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Everything posted by Norris

  1. This is my second build, which should be a bit more simple than my first on. At the moment it's very much a "back burner" project while I finish up on my previous build: http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/48292-first-build-the-nozcaster/ This one is a fairly basic Les Paul Junior Double Cut copy for my guitarist Dan. It will be slightly "customised" The spec (so far): Mahogany neck Single piece khaya body (African mahogany) Ebony fretboard Ebony headstock plate Twin P90 pickups Custom control layout - he likes the volume control right under his pinkie MOP dot markers & monogram inlay at 12th fret Luminlay side dots Solid colour (not quite decided which colour yet!) This will have a few "firsts" for me: Using mahogany or ebony Set neck Having a neck angle Scarfing joint Inlay work
  2. Laurus nobilis or the Mediterranean Bay. Last weekend I cut down a 20' example and now have a number of substantial logs - certainly large enough for neck blanks/stringers. Is it likely to be any good? It seems to have a fairly tight grain, although fairly weighty. I can't find much information on t'Internet - a few people that have used it for turning, and a lot of links that refer to the Californian bay a.k.a. myrtle If it's any good for guitar building, what's the best way to store it? Should I paint the cut ends and will that help to avoid splitting as it dries out?
  3. We did consider making a larger base for it with a much smaller cutout to improve stability. However only having 2 hours of class time I persevered with what I had. I might well revisit it at some point though
  4. Welcome. A tele is a good place to start
  5. The aforementioned gouge (The different coloured stripe is where the router bit cut in the opposite direction on the final pass) And the body routed
  6. I finished routing the body this evening. First a pass with a top bearing bit, following the mdf template... Then removed the template and did a second pass. Finally flipped the body over and switched to a bottom bearing bit for the last pass... The little Makita router in the second photo is so much easier to use. It's very light, and held with one hand on top and a couple of fingers pressed down onto the base plate. It's a joy to use. The larger router was much more fatiguing, being much heavier and having a large cut out area in the base plate - that made it much less stable and lead to a 1mm deep gouge on the top horn because my arms were aching. The gouge will sand out, but was a bit disappointing as I was being very careful. Next time I'll just use the Makita. The class also have a bearing guide for it, which is what I used to cut the binding rebate on the Nozcaster - lovely bit of kit
  7. I'm limited by the length of my neck blank. I had to be careful to avoid any wastage when I did the scarf as I knew it was tight on length. There should be enough to reach the other side of the pickup route though
  8. We're still refining the specs on this. Following the latest discussion: Two P90s Neck to join body at 20th fret for improved neck stability (most twin P90 LPJr-DCs seem to do this) Move the bridge back slightly to accommodate Wraparound compensated bridge No binding on neck No scratchplate I'm currently routing the body from its rough-cut state, but not worth pictures yet
  9. Solly’s Guitar build diary

    Ditto - and welcome!
  10. So I've finally started on my first ever guitar build. "Nozcaster" = a bit of Nocaster + derivative of my nickname "Norris" I have joined a guitar building "club" that meets for 2 hours on a Monday night, and for my weekly subscription I get access to a lot of people who have built before and a lot of machine tools that I don't have at home (and trade prices for most of the parts!). Due to a large amount of household DIY on the go, plus a wife that is keen for me to get on with that, progress on the guitar will be a little slow & steady for the time being. For my first project I have chosen something relatively simple - my own take on a thinline telecaster. However I'm then going to complicate things a bit by doing some carving on the top, binding all round, and using fountain ink as dye (check out the lovely colours made by Diamine - I have gone for "Florida Blue"). I've spoken to a few people that have used ink as dye, and they have got some very good results and say it is colour-fast and won't fade. Specifications are pretty much standard telecaster, but I'll be making a two piece neck with dual action truss rod that adjusts at the nut. Unfortunately the chap that was going to lend me some plans forgot to bring them on week one, so I ended up drawing round a US telecaster that my mate (guitarist in my band) has lent me for the duration. I managed to get one template roughed out of 6mm MDF, that I then tidied up at home and used to route another 2 templates. Week One - Some templates And then this week I got wood English light ash for the back of the body (apparently the same species as swamp ash) - before I squared it up Flamed maple top piece - squared up ready to join (and showing quite nice figuring even when dry) The gluing will have to wait until next Monday.The neck pieces were just ordered as plain maple, although the main neck shows a smattering of birds eye whorls.
  11. This is my world at the moment. Cleaning up engine parts and tinware from the VW camper One of the filthier pieces of tinware took ages to clean. I then gave it a quick scrape with a screwdriver on a rusty bit... and went straight through. Another bit to add to the shopping list!
  12. Vintage Telecaster Pickups

    I recently used a set of Fender Custom Shop '51 "Nocaster" pickups. Classic twangy tones from the bridge and a surprisingly rich & full tone from the neck. There are some video demos near the end of my build thread (page 23) (For some reason that link is showing a picture of another guitar that was posted in the thread)
  13. I've got a new avatar for you...
  14. Cheeky sods - it was only 2 years! Thanks a lot for everyone that voted for the Nozcaster. I'm very honoured to have it chosen against some fabulous guitars this month.
  15. Set neck kit from guitarfetish.com

    It would also help to know what wood(s) you are working with
  16. Lovely clean work. You've really stepped up your quality in the last couple of years, so that exceptional is the norm now
  17. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    That pink is almost fluorescent! Certainly makes a statement
  18. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    To do the insides of curves, I've found it easiest to use an off-cut of "D" profile quadrant wood trim, wrap some 600 grit aluminium oxide paper round it, then take your time. It's quite therapeutic
  19. where to find building plan

    The first picture looks very similar to a Gibson EB-2. There are plans for that for sale on Amazon, or with a bit of searching you may find some plans you could download for free. Check your dimensions though, and it might be worth getting them printed professionally - although if in pdf format it's possible to print individual pages with registration marks and then tape them together.
  20. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Very stylish f-hole - I like that a lot!
  21. Pariahrob's build log

    I had a read of their website. There are white pigments to counteract the natural "wet look" of normal finishes. I think it would need very careful and thin application to darker woods. I'm considering a walnut/maple combo on my third build and am keen for the maple to be as light as possible, so might try a bit of experimentation with the raw finish. It won't be for a few months yet though Edit: It says so on the tin... http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com/product/osmo-polyx-oil-raw-3044?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6M6t0f-u2AIVjZXtCh0P9QJOEAAYASAAEgLcrfD_BwE (And apologies for the thread hijack Rob!)
  22. Pariahrob's build log

    Poly-X raw contains white pigments. I'm wondering how that would work on darker woods
  23. Do you have a wide chisel? It would be tricky to get it flat with a narrow chisel, but possible with a lot of patience as long as it is very sharp. Have you a cabinet scraper? That would help to get it flat but only removes tiny amounts of wood at a time. Can you post a photo of the neck pocket?
  24. How much oversized is the neck pocket? If not too much then you could probably glue some veneer in to pack it out. Failing that glue a full block in to fill the pocket and re-cut it. You'll need to get a flat surface first though, and make sure you have the correct neck angle when you've finished