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  1. ScottR

    KEA 2017 builds

    Good stuff K! What method do you use for lining up and drilling your string ferrule holes? They always look perfect and I promise everyone wants to know your secret. SR
  2. Over the last few years, I've been exploring the craft brews that are sooooo much better than the old American stand bys we grew up with. No wonder the Europeans made fun of our weak bland beer.....but we had so few options back then. Not so now. Earlier this year Maul got me on a search for Pliny the Elder. I have not found it yet. It does not come to Texas. It does come to Colorado, and I conducted a search in Crested Butte while I was there. It turns out only one place there gets it from time to time and it goes fast. They told me the keg ran dry two days before I got there. I did learn that there are many great brews out there waiting to be tried.....there are over 2000 craft brewers in the states now. So happily I am trying all that look appealing. I thought those of us that appreciate this sort of thing could post up the stuff we run across to share with the others. Maybe I've tried something you saw but hadn't checked out yet and pass on my thoughts if so asked....and vice versa. So here's the first few that I've collected: Stone IPA Stone Ruination IPA Odells IPA--one of my favorites! Lagunitas IPA SR
  3. I started another project a few weeks back, and for the first time I am reprising one of my original designs; from the #4 has an F-hole build. That was my first GOTM winner, and the only one I have that my wife says I cannot get rid of. I'm sure there will be some modifications, but we'll start with the same pattern and see where it goes. This one will have a sapele body, a zebra wood top, and a neck that's zebra wood, with a Katalox center spine. Really hard, stiff stuff that is, I think it is around 3660 on the janka scale. This build is likely to have several interruptions along the way, but it will keep me amused between interruptions. I skipped the prep and body glue up shots and went straight to the neck sandwich glue up. I decided to cut a shelf for the nut below the level of the fretboard. This will add a Fender like drop off plus a headstock angle which should give plenty of breakover angle for the strings. I like the pattern and colors after cutting the headstock angle. It's almost too bad there will be a headstock cap of Katalox to cover that up. Body cut out....but not quite ready to play yet. SR
  4. It was buried just beneath the surface eh? I'd like to see yours when it's ready. SR
  5. Thanks! And I'm a big fan of Gotoh 501 Deltas. 21:1 ratio and smooth turning and sleek looking. SR
  6. ScottR

    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    That'll make for a rough morning. SR
  7. Ha! Those high end houses that sent you rejection notices don't realize what they've let slip through their fingers. SR
  8. You need to make a plaque that says that...maybe print it on a t-shirt. SR
  9. Thanks Stu. Apparently, Tru-Oil polishes up pretty well. And adding enough layers to get some depth in the finish brings the added bonus adding a very nice warm glow as well. SR
  10. Thanks Andy, and you are selling yourself short. I hold your work in just as high esteem. And I really look forward to your posts. Your prose is so entertaining and fun to read. And your praise is so eloquent, I kind of wonder what a rebuke would sound like. SR
  11. Thank you Mr. Norris and Mr. psikoT. I'm glad you like it. SR
  12. Yeah, it's amazing what was lurking inside that just waiting to be let out. SR
  13. ScottR

    Black Limba Flying V

    I think so too. That last pic looks like the kit you'd take on a wild boar hunt in the forest back in the days they used chain mail as casual wear. SR
  14. ScottR

    resin/wood composite body

    I don't know enough about the material to comment on whether it would be suitable for a neck, but an amazing amount of materials have been used for bodies. Enough that I feel confident that this would work as well. And it will most assuredly sound like a guitar. It will indeed influence the tone, as all body materials do....but not as much as you would suspect. The vast majority of an electric guitar's tone and sound comes from the signal chain. As far as predicting how it will influence the tone....sorry. It needs to be done to find out. SR
  15. ScottR

    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    I like it too. SR
  16. It seems to like the bright lights. SR
  17. I still need to wire up the pickups, add strap buttons.....and apparently I forgot to install the string ferules as well. And of course, make a nut, string it up and set it up......and plug it in. SR
  18. I've tried every setting my camera has to try to get a focus on the figure in this test piece. I'm planning to use this technique in the next build and I really want to show off how it looks. Alas. It looks to be a half inch deep, but I can't get the camera to focus below the surface....probably, because it is all really just surface and illusion. I let this hang for two weeks whilst I did family stuff and sure enough, the finish sank into the pores. So I re-leveled it and polished it again....and came back the next day and it shrank again. Enough of that, it still looks like the surface of a pool of water. And as it turns out, some life stuff got in the way of completely finishing, but I got to a point where I could take some nice pictures. SR
  19. ScottR

    Black Limba Flying V

    Such pointy beauty! SR
  20. ScottR

    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    I've been on the hunt for The Waldos lately. No luck yet, but I did run across these: From 4th Tap in Austin, Kung Fu Robot IPA. The name nearly put me off, but the description of citra, mosaic and caramel malt got my attention. This is good stuff. Not overpowering, just smooth and well balanced and quite tasty. And from Lone Pint, Jabberwocky DIPA. Hazy, fruity, and nicely balanced, and does a good job of hiding the alcohol. Also good stuff. SR
  21. ScottR

    KEA 2017 builds

    Niiiice! SR
  22. ScottR

    Master Woodcarvers

    Amazing skills. Isn't lime wood and basswood the same stuff? SR
  23. ScottR

    Four new rockers are coming to life

    My understanding was always that it was most useful on setups with very low action, mostly to guard against buzz when fretting in the low registers. That is when the string oscillation is greatest over the higher frets. Have I been looking at this the wrong way? SR
  24. ScottR

    Mr_Riddlers build thread

    I see guitars in nearly every tree I look at. SR
  25. ScottR

    Shaping body early in process

    The way you do it probably makes the most sense. I suspect most of us just want our builds to look like guitars as soon as possible. I cut the body shape after it's been flattened, (read square and straight). I route all the cavities while it is still flat and only start contouring after all the routes are done. I always want to set the neck before locating the bridge and pick up cavities because even with the best laid plans your neck can end up a mm or so off from where you planned, say maybe a degree off square. Not a problem what so ever--if you base your bridge and pick up locations on where it actually is rather than where you planned for it to be. (Yes, ideally it should be the same. but why scrap a build if you are a thousandth off?) So for my process, I need to set the neck first, and with the neck set I can't band saw the perimeter shape, so I need to cut it so shape before setting the neck which happens before locating the bridge and pick up cavities. If you are building a bolt on neck, I see no reason why you cannot locate the neck, then the bridge ect., and then take the neck back off, make your routes and then cut it to shape. SR