easy to attach a solution. Mind you, this is still a work in progress ... I will slim the grips down a bit more, and finish them with oil or something. But I really wanted to finish the fretboard for my Limba6, so invested a couple hours (well-spent time!) to make these. Oh, and they stand up! ... Which made it a breeze to finish prepping the rest of the frets!
  5. 4 points
  6. 3 points
    Managed to get a quite decent photo of the glow effect on this one.
  7. 3 points
    couple of power chords so she can fake some AC/DC
  8. 3 points
    Ruosniemen Panimo ("Ruosniemi Brewery") is literally a 6min drive from my home. Musta Lomittaja (literally, "black seasonal worker") is their smoked saison which took several awards this year around Europe. Dark and tastes like Pine tar smoke. 6,3% with Saaz and Magnum. Look at that (natural) charcoal colour though.....! Diplomi-Insinööri or "highly qualified engineer" is in line with Ruosniemen Panimo's habit of naming their beers after professions or occupations. We tried the "normal" Insinööri last week and it was typical supermarket-strength (4,7% or below) hoppy stuff. This is far weightier, and all the better for it. Distinct dry mandarin and grapefruit DIPA. Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade, so yeah. No surprise as to why. Quite passable. Heavy, bitter as hell and like trying to find the Titanic in pea soup. This blows me away every time.
  9. 2 points
    You absolute savage! 'Master luthiers' everywhere will be pulling their hair out!
  10. 2 points
    Thanks guys. Lost about 86 pounds so far, and really not trying to lose more at the moment. Still eating a keto diet, but with a beer here and there, and I've upped my daily calories a bit. Just been so busy and running around the weight is still falling off... Last night I had a local beer that I enjoy quite a bit when it's available. Straight to Ale's Stout at the Devil. It's an oatmeal stout infused with sea salt and caramel. Pretty tasty. And it has great can art:
  11. 2 points
    One more for good measure. This is the sister set that I pulled out this morning. Black and blue soaks followed by a pull in yellow. This is a much thinner billet so the soaked colors will likely be more drastic inside than the one above. Chris
  12. 2 points
    A few minutes in the shop late yesterday...routed the ledge, marked the angle and chiseled away most of the bulk, then refined some more with scrapers...I love scrapers! Last shot got both of my feet in it, so...showing one half of the wing 1-IMG_20170917_180550 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20170917_180556 by Goran P, on Flickr 3-IMG_20170917_193458 by Goran P, on Flickr 4-IMG_20170917_194233 by Goran P, on Flickr 5-IMG_20170917_195819 by Goran P, on Flickr 6-IMG_20170917_202405 by Goran P, on Flickr 7-IMG_20170917_204851 by Goran P, on Flickr
  13. 2 points
    It was interesting to see how much the zebra wood looked like sapele when its stripes were dyed over. Following the schedule I sanded the amber back with 400 and then went all the way through the micromesh grits. Every square inch of this face flips in changing light angles. SR
  14. 2 points
    Frame is now together and square.
  15. 2 points
    No pics, but I enjoyed some Elysian Space Dust this week. First time I've had it, very nice stuff!
  16. 2 points
    I officially dedicate this guitar to my firstborn son Chris who passed away Feb 18, 2017. He was 24 years old Its called "Phoenix"
  17. 2 points
    A little teaser on this one, just did the resin pouring on the body inlays, starts to look kinda cool
  18. 2 points
    This is it in sunshine. Quite something, isn't it Whether it will still show when it's been radiused, who knows, but I can't think why it shouldn't
  19. 2 points
    Yea it's really weird. We found out our nextdoor neighbors of 20+ years are friends with Rick Wakeman. They had a dog named (Starship) Trooper haha. Once Ricks son Adam came visiting and borrowed our carseats for his kids. He's keys for Sabbath and Ozzy right now. cough cough! Anyhoo, if I get to meet Trevor Rabin and Jon Anderson I'll probably poop my pants, and I'm not one to get starstruck or anything.
  20. 2 points
    Yea headplate, solid volute (i LOVE them), and not a full 14. I need to measure again to see what it is. Plinth done, just need to rewire tonearm and reassemble. The mahogany looks like figured koa which makes me deliriously happy.
  21. 2 points
    Congratulations on your well-deserved win, @Andyjr1515!
  22. 2 points
    Well the table / base is almost complete, A friend came by and helped me. being wood it is a beast. Planed 2x4s and 2x6s doubled up, glued, screwed and lap joints. I will be pulling the screws since they are only clamping the glue. no reason to waste them. LOL!! Hell I may even seal and paint the damn thing.
  23. 2 points
    You can ONLY get it in Wisconsin! I've got two weeks off and just finished my speaker veneering project, so let's get on with this build. Here's to it. Benefits of living in Indiana is easy access to lots of Three Floyds.
  24. 2 points
    And finally it's done!!! Axim.7 is ready and delivered to customer.
  25. 2 points
    Finally pressed in those fret markers, and rough-radiused the fretboard. I will spend some more time to confirm it's straight and smooth, and probably take it down another 0.3mm (or thereabouts). Waiting on frets and brass nut. Pics make a multiscale look "off." As far as I can tell, everything measures correct.
  26. 1 point
    Was pondering how to thickness the neck before carving. The Limba 6 will be a soft-V profile, and the other (to be announced) Padauk will be a C profile. I don't have a bandsaw, and rasping it down is tedious ... and potentially uneven. I had some other work to do on a gift to my daughter, so used the router table with a 12mm radius roundover bit, then a dishing bit to give me a 25mm neck thickness as a starting point for the carves. Next, marked centerlines and a pair of reference lines, just to get me in the ballpark. We'll see how this works out! And notice the brace? Got tendinitis ... top of my right thumb is numb, and any extension is REALLY painful. Was prescribed Loxoprophen Sodium, and 3 days later seems to be getting better. Life goes on ... but after 60 there are (ahem) issues.
  27. 1 point
    Thanks very much for the friendly welcome! To be honest, in first line I just had no motivation to make another template for routing the cavity.. and... some of these artistic CNC made chambered bodies influenced me so that i tried to make one by my own with the given simple possibilities. Yes, the wood shown on the first pic is just the template. Got it from the hardware store as a scrap piece for little money... but yeah, it is looking cool, too. 8-) I'm working as an electrical engineer where there's no place for art. So i have to live out my other half after work You guessed right: drop top over forearm relief! As the top wood I've chosen a piece of "flamed pearwood" (don't know the correct term, but you can imagine what i mean?): First the two peaces had to be planed to thickness and jointed together (did i mention my No.4? ;-) )Then i've cutted out the body shape and routed some channels to make the drop top bending easier: I've bend the top over the edge using water, heat gun, and a pack of clamps. After that the top has been glued to the body with tidebond (apologies for missing photography). OK, sorry guys, you know, it is especially the inner values that count: Regards, Sebastian
  28. 1 point
    Methinks you take great delight in being a half-step sideways of conventional Andy. And I'm familiar with that sentiment. SR
  29. 1 point
    Ah, don't you be dragging your weird swamp illnesses and passing them around the thread, old fart! Still, have a great week yourself....!
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    It's been a crazy couple of weeks. We moved this weekend. Definitely in need of a beer after all had been said and done. We didn't have any glassware unpacked, so a tervis tumbler it was! My wife thought this was amusing, so she snapped a pic. The 'Best Mom Ever' enjoyed a bomber of Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot:
  32. 1 point
    I got a lot done this weekend....like I said smaller instruments go faster. In my last build I worked out a dye and sandback schedule for my myrtle burl: sand to 400 dye, sandback with 220, dye again, sandback with 320 and dye a final time. Then continue sanding with 400 and go all the way through the micromesh grits. This weekend I put it to the test. Sand to 400. Dye with bordeaux and mahogany brown in alcohol. Wow right? Sanded back with 220. Dyed with amber, bordeaux and mahogany brown in a more dilute solution of alcohol. I can hear Carl now...uh oh... Sand back with 320. Dye with amber. SR
  33. 1 point
    The string tension for your nominal pitches over the 17" scale length seem quite low: That's nearly the same gauges for a typical 13-56 acoustic set (ignoring the wound 3rd string), and over a scale length of 25", that's barely half the tension: My gut feel is that you're not getting enough tension to get the string up to its optimum sweet spot for its intended pitch (look up String Inharmonicity), and the thicker plain 3rd is suffering the most due to its high mass and short scale length. I would have thought you'd have noticed other problems too, such as very poor intonation and extreme sensitivity to pitch variation when doing vibrato and bends. What gauges and materials does the tenor uke normally get string with? Could you go back to your previous PL-NW-NW-NW string configuration but substitute flatwounds for the three wound strings to avoid the string noise problems you were experiencing before?
  34. 1 point
    What guitar pictorial is complete without a shot of the axe floating in space?
  35. 1 point
  36. 1 point
    While I wait on RoboRad going to put the headplate on the mystery guitar.
  37. 1 point
    awesome- love the box ramp too
  38. 1 point
    Grandson born a week early, had to get Mrs.CJ off to Hawaii in a rush, then handle a bunch of home stuff in the aftermath. Third grandkid, so not quite a frenzy, but crazy enough to put guitars to the background. (btw, mom, kid, and grandma [and grampa] all good and happy ) Had a bit of time today to bring a few things upstairs (don't tell Mrs.CJ) and play. Fretboard is a nice 12" radius, Nut is ready to slot, and now I get to use my StewMac Fret DeTanger tool for the first time. (Gotta admit, it works great, but the handle is horrendous! Really, S-M guys, you gotta do something about this! It's not a cheap tool, and I'm sure you sell a good number of them ... at least a rubber grip with a little something to keep your hand from sliding up.) I had no idea how to measure the tang width, but this seems to work. Only 20 more !
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    It was getting too confusing to cover both builds on one thread, so this thread will be just the build I'm doing for myself based on the the piccolo bass I built last year: I'm going to see if I can further develop the ultra slim, ultra light, curved back approach to produce a full-scale 6-string electric at near to or under 6lbs weight. Construction is going to be essentially the same as the bass, although I will be putting even more chambering in to offset, at least in part, the weight of the extra pickup and tuners. As a quick recap, this is the neck blank, with wood originally planned to be shared from a common blank with the Alembicesque build described on the other thread. The neck is maple/purpleheart/mahogany/purpleheart/maple: The back wings are mahogany, the top is Camphor Laurel and the fretboard is snakewood. This is with the top slightly dampened: Next job is cutting the notch in the neck blank for the top to slot into. For those who saw what I did in the other build, this slot is going to be in the right place....honest
  41. 1 point
    @ScottR is carving - everything is right with the world! I really love to watch you work
  42. 1 point
    Yeah, but it was built without even a fraction of Rick Toone's resources!
  43. 1 point
    It is nice, definitely. The whiter areas might be a bit punky, so stabilising is probably a better idea than as not. +1 on "front" also. That's my second most-written word.
  44. 1 point
    Well friends, The time has come. I start my new job on tuesday. I dont know what my hours are going to be yet. Its been a great journey. If i can, i will still work a little on guitars during the week. As a farewell, i made my mom this cutting board out of offcuts from necks i had made.
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    I can't play either-handed!
  47. 1 point
    Yep I just got home from Tulsa. Ran with a Group of Oklahoma Fire Depts that were heading south hauling boats and rescue equipment. I fell in the back of the convoy since I was in my truck and it is white like theirs. No problems from local POPO or troopers. we ran 85+ LOL Made great time getting home. I have spoke with all of my family and friends south of me and all are well, wet but well. Only one is stranded in their home due to the roads not passable, has power, plenty of food and water. Be safe all of you down there. MK
  48. 1 point
    Element 14 Mouser Digikey Even eBay if all you want is a bunch of generic capacitors to experiment with. Guitar components are a license to print money, but the reality is that some of the key parts used (selector switches, push-pull pots, stacked pots, long barrel output jacks) are niche items within the broader electronics component industry. That said, you can save money if you pick your fights. If all you want is an Orangedrop cap for your tone pot, then there is no reason to shell out several bucks from Stewmac. The ones made by Vishay are available from any of the above suppliers and are exactly the same for less than a dollar. A Switchcraft 6.5mm open-frame output jack will be cheaper. The Bourns GTR series pots are about half the price as the CTS ones, and are quite well regarded. Alpha pots will be cheaper if you're not paying Stewmac for them. Mini toggles.
  49. 1 point
    You're falling from your feet onto your feet consistently! Great work.
  50. 1 point
    Now I present to you . . . Fiddleback ebony. Made another mold patterned after flame/curly and decided that it would make an amazing fingerboard for the Wenge neck going onto the candy red 6A Quilted carbon fiber body. Then discovered that I can IMD the Red Burl Dichrolam directly in the resin casting, eliminating the inlay routing, but casting with a 9.5" radius is a bit tricky. The fret slots will be cut with .030" diamond blade (epoxying the frets). Nailed the interlaminar adhesion with some special polymer science tricks so well that it cuts on the T-saw without delaminating. Mills better with carbide router bits, of coarse. If I can pull all that fretboard work off, then THATS Wizardry. This guitar will melt faces just sitting on a stand.