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  1. Sure am. I'm in Valley Township west of Coatesville. Where are you located?
  2. Knightro is correct. I use it and get great results. I'm not sure what "tolerance" means in the context of the saw blade, but I can say with certainty that I get solid, consistent results. Its not cheap, but the time it saves me by not having to slot fretboards manually is worth more to me than the money I spent on it. @MiKroIve slotted a half-dozen ebony boards as well. No warping. Its not in the wood for long enough to get hot.
  3. Hi everyone. Nice to meet you. I just stumbled on this community and signed right up. I started building a couple years ago and have spent a lot of time with the MLP "luthiers corner" forum. I see at least one familiar name here, KnightroExpress. Anyway, this is a build I currently have in progress. I started cutting and gluing over the holiday weekend I call this guitar "22 Magnum". Id call it "PRS inspired" simply because theres definitely some kinship there, but it was not originally a goal with the design, nor did I start with a PRS shape and modify it. I started using the bottom half of an original single cutaway design I just finished building "22 Special" and wanted a double cutaway version. I screwed around with the upper horn area and some adjustments to the lines all around and arrived at this shape. The similarities were there pretty clearly, so I just call it "PRS inspired" even though it actually wasnt, because otherwise people are just going to assume I took a PRS shape and moved a couple lines, and called it mine. anyway, I'm also using a 25" scale length, and also not in a deliberate effort to imitate a PRS. My 22 Special build was also a 25" scale length and that was my starting point. I'm also very comfortable playing that scale length so theres that too At this point, though, I deliberately decided to do a PRS style top carve and faux binding because, well why not? Its already PRSish even though that wasnt the original intention, so lets just roll with it So heres the original design. This will be neck-through-body with carbon fiber reinforcement rods, an LMI double action truss rod, stainless frets, a brazillian rosewood fretboard, a bookmatched, flamed maple top, bolivian mahogany body and neck, an original Floyd Rose trem, stainless frets, SD pickups, planet waves locking tuners, hardware is all black, and the top is probably going to be red with popped flame, and a nitro finish. One thing I've changed is the 3-way toggle in the design is actually going to be a 5-way blade that will have coil splits at positions 2 and 4
  4. Actually yes. I know of three commonly used approaches for ram-air parachutes. Flat packing, pro packing, and psycho packing. Dont be mis-lead by the term "psycho", its not really that crazy
  5. Honestly, and I say this wholly without rancor, I'd love to hear some substantiation of these statements. To be clear, I'm not defending him, however I've never seen any indication that he has provided information that plain wrong. Theres more than one way to do almost every part of guitar building. In truth, my own methods are an amalgamation of a lot of different approaches that I arrived at by watching a lot of videos and reading a lot of threads, absorbing all that information, and then using the methods that make the most sense to me. I dont follow a single persons approach at any point in a build. I dont subscribe to any theory that postulates that theres a single "right" way of doing things. I've seen Ben Crowe do things in the course of a build that make me scratch my head and think "Theres no way I'm going to do it that way" or "That seems like a silly approach" Obviously you feel the same way However, if the end result is a quality instrument that performs the way it should, well then I'm not willing to state that his way was wrong. Only that it was wrong for me. If other folks defend his approach in a pissy way and take it as a personal insult when you challenge something they learned watching Ben Crowe, then in that case shouldn't your rancor be more properly directed at the clown thats getting insulted? They are the ones lacking the imagination and insight to understand that there's more than one way of doing things. At the moment, the only negative thing I'm prepared to say is that calling himself a "master" luthier comes across as somewhat pompous and arrogant, but then perhaps a touch of bravado is a requirement to build a successful boutique guitar building business. theres no denying that he has been doing rather well in growing his business and I have to think that is at least partially because of his guitars. Again, I'm not standing in defense of Ben Crowe. It just seems your comments sound unduly harsh, but if there are circumstances that I'm not aware of I stand prepared to be educated
  6. I can see that. He's labeled himself a "master" Luthier which takes some pretty big stones considering I don't believe that he makes acoustic instruments. I may be wrong but personally I consider that to be a requirement if you're going to call yourself a Luthier of any stripe let alone a master. I could be wrong because I know that he worked with a violin maker before he was building guitars but I've never seen an acoustic guitar on any of his videos. Anyway that's why I call myself a guitar builder and not a Luthier. Acoustic guitar's someday but not yet :-) Anyway, there are things that can be learned from almost everyone. theres a guy on another forum I frequent that's the biggest arrogant douche-nozzle you could ever meet. I wouldn't piss on him to put him out if he was on fire, but I've learned a few things from him :-)
  7. Double oops I forgot to answer your question about the truss rod cover, Shay. I make a veneer out of ebony and inlay the logo with white mother-of-pearl. Sand it down smooth and then cut it out to the shape I want. on my 22 special build that I entered in the December guitar of the month contest I used blue paua abalone instead of mother of pearl
  8. Sounds like you aren't a big fan of Ben Crowe ;-) But how do you know that I don't have head tattoos even worse than his? ;-) I picked up some useful information from his videos. I could wish he didn't ramble on quite so much though ;-). The things that I found to be of the most value are more along the lines of the tips and tricks stuff as opposed to general guitar building techniques The masking tape and CA glue trick instead of double stick tape in particular was probably the most awesome thing I've learned from his videos. That trick alone was worth all of the time I've spent watching his videos ?
  9. Oops forgot about the frets. I actually use both methods. If the fretboard has the same radius end to end I use a caul in my drill press. If it's a compound radius like I've done two or three times I used a hammer because I won't have cauls exactly right for every fret I only use stainless steel fret wire so I have no concerns about the hammer denting the frets ?
  10. Hi shay, thanks for for your comments. Makes me feel good if someone either enjoys or gets something out of my posts ? Motorcycle enthusiast here myself. I think my Fat Boy is partially visible in a couple of the pix. Used to hang on a lot, but the luthier forums are more gratifying. yep, YouTube and forums rock. I literally taught myself everything I know about guitar building from those two sources, and a book or two as well. congrats on your own 10 years. No small feat when one knows what it's like to not be able to go one single day ? AnyWho, thanks for checking in. Probably got a finish on this thing in late March or early April so check back ? Chris
  11. lol. you do indeed have a big one. I feel very inadequate
  12. Yeah. The first one looks like you are using an Evinrude outboard boat engine to carve the wood
  13. and holy cow! I just looked at your 7-string 2013 GOTM/GOTY winner. Thats one absolutely gorgeous guitar
  14. I hear ya. In this case all I need to do to avoid an issue like that is plan ahead The string spacing is predetermined at each end by the locking nut and the Floyd Rose bridge itself since those are not adjustable. As long as my neck template is the right width, (and I dont have some kind of seizure while sanding), its almost impossible to mess it up. Its a bit different when I cut my own nut like with my 22 Specials. With those I have to be a lot more careful
  15. I guess this is pretty much a personal preference thing. This is exactly as I planned it. I allow 1/8" on either side. there are no issues with the string falling off the edge of the fret Bear in mind that a closeup like some of these will cause perspective distortion that will make the strings appear closer to the edge than they really are since the POV is essentially a single eye centered on the body and thus you are looking outward from that point. If I took a photo this close up directly over the bass E it would look just fine while the treble E would appear to be off the edge of the fretboard, and vice versa Heres a different this case the POV is slightly above dead center on the board so it looks like theres room on the bass side, but the treble side appears closer to the edge
  16. Like our respective climates, I seem to be somewhere in between you two regarding my process Since my build are almost always neck-through, I obviously need to work out all the geometry ahead of time before I cut any wood because once the blank is cut theres no changing neck angles. Trying to wing it would likely produce a fair amount of firewood So the core of my builds are all very strictly planned and executed. Everything from that point on is a lot more "from the hip". Final top carves, neck carves, pickup locations, etc
  17. OK, first rate tip here! Sanding a finish is one of the parts of a build that I really look for ways to streamline the process (because I hate it!) I'm gonna give this a shot I really like how this build is turning out. You do as well making it up as you go along as many do with careful pre-planning
  18. Nice job. You eliminated pretty much everything that sucks in a squier and made it into a serious player :-)
  19. Heya "Strats" first off let me just say say that I agree with your name. Strats are my first love. I've built 3 so far and will be building a 4th starting in a couple weeks. Olympic white with maple neck and maple fretboard. Going non-traditional with the pups though. Gonna throw a trio of Seymour Duncan hot rails in there. I've got the vintage Strat tone covered with my last one. I have a build thread for it on my web page... secondly, thanks for the tips. I like your sander a lot. I can think of a hundred ways to use one. I'm going to have to work on getting one :-). It'll never replace the Galahad though. That's one bad-ass tool. I don't really feel any fear of it. Just respect for what it could do if mis-handled. cheers and welcome, chris
  20. Lol. Tough is right. I'm actually bringing it to rehearsal tonite and will play it "in the white" as I've heard some folks call it. the top is dirty anyway from when I was sanding the headstock veneer and the back, and it needs a final sanding all around anyway before it gets lacquer. That said, I don't want to take too many chances, so tonite will be its only jam till it's all done. Main reason is that I REALLY like the bridge pickup and want to demo it for my co-guitar player since he, like so many of us, are always looking for that tone that really blows our dresses up ;-) its a Seymour Duncan TB-16 59/Custom hybrid and damn it sounds good. A lot more mids punch on it. It sounds real beefy and crunchy but cuts great as it's got plenty of highs as well and the harmonics just pour out of it. Its a medium output passive and so it pairs really well with the Pup that'll go in the neck. The pearly gates is a vintage output PAF tone also with more mid punch than the jazz or 59 neck pups ive used on other builds. TheWish I'd found this pup sooner :-) yes, I like seymour Duncan pups a little ;-)
  21. Thanks! after I get a finish on it the strap buttons (Dunlop strap locks) will be replaced with black ones to match the rest of the hardware. The neck pickup will also be swapped, although the replacement will look identical. The one in it now is a SD Jazz, but the final pup will be an SD Pearly Gates i just had those ones on hand
  22. Just a couple more pix of this build, and I made the cavity covers yesterday. I used 3-ply pickguard material even though no plys will show because it was thick enough and rigid enough for what I wanted. the fit is perfect, couldn't be happier i used a random orbital sander and a 500 grit disk to take the gloss off and make it a matte finish because, well, I don't like gloss covers :-)
  23. in all my previous builds I almost always do neck through. I take that farther making my neck blank a 3-piece laminate and add carbon fiber rods. I previosuly always made the width of the neck blank equal to the widest point on the fretboard. The only exception is my most recent build which is detailed in the "in progress" section, called "22 Magnum" where I went considerably wider Both ways will work fine structurally, but the reason I tried going wider this time is because when you go with a fretboard width blank, the posts for the bridge are actually in a separate piece of wood separated from the rest of the neck and the nut by two joints, one on each side, and my picky reasoning was that having the bridge in the same piece of wood that is the neck would be better transmitting vibrations because there are less joints between the bridge and nut. Is that actually true? I dont know. I make good joints so I'd say their impact is minimal, but I figured it couldnt hurt to get rid of them The downside is you'll have a bit more waste making the neck blank wider.
  24. man, I like the color. Its like eggplant. I hate eggplant, but I love the color