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  1. 9 points
    So late last year I started in on a new model based around a Super Strat that I ultimately named the Helix. I wanted to incorporate some things I like in a guitar such as a super thin neck profile, a deeper cutaway, magnetic truss covers and a thinner body and a few other minor things. When I started building the first Helix I broke out the video equipment and documented the entire process. To anyone who's done it you know shooting a build by yourself is a time consuming task. Stopping at each step of the build process to set up a camera slows down the build process considerably. On some tasks it would take me longer to set up the camera than it would to actually complete the task at hand. Over the eight weeks or so it took to complete the build I shot something in the neighborhood of 40 hrs worth of footage. The build was completed late last year but the footage has been sitting untouched on my hard drive for months. With 40 plus hours of footage it was a time consuming task just to roll through and view all the footage I shot just once to see what I had, let alone organize it all and edit it all down to a point to where its viewable. Anyways, after many hours of shooting, months of procrastination and many tedious nights in front of a computer I finally have the first installment complete. Now that I'm at the editing stage I plan on releasing a new installment each week until the series is complete. So with that being said I give you the first 6 min installment of my Helix build series. Part one. ~JW
  2. 6 points
    And the 'as near as makes no difference finished' shots. Forgive the self-indulgence:
  3. 5 points
    Happy Sunday. Heres my next installment.
  4. 5 points
    Maple top maybe? Project kickoff beer.
  5. 4 points
    A few months back, my buddy Hook--@skullsessions--suggested to me that he and a couple of his bandmates might be interested in electric mandolins. I was working on Cody at the time, and while I was carving I mentally designed one. I figured I ought to build one first, to sort of get the taste of it before committing to anything. They had tiny teles in mind, but what I wanted to start with is more of a nod to the F-style. So I re-sawed a zebra wood plank I had leftover, badly, and glued it up. Then I sharpened up my trusty low angle plane and got to work making shavings. Cody had to come out and see what I was doing. Then I rough cut the body to shape and started prepping the gluing surface. I wonder if they make mando sized P-90s? SR
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    Went back after all this and painted flat black inside the humbucker cavities & bridge recess. Will have better pics later on but this is where we're at: I have a couple more things to do before I'm going to feel like it's "done" ... have to tame the wires a little bit inside so they are not as loose/visible from outside. Not totally visible in this picture but they are. That and, there is a couple of horrendously improperly seated frets... makes for some false and buzzy notes. I'm otherwise mostly happy with how it's playing at the moment but I would really like to fix this if I could. Is there any way of approaching this without going too crazy?
  9. 4 points
    It feels like a while since I've fiddled with this. Slow nervous progress with this - definitely out of the comfort zone thing. Anyho the neck heels been roughed out and sides glued in. This is the wedged side. Bit of sanding to do here. I like this method as it negates both neck fitting and having to cut a tightly fitting slot for the side. For a first attempt its left quite a nice fit. As a whole though, I still think I prefer building the neck and body separately as I think body construction is much easier this way. This doesn't really show it well, but I've tried a 20mm manzer style wedge (treble side large bout +10mm, bass -10)- just to make things that bit more fiddly. Looks comfy though. This is where we end the day. The support for the cutaway bevel is in - not pleased with the fit but hey, its an experiment so I'll take any win. The angled cutaway at the heel looks ok, but I'm not sure how much it adds to the whole general mish mash. It was head work to bend to the right slant and clamp. Not on the repeat list....
  10. 4 points
    thanks for the tips @StratsRdivine! I don't think I'll be going the spray max route again, this stuff is too expensive for what it is. I even have a gun, I did spray some 2k once that I got from a luthier store in France, I might go back to this. Or nitro. I've done a classical neck refinish several months ago with spray can nitro and I'm super happy with the finish there. I think I used half a can of nitro (plus some sealer). Indeed I went through at the edge (the pressure being naturally higher there due to smaller surface under the sanding block) but I still claim my error was in having too much orange peel in the underlying shellac coat. I just had to sand too much with P1000. Anyway. I buffed the guitar but it didn't really turn very shiny, either the clearcoat was too fresh (~1 week?) or too thin. Now that the guitar served it's short-term purpose I can get back to trying to make her officially finished. I think I'll lightly scuff the finish and shoot some nitro over it (body+headstock) in hope that I can buff THAT up. I'll fix some small details here and there in the process. And order proper hardware. Meanwhile, it was perfectly fine for this:
  11. 3 points
    Mine doesn't hang,it points at the nearest goat.
  12. 3 points
    Hey thanks heaps! I've been through 5 workshops in the past 7 years or so due to moving house too many times. My last setup was in an open carport with tarps set up as windbreaks! The things we do to build guitars. Actually, the carport setup literally stopped me building due to 3 warped necks - all with incurable upbow. I vowed and declared after that disappointment that I wouldn't build again until I had a proper humidity controlled environment. Wood is hard enough to tame without adding wild humidity fluctuations into the mix - so far so good in the new workshop. First neck is dead flat at zero truss rod tension . Glad to be in a "forever" home now so the workshop is set up and it's not going anywhere!
  13. 3 points
    I first joined PG back in 2006 when I built my first electric. I owe a lot to this forum as without it (and the help of my good mate Oz Tradie) I wouldn't have finished the 40 odd guitars I've built over the past 10 years. Great information + great people = the ultimate guitar builders community. Unfortunately for my my guitar building plans I've moved house several times since 2012 and it's been challenging to say the least dragging machinery and tonewood around, setting up and packing up! Thankfully, I've now settled and won't be going anywhere anytime soon. I've recently had time to build my new workshop. and have been getting myself setup again and ready to make dust! My first project for the "new era" is a singlecut design I call "The Oracle". There's nothing groundbreaking or radical going on, just a good solid design that I have had success with in the past. I'm a Les Paul guy to the core so the inspiration is obvious but I like to add my own spin and create something unique. I'll document the build as best as I can and share as much as I am able. We'll kick off proceedings with some pictures of the new workshop. It's a 6mx3.5m space built inside a 3 car tin garage/barn. All the walls and celing are insulated and it seems to be working a treat so far with stable temperature and humidity hovering around 50.....creeps to 55...dehumidifier for 2 hours and it drops to 40 then takes 3 days to creep back to 50.
  14. 3 points
    Oh yeah, I also cut the top to shape whilst waiting for one of the glue ups to dry. SR
  15. 3 points
    I glued the pattern to my blank and used shims to hold it tightly in place and cut my slots. This is the first time I've cut slots with a notched template...it went fairly smoothly. My bridge came in, so I was able to use it to lay out my neck outlines on the blank. I had already cut the headstock angle, and located the nut and fretboard. I clamped it in place and drill some locating holes. I used finishing nails clipped off below the height of the fretboard for my pegs. I decided to create a little overhang for the fretboard over the neck tenon. I'm not ready to cut the tenon yet, but I need to start the cut and create a little space that doesn't have fretboard glued to it. And it's glued up. SR
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words So I had some lacquer issues over the weekend that required I sand the clear off the back. As it turns out, shooting nitro in high temps can cause some issues with bubbles forming in the clear if you shoot even a moderate coat. Temp on Sunday was a cozy 95 F. (35 C.). Humidity wasnt too bad, around 55%. I shoot in my garage with the door all the way up so its outside for all intents and purposes. I'd hoped to finish the clear and put the guitar downstairs to harden and be finished with this phase, but I'm just going to have to wait for better conditions. Normally I shoot in spring and fall, but didnt really want to wait on this guitar so I gave it a shot. The top on the other hand helps me feel like the day wasnt a total loss. I had already shot most of the clear a couple weeks ago without issue. In addition to the back, I level sanded the top with 320 grit dry paper which made short work of the job, but of course left pretty heavy scratces, and then I shot a flow-out coat of lacquer that was cut with 60% thinner and 5% retarder. I shot it with the guitar laying on its back and let gravity be my friend. It also prevented runs and sags which a very thin lacquer can do very easily. the result is almost no orange peel at all. I'll still have to level sand this when the time comes but its going to be a very quick job. I'll hit it with 800 wet and then go straight to the buffer and I'm confident its going to look spectacular. This is definitely the best pre-wet sanding finish I've managed to date. So I still need to get about 4 good coats of clear on the back. I'm hoping to do this piece meal like one coat each day early evening when the temps are lower but before the humidity gets too high... So the below pix are the finish as shot straight from the gun. Not wet sanded or buffed at all. Its gonna look like glass after I actually do the wet sanding and buffing...
  18. 3 points
    OK, shooting the clear. Still have a couple coats to shoot on the back this evening. Learned something new yesterday. It was 95 F. in my shop, but humidity was low, around 50% so I thought I didnt need to use retarder. I shot one coat a bit heavy and it formed all kinds of bubbles under the surface. A bit of reading showed me that in temps like that it skinned over too fast for the solvents to escape so they formed bubbles. Waited till it hardened and then sanded it off. Re-shot it with a little retarder and lighter coats and didnt get the bubbles. I thought retarder was just to prevent blushing in high humidity, but I was wrong Still learning... Used timbermate for mahogany to grain fill, but darkened it with trans-tint tobacco brown I like the darker fill in the pores.
  19. 3 points
    Hi guys, has been a month since the last post... time flies. So I've completed the to-do list, except the electronics, which I'm currently waiting for. Apart from that, this is pretty much done. Sorry I didn't take any pictures of the process. Still have to setup this bloody hell tremolo bridge, but after a rough inspection, everything is in place and everything is like it should be. Have good feelings about it. So I already can start with the grain filling and preparing for finishing. See you in a month or so. By the way, the singlecut is already sounding, I just can't take decent pictures of it, but I'll try to solve it soon. Thanks for watching!
  20. 3 points
    I was having a bit of a clear up in my shop a few days ago and found a small piece of black/white pickguard, instead of trashing it I opted for a experiment. after cutting it on my band saw and laminating it into a pen blank, I then turned it on my lathe, the shavings were then used together with clear resin to mould a second pen blank.
  21. 2 points
    Well, its been hardening 2 weeks and still a couple to go, but its hard enough to take it off the hanger and get a few pix that give an idea what the finished product will look like. Picture this with all the black hardware (pickups, rings, Floyd Rose, tuners, knobs) installed, as well as back and TR covers. The lighting in these pix make the mahogany look a bit more yellow than it looks for real. Of course the very minor orange peel and you can see on the top as well as the little crust of nitro along the fretboard edges will be gone too
  22. 2 points
    I am so chuffed I know modesty should forbid but, hey..... The Psilos bass has got their 'Bass of the Week' - link's here If you have a peep, it's worth a look around - it is a very good e-zine indeed (even excepting that I would say that wouldn't I ) Darn it.....just got to find SOME way of breaking into the upper echelons of Project Guitar GOTM and maybe I'm getting somewhere. At the moment, though, with the quality of the entries every month the only way I going to get that is by knobbling the competition! Certainly, conventional above-board methods ain't going to do it
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    Very slick. Looks like the kind of guitar these guys would play:
  25. 2 points
    I did mention this was a bolt-on, right? I've really got to think about workflow ... ! I just realized I need to have the neck heel finished before I can rout the neck pocket, and I need the neck pocket finished in order to locate the bolt holes ... I don't really have a template for any of those. A bit embarrassed about not thinking this through until now, but less embarrassed than I'd be had I glued the fretboard on! This guitar was originally supposed to be a test mule of sorts, but I have become attached to it ( ), and want to make it nice. My Odie's Oil arrived! ... in Hawaii . Now I have to wait until early October before I can go there and bring it back. But it's okay, as at this rate, I won't be ready to finish anything until then! Added two more locator pins, so under markers 3, 9, 12, and 21 ... this puppy ain't shifting anywhere! Chopped the heel end next will add a 3mm radius ... don't want it too sharp. Tomorrow I get MRI results ... hoping to get a thumbs up and back to work and hobby.
  26. 2 points
    So I went on to radius the fretboard to a gentle 20" radius...and located fret marker dots. SR
  27. 2 points
    Most of the major bits of timber are now ready for me to start making a bit of progress: First got the top glued together. The cling-filmed block is just keeping it flat against the sash clamps (and must buy a couple more of those!): Then cut out the outline shape. This is with the top dampened to show broadly how it will look: You get a better idea of the colours in this sunshine shot (yes - sunshine, folks!): It should tone and contrast nicely with the mahogany. The camphor laurel has good stability, but it is a hole-y wood: I'll fill the voids with epoxy mixed with ebony dust that I collect for just this kind of job! Next job will be finish-width thicknessing the neck blank and cutting out the two necks from it...
  28. 2 points
    Hi Now that the ultra-modern bass is complete, it's back to my first love...6-string electrics. And I'm building two of them! The first, is an Alembic-esque build for a long-standing member of one of the UK-based forums. It won't be a clone but will have a passing nod to the '80s look of the original Alembic 6-strings. The top will be a nice piece of bookmatched Camphor Laurel: It will have a fully chambered mahogany back - basically a semi acoustic without the 'f' holes. The 5-piece through neck (visible from the back only) has been laminated - maple / purpleheart / mahogany / purpleheart / maple: ...and turns out to be birdseye Tim, who I'm building it for, has just sent me this lovely looking Schaller piezo bridge: The other build is going to be similar construction, which is one of the reasons I'm going to build two in parallel. It is going to be a 6-string electric version of Pete's Piccolo Bass: The reason is that I want to see if the advantages of the above design translate fully to a 6-string electric - very light weight (c 6lbs) and super-slim neck to body transition. This is the top - a nice piece of amboyna: ...and the through neck cut from the same beam as Tim's Alembic-esque above Should keep me off the streets for a couple more months, which will please the local constabulary
  29. 2 points
    I find it amusing how I still have a warning from 2006 on my profile from Scott Rosenberger for, "berating other members for spelling errors".
  30. 2 points
    2 years? Why are you in such a rush mate? <playful jab at myself>
  31. 2 points
    Yeah I know. I do the occasional scarf from time to time but sometimes you just gotta make some sacrifices to get what you want. Well thanks Meatloaf (love that username BTW). What amazes me is just how fast I work on video. Since I'm here I might as well post the latest installment. I unfortunately had some corrupt files and lost some fretting footage which kinda sucks.
  32. 2 points
    Certainly being an active member of the site, even if that's just a friendly bit of discussion or something that contributes positively. It pisses off a lot more people than yourself Mike. A lot of people work very hard on developing their skills and to produce an instrument. When they enter it in a friendly contest like GotM, only for some external commercial custom builder to spam two experienced builds....? Nah, that's just lame and fucking disrespectful.
  33. 2 points
    You'll both be back. No-one gets out of here alive.
  34. 2 points
    A few little places to clean up, but overall it turned out OK. Easier than I expected:
  35. 2 points
    you don't see the smiley face???
  36. 2 points
    Mind blown... I see it, the hips and thighs.
  37. 2 points
    Exactly! I'll be glad to see the back of it though. The next one will be so much smoother! I did some work on the neck fit and tenon this weekend, as well as the control cavity. I took a few better pictures of the limba too! It's so, so pretty and hopefully I can do it justice.
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    Let me throw my 5 Kopek! xD I absolutely love you guys, your opinions and your guitars) I feel nothing similar when talk with russian musicians, but here I fill like at home, thank u! All guitars are incredible, awesome, some are even crazy (in good way I mean) But I like purple. Like purple very much)) I think you understand what I want to say :-)
  40. 2 points
    Been working a lot on guitars and also been incredibly busy with a ton of other things. Some news though. After years of looking for the right job, i finally landed a new, full time job. That means a lot less time for guitars. Im sad that i wont be able to build as much. Here are a couple ive been working on.
  41. 2 points
    Was going to have the "dots" go through the fretboard, but the potential for disaster seemed great, so remade 12 3.5mm deep top dots, and started testing on side markers. Also tested a 30-degree hole for the markers ... to make an oval "dot" ... looked cool, but the logistics were beyond me. (sorry, no pic just now)
  42. 2 points
    Now Mike, don't be too hasty that could be a transgender bovine. I had to shave my goatee for a scba fit test today. That dude walking around in the mirrors looks strange.
  43. 2 points
    people- its hot as hell outside. The weather station says its 94 F outside- I stuck a thermometer outside- on our deck- on a chair- next to our (concrete) sided house- in the blazing sun- and that is no lie folks. Good thing I have this nice cool beer to drink. Automatic from Creature Comforts in Athens, GA. A nice pale ale that isnt so heavy in the heat. 5.2% ABV, This is a seasonal- I missed it last year- and missed the first shipment this year- grabbed up when the second shipment (yesterday) came out.
  44. 2 points
    OK - time to throw down the gauntlet. And yes - it doesn't have the awesome dozens of strings and slanted frets of Knightro's Exploder; it doesn't have the heart stopping effect of StratsRdivine's John Blazy; it doesn't have the beautiful finish, colour or photo of beautiful lady holding it of 2.5itim's N12; nor does it have the stupendous back of boroducci's Axim Alpha; it doesn't even have the ash-ridden loveliness of verhoevenc's Model1 bolt-on.... ...but, ladies and gentlemen, it does, surely, have something.... Love it or loathe it - but you certainly can't ignore it, I present the Psilos ultra-modern bass It is a custom build for a member of the UK-based Basschat forum, Mick. His concept, my interpretation, lady luck's blessing and Einstein's unsolved paradox. Spec is: Scale: 34" Woods: Sycamore / Maple / Ebony Pickups: Under-saddle piezo + hidden magnetic coils (one per string) through an East UK pre-amp/mixer Controls and Tuners: Headless tuner system and full suite of controls fully accessible but hidden from front view Finish: Osmo Raw 3044 Weight: Just a touch over 7lbs Sounds wonderful; sits just right on the strap; sits just as comfortably over the knee Like it or maybe think it's just downright weird, you just know this deserves your vote.... Andy
  45. 2 points
    Finally~! Started work on the body. I was bidding on a 10" bandsaw, so was holding off ... the $600 saw went for $550 the last 20 minutes. WAY outta my budget, so will have to save some more sheckels or, like today, make do with my trusty 20 year old Ryobi jigsaw. Tried a super sharp fine blade that was completely defeated by the Limba. Found this Bosch "Speed for Wood" blade, and it worked, but still took 45 minutes. After that, another 45 minutes on the spindle sander ... along with my fretboard thicknessing saga this morning, I am going to feel this later. (sigh) Anyway, as I was sanding the body edges in preparation for routing from the template, I got carried away and just sanded precisely to the line, and then spent another hour using a sanding block. The Limba was so nice to sand! (I know a lot of folks don't like sanding, but ... I do!) Feeling good for some progress that looks like progress! And having dithered over finish, I bought some Odie's Oil today. It will have to go to Hawaii (won't ship to Japan), so I won't have it until I go there to see my kids and grandkids (#3 due in September). Thank you @KnightroExpressfor the idea.
  46. 2 points
    Got the body made and the neck pocket routed on the 7. Loving this tamo ash. its really hard to bookmatch, since the grain is so erratic. I plan on doing an orange with red burst on this one.
  47. 2 points
    The plans are mostly in my head.... I do have detailed plans for an acoustic mandolin.. I took the body outline from that for a general idea of size and modified the shape to match what is in my head. I did scribble out a sketch to see how it would look. I'll use the plans for fret placement. The rest of it will be constructed pretty much the way I make my guitars. I'll use the plan for a starting point for the nut width and wait till I have a bridge to set the neck width and angle. SR
  48. 2 points
    Thanks. Yup, it does. Especially now that it has a beak and an eye and the head looks like a head instead instead of a pseudopod... I used one of the floating flame pieces to make the beak and for the eye I just carved a divot with my dremel and filled it with epoxy when I set the rest of the floating flame pieces for his eye. It looks like a stained glass window. To be honest I was somewhat afraid this would come out looking stupid and wreck the guitar, but I'm REALLY happy with how this turned out.
  49. 2 points
    Hi! I'm Mike from Axim Guitars. https://www.facebook.com/AximWorkshop/ I wasn't here for a long time but ready to post some news for us. For this contest I want to share our Axim Alpha bass. Bass has original design and concept. Modern sound, passive electronics, uncommon wood combination - Feel the power of the lows even when it unplugged xD We make it for free sale and it waits his new owner Specs: body - maple with mahagony top. Neck - 5ply mahagony/wengr/maple, 35", 24 frets, rosewood fretboard, Jescar SS Hardware - Gotoh, hipshot retainer pickups - Fokin classic jazz bass set, V/V/T
  50. 2 points
    Getting settled into the new garage, almost fully set up: I finished pressing the frets in and got to work trimming and dressing. I had made a fret wire bender that I think I got my measurements wrong on because some of the frets appear to be improperly seated. So maybe they are smaller than 20" radius? It also took me about halfway through the neck to get the hang of pressing it in straight without popping sideways out of the caul. There is room for lots of learning here for me.