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  1. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    I'm dying a aqua blue burst right now and will be tru oiling it. I'll post pics up of that after oil to give you a better idea.
  2. Well I had hoped to start my build thread of 2017 with a bit better update than this but I started on this today and figured I'd share it with y'all. A few weeks ago I saw skyjerks fretboard radiusing jig and I really liked it but I didn't plan on making one until later in the year. Last week I totally screwed up the fretboard radius on the walnut/zw/curly maple guitar due to my way of doing it which is with a radiused sanding block which for some reason I can never use just right. So I get to pull off the fretboard from the neck and start over and decided to just go ahead and make a radiusing jig. I liked skyjerks jig but didn't want something quite so big so I started searching the internet to see what others have done and came across a pretty cool design. I'm half way thru making it now but figured I'd show where I'm at. The first pic I'll show is of the image where I got the idea, the first piece is pretty much a 30"X11" base with a 3/4" rise that's 5" wide. The second piece which is as far as I've gotten tonight is a sled that is 11" wide with a 13" radius which while I'm cutting the bit will be 1" lower to give me my 12" radius, the center of the radiused pieces are cut out to 5" wide and 1.125" deep to clear the riser of the base and fretboard. Tomorrow I will start making my router base and try to get a test piece out of it and see how it works. Thanks for looking and happy new year to ya all!!
  3. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Yeah man, you don't see people use tru oil over dyed woods a whole lot but I've been doing it for years with refinishing and now in my building. Prostheta is right, it will add a slight amber tint to your color so I've always tested on scrap to make sure I'm gonna be satisfied with the end result. Which I almost always am. That blue semi hollow above has tru oil on it and I refinished an old ibanez s1620 in green which I really liked. I use transtint dyes.
  4. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Thank you all! I hope that you all had a great New Years. Yep paul, I twist it with a drill. I buy it in regular ole 20g copper wiring and then twist it.
  5. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    The 2nd n12 is a semi hollow 6 string. Sapele body, curly maple back, curly maple top, with a blue dye job and I'm still finishing it in tru oil. I will be starting on the neck this week, it will be sapele but not sure on the fretboard yet. And im really sorry guys, I'm terrible at posting build pics, I'm gonna try and work on that. Lol
  6. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Ive also started 2 more n12's. The first is a solid body 7 string, ash body, curly maple top, bound in 1/2" black binding, with a red to black fade dye job and im still finishing it in tru oil. I had a curupay 7 string neck I started making a few months ago so I'm gonna use that with a macassar ebony fretboard. I'm just waiting on all my hardware to show up so I can finish the neck.
  7. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Haha thanks pariahrob! I don't know if I'd say a neat freak but just trying to step my game up a bit in areas. So as for what I've been up to this last week, the purple n12 offset is completely done. This is hands down my favorite guitar I've ever built, not sure if I'm gonna want to sell this one. Professional photos should be done next week.
  8. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Thank y'all so much! I actually got to sleep last night, that was pretty awesome! since this is a guitar forum I gotta throw up a guitar pic haha. here's some wiring I did on the n12 offset yesterday.
  9. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Thank y'all so much Scott and mr natural!
  10. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    I've been absent for a pretty good while, my son was born on November 31st so we had a lot of preparing to do to get ready for him to be here. I've just started to get back into the swing of things so it's slow going right now. I'm just mainly trying to finish builds that have been hanging on the wall. We will be moving houses soon so I figure it'll be easier to move complete guitars instead of a bunch of pieces. Ive fretted one of the black limba m11 twins, got it finish sanded, fretted and am oiling it right now. I'm changing it up from my normal odies oil and am trying out tru oil, I'm liking it so far but it is a lot more work than odies. I've also got the purple n12 offset cleared, polished, and oiled the neck. I've just started assembly on that one so hoping to have it finished this weekend. I'll also add a few pics of my boy, definitely the most amazing thing I've ever made (he must have gotten all his moms genes)! I can't wait for him to be making his own guitars lol.
  11. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    I've started this one a few weeks ago, figure I'll go ahead and share a bit on it. This is a prototype I'm working on which is based off my n12 model but I've redesigned the body to be an offset so I'm calling it the n12 offset. Its an alder body (a bit thicker than my normal bodies this ones 1-1/2" thick), 5 piece maple/padauk neck, Birdseye maple fretboard, 2 way adjustable truss rod, nickle silver med/jumbo fretwire, tusx xl nut, hipshot chrome open gear locking tuners, hipshot chrome bridge, chrome pickups covers and all of the chrome will be burnt if I can get it to look right. Dimarzio air norton/air zone with coil splits. Im in the finishing stages right now which have been a nightmare as usual but I think I've finally got it where I want it. The faceplate of the headstock is painted white with my mountain logo painted in purple and covered in satin polycrylic. The neck/fretboard will get a coat of some odies oil. The body has been where I've had trouble! I originally painted it white with my mountain logo painted on it in purple which turned out pretty cool I thought. I tried to top coat with polycrylic which was a terrible mistake, I tried spraying it and it just had runs all over it and ended up sanding thru the paint trying to level it back out. I decided to give it another try and this time painted it all purple and tried to wipe on the polycrylic, huge mistake, had brush lines and inconsistencies all over the place so had to sand it out again. I have now repainted it purple, and went and bought a 2k clear from the local auto paint store and am gonna give that a try.
  12. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    I got the pics back a couple days ago and posted it in gotm but forgot to post it over here. So here's the photos of the pg17 with specs. Specs are as follows, •Top Wood: black walnut •Body Wood: Curly maple/bloodwood sandwich •Color: Natural •Body finish: matte, odies oil •Bridge: Evertune •Pickup Configuration: H H •Pickup mounting: direct mount •Bridge Pickup: Bareknuckle juggernaut •Neck pickup: N/a for now •Pickup Color: Black •Controls: 1 Volume / 1 Tone / 3 way toggle •Neck wood: 5 piece maple/walnut/maple/walnut/maple •Neck Finish: Matte, odies oil •Fretboard: dark roasted curly maple •fretboard finish: odies oil •Fretboard Inlays: White side markers •Headstock inlays: Arete mountain inlay in bloodwood •Neck Shape: Thin D shape, •Neck thickness: .800 1st fret/.830 12th fret •fretboard Radius: 14" •Scale Length: 27" •Frets: stainless steel •Nut: Graphtech tusq xl •Nut Width: 1.693" (43mm) •Tuners: hipshot open gear locking tuners •Hardware: Black •Weight: 6.5 pounds
  13. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    @Prostheta @ScottR Haha ok, so the bridge is suuupper interesting... I'll give it that! It took me a good while to figure out how to set up the dang thing but once I got it I actually kind of like it. It's slowly growing on me. I don't like that you have to hog out so much wood from the body, but I do like the holding tune aspect. This was a brand new set of string and once I got it Setup and tuned I haven't had to retune once and it's been about a week, I can completely take the strings out of the tuners on the headstock, put the strings back in, and get the tension right at the tuners (+ or - 1-1/2 full turns from where it was before, it doesn't have to be exact at all) and the bridge will still be exactly in tune. Ive seen a lot of people say that "they kill your tone" but honestly I think this guitar sounds killer! I'm definitely not saying you should buy them and put them in every one of your guitars but I would say definitely give one a try. As for the pickup, he simply ran out of money lol. He's going to buy a neck pickup within the next month or 2 and have me throw it in there for him.
  14. I'll throw one in for this month. I just finished this one up this week and got my photos from the photographer back today. This was a build for a local guitarist named t.a. Sartain of the band hollow words so it'll get a good run threw often. I really don't wanna see this guitar go because it's probably one of my favorite playing guitars ever, everything just mixes so well together and feels like a million bucks to me. Specs are as follows, •Top Wood: black walnut •Body Wood: Curly maple/bloodwood sandwich •Color: Natural •Body finish: matte, odies oil •Bridge: Evertune •Pickup Configuration: H H •Pickup mounting: direct mount •Bridge Pickup: Bareknuckle juggernaut •Neck pickup: N/a for now •Pickup Color: Black •Controls: 1 Volume / 1 Tone / 3 way toggle •Neck wood: 5 piece maple/walnut/maple/walnut/maple •Neck Finish: Matte, odies oil •Fretboard: dark roasted curly maple •fretboard finish: odies oil •Fretboard Inlays: White side markers •Headstock inlays: Arete mountain inlay in bloodwood •Neck Shape: Thin D shape, •Neck thickness: .800 1st fret/.830 12th fret •fretboard Radius: 14" •Scale Length: 27" •Frets: stainless steel •Nut: Graphtech tusq xl •Nut Width: 1.693" (43mm) •Tuners: hipshot open gear locking tuners •Hardware: Black •Weight: 6.5 pounds
  15. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    This ones been fun but I'm ready to see it go to its new home! He will be picking it up tomorrow so I'm eager to see how he likes it. Im having the professional photos done right now so I'll post those up with specs here in a couple days.
  16. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Thank you dudes! It's much appreciated and I'm glad y'all like it.
  17. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    Thanks andyjr1515 and mr natural!! I really appreciate it. And to everyone who voted for it. That was a really tuff month!
  18. The Helix build (video series)

    Very nice work man! Goodness ya could have gotten 3 necks outa that neck blank haha
  19. The Helix build (video series)

    That's actually what I was thinking was some pine rod stock from lowes. Thanks for the insight sdshirtman and Carl!!
  20. 24 Magnum

    Good lord man! That looks amazing. Im very sorry to hear of your son passing, this is an amazing way to carry him on with you. You and your family are in my thoughts.
  21. The Helix build (video series)

    Cool video! Man, those top to body "clamps" are genius!! Be right back going to buy some allthread.
  22. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    I got the m11/7 mostly finished up over the weekend. I need to get the string block powdercoated, cavity cover material is on order and I need to make another nut because my pit bull somehow got ahold of it and since he loves bones he decided it was his chew toy. Specs include: Model: M11/7 27" scale, Walnut body, Ash top, Arete eliat top color finish, Nitro body finish, Zebrawood neck, PurpleHeart scarf joint laminate, Dark roasted curly maple fretboard, Arabic numeral 7 in bloodwood inlay, Arete mountain headstock inlay, Odies oil neck finish, Medium/jumbo nickel silver fretwire, Bone nut, Hipshot open gear locking tuners, Hipshot 7 string fixed bridge, Black knurled knobs, 1 pickup / 1 volume / 1 tone, Elysian bridge pickup, as as soon as I get those couple things done I'll get it over to my photographer and then it's off to the customer.
  23. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    I guess I'll go ahead and post up some pics of this one. It is a commissioned build, it's a m11/7 27" scale length 7 string, black walnut body, ash top dyed turquoise blue, Zebrawood neck, PurpleHeart scarf joint laminate, dark roasted curly maple fretboard with the Arabic numeral 7 inlayed at the 11-13th frets in blood wood. It will be getting hipshot 7 string bridge, Elysian pickup, hipshot tuners, 1 volume/1 tone. I have got the neck/fretwork completely finished and oiled in odies oil, all the wood work on the body is finished and dye job has been done. Right now the body has been nitroed and is curing for the next 10 days. once I get the body cut and buffed I can start on assembly and setup. Hoping to have this one finished within the month.
  24. Here we go again.. My names Tim, I build guitars part time under the name Arete guitars here in the Tulsa area. this is my N12 model, I was originally going to put this guitar in a local guitar store to be sold but since completing it and having some time with it I just can't let it go, so I will be keeping it for myself specs are as follows. 25.5" scale length, Sapele body, quilted maple top (dyed purple), 3 piece sapele/curly maple neck, curly maple headstock, Birdseye maple fretboard, quilted maple truss rod cover (dyed purple), Arete bridge with graphtech saddles (powdercoated white), Sperzel locking tuners, dual action truss rod, 24 nickel silver medium jumbo frets, suhr ssv neck pickup, suhr ssh+ bridge pickup, 1 volume/1 tone/3 way toggle, odies oil and odies wood butter finish, thanks for looking!!
  25. 2.5itims build thread 2017

    I just finished this pg17 up last week and got it over to my photographer. Im super happy with how this guitar turned out and the photos. specs are, Arete pg17, 25.5" scale, curly maple/zebrawood body, black walnut top, zebrawood neck with maple scarf joint, curly maple fretboard, hipshot fixed bridge, gotoh tuners, seymour Duncan Pegasus bridge pickup, seymour Duncan jazz pickup, 1volume/1 tone/3 way toggle, odies oil/wood butter finish