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  1. Nice job. The first guitar I ever built (which was chronicled here and probably now dead thanks to photo bucket) was made much the same way using the most basic had tools. BTW part six is coming. I've just been busy as all hell.
  2. PRS-like project(s)

    You can shorten the horn as Scott said or you can graft a piece of wood in there. If you put a dark burst around it you'll never see it.
  3. I wasn't thinking ring as much as I was a contrasting pickup or bobbin cover. I don't think they compliment every build I see them on but I think in this case it would look fantastic.
  4. Wow Scott this came out amazing. Its got a nice warm glow to it. How are you planning on mounting the pickup? This thing seems to be begging for a wood pickup ring or pickup cover.
  5. This has such an organic feel to it. My favorite detail on this build by far is the neck to heel transition. Are you sure you're not a Gwar fan Scott?
  6. The Helix build (video series)

    I missed putting together last weeks episode so we might get two before the end of this weekend. This weeks episode focuses in on one of my favorite parts of a build. Shaping the neck profile.
  7. The Helix build (video series)

    We do when the Santa Ana's blow in.
  8. The Helix build (video series)

    Nah. Everything said here has strong merit. It also might be worth mentioning what humidity can do to a joint. I've had sitting neck joints pockets that have gone from being very snug to being loose enough you'd have almost considered a shim, only to see them back to being very snug again in the span of just a few dry days to few humid days. Theres a lot to be said for temperature and humidity controlled working environments.
  9. The Helix build (video series)

    Sure no problem. If you find the Myka jig thing post it. I'd like to check it out. Thanks man. glad you enjoyed it. On the barefoot thing. Its a bad habit but I just like going barefoot in the summer. As a matter of fact I just shot 18 holes barefoot last week.
  10. The Helix build (video series)

    I read you. It was purely for show. Having cut pockets in the past that were a few thousandth off I prefer to start too snug than too slack. For interest sake and time I didn't show myself sanding the neck joint to fit a little less snugly. So you hear that kiddies? Don't make your neck joint too snug or you starve your joint of glue! Thx Scott. The magic of editing. That piece of BL was a gem. It was 12 ft long and the grain ran almost dead straight through the entire piece. I managed to pull 3 bodies from it. Grand compliment coming from you. (love your builds man). I actually shot hours of footage of the inlay process. I was kind of surprised that I ended up only using so little of it but I figured any more footage of watching me saw away at a piece of MOP would bore people.
  11. The Helix build (video series)

    OK just finished editing another installment. This week we do cavity covers, serve cheap beer on a guitar and contour the body.
  12. The Helix build (video series)

    Its the 490 blower from StewMac. http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Routers_and_Bits/Routers/Dremel_490_Dust_Blower.html I got it on a whim during a big order from SM last year. Shit you have to have right? I think it was the subject of ridicule by Sully and friends on one of his Luthierist podcast a few months back. It works but its more trouble than its worth because you can't get bits out without completely loosening the height adjustment on the router guide. I've since switched back to a piece of tape or a fish pump. Funny you bring that up because I didn't really notice until I reviewed the footage I shot from that angle. Its since been fixed with a shim.
  13. The Helix build (video series)

    Yeah I know. I do the occasional scarf from time to time but sometimes you just gotta make some sacrifices to get what you want. Well thanks Meatloaf (love that username BTW). What amazes me is just how fast I work on video. Since I'm here I might as well post the latest installment. I unfortunately had some corrupt files and lost some fretting footage which kinda sucks.
  14. The Helix build (video series)

    Happy Sunday. Heres my next installment.
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