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  1. Slow progress, lots of rain and huge amounts of mosquitoes, so not much quality shop time. Did manage to route most of the electronics cavity out, still a few mms to go. 068-ZS068 by Goran P, on Flickr 069-ZS069 by Goran P, on Flickr
  2. Didn't do much here - just a template being made to route the top, and to show what floyds I have available: IMG_20190605_175028 by Goran P, on Flickr I think I prefer the closer one: IMG_20190605_175040 by Goran P, on Flickr
  3. Finally, some updates! We decided to go with this headstock: 054-ZS054 by Goran P, on Flickr I've glued a printout to some mdf, and proceeded to thickness some cherry offcuts to 3mm: 055-ZS055 by Goran P, on Flickr and made the A/B sides to cut i on the scroll saw. Then, with tin snips, made a alu strip 3.5mm wide, bent it by hand and tried gluing it to the wood with CA, but I was not so sure it will hold properly, so 057-ZS057 by Goran P, on Flickr 058-ZS058 by Goran P, on Flickr I cleaned it up and reglued with some epoxy and a few clamps 059-ZS059 by Goran P, on Flickr Then, roughly cut the mdf template, still have to sand it to line 060-ZS060 by Goran P, on Flickr Doesn't look like much out of the clamps, but 061-ZS061 by Goran P, on Flickr some sanding later it's looking a bit more interesting. 062-ZS062 by Goran P, on Flickr 063-ZS063 by Goran P, on Flickr Then, used the recently made jig and started on the neck pocket. The route was actually finished on my router-press 064-ZS064 by Goran P, on Flickr 065-ZS065 by Goran P, on Flickr and then routed the humbucker cavities: 066-ZS066 by Goran P, on Flickr Finished the yesterday's session by gluing the next needed template: 067-ZS067 by Goran P, on Flickr Now we have to finalize the fretboard inlay design...
  4. Thanks a lot! I've since glued the nut and installed the tuners, have to make a bridge insert and string it up! I wanted to use one of the spares I have, but they are a little too thin and tall. I'll instead make one from scratch. Also, installed the piezzo, just a simple one that goes direct to the amp. I doubt it will get much use anyway, but could be nice to have it sometime. I discovered that the fret leveling file shapes the bone really quickly, leaving a nice finish also. After some light sanding, it polished nicely with one of those 4-sided nail buffers, pics to follow.
  5. I have had 2 different ones for years in the parts box, both Korean-made I think. I'll have to chose one, some help might be needed as I have never really dealt with floyds before. I just got into using the vibrato on my recent goldtop PRS-like and Alvin Lee guitars, so I'd like to investigate that route more. I play electrics mostly without a pick, so I made a habit to hold the handle with my pinky while picking with other 4 fingers.
  6. Time to finish this guitar! I was having second thoughts whether to use a floyd or not, but I have no floyd equipped guitars, so here goes... I've printed out the pickup routes jig, will glue to MDF and start cutting!
  7. Not much time yesterday, but I've managed to cut my nut blank. I still need to radius it, glue it in place and mark the slots. 1-IMG_20190528_190920 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20190528_192647 by Goran P, on Flickr
  8. Just a little update - I have planed the surface flush by hand (a big victory for me, getting somewhere with my learn-to-plane policy ) and used the resulting surface to route the back to uniform thickness of 19.5mm for now. 047-ZS047 by Goran P, on Flickr 048-ZS048 by Goran P, on Flickr the headstock was also planed by hand and routed to 12mm thickness, as the plan is to add a 3mm headstock plate. 049-ZS049 by Goran P, on Flickr 050-ZS050 by Goran P, on Flickr and had to see how it will look with the fretboard wood: 051-ZS051 by Goran P, on Flickr 052-ZS052 by Goran P, on Flickr 053-ZS053 by Goran P, on Flickr we might have a definite winner in the headstock design department, so more pics to follow!
  9. Thanks a lot I was preparing to make a quick jig for dowels like before, piece of wood drilled with a clamp and a chisel, when I saw my box with dies Pure luck Here's where it's at now - I'll make a bone nut and drill for gibson-style tuners I got in the mail. Still waiting on the piezzo... 2-IMG_20190526_124327 by Goran P, on Flickr 3-IMG_20190526_124347 by Goran P, on Flickr
  10. ...a few headstock designs later, we are still not closer to deciding on a shape ....
  11. Same here, that's why I often try to work on such projects, no pressure and a lot to learn on.
  12. Finally had some time to cut the remaining lams (day before) and glue them up (yesterday). They'll be in the clamps until this afternoon, cant wait to see how they will clean up. I'm planing to level the fretboard surface on the router jig shown earlier. I've been working on some more headstock designs as he wants a few more options, so there'll be a update on that as well, and we are also talking about a few other inlay options as well. 045-ZS045 by Goran P, on Flickr 046-ZS046 by Goran P, on Flickr
  13. Thanks mistermikev! I hope this will be a useful guitar, that I don't have to worry too much about getting scratched etc when we play on the porch For me, projects such as this are a good place to practice and develop skills without the fear connected with more valuable instruments. I'm doing repairs from time to time, and a hopeless project is sometimes really useful in the learning curve, even pro bono sometimes, just for the experience points
  14. A slight mistake - One end of MOP was a bit thinner, and after sanding it looks a bit off 27-IMG_20190429_201009 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided to build up the color around the heel to hide the damage/repairs 28-IMG_20190429_201218 by Goran P, on Flickr 29-IMG_20190429_201248 by Goran P, on Flickr Then, I wanted to re-position the tuners and needed some 6mm plugs 30-IMG_20190430_171906 by Goran P, on Flickr 31-IMG_20190430_172039 by Goran P, on Flickr Then pulled the frets and radiused originally flat fretboard to 12". The fretboard is a realy nice rosewood 32-IMG_20190430_190612 by Goran P, on Flickr 33-IMG_20190430_195355 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided to put the back braces to their original positions 34-IMG_20190503_205931 by Goran P, on Flickr and added a strip of mahogany veneer over the seam 35-IMG_20190504_121418 by Goran P, on Flickr the braces glued 36-IMG_20190504_121427 by Goran P, on Flickr and shaped 37-IMG_20190504_152143 by Goran P, on Flickr next stop, fixing a missing chip on the top, found some matching grain 38-IMG_20190505_112638 by Goran P, on Flickr 39-IMG_20190505_113633 by Goran P, on Flickr 40-IMG_20190505_122124 by Goran P, on Flickr Also in the pic, small bit of back binding reused, I'll try to fix the details later on 41-IMG_20190505_122258 by Goran P, on Flickr and after some skipped photos (sorry) 03-IMG_20190517_184034 by Goran P, on Flickr 04-IMG_20190517_184047 by Goran P, on Flickr color coats were brushed on thinly in about 8-10 coats, the burst is (badly) brushed on, and 3 clear coats were sprayed. Not in the pics, I also tried to even out the sides, we'll see how well that worked in the final photos. The headstock is sprayed flat black and clear coated, Ive built up the missing thickness of MOP with some coats of CA, which worked reasonably well, pics also to follow. Frets are ready to go next, and Gibson-style tuners and a piezzo are on their way.
  15. Original tuners, slightly out of their proper place 14-IMG_20190429_123843 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided to make some predictable modifications: 16-IMG_20190429_124807 by Goran P, on Flickr 17-IMG_20190429_131127 by Goran P, on Flickr 18-IMG_20190429_133037 by Goran P, on Flickr 19-IMG_20190429_141723 by Goran P, on Flickr Had to sand the neck clean and glue the heel, no pics but I drilled 2 small holes and injected some glue in the seam and clamped. Using some waterbased lacquer and Stew-Mac Tobacco Brown started painting on some flame on othervise really plain maple: 20-IMG_20190429_150636 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided to get rid of the zero fret: 21-IMG_20190429_151122 by Goran P, on Flickr 22-IMG_20190429_151235 by Goran P, on Flickr 23-IMG_20190429_183557 by Goran P, on Flickr 24-IMG_20190429_184443 by Goran P, on Flickr while that was drying, 25-IMG_20190429_190141 by Goran P, on Flickr 26-IMG_20190429_193104 by Goran P, on Flickr
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