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  1. Black Limba Flying V

    Despite having loads of guitar stuff planned for last weekend, I spent most of it doing THIS for my brother: Untitled by S K, on Flickr I made a template from the sink and then routed out the oak worktop. The drainage grooves were a NIGHTMARE. They needed a shallow degree of fall-away, which I incorporated with a jig, but everything shifted for the first cut; we had to duplicate the kicked line on the opposite end, to make it look like a deliberate feature I'll stick to microbiology. Scarf joints usually scare me, so I made a jig/brace to hold them. There are also two screws, using just the points to keep the wood in place. Untitled by S K, on Flickr I cut the fingerboard taper in too, and routed for adding binding BEFORE gluing it to the neck: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr After looking at planes for a while, I figured it made sense to buy a vintage model off eBay and try to restore it. I picked this Record no.5 jack plane (1931-195x) up for the same price as a new Irwin Record model. It was in pretty bad shape, with a crappy plastic handle (no rosewood or beech here), tonnes of rust, and a ruined paintjob. Untitled by S K, on Flickr I cleaned the rust away, stabilised the surface, and repainted. I also lapped and polished the sides. The handle needs a little more shaping, smoothing and drilling before it's ready. Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  2. Whilst I'm waiting for the purple oddity to cure, I figured I might as well get started on this one. I bought the wood for my birthday, back in July, so it's about time I did something. It'll make good use of a lot of hardware I've had hanging around too. The drawings look a little like this: Plan by S K, on Flickr The shape is slightly too wide for my body slabs, which forced me to bulk out the centre with black limba, walnut and maple veneer. The neck is composed of black limba, wenge and maple veneer - the maple veneer wasn't long enough to make a complete neck blanks, so I've made a separate section for the scarf/headstock. The neck laminates are glued and clamped at the moment, and I did lots of prep this weekend. Hopefully next weekend will see more glue action Oh, and I treated myself to a tiny bandsaw on Christmas Eve (I think it's the cheapest one in the UK at the moment). It's a Titan thing from ScrewFix, which has been amazing so far. I gave it a decent set-up and it's exceeding my modest expectations. Wood stock: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Centre block: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Body wood: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Neck wood: 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 Bookmatched headstock faceplate: Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  3. Is that the Gotoh GTC102? I've used that bridge twice. I went with zero neck angle and had the fingerboard on a ~3mm shelf above the body top. I'm not sure if that information is helpful, but it's free
  4. If you're seriously in the market, check out the Katsu trimmer on Amazon: Katsu! I think router digs are just part of the build process! It wouldn't be guitar work without one
  5. Pariahrob's build log

    A wide bevel will look ace across the forearm area! I know I'm super late to the party here. Will the body be laminated vertically? The way that's done on Kiesel and other builds is stunning. PS. Have you considered getting it laser cut into acrylic? I had it done for one of my builds ages ago; it wasn't actually as expensive as I expected and the templates saved me a lot of pain; I think the massive set was £55 ish, and I recently had a quote for ~£30 for another.
  6. Obol guitar build

    I have to admit that I don't quite understand the process behind this build, but I'm fascinated all the same. It's always cool to see something unconventional emerging.
  7. It looks like you'e done a great job of saving the chip! I can't wait to see this oiled and polished up to your usual standard.
  8. Black Limba Flying V

    I'm trying my best not to ruin them! PS. I wanted to roll with "that's what SHE said", but I shouldn't embarrass myself. Fingers crossed! I'm going to test a piece of scrap with grain filler and clear coat only. If it doesn't have enough warmth to it, I'll consider a light amber stain. It's too pretty to cover though! Here's progress from the weekend: Untitled by S K, on Flickr : Untitled by S K, on 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 I'm looking to improve repeatability of my methods with a few more jigs this time around. Winging it has been pretty stressful in the past, and I can do better. I've also been scouring eBay for secondhand no.5 planes!
  9. Black Limba Flying V

    The clamps came off last weekend and I assembled the blanks, after a little sanding: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Back: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr All of the wood stock ready for cutting: Untitled by S K, on Flickr The join is much tighter and cleaner than I was expecting. Last weekend was also made interesting by my bench planer. It was starting to smell funny, kept cutting out, and the knives were slightly high at one end. I spent the weekend stripping it apart, so I could drill the knife retention bolts out and adjust everything - the hex heads were shafted. It turns out the motor brushes were also in a pretty bad state; one was just worn, but the other had snapped off and melted somewhere. Hence the lovely smell! I bought one of these a couple of weeks back too: The plan is to use it for lighter routing tasks, because my 2kW Trend can be overkill.
  10. Super neat work as usual! I'm enjoying the step-by-step presentation too. It's always nice to see the method!
  11. Pariahrob's build log

    That wenge neck is lovely! Did you enjoy all of the splinters whilst you worked with it? I swear that wenge twists and moves whilst you shape it too!!
  12. Black Limba Flying V

    I'm honestly not sure My Rhoads and Alexi models look like they're 45°, but the Ran looks a looks a low shallower. Hopefully I figure that bit out well before I come to it! I did a lot of planing and glued a few things this weekend. The neck lamination has turned out really well, but I'm worried about how the body will be once I take the clamps off. Also, my bench planer has stopped working! It may have just got clogged with wood dust and overheated, so fingers crossed... 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 And the glue goes on: Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  13. Black Limba Flying V

    Thank you, guys! I think I'll just take it very slow with a Shinto, other rasps, and sanding. Securing a wedge to the wing edge and running a guided chamfer cutter along would work, but I can't imagine I'd find a cutter with the right angle and proportions for that. Cross everything! I wish I could take full credit for it! I wanted something in the Ran InVader (the Jeff Waters signature model), King V or Mustaine V territory, but with a body size and bridge position that are better suited to someone short, like me. The limba was actually a chance eBay purchase; I think it was cheaper than usual, because it's a mess of black and white.
  14. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    I like how you flipped attention/contrast from the wenge to the maple with the stain. Very classy indeed!
  15. All of my tools are now 50+ miles away and work is utterly manic, so progress has been VERY slow recently. I've been trying to get a burst of activity in the end of 2016, for an escape if nothing else. My next project will be truly magical, but I need to finish this thing first.
  16. 2016 Progress

    I haven't felt like there's been much to report on this one for a while. The clear was going on fine, but it just wasn't curing in the cold weather. Even with keeping the guitar at room temperature prior to spraying, and waiting before using a heat lamp, the solvents weren't evaporating well before skinning over. I had to leave the most recent coat inside for a couple of weeks - it left a slightly soft finish and solvent pops galore, but it was firm enough for wet sanding. I cut it back and now it's hardening very nicely. I won't attempt any more spraying until the weather improves; I'm even considering getting a local spray shop to do it. Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr I just wanted to break the top clear, because it would never have cured.
  17. I swear that watching these builds develop is making the decisions even harder! All of the builds offer something very unique: @Andyjr1515 has some classy wood choices, especially with the slice of wenge under the burl, and the purpleheart works perfectly with maple. @Norris managed to pull-off a pretty ambitious aesthetic for a first build. The subtle top carve and scoops make for an intrestesting twist on the Tele formula. It's awesome when a Tele is built to be more than just a workhorse, and there's a hell of a lot going on to be proud of for a first build. @pan_kara 's Strat is great to see finished, after a few bumps in the road. The fanned fret set-up was brave enough (I'm so glad you angled the headstock to match the nut), before you consider the major surgery to bring the whole thing back to life! The swirl looks fantastic too, and using a limited colour palette keeps it from looking busy or confused. @Technology4Musicians has some serious innovation on show. The design and hardware are incredibly elegant; it's great to see how the guitar evolved from your previous headless model. I'm also a fan of the bright, clean wood choices. I had to roll with my gut on this one. Not very scientific at all...
  18. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, all! Cheers for the advice/wisdom shared over the past year. Pace yourselves and celebrate responsibly!
  19. Koa top LP Jr type build...

    Jeez, those wood selections are awesome!
  20. Just don't go mentioning CNC next!
  21. 2016 Progress

    Maybe it was just my paranoia, because I didn't like the initial result I actually did some Googling and ended up reading a PG article about it! I don't have the facilities to make tinted clear, so I followed the article.
  22. What a stellar result! The shimmer on the zebrano really steals the show. So, is it too early to ask what's next?!
  23. 2016 Progress

    @ScottR I don't know if you were dropping hints, but I wasn't very happy with the staining of the top and decided to take some action! I sanded it back a little and added 50% purple to give three tones with a bit more depth. Left is before, right is after: Untitled by S K, on Flickr I started on the clear coat too; I managed to get four coats on at the weekend. My technique isn't great, so I'm going to have a lot of runs to sand out when it eventually cures. I don't mind though! Untitled by S K, on Flickr Untitled by S K, on Flickr
  24. 2016 Progress

    Thank you for checking in, chaps! Hopefully the finished guitar won't look out of place on PG!