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  1. For the neck I wanted to try laminating. I am using any and everything that I have laying around. I don't know what the middle piece is but my guess is redwood. It came from a bunch of upcycled 2 x 4's I got from a guy who said they were part of a swing set that he built in the 80's. I was surprised to see out here (in contrast to the Northeast) that some stores stock redwood as dimensional lumber, so I'm guessing that's it. The next layer out is cedar. Not pictured was my decision that these woods might not be rigid enough, so I glued on a piece of white oak on either side in hopes that it will help that cause. Threw it in the sled for "planing". There are some knots that will be concealed: You can file this under "Jigs that seemed like a good idea at the time": Tsk tsk tsk Luckily I made this cut with plenty of extra length on the blank. I will be building a scarf jig for the router.
  2. Thanks guys! I hope it turns out nicely. Here are the templates stuck onto 1/2" MDF, cut out and cleaned up via spindle sander. The dimensions on the headstock template were just a reminder so I know how wide the piece has to be: Had to employ the router and a straightedge to get the neck tapers straight (forgot to get a during pic):
  3. In having downtime waiting to order some more tools, I'm starting this project as something of a test. It will be a hodgepodge, but the reason is that I don't want to ruin any expensive pieces of wood yet The idea started from a fondness for the Ibanez PGM, and wanting to have a guitar that was as playable as an RG, but with real semi hollow construction. I had some motivation too being a big fan of Languedoc guitars. I am in no way ready to even think about foraying into that realm of building though, so this will have to do. I started off by tracing my Ibanez RG170 for the shape, and getting it onto the computer. I played around with some of the lines to give it a twist and some ideas for contours. Mostly though, it's still like an RG. Here are some basic specs for the idea: - It will be neck through, semi hollow construction with a top and bottom. - Two humbuckers with coil splitting for each - 24 fret 27" scale I am guilty of having started some of the work, so I will be updating to where I'm currently at. I'm pretty green to building, so I will heed any pointers to the best of my ability! Thanks for looking.
  4. @kmensik Ah that thing, it's basically a copy of a soloist body that has a Carvin bolt on neck to go with it. I was mostly just a spectator watching it built. A friend back home had gotten that one started, he had been building a few guitars with his sons in their cabinet shop. I will hopefully do the finishing on it sometime soon. @ScottR Thanks! It's a great town for me so far. 10 minutes in one direction for downtown amenities, and 10 minutes the other way to start getting into all that front range scenery. There's definitely a lot to do here, and about a bazillion breweries too @Prostheta Advice well taken! I put some cans up there to improve the situation, but it could definitely be better still. They're cheap enough to inspire about twice as many but unfortunately we only have a 6 month lease here, so I am going to hold off on doing a better job until I know that I'll be in the space more permanently. What a difference though! It's actually enjoyable to work after dark now. I should mention that the shelves o' junk on the left corner there, were left behind by the landlord and I am not at all proud to have them as a backdrop for my work area I'm hoping to order some fretting tools over the weekend, maybe too a truss rod would be useful to make some progress!
  5. Not much to update on this build as of right now, but I have managed to relocate to Denver from NY. I've really been enjoying seeing all the work that's being posted on the forum in these winter months, so I figured I would at least chime in with some pictures. Finally with the new place out here, there is some extra garage space that I can set up shop in. Before the move I was able to acquire my old man's retired Makita table saw, seen as he has a better one and it was just collecting dust. I put together a workbench that doubled as a more handy place for the saw. But it's more ergonomic now at least As well as providing some extra storage - Got the router sled up on legs - So for now I have a good little workshop coming together. I guess that leaves me with a shopping list of tools. I'm hoping this month to be able to buy some fretting stuff to get further along with this scrappy axe.
  6. I could get on board with the idea of having the blank wider as to have the posts live on the same piece of wood as the nut. I'm only as far as trying to figure out an order of operations with the neck through process because it definitely seems like it could be easy to get in a pickle by overlooking a small detail like this. I guess what I'm worrying about in my head is getting the surfaces accessible enough to work inside the horns when it came time to shaping, if that makes sense? I'll be perusing through your thread for sure though, thanks for a prospective 1st time builder, it seems daunting but I feel up to it. Definitely going to make a couple dummy guitars to experiment with. I am interested in trying the idea you mentioned.
  7. Definitely another stunner coming to life there sir. I always dig watching your progress!
  8. I'm trying to figure out how you get the right shape for your neck blank for neck-through construction. The area up near the high frets meeting the body wings being the one in question - Well I guess this raises another question anyways - I guess most importantly, 1) should the overall width of the neck blank be equal to the widest dimension of the fretboard? And then, 2) That little tiny sliver that is the difference between the taper of the fretboard and the straight line of the neck blank. What would a good approach be to tackling an area like this? Should the blank be left square and worked on after gluing up to the wings, or would you leave the extra material on the body wing with the neck blank already trimmed flush with the fretboard?
  9. Thanks @ScottR, it was exciting to fire up the router on it for the first time, even though it's not 100%. I definitely messed it up a few times while putting it together but totally looking forward to getting it finalized so more fun can be had. The other thing is I don't have a permanent location for it right now, so every time I want to work on or use it I have to dig it out of my folks' garage. @Prostheta well, you're right on because I did have to put a set of wheels on one side of the thing recently it started just getting too heavy to move around! I'm sure the 86 Honda could handle it though
  10. To conclude for today I wanted to get the top to where I could just lay it on to plan for the f-holes. It was somewhat of a crude way to do this I suppose, but again, free time was slim and there was a forecast for rain. Finished with a coping saw and rasp - And then, to make it nicer to look at - I should add too that some time ago I sanded the glue lines here on the top because I was curious to see what they would look like. I guess I had put the pictures in another thread of the reused oak baseboard I snagged to make this top.
  11. So I have been interested in building a semi hollow with f-holes. This guy will be the perfect test subject! The free time I've had to work on this thing has been pretty slim, so there was a lot of rush factor here. Next time a much nicer template will be made. I guess it will do the trick though for the parts that won't be seen! Routed the raceways for pickup wiring while I was at it.
  12. Finally have been able to accomplish some work on this thing. I was very interested by the router thicknessing jig tutorial that you wrote @Prostheta, and the need to get this work piece to a more workable state was certainly a driving force too. For awhile I've been working on building a gantry style router jig, although it's not 100% done it's now usable enough to do what I needed here. I cut the gunk epoxy and the rough uneven wood off the top to clean things up. I think next time I try something like this I am going to take the time to measure the filler piece/rout the cavity more carefully so I can just glue it instead of dumping all that epoxy in there. Nonetheless, it'll do for this experiment As it turns out, there are areas where the cuts came out just a little bit off as it got up near the neck pickup area. Also those lines that look like cracks near the toggle switch cavity are differences in height and the bright light hitting them emphasizes the edges. The other day I put a 4 ft level on the table that the work piece is secured into and there is an area where it is out from the rest by just a little bit. I might try to reinforce it with some metal on the underside of the plywood to pull it into levelness. The jig needs a few more tweaks before I'm happy with how it works, but it's getting there! I also addressed the issue I had had with the top cupping -
  13. I'd say your intentions are better than the old auspice of "saving on wood glue by upcycling stale marshmallows"
  14. That's some upper-tier work you've done on those - I think furniture is one of those things that many take for granted while passing by it in the house daily, the precision and focus that went into making the piece, as in with those tolerances you have! I tried to throw together a cocktail table some time ago out of some rough warped boards without truing or planing any of them, let's just say the joinery has a indiscreet look to it. I would be flat out embarrassed to share pictures of it now I was just reading back and I think I worded the post confusingly, what I meant was that "I" am the one who is living vicariously through "your" guys' projects... you know, because I haven't actually built anything yet and the instruments I'm watching you guys make are the stuff dreams are made of. I think I'm just an over-explainer, especially with a computer as the interface in other words, your guys' build threads are keepin' me hopes up!
  15. Teaching the outsider is like an entirely different skill unto itself! I could see this especially when you have a very refined/streamlined operation. I've been catching on to the whole thing of watching someone demonstrate a technique in 30 seconds that has been practiced for thousands of hours, and accepting that it will take time and time only to try and get close to duplicating the results
  16. I like the combo of the slanted body shape with asymmetrical f-holes. The lines go nicely with the semi length frets down there too
  17. Indeed they do. I feel the same way with approaching work... In an ideal world, work would also help keep me sane - my old man has been in the business for a long time, super knowledgeable on building materials and methodology, but as a mechanic he has a tendency to get in his own way a lot. While it is very trying to work in the field with him at times, I guess on the upside it makes me focus a lot on my own workflow for just about anything.
  18. Welp, as of late I've been perusing through the In Progress threads more frequently, and it has had a seriously therapeutic value to me. I try to keep from complaining too much about life, I'm constantly trying to remind myself that there are lots of good things I have going on, everything from health to freedom. There are certainly times when you get a few curveballs in a row, though. Time and money have not been plentiful lately, it seems that I have a knack for procuring other expenses and commitments every time I am set to grab a new tool or make a jig. The latest great decision I made was buying and fixing up a vehicle for my old lady (turned out spending around $2k) to have the timing chain snap and turn it into a nice big rolling heap of scrap metal. There are much worse things in life, but it definitely resets the clock on guitar build aspirations. During this time too I am trying to grow a construction/contracting business with my father, which is cool, but takes a lot out of me by the time I get home. It just seems like getting into guitar building is a purposeful choice for me - I love to play guitar, and have more or less always worked a laborious or construction related job. And you know, you start messing with changing a part on a guitar here and there and well - I think everyone around here knows how that one goes One other helpful thing is, I got up to speed on a decent AutoCAD program and have been able to fool around with some design stuff. Essentially... my message in this thread is: Keep up your amazing work! For I have found that sifting through the build threads and watching the masters at work is my way of making guitar building an inevitable outcome of my situation. Kind of inspired by a Dr. Wayne Dyer book. Anyways.. thanks for reading my sob story!
  19. Those finish test pieces are a thing of beauty. For some reason I always liked how the Ric body shape is sort of a departure from the P bass/J bass styles, and a 5 string on top of that... This looks like it will have a serious mojo factor to it
  20. Very interesting to see the attention to detail involved with this type of instrument. I especially like that volute and the fitting of the tone bars/bridge
  21. That guitar is just gorgeous, amazing work! I would be very interested to see what you do with that headless 8 in terms of wood combinations and what not
  22. I'm curious about those Slick humbuckers, I've bought varities of the GFS humbuckers/single coils and was always very happy with the way they sounded. Great results with your work, glad to see it come together nicely!
  23. Thanks all for the insight on this guys. Hoping I'll be able to dedicate a few solid nights to making a plan & working it out now that the holiday/new year madness isn't pulling me away from the guitars. I was thinking what might be a good idea to try, since I will undoubtedly get good use out of it in the future, is to build myself the thicknessing jig from the other thread in this section (thank you @Prostheta) The gluing surface of this top could probably lose about 1/16" - 1/8" to be in good shape to move forward, which is good because I forgot to mention too that there is still the remnants of the profile/coves/whatever it is that millwork guys call it on the back of these oak boards. I had run them through my old man's planer to get rid of them, but I was in somewhat of a rush that day, the blades on the planer were near the end of their life and I think the oak may have been the proverbial straw, if the blades were a camel If nothing else, using the oak will push me to get some nicer tools. Somehow I don't think the $5 rasp set I currently have from Harbor Freight will hold up to working on this
  24. Not entirely, with the oak - it did happen to be in the right spot when the thought crossed my mind I suppose but I've been wondering for some time why I don't see or hear much about oak being used for guitars, I'm starting to think there's probably some good reasons not to?
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