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  1. 2 points
    Wing glue up went well, no dramas. I had to take a hand plane to the centre peace as it was a bit high on the front but fortunately flush on the back This is a problem I would rather have than the middle low! So I used my little block plane to knock the middle down before I rough the wings it on the band saw. Offering an entire guitar up to a bandsaw is a PITA! Freehanded a channel for pickup wires with a router and gave the top a bit of a sand so I had a good glueing surface and did a dry fit of the top. I drew some taper lines on the top a couple of weeks ago once I'd got it nicely centred and these came in really handy for checking it was centre - the pocket shape on the top is a tight fit but there is still a few mm of will room where the could move with glue and clamps, so once it was all centred I don't think it was strictly necessary as I was fairly happy with the weight, but I did do some "chambering" really only for the reasons that @Andyjr1515 mentions, it always comes out heavier than you expect! Put a few locator pins through pickup cavity locations and pot locations and got it glued up. I'll need to craft a template of sorts to do the neck pickup cavity - So I'll get the cavities sorted on the front and probably cut the blade switch slot, then on to carving the top. But at some point, I really need to tackle these inlays!
  2. 2 points
    You're weigh in is far more precise than mine! For the V, I can't put it on scales because of the awkward shape (I should have put the wings then the neck on the scales and totalled them up, now it's too late for that). I ordered a hanging scale the other day so I can hang it from one of the peg holes. In the meantime, I just fitted the top, slapped the box of hardware on top, pick it up and said, yep that'll do Binding channels came out great!
  3. 2 points
    so keeping an eye on weight... looks like 3lb 8oz body, 1lb 5oz neck, 2oz per pickup so 8oz, 1lb 3oz bridge, 8oz tuners so 7lb? still will be removing some pickup wood and a deep belly cut - I'm guessing that will take about 12oz off so estimating just over 6lbs here. got a little hairy this week when I dry fit my top and cut the neck pocket for my set neck version. the neck needs to be glued before I attach the top... but wouldn't be able to cut the top with the neck installed so it's a catch 22. now to deal with the rounded corners... I'm not that great with chisels... but give me a laminate file and I'm right at home (see below) spent a lot of this week building/testing my binding jig... required quite a bit of tweaking. Added and then removed springs, changed the length for tension several times... to get it just right. these drawer slides have built in mechanism/springs for making a 'soft close' which is nice. the carriage doesn't just drop... it eases back into position. rebuilt my plexi piece because I couldn't cut the last 1/8" right up at the neck pocket - literally was that close. So rebuilt and now it has plenty of room. it works pretty intuitively. nice and straight. It is perfect everywhere except right at the highest points...you can kind of see here. My donut was simply a plumbing piece that is a cover for faucet pipe. had a 7/8" hole already, and has a nice slope. It is a hair too large (approx 1.5") around and this is preventing complete flattness on most of the guitar. The two closeups below show that it drifts almost a 1/16th at those spots. For this guitar: it will kind of be cool. There is going to be some manual shaping of the 1/2 round as it won't dig in as much on the sides... but will dig in fully at the back. This should follow that pretty good so I'm going to use it as is... but will likely build a new donut at the point where I use it again.
  4. 2 points
    It's on... The Kiwi Green top coat, that is. Strat body sprayed this morning. Nearly there with this one now
  5. 2 points
    Don't miss @Norris 's advice of putting it onto a gent saw handle to hold it stiff and straight. They are great blades - I've used them for years as general chop saws - but they are highly flexible and would be no good for fret slots with the standard supplied handle. They need the rigid spine of such as a gent saw to keep them straight. And actually, I've never thought of doing that. Full marks @Norris . Another idea for me to steal. By the way, the triangular needle file trick to take the sharp edges off the fretslots is an important one, whatever the width of the slot. Just the lightest of strokes so that the slot itself isn't widened but the vulnerable edges are less likely to split or buckle in and jam the slot and prevent the fret fully seating.
  6. 2 points
    What a difference a sharp blade makes. I got the rest cut to depth last week using the saw that my instructor uses - an Irwin dovetail saw blade fitted into a gent saw handle for stability. The kerf is very slightly narrow for fretwire, but with a little filing with a triangular file they fit nicely so he says. The good bit is that they are much, much cheaper than most fret saws. I filed the slots afterwards. https://www.irwin.com/tools/handsaws/dovetaildetail-saw Anyway on to this week. Hacking about with a blunt saw meant I'd managed to put a few scores in the board, so it needed tidying up again. I had to get at it with the 80 grit, so it was back out with the radius gauge and straight edge. This time I took along a laser pointer, which made checking for gaps much easier. Luckily it wasn't out by far Once it was in shape using 80 grit, I then went through 120, 240 and 400 grit. That's about as far as I need to go Next week we're onto drilling the holes for the tuners, then the headstock inlays
  7. 1 point
    Whatever weight yours came in at, mine would probably come in 1lb heavier, my guitars are not known for the lightness. In fact, I suspect the V will turn out heavier than I think it is because it's so long! BTW, congrats on your guitar heading up Amateur Luthier, it's very pretty!
  8. 1 point
    hehe, you have a lot more experience on the weight so I wouldn't be surprised! Still have a forearm cut, pickup routes, and I forgot: neck heel will be trimmed down quite a bit so - I might have gone over (is this going to be like price-is-right? closest without going over. if @ADFinlayson chimes in with 1lb we're both screwed! on that note... it's funny - I have a tele that I've always thought was super light. it just feels like it's light... now that I have a scale it turns out to be just over 7lb. So I've thought a lot lately about what makes a guitar 'FEEL' light. I'm going to guess balance. I'm going to start weighing so that I can learn and be able to go back and reference. afa gotm... you are very kind - but I wouldn't bet on me against any of the stuff I see here on any given day - let alone your stuff! I'll be proud to loose to anyone around here! thank you ADfinlay - never even thought about a fish scale! Prob be perfect. Binding channel... I just went in 1/8" to test it. this binding is going to sit slightly below the top and get exposed by a roundover... so not done yet!
  9. 1 point
    Looking good Ref the weight prediction, I always calculate and then add 8oz. I don't know why, but 8oz always seems to creep in somewhere! So my prediction is I would add 1/4lb for the things you haven't mentioned (pots, wires, strings, etc) and then add my 8oz angel dust (mainly finish, to be honest) and therefore end up with a final playing weight of 6 3/4 lbs . Still pretty good if it meets that because that is a deep, deep body compared with the ones I've done recently! And stupendous if it gets closer to your own prediction. Maybe we should set up 'predict the weight' as a sister competition to GOTM? At least it would give me a running chance...because as sure as heck, you're going to beat me with this on the GOTM itself!
  10. 1 point
    It's true, the inlay is excellent, but the tight scribing and precision routing/chisel work really makes all the difference. Nice one Norris!
  11. 1 point
    Yep, very sexy carves and a finish that accentuates them very well. Excellent work as usual Scott.
  12. 1 point
    March is still tossing the daily temperatures all over the place, but the spring is definitely here! I think I'm set on the small and compact compressor I need to buy, probably to be used/tested on this unsuspecting guitar So, managed to finish the freting in few sessions, used 1 whole and a few pieces from the second 24-fret set. This is the first time i did the undercut tangs on a unbound fretboard, I suspect this is what I should've been doing the whole time... Now I'm getting ready to glue the bass wing on, but due to limited operating space once that is on, I started carving the heel. Last but not least, a want to add accents like on the headstock using some acero left from the headstock and some cherry, still to be picked from the scrap bin. 3-IMG_20190313_173711 by Goran P, on Flickr 1-IMG_20190313_173637 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20190313_173644 by Goran P, on Flickr
  13. 1 point
    21 strips of walnut and 20 maple veneers and my wings are on. I guess my life would be a lot easier if I did the inlays and fretwork first, but I got excited
  14. 1 point
    Thank our friend Colin Keefe Colin fitted it into the handle of an old Hosco fret saw I stuck the inlays on with double-sided tape, scribed round with a scalpel (x-acto knife) and rubbed in some chalk to see what I was doing. Then I used my Dremel with Stewmac router base and the 1mm end mills I linked in your other thread. Finally they were glued in using epoxy mixed with ebony dust. I'll do some more detailed photos when I do the headstock inlays shortly
  15. 1 point
    I get my mop bits and pieces from them for the ziricote build, good stuff and not insanely priced like some luthier suppliers. I didn't know they did custom inlay cutting though. I've been thinking about getting a batch of my logo cut by someone so I might get in touch with them again, thanks
  16. 1 point
    ha, I know it's funny how us Brits do our measurements. weigh the guitars and lumber in pounds, buy lumber in inches and refer to scale lengths in inches, but I always measure them in mm during the woodworking (I do anyway). Drill bits are another one, when you read the dimensions on the box, length is always in inches and diameter is always in mm
  17. 1 point
    A chap who is very good at cutting them by hand. http://www.smallwonder-music.co.uk/shop/
  18. 1 point
    thanks for the tip on the irwin saw: they have them at lowes for $13 so... more than likely going to snag one. that DW... looks like it was cut on cnc. very nice. what do you use to cut inlay?
  19. 1 point
    just thought of a new song theme: "I want to jump in and swim around in your guitar". Where those two carves meet on the back... looks like a wave. Just beautiful!
  20. 1 point
    I’d do a clear cover just out of vanity.
  21. 1 point
    Decided to post a bit more regular with this build as it's the last one I intend to do as stock in the traditional Strat style. That said, unlike my other recent builds in this style, this one has not been machined or shaped at all using CNC, it's completely handcrafted and therefore has some significant, yet subtle, differences. Something about a standard Strat nut I don't like, so giving this neck a 1/4" thick GraphTech TUSQ XL nut
  22. 1 point
    way behind on posting updates...lets see- from one of my fav breweries- Creature comforts- a rainbow of beverages: l to r Anomalous-pilot batch pale ale made with persimmons, Sterling, Nelson Sauvin and Mandarina Bavaria hops- 6.1% and excellent stuff Athena Paradiso Berliner Weisse with tart cherry, raspberry and cranberry. 4.5% and refreshing as hell Everything Is..Dry hopped pilsner with mosaic hops- 4.9%- this stuff tastes like Desitin Diaper Ointment smells- complete fail. 2 nd miss for creature in the dry hopped pilsner department. somethings just arent meant to be- and I think dry hopped pilsners are one of them. Loopulus- Double IPA 8% abv with Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. good stuff. my daughter came up after work to meet me- she is a fan of the fruited berliner weisse beers- she got a flightand I got to try this one- Athens to Athens, Grist to Grist- a Saison made in collaboration with Jackie O's brewery in Ohio and with locally sourced wheat. 6%. I am not a saison fan- but this was pretty dern good. so after our flights at the brewery my daughter and I headed over to Trapeze Pub for some dinner. Trapeze always has killer beer on tap- and these two caught our eyes- both nitro infused for creamy goodness- on the left we have Nitro Rubaeus fruit beer from Founders- 5.7% and a nice raspberry flavor. on the right- North Coast's Nitro Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout- 9%. Velvety smooth and delicious with my caesar salad. dorks of hazard double dry hopped ipa from Hoof Hearted Brewing out of Ohio. 7% this was brewed and canned by Great South Bay Brewery out of Bay Shore NY. Must be like what Cigar City used to due- contract brewing- regardless- good stuff Offbeat Double IPA from Bearded IRIS brewery out of Nashville Tennessee 7.5% simcoe and citra hops. Lovely stuff
  23. 1 point
    We will have to call this guitar LeVi
  24. 1 point
    And another job off the tick list - the frets levelled, re-crowned and polished. I'll fit some strings temporarily later today to check if it frets properly all the way up the board. Only a few jobs left before the 'grand assembly'
  25. 1 point
    So I am finally getting around to final assembly on the Wookie...