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  1. Thanks guys! @Jdogg- I started designing/building guitars back in 2002, and have had a lifelong interest in drawing and design. I am also currently a sculpture major, but that's sort of secondary to my previous experience.
  2. New year, new thread! I've got high hopes for this year...a lot of good projects are already underway, several are planned out, and I'm hoping to do a few wacky experimental builds. We shall see! So, on to the good stuff. Installed the padauk/wenge multiscale 8's side dots: And then went back to carving. A dash of mineral spirits here: Coming together nicely! I think I'll start the neck carve tomorrow. Thanks for taking a look and best wishes for the upcoming year!
  3. Yeah, the SSO mods are pretty touchy. It makes sense though, they've seen a silly number of small builders try to take advantage of people over there.
  4. Hey, I recognize this from SSO. Welcome to PG!
  5. This thing is wild! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more work from you.
  6. Hey PG friends! Sorry I've been so absent lately, school and work have been keeping me crazy busy. That coupled with a few tool-failure-induced guitar problems have conspired to make me feel less social than usual. I've got one build newly done and two more in the home stretch, so here's looking toward a better tomorrow! First up, my freshly finished Pioneer MS6. This is going to be auctioned off at an event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's West Palm Beach chapter (@CFFPalmBeach on FB). I'm going to get some more pics and a demo video before giving it away. Specs: 25-26" scale Alder body Maple neck/fretboard Jescar 47095 stainless fretwire Hipshot staggered open-gear locking tuners Custom milled aluminum bridge (thanks @2.5itim!) w/Graphtech saddles DiMarzio Red Velvet neck, True Velvet T bridge pickups This guitar has an evil twin.... I'll start behaving properly and post more pics this week. Until next time, thanks for taking a look!
  7. I think @Skyjerk will have some advice for you. I'm like 95% sure that's what he uses and enjoys.
  8. Thanks CJ! Yep, just Titebond Original.
  9. Congrats! 1000% improvement over the original Steinberger body.
  10. Thank you! I try to keep a fairly comprehensive set of pics for each build, but sometimes I just get in the zone and forget! Voyager 7 neck has been unclamped. Everything looks good and solid, so on to sketching out the heel carve.
  11. Looks like we've both got necks in clamps at the moment! The grain on that chinaberry is really great, I bet it looks even better in person.
  12. Short and sweet today- main carve done, neck is set! Tomorrow, I'll have the neck and heel blended together, then I can start the final sanding process.
  13. My bodies are normally 1.5" (38mm). I think @demonx (Searls Guitars) does something like what you're talking about with threaded inserts in a thick tenon extension.
  14. Thank you! You're correct, the extra tenon stays. I just haven't routed it flush with the bottom of the pickup cavity yet. The idea is to have a neck system that works as either a set-neck or bolt-on, the only change necessary is the addition of bolts. In either case, the extended tenon helps: as a set-neck, it's a good bit of extra gluing surface; as a bolt-on, it prevents the alignment from ever shifting out of place a la Fender or Ibanez (I've had to realign tons of these for myself and others). Also, I'm not sure if you can see or not, but the tenon extension's thickness will be about 0.25" (6.35mm), so it does have a fair amount of strength on its own.
  15. That'd be an LP
  16. That's a very nice way to talk about my gadget addiction Having a bunch of very specific tools drives my wife crazy ("you bought another router bit? I thought you already had one!"), but I enjoy it, so there. Back to the 7 string thing! Dot installation via eggbeater: Carving the neck. Unfortunately, while Yucatan rosewood is a true Dalbergia, it does not smell nice like its relatives. I'll be able to finish up the heel area after getting it glued into the body. Radius and fret installation: It's very nearly a guitar! I'm hoping to get the neck set in by Friday, so I can finish the carve over the weekend. Time to order more hardware, I suppose....
  17. Hey, welcome to Project Guitar!
  18. More work on the sapele bros... Pioneer neck pocket: I scarfed this neck blank up yesterday, so there's a bit of a time warp here. This is a compound joint, as usual for my multiscales: Truss rod channel: Neck outline: Headstock and tuner holes: Lightly stressful wiring holes: Quick little belly carve: Mockup time! And the Voyager 7 gets its neck pocket:
  19. Having moved back to Florida a couple years ago, I've found that the one thing I miss about Maryland winters is the excuse to stay indoors and make chili (and other soups). It's just not right in warmer weather.
  20. Lookin' good there! I like the new zebrano neck.
  21. Yup, winter is lame. I hope you're able to get re-motivated!
  22. So after all that, I went to a local lumberyard and stumbled into some amazing sapele. I'm sure you can guess what happened next. Another Pioneer: And a Voyager 7: I've already got a solid rosewood neck for the 7, now I just need to make a matching sapele neck for the Pioneer. This pair has been my first set done at the same time with different designs, and it's gone well so far. Over just a couple hours, I took these from blanks to nearly complete bodies, which is easily my fastest time yet. I've worked a lot to establish a set of common measures and an SOP (my Army is showing, haha) for standard no-frills builds like these, and it feels great to have it work out. That's enough out of me for today, thanks for checking in!
  23. Working on the headstock: Cutting the pickguard and control cavity cover: Output jack and strap locks: The cover ledge has some pretty tight radii, so I have to use this adorable little template bit: String-through and neck bolt holes: It's starting to look like a thing! And finally- give me a rasp and some wood, things are bound to happen:
  24. Indeed! Though now I'm stuck waiting for my fretboards and truss rods to arrive....