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Stu.

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  1. Last weekend saw me doing a bit of woodwork again! Tenon cut down, neck glued in (with a little maple veneer for cosmetics and to get the depth right). The pickup rings appear to be stabilising alright too: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  2. Congrats on the GOTM! This turned out beautifully!
  3. Your control cavity and cover are delightfully neat!
  4. Well, these pickup rings have turned out to be more challenging than I expected*! They've been pretty easy to work with, but the ebony is causing the wenge to warp pretty badly. One has just bent a little, and the other has cracked along the short grain of the wenge. We'll see what happens when I cut them down to size! They look neat though... Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr *This describes almost everything I've attempted with guitar building
  5. No worries! We all know the pain of going through tens of design iterations before even making any dust!
  6. I'm a bit late to the party and also quite tired, but I have a couple of thoughts: 1. I feel like the F-hole and pickguard are competing for our attention. Maybe restricting it to the upper bout would leave the pickguard as a clearer focal point. 2. In terms of the headstock, it would work to accent the two humps at the bottom with a gentle sweep. That might look more cohesive in context of the headstock area. I can't tell if you'd get away with using the accent as a continuation/conclusion of the pickguard shape. This shows what I mean, but with the jitteriest lines I can manage:
  7. I was actually thinking about how metal it looks. The neck SC and colour scheme give it a shreddy/hair metal aesthetic.
  8. Just a warning... If the binding is celluloid, CA glue will cause it to melt and swell quite badly. I found that out the hard way when gluing some celluloid inlays - it turned them into mush and took hours to set. I ended up going down the epoxy route.
  9. Welcome to the forums! PS. My condolences on being in Worcester!
  10. Prepare for a very dry update! The first pickup ring is basically ready to go, apart from tidying up one screw countersink, and I'll cut the 3ยบ angle in when I have both ready. I took more photos than this post deserves: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  11. This my robot "StuToo": Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr He was from a cheap entry-level kit on Amazon. I gave him a new lease of life by extending the working area, replacing the chuck, and upgrading a couple of motors. Yep! The maple and ebony are running perpendicular to the wenge beneath. I tried to make the sides a little wider too, hoping that would add strength. I hadn't even thought about that, nice shout! My head stays firmly inside the box sometimes.
  12. Yep, I knocked up a vector drawing and then my little robot did the rest.
  13. The magnet chat has put my mind to rest! I was starting to panic that I'd gone overboard. I've been tempted to put the EMG Het Set into one of my ESPs, but I'm going to keep them as my motivation to blast on with the V. The pickup ring blanks worked out okay. I've managed to cut one that's 90x46.5mm, which might not give me quite enough. I'm going to use that one for the bridge, and make the second closer to 90x47.5mm without it being obviously wider to the untrained eye. Despite prototyping, I managed to forget what stage I'd reached before loading the proper blank in. Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr They're cut to 5mm depth, giving enough meat to run a profiler along after some careful trimming.
  14. They're 5x3mm, but I'm actually worried they're too big!
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