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    Couldn't resist - new project

    Thanks a lot!!! Not much time for guitars for a few days now, making some furniture for my friends new apartment, but will get back to this asap
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    Couldn't resist - new project

    Thanks! I just couldn't look at that paper guitar any more The thing I like about this design is that it's all made from really small pieces, so I'm using some stock that would be unusable otherwise without a lot of laminating. The whole thing should be made out of 6, max 7 pieces, and still be relatively normal-sized and balanced. On the side note, I finally replaced my overhead router unit that got stolen a few years back, so I can route and plane stock again Hopefully, some more shop time later today.
  3. I definitely have no will power at all...can't understand how I quit smoking I like this design so much that I just have to start it, so, the design again: 1-IMG_20180926_184927 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20180926_184933 by Goran P, on Flickr 3-IMG_20180926_184940 by Goran P, on Flickr Started by making some templates: 02-IMG_20181006_134835 by Goran P, on Flickr 03-IMG_20181006_140945 by Goran P, on Flickr and picked the center section out of a few pieces I had in the shop, cherry again: 05-IMG_20181006_145025 by Goran P, on Flickr I managed to fit the headstock part in there, slightly angled, to use the longer grain. Some cutting with the jigsaw: 08-IMG_20181006_153005 by Goran P, on Flickr Sanded the templates, and drilled some holes to fix them to stock: 09-IMG_20181006_164434 by Goran P, on Flickr I want a light-coloured wood in the back, so I'm adding a piece of acero parana to the neck lam to build up thickness: 10-IMG_20181007_132501 by Goran P, on Flickr 11-IMG_20181007_134548 by Goran P, on Flickr ...and fixed the templates to some more cherry stock. It's not perfect, but I've managed to pick sections that are fault-free: 13-IMG_20181007_143510 by Goran P, on Flickr That's it for now!
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    335-like guitar for the same friend :)

    Had a busy weekend! Among other things, prepared the top and the back, some 5mm to spare all around. Veneer for the sides is ready, so, assembly is not far away. 01-IMG_20181006_125420 by Goran P, on Flickr
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    Finished pics! A Bitsa Dreadnought for me :)

    Very nice, congratulations!!! Nice crisp sound, and good playing too!
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    335-like guitar for the same friend :)

    Thanks! Definitely, I just set the to-do list to those 4 guitars, but in reality, the list of started projects is a ...bit longer... I'm trying to finish all the things that definitely have some potential but got pushed to the back burner. Also, from time to time I have my repair duties that must override some of my crazy ideas Well, some pics - I think one side is reasonably carved, the other still to go, and then I'll pore over them again prior to the next step. The second pic shows the top/back angles in relation to the sides. I've blended the joins, so that there is no no-contact areas between the frame and the top/back. When it's all done, veneering should be a walk in the park. 1-IMG_20181002_200805 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20181002_203536 by Goran P, on Flickr Here's what I plan to be my next project as soon as possible: 1-IMG_20180926_184927 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20180926_184933 by Goran P, on Flickr 3-IMG_20180926_184940 by Goran P, on Flickr I'll just start picking wood for it and putting it aside, perhaps just run it trough the planer to rest. 25.5, 12' radius, necktrough, most probably acero parana neck and cherry sides. 24 frets with partial access up to 28th just for show. I'd like it to have either a rolling nut, or a zero nut/fret and locking tuners, and sides profiles fully rounded. Hope you like it!
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    335-like guitar for the same friend :)

    Just a quick update while waiting on the tuners and the pup springs for the Alvin Lee. No pics yet but I glued the body frame together, and should do some fine tuning, carving and sanding. Next step will be glueing some sapele veneer all around, and then it's time for top and back. I did it other way around the last time, and while it did work fine, it was a lot more work. Pics to follow! I already have the next project layed out on paper staring at me from the kitchen table, but I'm forbiding myself from starting it until the tele, ALee, 335 and another LP halfway done are done
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    Telecaster for a friend

    Thanks! This was a fun and quick project It was just an idea I got looking at my Stew-Mac rounding file. I did want a bigger handle, but the basic shape comes from there. I guess that it will get dull quickly, but it's a tool for this one job, so re-sharpening is not an issue. I've cut the channel roughly to make sure it works, still need to make sure that it's flat and level with a file. 1-IMG_20180914_074028 by Goran P, on Flickr I can't wait for the tuners and screws to come in, as I'd really like to hear it play!
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    Telecaster for a friend

    I've ordered the correct tuners and a pack of pup screws/springs, so while waiting, decided to tackle making the bone nut. I had prepared some bone cuts before, so here goes: 01-IMG_20180911_183501 by Goran P, on Flickr Cutting to size using the vise as the guide: 02-IMG_20180911_185259 by Goran P, on Flickr Flattened the facettes, and using the radius sander to rough in the radius: 03-IMG_20180912_192623 by Goran P, on Flickr 04-IMG_20180912_192703 by Goran P, on Flickr 05-IMG_20180912_193104 by Goran P, on Flickr 06-IMG_20180912_193113 by Goran P, on Flickr Then, I figured I need a tool to cut the nut slot, which was already marked with 2 fret saw cuts, so I decided to make a chisel from a nail. Initial bend in a vice: 07-IMG_20180912_193530 by Goran P, on Flickr Flattened with a hammer, cold, should harden the mild steel some: 09-IMG_20180912_194257 by Goran P, on Flickr Cut the angle with saw, and cleaned the sides with a file: 10-IMG_20180912_195233 by Goran P, on Flickr Cherry offcut for a handle, angled: 11-IMG_20180912_203022 by Goran P, on Flickr Poor pics due to lightning, but polished the sole and the cutting angle: 12-IMG_20180912_203113 by Goran P, on Flickr 13-IMG_20180912_203156 by Goran P, on Flickr Some 5-min epoxy later: 14-IMG_20180912_204236 by Goran P, on Flickr 15-IMG_20180912_204249 by Goran P, on Flickr I almost finished it last night, whittling the handle, but I want to sand it some more and dip it in oil. Tried it out, and works great for purpose intended Will post pics, now to fit the nut.
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    Telecaster for a friend

    Thanks! I did the logo by printing it out (Ink or Laser Jet), taping it over with clear tape and burnishing it for about 2 minutes. Then, cutting it to shape, and soaking in room temp water for about 5 mins. Use your fingers to rub off the paper and slide in place, get rid of the moisture with some tissues and let dry a bit. NOTE-I already had primer on. Then you just lacquer it over, lightly at first. Re: wood burning - No, just some discoloration that was already in that piece of wood.
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    Telecaster for a friend

    Well, it's been a while! We went for a vacation, a bit more work started to come in (which is nice!), so I didn't really take many pics. The guitar is polished, I brushed on about 8 thin coats of waterbased clear with a lot of sanding in between and oiled the neck with true oil. The headstock was also lacquered with waterbased clear. Around 6th coat of clear I decided I'd like to have the guitar look a little bit aged, so I did a really light relicing in few places that would probably first show signs of wear. No dings&scratches, just some polished-trough-over-time details. I did ding the pickguard in 2-3 spots, around the pots. Also, overpolished the arm bevel, as it would happen with any well=played guitar over time. The cavities were shielded with tape, and I have yet to solder everything together. I'm missing the pickup height adjustment screws, so I have to order them, and also, had to reorder the 4l+2r tuners set, as it's supposed to be 4r+2r............. 1-IMG_20180909_172459 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20180909_172603 by Goran P, on Flickr 3-IMG_20180909_172829 by Goran P, on Flickr 4-IMG_20180909_172841 by Goran P, on Flickr
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    My LP Junior

    Just great!!! Please post other builds too!
  13. gpcustomguitars

    Telecaster for a friend

    Thanks! I hope it will sound good too. I'm really starting to like the colors I chose.
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    Telecaster for a friend

    Getting closer! Used some homemade decals on primer, sanded back and reapplied. Fretboard was sanded to 1000, chamfered the fret slots, got the frets in (2.0mm), dressed them, polished it all with steel wool, cleaned, and protected from getting dirty with one coat of true oil. 1-IMG_20180728_162534 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20180728_183113 by Goran P, on Flickr 3-IMG_20180728_210120 by Goran P, on Flickr 4-IMG_20180728_210127 by Goran P, on Flickr 5-IMG_20180728_210139 by Goran P, on Flickr I took my time with shaping the neck this time, no spokeshaves, just a 4-in-1 hand file, one facet at a time. Then switched to scraper a bit to refine the profile a bit nicer, and finally shaped with the newfretbpard sanding beam. It's long, so no dips, everything nice and smooth. Still some sanding to higher grits, but looks OK to me. I took the profile from my favorite tele, thicker C, a little like a U. 2-IMG-1e49b809b1373cd1bc13c7fd8dee9059-V by Goran P, on Flickr 3-IMG-9c4d67ccd7566db447dbf4262a7b308b-V by Goran P, on Flickr Starting to look like a guitar more and more 1-IMG-3d3b73e9fa3bacd7b6fd3f3a346dd29c-V by Goran P, on Flickr
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    Telecaster for a friend

    Well, we had a nice day yesterday, so I managed to sand the primer and spray the color coats. I think I did 6, with some sanding after 4th. This stuff dries really fast, easily the fastest I've used ever. 1-IMG_20180725_175937 by Goran P, on Flickr 2-IMG_20180725_175950 by Goran P, on Flickr Then glued the dots, and leveled. 3-IMG_20180725_184204 by Goran P, on Flickr 4-IMG_20180725_184743 by Goran P, on Flickr Between the coats, managed to cut the fret slots. I was worried that I've left to little space between the headstock-side cut and the beginning of the slope, and that it might cause some chipout when cutting, but it went without incident. 5-IMG_20180725_200630 by Goran P, on Flickr I got a new radius block in the far east, and I'm really satisfied with the quality of it. Sanded out the radius starting with 80 in a few mins. I'll go up to 1000, re-cut and chamfer the fret slots and start fretting. 6-IMG_20180725_211240 by Goran P, on Flickr And here;s the (partial) result: 7-IMG_20180725_214706 by Goran P, on Flickr 8-IMG_20180725_214732 by Goran P, on Flickr The RAL No. is 1014, looks nice to me, sort of a TV yellow Acero parana fretboard will get more yellow with true oil, I'm thinking about lacquering the headstock, and the back of the neck will also be true oil. Level sanding lightly tomorrow, and then some clear coats of the same system, brushed. Primer was used undiluted, as per instructions, but the clear coats need 5% water added. The only problem is finding some 4+2 tuners without excess cost now...
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