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Buter last won the day on January 18 2016

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  1. Funnily enough, I saw the guitar (body only) on the Ed Roman link as well. Being a thicky, I just thought it was a freakishly similar top!
  2. Well, I've found my hero for the day. Sixer of Jai Alai headed your way, sir! Cheers Buter
  3. Welcome! Im from Port A, Scott R is a Hustonian and Wes is up in Austin if I recall correctly. Buter
  4. Most of this thread was lost due to an IPA related incident but this looks like what you are after. Scott will be happy to answer any questions as soon as he sees this. Cheers Buter
  5. If you're in Florida, try this: http://concretebeachbrewery.com/beers/rico/ Ive been drinking it at MIA lately and it's one of the best American IPA's (APA?) that I've had the pleasure of slurping. Scotty, pm me your address and I'll send a sixer of Jai Alai your way. It's a good beer to have on hand when you're cutting the lawn mid July. B
  6. I had actually searched his PG history and couldn't find it. I then went to his website which only showed dead links (while at the pub), so I'd assumed he was done. Having just clicked on his site from the hotel, I'm actually quite pleased to see that his site is still alive. You're a great builder, sir, and I look forward to your next builds, should you chose to build again. Cheers Buter
  7. As somebody clawing his way back from a 5 year absence, I can totally understand. Im assuming many of us end up believing that we can do this as a living, only to be knocked back by the realities of it all. In my case, my workshop was just too small to work on anything but a single guitar at a time. This led to mistakes and frustration that I couldn't quite deal with anymore (at one point I smashed a neck through that had around £600 worth of wood in it (flamed maple and ebony stringers with a quilted top). This was the same time I moved onto the Jumbo. After much deliberation, and draining of rum bottles, I elected to return to work full time and abandon the workshop. I chose radio silence at that point (apologies for not responding to your email;not my finest hour). Anyhoo, 5 years on, a proper workshop, different outlook on life and a great project in the pipeline... Let's get 'er done! B
  8. Grassy ass, ameego! Just tried to PM you and it just kept shutting my iPad down! :0 I ended up just asking on the RAD thread (would love to see him here again). B
  9. Anybody have a link to the thread about RAD's build from about six years ago - neck through with a top plate on it? I remember that he and I had very similar build styles. Cheers B
  10. So I'm sitting in a pub, 3,500 miles from my shop and the guitar within, and I'm trying to think through each step needed to complete the little beastie. I'm shocked at how many times I've needed to go back and add or re-order things. I appreciate that a neck through with a top is probably the most difficult electric we build, but I'd love to see/know if any of y'all have a fairly regimented build process port your builds. I've seen Loius's, which is great for a basic set neck (I'm only saying basic as it only includes the big steps, not that his guitars are basic - they're awesome!). Ive already managed to make things difficult for myself on my first comeback guitar, and I'd like to keep that from happening in the future. I think it would be great if everyone put some thought into this and came up with some fairly definitive workflows and the reasons behind them. There will obviously be different trains of thought on why some steps come before others and there will be different flow patterns based on the many acceptable ways there are to build guitars (just read a very good post last night by a chap who frets the board and shapes the neck as different pieces, then marries them up with minimal clamping). When I figure out my flow, I'll be sure to post it up as well, more for correction than instruction! Cheers Buter
  11. Yeah, bring me a few, dude. I'll take you fishing while you're here. Cheers Buter
  12. I ordered a few Hotrods with my last order. Archaeologists will uncover them, still in my workshop, in a few thousand years. I'll not be taking that much meat out of my necks.
  13. Well, I said I was done, but my morning chores were finished earlier than I'd thought, so after going for a swim I thought I'd knock the next couple of items off the list. I almost wish I hadn't, because in my eagerness to get a few more jobs done, I've made life harder on down the road. I had planned on building a clamping/gluing jig to attach the headstock ears, but I just clamped the headstock pieces to my slate and clamped 'em up. The result should be fine, I just wished I been patient. I had also wanted to cut the wiring channels in the centre section while the neck blank was still square. Oops. Who wants an easy life, anyway? I'm already thinking about the next project so I thought I'd glue up a body blank. Does anyone ever get tired of putting two freshly planed chunks of wood together and trying your darnedest to find a bit of light poking through, even though you know you won't? So that really is all for now since I'm writing this from London. Happy holidays everyone! Buter
  14. Yup. My Aunt and Uncle live there and we go there for Christmas (via Hong Kong this year...). As feared, not as productive today as I'd hoped. My first project this morning was to build a scarfing sled for the router. I thought before I did, I'd just see if I could put the glued up headstock back in the jig for the table saw and get a respectable result. Turns out I could! Made up a jig for gluing the headstock to the neck and clamped her up. Yeah, I'll call that a win (had to include a foot shot for y'all). While the glue was drying I made the fretboard template cut her to size. Normally I'd cut the board 3mm skinny, cut the fret slots, then glue the sides back on to create a grain matched binding type thing. I did that with this but the off cut started twisting up, so I abandoned that idea and won't bind the board on this one. I'm just playing, after all. By the way, the router bit with bearings top and bottom is one of the most useful tools I've got; very easy to make sure you are always routing "downhill". Go one way with the template on the bottom, flip the piece and template over, lower the bit to run the top bearing on the template and you're routing downhill again. i don't have the router table fully built yet, so I clamped the neck off cut to the table as a fence. Run a test piece to make sure I've got the fence set just right; wouldn't want to make a dumbass mistake here, would you? Perfect! A couple of passes along the fence and I've got a snug little channel for the truss rod, slightly offset to the treble side. Why offset, you ask? I'm running a fairly thin neck and wanted to put a carbon fibre rud in the neck for stability, so I offset the truss rod to the treble side and put the carbon fibre rod on the bass side. Well, that's it for a while. Work, Christmas and life are getting in the way for the next month. I'm slightly bummed because I was really getting into it and enjoying building again. Soon come... Cheers Buter ps - you didn't really believe I intended to offset the truss rod, did you? That little boo-boo really pissed me off since I am very careful and always make test passes. In this case, however, I didn't realise that I'd flipped the test block and was setting the fence to the wrong datum. I absolute nailed the wrong line, though, eh? Fortunately, I had a few CF rods that I used to use for reinforcing bass necks. I will be interested to see what effect this arrangement has on neck stability.
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