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gpcustomguitars

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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
  16. Hi! Another project that I was doing for me on and off for a while now, for my acoustic duo with my next door neighbor I bought this guitar on a flea market some years back, meaning to restore it as my dad had a Melodia once upon a time. First I removed the completely cracked back and some failed gluing attempts and found some cracking on the sides: 12-IMG_20181007_140419 by Goran P, on Flickr The whole thing is plywood, but seems to have been a reasonably nice instrument - I found some attempts to repair some of the cracked braces etc...some binding was cracked and missing... I decided to use some really nice plywood I have left from another project for the back, as the whole guitar is already plywood: 06-IMG_20181006_145505 by Goran P, on Flickr and salvaged a few braces I could 07-IMG_20181006_145515 by Goran P, on Flickr This i what was left: 01-IMG_20190422_184734 by Goran P, on Flickr Decided that I have to thin the sides down a bit, because of some cracks I couldn't patch reliably: 02-IMG_20190422_185527 by Goran P, on Flickr 03-IMG_20190422_192214 by Goran P, on Flickr Tailblock was really small, so I added some stock there, no additional contact with the top. Reused some of the original linings, there was no bridge plate so I made one. 03-IMG_20190422_192214 by Goran P, on Flickr 05-IMG_20190423_204141 by Goran P, on Flickr Previous attempt of repair was done with some rock hard glue , so I had to build up some of the cracked braces, rather that shave them down and replace them. 07-IMG_20190424_223651 by Goran P, on Flickr Also, had to make some new lining and braces - 08-IMG_20190426_174156 by Goran P, on Flickr 10-IMG_20190426_175002 by Goran P, on Flickr I even had to build up 2 braces, as I couldn't remove them 11-IMG_20190426_184524 by Goran P, on Flickr 12-IMG_20190426_190842 by Goran P, on Flickr and glued the 2 back halves together - yes, the back was completely flat originally, so I'm repeating that 13-IMG_20190427_211052 by Goran P, on Flickr
  17. Finally had some real time to work on this yesterday, I'm also including a few photos from the previous session. First, used some of the fretboard offcuts to make the electronics cover 032-ZS032 by Goran P, on Flickr and roughly cut a suitable piece for the fretboard. It had one small knot which I'd like to use as a feature if I can, but first, some CA to stabilize it. 033-ZS033 by Goran P, on Flickr and started the routing jig for all the front cavities: 034-ZS034 by Goran P, on Flickr Printed out life sized neck profile 035-ZS035 by Goran P, on Flickr and picked one of my 1" maple blanks to cut some lams. 036-ZS036 by Goran P, on Flickr had to use a jigsaw, as my bandsaw is not available at the moment, some burning of the edges, but everything is oversized for now 037-ZS037 by Goran P, on Flickr 038-ZS038 by Goran P, on Flickr humbucker routes I've managed to cut almost perfect just by electric coping saw, almost no need to touch up with a file. 039-ZS039 by Goran P, on Flickr My flattening jig, works really fine 040-ZS040 by Goran P, on Flickr and first 3 lams, maple/cherry/maple add up to 50mm out of 58 needed, so I'll add 2 lams of canadian walnut used for the fretboard. Looks nice I think. I'm using the piece with some features I wouldn't be able to work around for a fretboard, but can avoid when cutting a neck profile. 041-ZS041 by Goran P, on Flickr 042-ZS042 by Goran P, on Flickr Neck pocket part of the jig I've routed flush: 043-ZS043 by Goran P, on Flickr ...and realized that I need a bit more material between neck pocket and hum cavity, it would probably be prone to breaking. I'll make the fretboard hang over the neck for about 5mm. 044-ZS044 by Goran P, on Flickr That's it for now, I should cut the 2 remaining neck lams in the next session and glue the neck up. The truss rods are in the mail, I've also ordered some fretwire. BR, Goran
  18. Thank you all for the kind words! I was trying to come up with a suitable thread name, and I think this was fitting Usually guitars get modified to be headless, not as much the other way around. Regarding my wood choices, I happen to have a huge batch of cherry, along with some other stuff, near to 5m3 of seasoned wood. It would seem wrong not to use it, so I try to overcome any inherent flaws in the material, which is also rewarding as a learning experience. Also, any irregularities in the wood do give it some character, which I prefer to actual figured wood. Most of my stash are trees that were cut down and rough sawn when I was present, and I've air dried it all in my shed. Andy, very nice work as usual! Yes, that does look pretty close, does it have a bit of purple hue in person? I was not able to do any work for a few days now, but I'm preparing one jig to route them all (neck pocket, both hums) which could get done during the weekend. With shaping the back of the body and the electronics cavity routed after that I should be done with shaping the cherry body and start sanding.
  19. This is my fretboard stock, canadian walnut, dried as a log in my shed for a few years now, freshly cut: 06-ZS 006 by Goran P, on Flickr 07-ZS007 by Goran P, on Flickr the pics are not doing it justice, it's more purple-brown in person 012-ZS012 by Goran P, on Flickr there are knots and irregularities there, but I'm sure I'll manage to pick a fretboard and electronic cover.
  20. Just a mistake in my drawing - it will be there on the actual bodies. I'm planing to Inlay either a 1mm aluminum strip there, or a 2mm cream/white abs strip, mirroring the radius of the fretboard inlay.
  21. and then sanded on the oscillating sander...at this point I decided to concentrate on the cherry body first. 019-ZS019 by Goran P, on Flickr 020-ZS020 by Goran P, on Flickr 021-ZS021 by Goran P, on Flickr and the edges were rounded 022-ZS022 by Goran P, on Flickr Then, I drew the edges of the slope 023-ZS023 by Goran P, on Flickr and the arm rest area 024-ZS024 by Goran P, on Flickr and proceeded to cut them with firstly marking them more visibly with some marking tape. 025-ZS025 by Goran P, on Flickr Then some chiseling to bring it down to 15mm from the bottom 026-ZS026 by Goran P, on Flickr 027-ZS027 by Goran P, on Flickr soaked the heartwood with some CA 028-ZS028 by Goran P, on Flickr and started sanding 029-ZS029 by Goran P, on Flickr pencil line shows where I intend to place the jack 030-ZS030 by Goran P, on Flickr and planed the armrest. 031-ZS031 by Goran P, on Flickr Now it's up to date, more pics to follow.
  22. One piece walnut root body blank: 013-ZS013 by Goran P, on Flickr One piece cherry blank - it has a slight bit of center of the log, radial, decided to try to preserve it as a feature: 03-ZS001 by Goran P, on Flickr Starting the routes: 014-ZS014 by Goran P, on Flickr 015-ZS015 by Goran P, on Flickr 016-ZS016 by Goran P, on Flickr 017-ZS017 by Goran P, on Flickr 018-ZS018 by Goran P, on Flickr Last 10mm of thickness were cut roughly on a model saw, and then routed to spec form the other side.
  23. I was recently asked to make 2 identical bodies, template being a headless shape, to be used with common necks based on Ibanez specs. The bodies would be cherry and walnut. I wanted to tweak the shapes he wants a little, and we settled on this: 001-ZS0000 by Goran P, on Flickr Colors will be different, but it's a starting point. Made a template for the bodies: 01-ZS000 by Goran P, on Flickr 04-ZS003 by Goran P, on Flickr 05-ZS004 by Goran P, on Flickr 08-ZS008 by Goran P, on Flickr 09-ZS009 by Goran P, on Flickr 010-ZS010 by Goran P, on Flickr 011-ZS011 by Goran P, on Flickr
  24. Hi! Sorry for the late reply, I've been quite busy for a few days! I'm using a local brand of alu tape with conductive adhesive. It's relatively cheap and works nicely, this bass is completely quiet I've been using it for a few years now.
  25. Thanks! I was also hoping to use both pieces I designed, but the client is trying it first without the top one, and we might add it sometime in the future. Found a few more pics of the progress: 1-IMG-bbb853f1f4ff39ba703b130191681bba-V by Goran P, on Flickr this is how the headstock came out - I didn't want to do the whole restoration, as we agreed that we want all the accumulated dings and scratches to show, but as a something-in-between, it isn't too bad I think. IMG-f6fd2d08a90fac4377f9e4fb20f2082e-V by Goran P, on Flickr i tested the sizes first with printouts, before committing to laser, more times than I'm willing to admit IMG-ea2a629f04348c33e5aaa9c78822c566-V by Goran P, on Flickr shielding, and the separately removable electronics plate, my usual beef with strat-type pickguards. I actually had 2 made, for different versions of circuit IMG-ae419f2554ea3a59975643623d5fad9f-V by Goran P, on Flickr IMG-bc70d80cc38ca3eacba6d70ea4b9cc18-V by Goran P, on Flickr IMG-bfcd59a3d90eca4667770946b7576b31-V by Goran P, on Flickr pickups were cleaned, some light rust removal form pole pieces with steel wool, and polished with some medium compound IMG-44070506b1ce042e4e0ff5100ef8f4ed-V by Goran P, on Flickr trying to free the seized height screws IMG-a7b432fe3c69aa6a3999e9a336fb7ca0-V by Goran P, on Flickr
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