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    Is this Bubinga?

    When I get back to the desktop (probably late on tomorrow) I'll post what I use for hatch recesses. It's the only routing job I'm perfectly comfortable with! Work out the deepest components of the build. You should be able to take 10mm off down to 40mm at the very least, I would have thought...
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    Is this Bubinga?

    It looks BEAUTIFUL. But, hmmmm, 12.2lbs... If you bear in mind that my last 6-string electric (admittedly a designed lightweight) was 5 1/4lbs playing weight! Well, in my view, it would be a tragedy to lose that top so - if this was me - I would look at a number of options, such as: How thick is it? Does it have to be that thick? You need enough meat to allow a secure neck pocket and enough depth to accommodate the pickups and electrics. So my first question would be - how thin COULD it be? Do I really want to emulate the tele slab top and back - or, as well as having it thinner - curve the top and the back? Or, you could heavily chamber from the back and cover the chambers as if they were additional control chamber covers. Ditto thinline - you could cut the thinline chamber from the back and pop a false control chamber cover over it. If ALL of that failed - but bear in mind I'm a bit of a crazy person - I would look to see if someone could slice it on a 'proper' bandsaw into three tops and pop a swamp ash back on one, then keep the other two as spares or to sell as tonewood tops Whatever, routing or not, 12lbs, in my view, is far too heavy as a starting weight...
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    New Magnum build

    Stunning build. Stunning....
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    Is this Bubinga?

    Give me a nod when you get to that stage and I'll run you through with it. Basically, you create a slurry of bubinga dust by sanding with wet n dry sanded wet with the truoil itself. This fills the pores with bubinga coloured oil.
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    Is this Bubinga?

    It's just tru-oil slurry and buffed. No grain fill other than the slurry and no wax. It's silky smooth to the touch but still feels like wood
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    Is this Bubinga?

    Looks like bubinga to me too. Lovely wood but a pig to work with. And yes - very heavy. I'm with @ScottR - in my experience it doesn't fade or darken over time. My fretless is solid bubinga, made about 4 years ago and, as I look at it on the wall hanger right now, it still looks just like this:
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    Turner Model 1 replica

    A lot of my builds incorporate these kinds of curves - I'd LOVE to emulate this type of jig. Sadly, my teeny workspace is too small to fit it in but it's got me thinking... Many thanks to both @Mr Natural and @bokchoi77 for the details Great build!
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    first floating trem guitar build

    Hi and welcome! Only just spotted this. Love it! Andy
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    Couldn't resist - new project

    I like that shape very much
  10. Hi, Randy Just put a post in here - exactly in the same way that you've posted these questions - with the information suggested in the guidelines at the beginning of the thread and photos, etc. There will be a separate voting post that will be created at the end of the month, allowing votes to be cast and comments to be added. Hope this clarifies. Andy
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    Turner Model 1 replica

    Loving this build
  12. Hi I thought I'd enter my recent dreadnought acoustic build, 'Leftovers' Why is it called 'Leftovers'? Because it was made largely from bits of wood and hardware, some unused sets, some offcuts, some abandoned bits, that have been hanging around just taking up space over the past few years. The only major specific purchases were the top wood and the Shadow pickup/eq set. I have built it for my own use to give me a guitar configuration that sounds good fingerpicking (which my first acoustic build, an OM shape, does) but also sounds full and even when strummed (which my OM doesn't really!) I've been modding guitars - mainly electric 6 strings and basses - for around 8 years, and did my first full build 6 years ago. I am essentially a hobby builder but have been asked from time to time to do commissioned builds, which is a very fulfilling thing to do, especially when you see the big grin on the new owner's face when you hand it across The build diary for 'Leftovers' is here: The spec is: 25.5" Dreadnought Acoustic London Plane Tree back and sides bought 'just in case' on a previous build European spruce top Maple/walnut/maple neck - offcut from a previous build Macassar Ebony fretboard - offcut from a previous build Tasmanian Burl Eucalyptus rosette - donated by out very own forumite @curtisa EVO Gold Frets Mix 'n match locking tuners - leftovers from a previous build Ronseal polyurethane varnish, brushed on Shadow Doubleplay on-board piezo/magnetic pickup and eq system Elixir nanoweb 10-47 strings Here are some pictures: There are some rough old unplugged sound clips here - rough because of my playing - recorded on a zoom hand-recorder: Thanks for looking
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    Couldn't resist - new project

    I like the shape very much, Goran. Those body blanks are mighty pieces of timber! What will their final thickness be?
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    Bronze guitar

    This continues as one of the most fascinating threads... Size and proportions against the 'player' actually looks OK to me.
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    First full build from scratch

    Even after building a number of guitars and basses, I find it's still a process of progress, snag, fix, carry on It becomes part of the satisfaction of getting a decent end result in spite of all your effort
  16. Hi Over the years, I have accumulated a fair bit of excess wood. Generally pieces where I've thought 'Ooo - that looks nice. Might be able to use it!' and also where I've over ordered for a project 'just in case' and ended up with stuff left over. And the trouble is that commissioned builds tend to need specific woods that the commissioner wants. So, in that I have a bit of a welcome break (other than a re-body of a Cort Curbow coming up) I had a root around and found this: It's a spare bit of lacewood (London Plane tree, specifically) that I bought as a spare set in case I snapped anything in making Chris's dreadnought acoustic a couple of years back: And I've got a few offcuts of neck wood including a mahogany set and a maple set. And an offcut of Macassar ebony for a fretboard, just long enough for an acoustic: And I don't have a dreadnought myself so... ...unless I snap the sides trying to bend them, I'm going to build myself a bitsa dreadnought
  17. Of course! I'm going to carry it around with me at all times for the next few years and show it everyone I see. I've already stopped 165 unsuspecting passers-by, delivery folks, neighbours, drunks. Stepped out and stopped a coach on the main road and got a driver and all 23 passengers in one go!
  18. Thanks, Scott Means a lot
  19. OK - the finished pics! As always, thanks for the encouragement and kind words along the way. Always greatly appreciated!
  20. Do you know, I thought exactly the same thing! Just to make sure it wasn't my imagination, I thought I'd better to a contolled experiment. So I chiselled it out and listened again. A bit inconclusive... So I stuck the swift back on and filled the rosette channel with brown wood filler. If you turn the lights out and stand 10' or so away from it, you'd never know. Mind you, admittedly it does sound like sh*te now. Only joking! I actually backfilled the channel with brown epoxy.
  21. Well, not so very long ago I would have scoffed at the idea of me building an acoustic. It seemed completely out of reach. Then one of the guys in another forum did a build diary and I thought, "...hmmm... dunno… well maybe!" and had a go. Lot of jig stuff and one or two specific bits of kit - and some MAJOR surprises in my education of actually how an acoustic is designed and constructed - but, steep learning curve aside, I realised it was do-able. And stupendously satisfying. The difference, I suppose, is that - as you know - I tend to break all the rules with electrics and basses. But with acoustics, I "do it by the book!" Absolutely. Every step. Anyway - if you have an interest, I reckon you should have a go! Put it on a long-term timescale so there's no pressure. I think you could surprise yourself
  22. A couple of noodling unplugged sound clips here. Probably best on headphones: https://soundcloud.com/andy-rogers-6/sets/ajr-dreadnought-acoustic-soundclips Andy
  23. I couldn't be more pleased with it! I've just fitted the electrics and done the set up. My intention is to do a few sound demos of acoustic only and then with the Shadow Double play switched on over the next few days. I'll post them as soon as I've done them
  24. Neither - it's just to get the geometry to allow for straight string runs