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    GOTM August 2005
  1. I voted for dougs because there's some incredible work involved (not to say anyone elses was any less). The only thing I didn't like was the top. Reminds me of Exorcist Vomit. You guys here really have a thing for clear figured wood finishes. I'm glad Odd Boy was submitted with a metallic finish. It's just I could not get past that headstock shape. Sorry.
  2. Now that I look a little closer, it does look straight. I guess the photo angle make the heel section look like it slightly curves into the lines on the body, the purpleheart line. I can tell at the nut it's straight. What a cool effect.
  3. The guys at the Fender Custom Shop thought I should place bullet holes in the body. Thinking about that suggestion now, I'm wondering if that comment was for added effect for the guitar, or because of their distaste for Cops? Phil, how did you get such perfect lines on that neck glue? I would think you would have had to scroll saw the different woods simultaneously? I mean straight lines are one thing but curved? Wow!
  4. My Police guitar only plays well near Donut shops. I had a feeling my guitar would provide mixed feelings from the beginning. You know, musicians often have had their share of run-ons with "the man". Luckily when I jammed with this Police band, you didn't have to turn down...because the Police was already there. Very unfair advantage. Phil's got it. Can't compete with superior design and wood working skills. Lots of time went into that one I'll bet. Except, I can't see how the hell you bass players play on those 6 string bass necks. Don't you need 6 inch fingers? Nice work to everyone. -Stew
  5. What if you built a reproduction Fender Strat, called it a replica, used the Fender decals on a Fender licensed neck and body, kept all the tell tale signs that it clearly was not a Fender production guitar (i.e. All Parts, WD Music, Warmoth burn in stamp), played it for a few years, got tired of it, then sold it. Are you still liable? I've built many vintage reproduction Strats, the Fender Custom Shop knows about this because they've joked around with me on this issue (making fun of me by quoting posts from the Fender Discussion Pages on my work). Not once did Mike Eldred ever pull me aside and tell me to beware. I have been warned to watch my back by Vince Cunetto. When the SRV #1 tribute Strat came out last year at the NAMM show, Eldred approached me and said, "Now, don't you start making these". That was my only real warning. Either he thinks I'm too small potatoes or I'm going about the process correctly. Since I've become friends with the Custom Shop staff, I no longer build these replicas out of respect more than anything. They've showed me all of their distressing techniques and I don't want the guys thinking that I used them just to better my replicas. Truth is, I like my distressing techniques better. I've showed them a Custom Shop Strat that I reliced. But I think that was legit since it was a CS production guitar and not something I made. What's in the back of my mind is the ones that I've sold, will they ever be resold as actual vintage Fenders? Then am I held liable at that point?
  6. Some of you may have already seen this guitar. I built this for a friend of mine who is a police officer. He's in a Police top 40 band, CUBO (means "Conduct Un Becoming an Officer"). My Police guitar ("Peace Keeper"). I got the idea from the guitar strap in a local Guitar Center. I bought the strap, then built the guitar. This was finished entirely with Krylon acrylic paint (never again). Previously to this state, I had to strip back down to bare wood 2 times. Like I always say, the trick is in the wetsanding and that's why this finish looks so wet and reflective. Decals were applied then cleared over until edges were no longer visable. Right after wetsanding and polish, pre assembly I made the decals using Printmaster 12 software. I used water slide decal inkjet paper from SuperCal-USA through Micro Format Inc. Super Cal-USA website (3803 is the squad number, like the one that's located on the top roof of a squad car) Features: Body: - Very lightweight Alder body, custom routed for me by Gregg Rogers Guitars. - T.O.B. hardtail config. - Black hardware including Schaller strap locks and Schaller mini locking tuners - All decals done on Printmaster, metallic gold around "City of Justice" seal does not show too well. Pegface shot may show a better idea of gold metallic on logo. Neck: - Warmoth Contruction neck - Eric Clapton V profile on the maple neck with ebony fingerboard. I could have saved myself the trouble and bought one of those Allparts Graphite necks instead of finishing this neck. - Graphtec nut. -Stainless steel frets which I'm not too sure I'm that happy with them. At least my frets won't wear as fast. "Billy Club" nightstick neck. - Lace Sensor Hot Golds pickups (6.5k neck, 13k bridge). Sounds like a Tele on steroids. Overall sound is a bit bright but I think that may be due to the ebony fingerboard and stainless frets. Here's some close up neck pics. Pegface with metallic gold logo (3803 is the squad car #) - Stew
  7. Frank: Thanks for the nice compliments. You nailed it. Without an explaination of what my concept is, the guitar sort of looks like a fancy "butcher's block" guitar.
  8. fryovanni: Exactly my case. I had worked on a mahogany/zebrawood project 6 months prior to the other mahogany project.
  9. Yeah I'm allergic to Honduras mahogany. I found this out after the begining stages of building my Chris Craft boat guitar. The week of bare wood sanding, I woke up the next morning with my eyes swollen shut, and my body covered with hives. Three nights later (since I thought it was a severe pollen allergy), after continuous sanding, I woke up with shortness of breath. Two of those nights were trips in an ambulance to the Emergency room. After stopping the sanding process, it took 2 months for the symptoms to calm down and eventually disappeared. The reaction also made me hypersensitive to common food allergies, which I've never had before. This made things hard to isolate the allergic reaction for my doctors. Yeah so this is some serious stuff. Now I have to wear a respirator, safety goggles (as always), scarf around by neck, long sleeve shirts, full length pants, and rubber gloves. I'm one step away from looking like a bee keeper. I may return to good ol' alder, poplar, and maple.
  10. I love that green quilt top. I'll bet it looks better in person than the pics can show. That's one that you polish up, set on a stand, and just admire for hours. I like the simplicity of the Malmsteen axe. Is that an oiled finish? In my mind, it's hard to compete with someone who can do set necks. Nice metallic finish and love the star inlays. And dude (neocon58), don't be so hard on yourself. It took me 3 years to get to this level. My first project was a kit. It's all what you do with it. The light is an above-average approach that kicks. Nice job to everyone.
  11. Alright, I'm in. This is called the "Stew Craft" boat guitar. Inspired by the old 30's and 40's mahogany Chris Craft boats. My guitar is fashioned after a 1939 Chris Craft Roundabout Deluxe "Barrrelback". (sorry, the camera shot the green light as blue) Here's some links of pics while being built: My body blank after glueing Cut and sanded. Mahogany takes forever to sand Back of body Light refelctions, not imperfections on the neck Note the "plank" appearance in the mahogany Boat registration and licence High gloss reflection Specs: - Solid Honduras Mahogany/poplar laminate body - Mahogany 25.5 scale neck, boatneck (yes, I know) neck profile, 1 11/16" nut, pau ferro fingerboard with jumbo frets, white bound with pearl dots. - Gotoh 510 tuners - Dunlop strap locks - 3 independant mini pickup toggles, wired parallel. - LR Baggs piezo X-bridge - Seymour Duncan Antiquity I series Strat pickups. Finish: - Guitar Reranch rattle cans, 1 can Fender neck amber, 4 cans clear gloss nitrocellulose, neck and body. Grain filler applied first before tint and lacquer. Special features: - Custom decals - Fabricated navigational deck light - Custom design acrylic clear pickguard The top Jaguar two way circuit switch serves as the On/Off switch for the deck light. I fabricated the housing out of a pulley wheel casing and then ground down to round off. I also fabricated the colored green & red "port/starboard" lenses out of casting resin, then ground down to size. This is getting long so I'll save the rest for questions later.
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