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  1. Dude, that is NICE. Best Eddie tat I've seen. You're right, they're usually kinda lame. As far as price goes, it's an investment you have to live with for the rest of your life. I'll never understand people who price shop for tats, that's just crazy. Even so, you got a very good price for 3.5 hrs.
  2. It's coming along great! I love that neck! I'm also thinking about doing a 5 string with an open headstock, so I'll be working out the same tweaks as you J. Pierce. BTW, gorgeous guitar/bass in the link. Very nice.
  3. humina humina! looks great so far! As for the neck pocket, I haven't dealt with that (yet), but I've seen folks here have some success with veneers and shims. You just have to take your time making them the right size with proper taper, etc. Good luck on the rest of the build. Can't wait to see it finished. On a side note, isn't the smell of Walnut being worked amazing? I LOVE it!
  4. That neck looks killer! Hopefully neck dive won't be an issue. Does the tip of your bass horn come anywhere close to the 12th fret? I'd go with the lightest tuners possible, if it's going to be a small bass, it may as well also have the advantage of being extremely light! Looking forward to seeing it done.
  5. Andronico forges the steel for his strings himself.
  6. That neck looks dangerously close to neck dive length. Hope that doesn't give ya any problems! Looks great! The thin body doesnt' float my boat (the bass I'm building is 14" at the lower bout, heh) but I like the design, and can't wait to see it finished!
  7. Wow, this is a really PRO build! Makes me want to build a (not nearly as complex or handy) travel bass... Great work!! You could probably sell these pretty easily, I've not seen a traveller guitar this ingenius before.
  8. yep, well I have access to a jointer, but for this top (about 3/16" thick) I think that this method will be safer. A sanding table is another way of effectively doing things. I had a shooting stick available, so that's what I used. Power tools are great! If you can afford them and the space they occupy!
  9. I don't know if this is useful to anyone or not, but I figured that since I've gotten so much useful info from this site that if I had ANYTHING to share, I'd pass it along. Maybe someone will be able to use it, who knows. Anyhow, I take the wood to be joined and if it doesn't already have a pretty close to straight line on the joining edge, I'll stack them (using double-sided tape to avoid slipping) with the surfaces to be jointed on one side and make the smallest possible rip with the tablesaw to flatten the edges. At that point, you'll be close to the perfect joint already, but the next step will ensure it. I then take the two boards and clamp them together (you can stick them together with double-sided tape in between to avoid slipping) between two larger pieces of MDF with just about 1/8" of the edge to be jointed hanging out, as level as possible. Then I take a shooting stick (a flat, square board with sandpaper double-sided taped to it) and run it along the exposed edge until both sides are nice, flat and smooth. Then, when you take it out of the clamps, voila, a perfectly invisible seam! I'll be using this process to join a top that is too thin for me to be comfortable using a jointer, and I feel it gives a better join anyhow, if you're willing to expend the elbow grease! I can take pics of the process if anyone is interested in seeing them. Hope this helps somebody...
  10. Hey jmrentis, that was an ingenious way to do it, considering your resources! Edit: I just typed out the same thing Kenny said right above me! :DB) And that was yesterday. Man, I need to make sure I read everything before I reply, anyhow, if you feel like reading it anyway... here's my method. I'll be trying this on my next instrument. You can take a body blank with plenty of extra thickness to a mill shop and have them resaw a slice off the top that is the thickness you want your cavity cover to be (I'd probably have them go a little thicker, then clean up the cut with a surface planer or sander if I'm in the mill shop anyhow). Then you simply route your cavity and cut out the cover from the matching grain on the thin slice you had made. This will eliminate the need for lamination, but requires that you have enough excess wood and resources to do the resaw. Quartersawn Black Limba is an ideal wood for this as the grain is so pronounced and stays somewhat even through the thickness of the board. This also means that since you'll have a full size 1/8 inch or so slice of your body wood, you'll have plenty left over for headstock overlays, inlays, etc, rather than routing it away. With my resources, I prefer a mill shop to the home band saw for 2 reasons: 1) If you've already glued the body blank, it may not fit into the bandsaw you have. You could fix this by just cutting a slice off of half of the body blank before you glue it up, then planing both to be even again before you glue up. It's all about planning ahead! Something I'm not always good at... 2) because the resaw blades at the shop are wider and produce a cleaner cut, you'll have less waste. This is only important if you have a marginal amount of extra wood to work with.
  11. A bunch of fantastic guitars again this month! I like them all a lot, but my vote went to the Zipper Cherry. The design and carve on that guitar are awesome in my opinion. It's unique and ballsy, while remaining elegant. The upper horn is really fantastic and compliments the long lower horn nicely. I also love the way the upper bout balances the long horn out. The headstock carve is the icing on the cake. Great work! I also really like Doug's custom. It reminds me quite a bit of Warwick's Vampyre bass, but with some nice improvements, i.e the carve, inlays, etc. The fit and finish look terrific and I love the buckeye burl top. I would have given it my vote, but to my eyes the Zipper was a more original design. I am always impressed with BigD's Tele's, and this one is spectacular, but I think a Tele would have to really blow me away to get my vote, simply because I've seen so many of them. I would, however, be proud to have any one of his gitters in my collection! The oddboy is a terrific use of resources, and deserves votes simply based on that. It's great to see that a guitar can be built without shelling out a fortune! Even though I don't personally like the headstock, I love the way the truss rod cover reiterates the design. No basses this month... I'll have to do something about that soon..... Congrats everybody!
  12. This is my first time to vote for GOTM, and I have to say, I truly hope that every month the voting is as difficult as this one has been. I was very impressed with each and every entry. I would be proud to own and brag on any of the instruments built this month. In the end it was down to the Crucible and Phil's bass. Even narrowing it down to that was difficult. The Crucible is one of the most beautiful semi-hollows I've seen, and in the end the "launch pad" really worked for me, and made the guitar stand out. The inlays are also a fantastic touch, and I am thouroughly pleased that he decided to leave the finish natural. I'm not a guitarist (I play some, but not like I play bass) but if I was, I'd be calling him to build me an instrument. Phil's bass ended up taking it for me. The body design, the wood choices, the home-made pickups and covers, the original and well executed fingerboard.... they all work together in a way that only a meticulous and well thought out design could. Truly an inspirational build. The olive wood on the top and back are specifically interesting to me because they are beautiful without being very flashy. I love flamed/quilted/burled woods but there is something about the subtle beauty and color of that wood that grabs me. Congrats to all who entered an instrument, and specifically congrats to Phil, because it looks like he's taking this one. And even though I didn't use this as criterea for my voting (I promise) it's GREAT to see a bass build do so well, and I would love to see more of that here!
  13. This is a great thread! I would try to add something, but the limited experience, and thus limited mistakes I have encountered so far have been addressed already. I am paying careful attention to what is said here so I can make as few of the valuable but frustrating mistakes in the future as possible. Currently, I am learning the value of templates, and planning it out ALL the way before making a cut. But I have learned from my mistakes, and don't plan on repeating them, so I am a better builder for them!
  14. You read my mind! I've been looking for something like this! Thanks alot, man!
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