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  1. Splintazert

    Obol guitar build

    Thanks @Prostheta, just watched it and it goes some way to explaining their high price.
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    Obol guitar build

    For those of us following @FINEFUZZ's unique thread with interest, I thought I'd share this new video from the British Museum that shows some steps in the process, taking us from clay modelling to the finished piece:
  3. Thanks for the neck tenon explanation Scott, I was just a bit confused as this sliding nexk joint obviously dictates the bridge location and I thought that your tremolo routing might be affected. I guess we are only talking about a few millimetres of movement though (a few sixteenths!) and that route looks fairly accommodating.
  4. Great work and coming along nicely. Quote: "Note the tab at the end of the tenon. With long tapered tenons like this, you can set the neck a bit low and then push it back snugly into the pocket...and then add a plug to fill the gap." I don't quite understand this @ScottR . Do you mean there's a taper in the pocket that you push the tapered neck onto?
  5. Very nice Scott and a great headstock carve. Looking at the skull a few pictures before though, it must have been a 'walk in the park' for you to carve the headstock.
  6. Thanks @Crusader I'll bear that in mind. I reckon it will pull down OK if glued to a sizable piece that's flat, so I'll do my bookmatching that way..
  7. Hi all. I bought a really nice, heavily figured plank of wood that was shop planed and looked fairly straight and flat. I split it to make a nice top for a future build, each plank is now 1320 x 175 x 12 mm (52 x 7 x 0.5 inch). Unfortunately, when it was split it warped quite a lot (see the second image where I'm sighting down the length of the plank) It's thin enough to be able to go back down flat again if it's clamped down (as it would be on a body) but should I expect any problems if I do this? Would be a shame to scrap it. The other question is does anyone know what wood it actually might be? (see the first image for a close-up) Thanks in advance.
  8. Very nice Scott, that maple is gorgeous with flame and quilt in the same piece. I do envy the USA's choice of 'domestic' woods. I struggle here in the UK to source home-grown, interesting figured woods.
  9. Thanks @ScottR, that makes sense. It'll be clamped to a nice beefy board. Would you bother dampening the wood a bit first or do you reckon that's overkill? Cheers for the link too, some nice pics on there to go through.
  10. @curtisa Can a moderator move this to a more relevant section such as solidbody chat please?
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    Obol guitar build

    Looks good FineFuzz! I'm wondering what tools you'll use to get the surface blemishes out. Presumably files, sandpaper and polishing mop? Also, was it TIG bronze welding or oxyacetylene brazing that you used to add the supports in?
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    Obol guitar build

    @FINEFUZZ What an excellent project, I look forward to following this build thread. Interesting shape too. Best of luck.
  13. Very, very nice. If it works for you too then that's a perfect build!
  14. Very nice. Think you are right about the black pickup surrounds, although the gold aren't out of place either. Good call about drilling afterwards so the finish goes on more evenly.
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    First Build - The "Nozcaster"

    Yup, many congrats @Norris. I enjoyed the 23 pages of trials and tribulations which led to this stunning guitar. Thanks for sharing!
  16. That's a clear list of objectives and ones which I completely agree with Andy. Why stick to building clones of traditional stuff that doesn't work for the player or has some poorly thought out design? That neck carve looks great, nice one.
  17. Really nice work and fantastic that it's reversible too!
  18. Guitar looks very nice so far Andy. I built a lightweight electric a while back and it has been my go-to guitar for most things. So what is the advantage of your radius jig (that cuts across the width) over one that cuts the length of the fretboard?
  19. I'm making a brass nut for a project guitar and need to source some nut files in the UK that can definitely handle this material. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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    Brass nut files - recommendations?

    Interesting, thanks Prostheta. I have seen posts about welding tip cleaners before. It seems that the sizes are hit and miss depending on the set purchased. I just think I'd prefer to get something accurately sized to keep for future guitar building jobs, something that works on materials tougher than bone such as brass and the like. I'm not averse to spending £70 or so, maybe a bit more for the right set.
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    Brass nut files - recommendations?

    Yikes! $140 with shipping. Might have to source them nearer to home but thanks for the info. It's good to know you recommend them. I'm still open to suggestions, especially if the company is UK based.
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    Brass nut files - recommendations?

    Hi Scott. The ones I have are the feeler gauge type that have a sawtooth added to one side. They won't touch brass so I'm thinking of investing in a set of better quality files. The Stewmac ones don't seem to support all string sizes (eg a 0.013" B string) but would work with the set of Ernie Ball 9-42 strings I am intending to fit: http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Files/Double-edge_Nut_Files.html Works out to about £77 inc. delivery for 3 files that do 6 sizes (they are double-sided). Any better quality files out there that people would recommend?