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  1. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Artistic photography day. Happy weekend to everybody!!! Scorpionscar
  2. Hi guys, I'm working on 4 new hardrock guitars. Two of them ara strato style guitars, one one with only bridge humbucker semi-relic guitar, the other is a replica of Richie Sambora. The third is a superstrato style wit a pau ferro top and ebony fretboard and the last one a ferray red remated with stainless steel pickguard flying-v type guitar. I'll try to document the whole process explaining with plenty of detail and asnswering my doubts. I don`t remember how to upload images, if you can help me I would be very grateful. Thanks in advance. Scorpionscar
  3. Four new rockers are coming to life

    This is a jig I made for trimming the fingerboard using the neck shape as a template easily. It consists of two moveable cauls of MDF fixed to the bench with clamps. The router goes screwed on to a base. If the depth is not the correct, you can lay down the neck over a wood suplement of the measure you need:
  4. Four new rockers are coming to life

    I've decided to do it this way ScottR. The fingerboard is already radiused but suppose there is no problem to rout it on the router table. You're right, is quite risky, because of don't have margin of error, I finally did it as ScottR said, but your method of using the fingerboard as a template seems to be interesting to. Thank you for your suggestions. For gluing it the idea was to use two pins in order to avoid the displacement of the fingerboard due to the effects of the glue. I want to drill two holes with a 1mm diameter drill bit and them insert a nail of the same diameter but didn't found in any store, for that reason I decided to use the bit itself as a pin. The glue seems to be sucessfully. Some pics of the process:
  5. Four new rockers are coming to life

    What do you think is better for gluing the fingerboard (bolt on neck)?: - First route the fingerboard with the same template used for the neck, and then glue or - Glue it first, and then use the neck shape as a template? All your advises will be wellcome. Scorpionscar
  6. My Les Paul

    Amazing work Massimo. The most beautiful inlays I've ever seen. Congratulations Scorpionscar
  7. Four new rockers are coming to life

    inlays of one of the Strato figerboards done, simple, but effectives, sometimes in the simplicity is the hit, is no necessary to inovate too much. The inlays of the other Strato, and the Flying-v are more elaborated and eye-catching. The fingerboard of the carved guitar, has no inlays, is a complete ebony fingerboard, I slotted it today too. Some pics:
  8. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Today I've been working on the fretslots. I used a homemade miter box made with recycling materials. I spent a lot of time setting up the jig but well worth the effort cause it works fantastic and is very precise. I cut the slots but not as deep as tang, after that, I use my japanesse saw with a stop block and is now when I locate the acrylic stop block the lenght of the tang plus six or seventh of a milimiter. This way is no necessary to fill the gap and it works great for me. In one of the pictures there is the easter candle's of my grandma in honour to Curtisa Who tought me the trick of lubricating the saw blade with the parafin of the candle. At the same time I pray to god for no make mistakes at this stage of the process. Some pics of the advances:
  9. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Today I've been working on the Strato necks with the help of a tunel I built for the router. Some pics;
  10. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Today I cut the necks to their definitive profile. Only have pics of the wengue-bubinga ones. Happy weekend for everybody:
  11. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Today I've spent five hours cutting the edges of the cameras and sanding the interior. It was tedious and no easy but the result well worth the effort. The easy thing would have been left the round edges of the bearing of the bit, but personally I think that in this guitar the personality and the essence are just the corners, so I did. I had to build a jig with two pletins of 3 mm to act as a guide for guiding the blade of the saw in order to respect the rectitude of the line. Some pics of the process:
  12. Four new rockers are coming to life

    It's very usefull PAN_KARA cause sometimes the router bits are too long or too short. With this method is possible to allow always the bearings in contact with the border of the template. Sometimes I used a 3 piece specially for pick up cavities. This way is no necessary to drill holes previously in order to empty the cavities. Scorpionscar
  13. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Thank you BILISHAKE I'm glad you like it. Yesterday and today I've been working on the flying-v body and is almos done. I made the bridge humbucker cavity, the cavity control, the neck pocket and the lateral carvings. I'm going to explain how I did the last ones: - For the neck pocke I used a double MDF template joined together wit screws. I used a 8 mm height piece of wood at a determinate distance for creating a 2ยบ ramp. I used double side tape. Whe the bit couldn't go down, I unscrewed one of the templates and that way the bit is allowed to get deeper. - For the lateral carvings I used a 12.7 mm radious bit with no bearing. I built a 3 piece jig, one acts as a base for the router, another one acts as a stopo block, and the third is 1.5 mm longer and acts as a rail to avoid that the router can desestabilize. In went down in increments of 3 milimeters. Some pics of the process:
  14. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Today I've glued on the hardmapple top to the cedar-bubinga body and did an access in the inferior horn in the posterior zone for a better accesibility to the last frets. Some pics of the advances:
  15. Four new rockers are coming to life

    All the shapes were done with gouges, they allow me much more control and are more artistical and artisan. Love them. Some pics of the process:
  16. Four new rockers are coming to life

    I've just done the armcontour and the back carving. For the exterior perimeter I've used a 12.7 mm radious bit. I've had some problems with it instead of been almost new due to the bit transmited vibrations to the router and it was not easy to control it. I tried to do in two pases, but didn't work very well. Does anyone have problens using this bit?
  17. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Thank you so much for your words PSIKOT, they encourage me to follow doing as good work as possible. You build excellent guitars too. So as to finish, I like colourful tops, but you are right about a sunburst and trans black I had thought about that, I really love black guitars, and it will combine with the ebony headstock veneer and would allow the veins of the mapple be visible. Today I've been working on the strat body routings. The job is no complete, but I was delayed cause had to do the electronics cavities templates and as you know is always a tedious job, but the result is quite wood. Some pics of the advances:
  18. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Thank you ScottR, I love the figure of electric guitars, is always that has fascinated me since I was a child, for that reason with the pass of the years, the destin have took me to the art of guitar building and as a result, I love taking pics of bodies and necks, in different perspectives and trying different iluminations. Electric guitars are really beautis and I'm in love with them.
  19. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Thank you so much ScottR, personally, there is different ways to do this job, with a CNC for example, but I think is more artistic doing it with gouges, moreover, I love gouges and chisels, it's the part of the building I enjoy more. Today I've finished the carving and the electronic cavity, the body is almost done. The first idea was to paint the guitar in solid white, but I used a good piece of european mapple and the way I was carving it, the veins of the wood that were appearing, encourage me to consider the idea of using a stain, maybe blue. What do you thing about this. Any suggestion is wellcome!!! Some artistic pics I did of the carving.
  20. Four new rockers are coming to life

    For having been good's day, I have no relax, all the day chisels and gouges in hand but the result is quite good. Fisrt of all I used a 12.7 mm radious bit in the router table for removing the extra of material and to act as a guide with the gouges. I enjoyed very much doing this work. I put some pics of the process:
  21. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Top glued on...Ready for carving tomorrow!!!
  22. Four new rockers are coming to life

    European mapple tops day...Happy weekend to everybody!!!
  23. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Yes Curtisa, I fed the workpiece against the fiber, sometimes happens, specially in the horns zone and sometimes in the neck pocket (this zone is more problematic) for that resason I do it with hand router because I have more control. Thanks for the article Curtisa, very interesting, is important to learn why this tear outs occurs and how to avoid them. Today I've cut the shape of the flying-v neck and the long tenon. For this element I used a template and the router, this is a well working method for me and very accurate. For cutting the neck with the band saw I built a jig that consists of a piece of oak wich I drilled four holes in order to put mini clamps I made cutting pieces of 1,5 cm out of a C profile piece of iron. It works well in order to add stability and safety specially with those angled necks. On the other hand I was gluing two bookmatch tops for the flying-v and my Templarian (in honor the the city where I was born, Ponferrada located in the northwest of Spain. I put some pics of the process:
  24. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Today I've been routing the bodies and almost finish one of the necks. I've begun to work over the volute and it looks great. I want to show you some tricks and jigs I use and I thing are usefull for guitarmaking. In one of the images you can see a mirror that I made with a piece of polished steel that helps me when I attatch the wood against the router bit and see how it works and when it reaches the bearings. I put some pics with defects like the marks of the blade of the band saw and tear outs. Sometimes things like this occurs and is important to be conscious and learn how to avoid or if happen, how to correct them. For routing the headstock I improvised a jig in order to hold the piece against the router table surface. Is not a good idea to do this with the fingers next to the router bit. some pics of the advances: Scorpionscar
  25. Four new rockers are coming to life

    Today I've rough cut the bodies with the band saw and was cutting also the veneer of one of the necks just where the nut goes. For this issue I used a block of wood in order to use it as a guide with the japanesse saw. Some pics of the results: