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  1. 7 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
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    And the 'as near as makes no difference finished' shots. Forgive the self-indulgence:
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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...
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    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.
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    Willie Nelson puts on a hell of a show I think he did about a 3 and half hour set when I saw him
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    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.
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    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)
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    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.
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    Maple top maybe? Project kickoff beer.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Hey. Haven't been around since my wifi took a shit on me. My phone doesn't like this site much. Nice wood,Mike (That's what she said!) Been working on getting my bike back on the road. New tires,new mirrors,changed the oil, and stripped it down to 500 pounds. (It was almost 700) Should be fun,if I can keep it upright.
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    Hello! It's a piece of hardwood flooring. I got a few leftover packages some years ago when my uncle was decorating his place, works great for necks. Tongue and groove routed off, it still has 90mm x 20mm of clean material, and I have two sizes ~70cm and ~90cm long. I'll look up the exact species on the packaging. I made 2 tele necks form it so far, 1 bass neck, 1 LP Jr and the 335 recently. As a bonus, I got some free exotic flooring samples that were an option. No pics, but I did manage to scarf the neck, with some help from my 8 year old helper It took a while, and he did leave me to go to dinner at some point, and I did have to realign the whole thing when he left, but we had fun! He usually just wants something made or fixed, but yesterday he took part
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    going thru files on my old computer- transferring what I need to to my new computer- stumbled across this scan of some old concert ticket stubs that I had attended with my best friend growing up- instant smile on my face. Thought I would share. One of the best and one of the saddest concerts I have been to are on here- the 1981 priest/maiden show was awesome- maiden with di'anno!! still the greatest metal band with that line up imho- and the aerosmith show was the only show I had attended at the syracuse war memorial (oncenter now) where a curtain cut off half the place- so- instead of seating 8000 it held about 3500 and they didnt fill that.
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    And now it's gone again. Magic! SR
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    I've previously deleted this thread (edit) having received some quite negative comments elsewhere online, but I need to recoup my costs for building it, so introducing Walrus Guitars "F Series" serial number F0117... The first of it's kind, handmade in the UK by Kemp Guitars on behalf of Italian guitar designer Giuseppe Lofrano (Walrus Guitars). The F Series is the first of three "unique" guitar designs from Walrus Guitars - all influenced by the traditional, classic and retro. Full specs of this guitar are: Sapele body and neck (set-neck, 3-piece), Ebony fretboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets, Gotoh Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, Gotoh 301 Series tuners and the classic PAF style "Blues Engine" pickups from IronGear. The guitar is finished with Tru-Oil. Now for your views...
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    Andy, I'm a big fan of unique and original designs and builds...and this one stands tall in that category. I never had a doubt but that you could pull it off...with aplomb,naturally. Even your near replica builds always have some unique and original aspect to them, that AJR magic touch. This was tremendously entertaining to watch you identify and overcome each challenge present by the design. Very cool, man! Well done. SR
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    True - another oddity of mine that never made it to the online gallery/community...
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    Hello all, I've been a lurker here for a couple of months now, admiring (and often being absolutely gobsmacked by) all of your beautiful projects and I've finally found myself in a position where I can have a go at my own. I've always been a 'maker', mostly of furniture over the last few years, but occasionally stage sets, film props, toys and all sorts of other things. While browsing Amazon a couple of months ago, I saw a book about designing and building guitars and basses by Leo Lospenatto and decided to have a look. I instantly decided 'I need to have a go at this' which led me to search for lots of youtube videos and eventually Project Guitar. Seeing all your projects just made me want to make my own guitar even more! I messed about with bass guitars a bit when I was a kid, I never had a guitar though. As I'm new to all this I really had no idea about what wood to go for, what scale to use, how to do wiring etc. so I eventually decided to make both a guitar and a bass so I can try lots of different things, This project will be a bit of a steep learning curve. The great thing about that is it really doesn't matter if I make a few mistakes along the way. I've learnt many of my greatest lessons by screwing things up completely ....but hopefully some of you guys can point out silly mistakes I'm making, or if my decisions are a bit odd, why I should try something else. any help or advice will be hugely appreciated! I mostly make furniture and currently work in a small workshop as a freelancer. I trained as a metalworker, but over the years I've also spent a fair bit of time doing cabinet making. A few years ago I worked at a company making office furniture and the Guv decided to get a CNC, so I learnt how to use that and also learnt CAD in order to program it. So I shall be designing my guitar/basses in Rhino and doing much of the routing on the dodgy Chinese CNC we have in the corner of my current workplace. So, the guitar will be a headless flying V shape. After having a word with the guy in the local hardwood place, I decided on a Sapele body with a Sapele bolt on neck. The bass will be a thru-neck design, the neck made of Wenge and Walnut, with a Walnut body. Both will have EMG pickups. The guitar will be painted a solid colour, the Bass will be oiled (or maybe clear lacquered) I shall be making up a lot of stuff as I go ... The shape and form of both guitar and bass will be influenced by the multi-faceted design of jet planes and sports cars (I was gonna attach a couple of sample images here, but can't seem to get pics to work - don't worry, I shall work it out soon!) Ta, Zolt
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    Thanks . I fully accept also that it is a 'like it or loathe it' kind of shape. When we started, I was in the latter camp from a personal point of view. Loved the challenge but would have been the last thing I would personally go for. But now? Well, it FEELS so great and it sits so well and it plays so nicely....hmmmmm....makes a difference.
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    Amazing job on all the details of this - looks similar to when you see one of those really futuristic concept cars, and are more inclined to believe that it came forth from a time machine than our current existence outstanding work!
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    You're probably right. Been sanding those necks this afternoon - last chance to catch a whiff of that amazing smell - and it's come up really nice. I doubt I'll use it again but the finished colour will look great with the Wenge lams. I agree with you on how we often ignore the "tree" itself when it comes to timber and what we're building guitars from. Not only that, as an example, we have an absolutely enormous chestnut tree in front of our house. Not one that's often used in making guitars, but I don't think I'd want to cut it down and use it in that way having woken up to see it every morning for the past three years. There's also a Eucalyptus that's thriving quite well here... I used some Smoked Eucalyptus once - amazing black/brown colour and figure... But again, it's not a tree we see here often and I certainly wouldn't want to cut this one down. Well, I shall be listing these guitar's specs as 3-piece "Roasted Birch" and Wenge necks. Just got to finish sand the bodies now before slapping on some Epoxy sealer and starting the finish on each
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    Yeah I could never sell a goat. How would I stay warm in the Winter? I kid. (See what I did there?).
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    Wow - it took the last day til now to catch up on your progress. If there was an award for most outside-the-box design, I think you nailed it, and with grace. Fine work - lots of times I thought "millenium falcon-esque"
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    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
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    Kudos to @ScottR for the 3M on a plane. Used my old Stanley #5-1/2, and worked like a dream. I was getting close to my goal of 6.15mm nut to 6.65mm heel, and being very careful, but this was the difference between very close and exactly on target. Yay!
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    Nice Tip!! Used 3M on my #5-1/2 today, and was perfect for finishing the pinstriped Wenge fretboard. I was pretty close just eyeball/sand/measure/eyeball/etc. but the flatness of the plane plus the weight plus the handles made it exact! Thank you!!
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    Congratulations Andy, I really admire the innovative approach you took here... probably the most interesting build I've ever seen in terms of design... plus the fact that you didn't use a computer in the whole process, which makes it even more interesting.
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    Further progress on the latest DC and SS (formerly referred to as the "Dinky-style") builds. The bodies are now ready for finish sanding and I started the first neck carve today - on which you can now see the final colour of that Dark Birch with the help of some spirits... The SS is an archtop with the same deep scoop in the lower cutaway... Dark Birch and Wenge neck - the Dark Birch is a similar colour to the lighter Wenge grain...
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    Gotta love technology. The more it does the more it doesn't. SR
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    Wow, there's a lot of stuff going on in there, Andy. Looks like someone raised the bonnet on a Porshe. SR
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    Welcome back Jon. I'm looking forward to seeing this come together. SR
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    Hi all It's been four years of my last post, not that I did came back to see what you folks was doing, but in silence most of times. In this lack of time I travel two or three times around the country working in my day job. Made a post degree, and begin my master of science, but even working at the shop, but with setup and fixes. Builds I had to brake a little in this gap of time. Hope find all you guys well and healthy. In this post I'll try to get you update of my little builds and some works. Heres a ZW tribute ....
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    I've been lurking along as we pack up. This is looking incredibly sharp. The pin stripe binding and brass filled markers are going to be really nice.
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    If you have ever wondered what 2.5mm of Wenge (and a little Padauk) looks like in powdered form, with a few card scraper shavings ... this. Minus what went on the floor, in the air, and embedded in my mask. I was thinking of alternative ways to do this (router sled, handplanes, focused neutron energy ...) but all promised disaster/splinters/tearout/WWIII, so instead of thinking, just slapped on some #60 and went to it. Yeah, it took an hour, but "just do it" was probably the shorter option ... and gained incredible muscle tone in my forearms! (bonus) The card scraper was last, just to see what the wood looks like planed. The board is now a bit less than 7mm, and pretty flat. Will probably take it down to 6.5mm, then radius.
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    disregard- I see the note about DEWONKING. DEWONK on - my bad is that a dewalt?- no its a dewonk
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    Thunder and lightning here. Enough to rejuvenate the mojo on this one - who knows. Anyway I got sick of the sides flopping around last night and wasn't too confident in the molds ability to hold them so on went the back. It was fairly gratifying that it was still where I left it in terms of dome. No drama with the gluing. No gaps around the rim and no excessive squeeze out. The diy spool clamps seemed nicely usable. Here's a nice blurry photo for you. There's no light in here today. And another one As you can see I got hungry and took a bite out of it. The bevel is going to carry on right through the heel, Hence the off set inlay o the back. Don't know if itll look 'right', but we'll see. Thank for reading chaps.
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    Dots!! At another forum buddy's suggestion, I re-thought my idea that dots are boring. (that, and special-design, custom-made fret markers for a multiscale would be a real chore) He uses a wood dowel inside an aluminum tube! First, I went on a tangent and tried a clear acrylic dot, so you can see the wood below. It works, but I have carbon fiber rods below, so that won't look nice on this guitar. Maybe next one? ... (btw, I can get the clear a lot more clear, but was too lazy) So back to the wood-in-a-metal-tube, I tried brass, to compliment the brass but I plan on using. I gotta say, I kinda like this one! The first picture is the plug-boring tool I made to cut the center wood ... it's just the same brass tube with "cutters" I ground into it with a file. It's brass, so is soft and clogs easily, but I just take the file and dress it a bit every mm or so. Good thing I only have to make 10 of these!
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    Thanks for reading and commenting, guys! I haven't been participating much in everyone else's threads much ... a bit focused on working in the shop as time allows, and posting my progress ... but I have been lurking. So ... glued bottom and other side of Wenge this morning, then pulled the clamps off and cleaned up the top a bit. The whole thing must be thicknessed from the present 9mm to about 6mm, and the top has to be radiused. About 1/2" (12mm) will be cut off each end and both sides thinned about 2mm after gluing this to the neck. Which means a lot more to go, but I'm really happy the "fanned" frets are done, and my pinstriped wood binding seems to have worked out nicely.
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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?
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    Ouch, I've been there myself. Quick tip; take a credit card and carefully drill a ~1/4" hole near an edge. Use a sander to thin it down a hair from the 0,76mm standard to about 0,5mm. Enough to fit within a fret slot. Then use scissors to cut along one side across the hole you drilled to make a hook. A figuratively-instant fret slot cleaning tool. Of course, if you have some 0,5mm plastic then that's fine too....credit-like cards are pretty much free.
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    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
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    Isn't that why we are all here? Kick each other in the ass? Have a shoulder to cry on? Cheerleading? Bit of brandy and pipe smoking by the fireside as we ponder subtle curve adjustments or wood tonality? I've got at least two or three projects gestating, morphing into each other and back again, trying desperately to become the most important thing and be born. Too many other hobbies, life, etc get in the way, but eventually we all find our way back here and begin the beautiful toil once again.