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Skyjerk

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Skyjerk last won the day on September 14

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About Skyjerk

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  • Birthday 12/01/1964

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    Chester County, PA
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    Guitar building/playing, skydiving, motorcycles
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  1. My Les Paul

    WOW! Massimo, I am speechless. Your work is awesome! Your inlays are absolutely beautiful. I do my own inlaying, but have chickened out and paid someone else to actually cut the shell for me (except for some more simple pieces). I wish I had your patience
  2. Searls Guitars - 2015

    Holy smokes! I love that dreadnought! Its freakin beautiful
  3. There is no better dedication for your build than to your new son. Congratulations and welcome Thats a very nice bend I have to say. Ive done a couple that thick and didnt get such a nice joint
  4. 24 Magnum

    She plays really nice. It usually takes me a while to "connect" with a new guitar. Get the feel of how hard or soft to play to get the tones I want, where to put my hands and arms etc. Where to get the best harmonics, Etc To bond with it. I'm sure you know what I mean. This guitar took me no time at all to connect with. The action is low, but not too low. Frets are smooth and bends are nice and creamy feeling It plays easy and sounds really good. I made the right choices for pickups and body and neck wood. There is excellent synergy there. The sustain is phenominal, particularly considering it has a floating tremolo. I credit the neck-through construction, laminate neck and carbon fiber (it's very rigid) as well as the tungsten block on the tremolo for that. The block adds a lot of weight (the bridge plus block weighs nearly 2.5 lbs by itself) and that much mass completely offsets the loss of sustain you would expect from a floating trem. I'm not one of those guys that gets all fussy if the guitar weighs more than 8 lbs The downside is the block is $150.00 by itself which brings the overall cost of the bridge to around $350.00 which is a big pill to swallow, but when you play it you know instantly it was worth every penny Honestly I couldn't be happier with this guitar :-)
  5. 24 Magnum

    What guitar pictorial is complete without a shot of the axe floating in space?
  6. 24 Magnum

    Thanks guys
  7. For those that might not have seen my build thread, I built this guitar in memory of my firstborn son Chris who passed away 7 months ago, Feb 18, 2017. He was 24 years old. The guitar has special inlays on the back that represent tattoo's that my son had on his chest and shoulder. A Phoenix (mythological bird) symbol, and an Aries (ram). Chris was an Aries and we both have Phoenix tattoo's on our chests for personal reasons. Also smaller versions of each on fretboard and headstock to match This guitar is named "Phoenix" The model is one of my own designs, called "24 Magnum". Its my 12th build to date, I build in my garage/shop at my home. This model, as with most of my builds, has the following notable features: Neck-through-body construction 3-piece laminate neck (all mahogany) carbon fiber neck reinforcement Specs: 25.5″ scale length 24 stainless steel frets 12″ fretboard radius Genuine South American mahogany ( Swietenia macrophylla ) body and neck Bookmatched, flamed maple top Ebony headstock overlay Natural “faux” binding Macassar Ebony Fretboard Original Floyd Rose Tremolo w/ tungsten sustain block Custom white mother-of-pearl phoenix 12th fret and Aries headstock inlays Custom white mother-of-pearl in ebony Aries symbol inlay on back Custom paua abalone and select blue paua Phoenix inlay on back Planet Waves 3×3 locking tuning machines Seymour Duncan pickups – Custom Custom (TB-11) bridge, and Sentient neck 5-way Oak Grigsby super switch (n, n-split, n/br, br-split, br) CTS pots, orange drop caps Nitrocellulose Lacquer The photo of my son Chris is included to show the tattoo's on his chest and shoulder that are the inspiration for the inlays, thus there are 9 photo's in all. I included only 8 photo's of the guitar itself so hopefully this is still in keeping with the rule stating "a maximum of eight photos for the instrument" since Chris is not the instrument
  8. 24 Magnum

    I officially dedicate this guitar to my firstborn son Chris who passed away Feb 18, 2017. He was 24 years old Its called "Phoenix"
  9. 24 Magnum

    Well, as any activity that focuses my mind and occupies my hands its very helpful. Being busy works for me right now. Emotionally, the inlays and such keep me connected to my son, which I really need. This guitar is only a part of my overall project. The very last time I saw my son in person while he was still living, I recorded a few tracks in my recording studio with him singing against a really crappy backing track. He hated the way he sounded (typical). He actually sounded really good. I was unable to make myself listen to this until only two weeks ago. It was hard. Anyway, I decided I'm going to dump the backing track, and re-record it all using real instruments. Of course I'll be doing the guitar tracks (using this build), I have the drummer from my band thats going to do drums, and a former bass player that will do the bass. I'll do backing vocals. My brother is going to play keys. Gonna make this into a bad-ass tune. I'd always dreamed of one day jamming with Chris, this is the best I'll get and while not exactly what I had in mind I'm grateful I have this much,
  10. 24 Magnum

    OK, sanded and buffed. Still need to clean some compound out of some cracks and crevices... sometime in the next two or three days I'll level, crown, and polish the frets, and then put it all together. Just a couple days from finished guitar
  11. 24 Magnum

    Well, its been hardening 2 weeks and still a couple to go, but its hard enough to take it off the hanger and get a few pix that give an idea what the finished product will look like. Picture this with all the black hardware (pickups, rings, Floyd Rose, tuners, knobs) installed, as well as back and TR covers. The lighting in these pix make the mahogany look a bit more yellow than it looks for real. Of course the very minor orange peel and you can see on the top as well as the little crust of nitro along the fretboard edges will be gone too
  12. 24 Magnum

    Ive actually considered this very type of thing. Problem for me is that with only a couple exceptions all my builds are neck-through, This presents quite a challenge in determinie how to reliably mount it since theres no neck pocket or screw holes. I've come up with a couple ideas but havent actually tried anything. Ive seen devices that can hold the guitar in the pickup cavity bu that would prevent unobstructed access to the top for spraying and I'm not sure it its held securely enough to hold while its rotating...
  13. The Helix build (video series)

    Yo John, Really enjoyed the video. I've thought about doing one myself, however just the added time of taking detailed pictures, editing the pictures, and posting them to document a build is a huge increase. Probably adds 10-15% more time to the job. Video I have to think is gonna add 50% more to the job itself, and then all the editing into a coherent production after the fact, I decided not to bother. Plus my shop is always such a mess
  14. 24 Magnum

    Thanks. Yes, I used about 5% retarder in the cut I shot on the top
  15. 24 Magnum

    Thanks everyone for the kind words So I had some lacquer issues over the weekend that required I sand the clear off the back. As it turns out, shooting nitro in high temps can cause some issues with bubbles forming in the clear if you shoot even a moderate coat. Temp on Sunday was a cozy 95 F. (35 C.). Humidity wasnt too bad, around 55%. I shoot in my garage with the door all the way up so its outside for all intents and purposes. I'd hoped to finish the clear and put the guitar downstairs to harden and be finished with this phase, but I'm just going to have to wait for better conditions. Normally I shoot in spring and fall, but didnt really want to wait on this guitar so I gave it a shot. The top on the other hand helps me feel like the day wasnt a total loss. I had already shot most of the clear a couple weeks ago without issue. In addition to the back, I level sanded the top with 320 grit dry paper which made short work of the job, but of course left pretty heavy scratces, and then I shot a flow-out coat of lacquer that was cut with 60% thinner and 5% retarder. I shot it with the guitar laying on its back and let gravity be my friend. It also prevented runs and sags which a very thin lacquer can do very easily. the result is almost no orange peel at all. I'll still have to level sand this when the time comes but its going to be a very quick job. I'll hit it with 800 wet and then go straight to the buffer and I'm confident its going to look spectacular. This is definitely the best pre-wet sanding finish I've managed to date. So I still need to get about 4 good coats of clear on the back. I'm hoping to do this piece meal like one coat each day early evening when the temps are lower but before the humidity gets too high... So the below pix are the finish as shot straight from the gun. Not wet sanded or buffed at all. Its gonna look like glass after I actually do the wet sanding and buffing...
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