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  1. pan_kara

    Bass in Yo Face

    this is gonna be fun
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    Traq Guitars 2018

    so our best friend "template slip" visited me a few days ago and this happened: I ate 2-3 mm into the body, not sure if I'll be able to patch it without the repair being visible. I lookes if I can get another nice poplar veneer sheet to just replace the top but can't seem to find a decent one. Maybe I'll be able to patch something together from scraps. Then there's always the pickup ring option .. we'll see. Before that happened I had a side project using an off-cut of the maple top from the bass that I'm building now:
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    Traq Guitars 2018

    sorry to disappoint nothing special here in terms of electronics .. HH and maybe 3-way or 5-way blade Schaller, vol+tone. The cavity is actually the same template I've been using on most of my builds, maybe the body shape shrank a bit making it appear bigger.. It does have some room overhead though, I can (and have) fit a piezo preamp and bettery in there easily. The bass is another story - in a moment of clarity I routed the control cavity using the template for the ledge for the cover .. so now my stanard cover falls to the bottom of the cavity. Not sure yet if I'll be doing a new cover template pair or I'll try to glue something inside and route the proper shape in that... I have at some point to decide what kind of electronics system I want for the bass, I have nearly zero experience in that topic. Leaning towards something based on a passive J-type pickup arrangement.
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    Black Limba Flying V

    this fingerboard is seriously pretty with the dark pearl against the black
  5. Pretty!! I'm wondering if there's a way can utilize this funny flame-quilt figure in some way... Wood like this would make an awesome one-piece neck IMO. I wonder what's gonna happen when you carve the top.
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    KEA 2017 builds

    Super clean indeed, but also I'm loving the in-progress pics. Shows some of the woodwork that happens before these crazy-clean beauties materialize :)
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    Traq Guitars 2018

    OK I think I've finally figured out how I want to arrange the lines and surfaces at the heel: I'm leaving it at this, with possible small tweaks and of course cleanup. So next up was the humbucker rout. A simple thing that I keep having issues with for some reason. No matter how many master and master-master templates I make, with the next guitar I always have problems getting the pickup to fit in. I guess I need to do some work on the templates again, but right now I'm at the point where the bridge pickup goes in ok. And this is as much as I want since the plan is to assemble the guitar and play it a little. Since in this guitar I'm prototyping several things that might end up as a regular feature on my builds I want to check the ergonomics. So I'm assembling a functioning "wiring" - the pickup and the output jack: So here's the guitar in it's assembled state: I put some masking tape here and there to protect the body, plus I put a single coat of tru-oil on the neck so that I don't get it unnecessarily dirty when playing. The neck will be finished in tru-oil down the road anyway. I'm really liking how the neck transitions into the upper horn - that's where the thumb ends up for most playing in the highest positions. I'm beginning to think that this is one of the most important details for upper fret playing ergonomics, keeping the thumb stretched back as little as possible.
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    Black Limba Flying V

    hah that's one way to do the bevels. Turned out great! (lol we have the whatsapp smileys now?)
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    Traq Guitars 2018

    Tiny update. I've been working on the neck profile for the poplar-top guitar and also on the heel transition. I'm following the same logic here - start with a trapeze at the nut, then follow the shape to the heel keeping the width of the flat horizontal part constant and keeping the angle of the treble side slope constant, The angle and width of the bass-side slope is changing following this. Early version: Later version: Still not there, but getting closer.
  10. interesting, thanks. indeed the prices and selection are promising. Not sure how much shipping to Europe would be, but it never hurts to have another supplier on the list
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    Les Paul build revisited

    I bought a piece of wood once that the seller said was "meranti, some kind of mahogany". It was quite brittle and soft (from what I remember it dented easily). I wouldn't use it on a neck. Worked fine for a body. But who knows what wood that was really..
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    Traq Guitars 2018

    Yea, I think it feels pretty good up the neck. I'm tweaking it more to have the trapeze edges extend over the heel - which sooner or later has to clash with the rounded-over bottom edge of the Strat body, so I'm having to blend everything together. But the upper surface of the trapeze (where I find my thumb often resting) is now also being extended onto the heel - I want to have a flat surface under the thumb for as long as possible. I'll try to do a similar thing on the poplar top guitar now, there the design is sharper so I might keep more of the sharp edges. Knowing what I want to do before starting might also help
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    Traq Guitars 2018

    will see how much of a relief this forearm relief will end up being.. i.e. we'll see about the final ergonomics.. Speaking of which - time to carve the strat neck. I always approach neck carving kind of randomly, I don't make profile cutouts or anything, I just play around with a spokeshave and feel around the neck to see what kind of shape seems "comfortable". I typically make it asymmetrical, thinner at the top, where my thumb typically lives. On my first build (the nylon string) I actually though for some reason that I mostly keep the thumb near the bottom edge so I made that thinner ... But now, I started with this trapezoidal shape, I guess the ease of just running the chamfer up and down seduced me. So without any real plan I started shaping the heel: after some time I figured it would make sense to carry the surfaces from the neck over the heel somehow and I got something like this: Then as I was trying to extend the edges of the trapeze to the heel I played with the neck shape a little bit and I adjusted it slightly. Basically I decided to keep the lower edge more or less the same throughout the neck, but also keep the flat spot constant width. This results in having the upper edge of the flat spot move away from the upper edge of the neck as we go towards the bridge (and the neck gets wider) so the angle of the side of the trapeze has to keep changing. It starts at 45deg at the nut, where the neck is asymmetrical, and becomes progressively flatter as we go up the neck. This actually feels quite good. Here's an image that shows this to some extent: I think I'm gonna keep this shape for now, so I have to tweak the heel again to match this. This is work-in-progress, currently I'm at this:
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    SHB-2 - Tele build

    That pickguard design is lovely. And good choice with giving it another try. Came out fantastic! Now the only thing it's missing is a quintuplet
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    JimF's First Build!

    I did glue a padouk/wenge neck with titebond without any problems. Should look cool with a maple veneer! You're gonna have a lot of fun when aligning the scarf joint
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