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  1. Kemp Guitars UK Build Thread #2

    Wow, I love that neck! And the gold hardware is really nice too. Usually I'm not a big fan but it looks great with that ziricote. Out of personal interest, would you like to explain me how you get a finish like this with tru-oil? I've tried it on my first guitar and I couldn't get results anywhere close to yours. I'm pretty sure my application technique is the main culprit, but I had a hard time trying to get a gloss finish. Can it be buffed the same as a lacquer finish? Also I used polymerized tru-oil if it makes a difference. Thanks
  2. JWT Guitars WIP

    Wow thank you. I'm very humble by nature and I'm not the kind to brag, but I've got to admit that I'm very proud of that bass I have to say that they all have some small defects that don't really show on camera but I'm working really hard to recover from them Also if you have a keen eye you may guess that the design was very inspired by the Ibanez BTB For anyone wondering how bad the headless is, here's a picture: The truss rod is still stuck and while trying to pry-it out the neck started de-laminating. I might try to salvage the body but I'm going to start it over. On the bright side there are some advantages. First, I had some time to play with it acoustically and the fan was a little too much for me. I'm keeping the multi-scale but it will be 25.5" to 26.5" instead of 27". That scale also seems to match the angle of the slanted Seymour Duncan pickups I purchased. Also since it was my first neck carve it ended way too much thin. While at it I decided to upgrade the fretboard to bird's eye maple. Also I encountered the issue that the T4M nut's screws blocks the truss rod access so on the next one the access will be at the other end of the neck,
  3. JWT Guitars WIP

    I've said I had a bunch of good news but my last post was getting crowded so I split it. First, I've started and well advanced a 6 strings fretless bass. The neck is bubinga/maple/wenge/maple/wenge/maple/bubinga The body wings are ash Over the ash is a walnut veneer, a maple cap and a black walnut top The inlays are made with epoxy mixed with phosphorescent powder (some lines need to be redone) I also started another build, an 8 string guitar! I've only started the body and it will look like this: I've also started another electric ukulele that has an awesome neck:
  4. JWT Guitars WIP

    Hi everyone one! I'm not dead A lot has been going on recently. And I have a bunch of good news and a sad one. First of, I've finished my single cut , around the end of October... Now as to why I haven't posted yet is because I kinda finished it in a rush because I was eager to finally finish a guitar. This resulted in a nasty uneven finish, and because I didn't want to waste a fresh set of strings I waited until last week to dismantle the guitar and redo the finish. Here is the result: Now the sad news... I have broken my headless in the final steps. It was in part due because of me rushing thins a little but mainly because of one error I made in the beginning. The headless was the first I started and the truss rod channel was too wide and I forgot (due to eagerness to carve the neck) to add some tape in the channel (to secure-it) before gluing the fretboard. This obviously led to a nasty rattle. I fixed it by pouring some wood glue thinned with water in the channel, which fixed the problem in a way, but this made the truss rod hard to adjust, and the adjusting nut broke... Also just before that incident I had a little issue with sanding through the finish while buffing and had to re-apply stain a little Here a picture of the guitar before it all went south:
  5. Making an 8 string guitar

    Hi Josh, welcome to the forum! Even though beginning with a 8 strings guitar may seem like a daunting endeavor, I'm fairly sure you can manage to do it. I say that because I myself started with a 7 strings guitar (technically a 6 strings also because I started them at same time), having almost no woodworking experience at all, and now I'm in the final steps. I even threw in things like through-neck, multi-scale and headless and I managed to do it. So given the fact that you have woodworking experience and access to all the necessary tools, I'm confident you can do it Budget wise on the other hand, is where an 8 strings can be "daunting". It is no secret that an 8 strings will cost you more. To name a few, things like two more tuners, limited pickups selections (the majority of extended range pickups are made by premium brands) and other hardware can rise the cost drastically and can make you seriously reconsider making an extended range guitar as a first build. In my case, the materials for building the 7 strings guitar was well in my budget, but I had to pause the project to save for purchasing the headless hardware that is available from very few place at an high price. And now I'm lacquering the guitar but I'm still waiting & saving to purchase the pickups. I don't mean to discourage you but my point (advice) is that if you really want to build an 8 strings as your first project and also on a budget, you need to take the time to shop and plan before starting. Of course, if you don't throw-in things like multi-scale and headless like I did, you'll be able the keep the build to a reasonable cost. For the pickups, the wiring is roughly the same with any guitar, it depends on the number of pickups and volume/tone of course. One thing to note, if you don't already know, is active vs passive pickups. Active pickups need extra wiring to include a battery, For the bridge and other hardware, you can check on aliexpress. You need to shop a little because the majority of products are very cheap but you can find relatively good hardware that will do the job for a cheap price if you don't mind making some compromises. Good luck on your project
  6. General info about basses

    Thank you Andy for the information. I'll check those parts. I also had another question that I forgot to ask and is more related to the design: What's the deal with pickups placement on basses? For most guitars you have one near the neck and the other close to the bridge. On basses I've seen them all over the place , but from what I get they are generally aligned more in the center. Could somebody enlighten me on this?
  7. Hi everyone, I have some question regarding basses in general and I was wondering if some of you could help me out. For starters, I'm not a bass player and so far I've only "played" about 15 minutes top with a bass I borrowed from a friend. A funny anecdote is that I was going to purchase an Ibanez (GIO) 5-strings bass just before I took my decision to start building instruments, so my budget went in tooling and material instead. And I told myself that I'd make one myself at some point. Fast-forward a year later, and I still don't have a bass and my desire to learn to play bass is starting to bug me a lot ! So the last month I've been working on my bass design and I'm closing-in on the final version. Now I'm starting to look for the hardware and electronics and I've realized that I'm really out of my element. I have almost no knowledge of brands for bass component (mainly electronics) and how they compare. After some research now I know about some big brands like Bartolini and Aguilar, but they look to me like big/premium brands and I would like to know about more budget friendly brands (aka bang for your bucks). So I would like to know more about what are the different brands of bass pickup makers and what is your experience with them. I would also like to know more about pre-amps in general, but also what are the brands and how they affect/relate to the pickups (e.g. cheap pre-amps \w expensive pickups, or vice-versa) Thank you in advance, any info is really appreciated. And by the way it may help to clarify that I'm planning on making a 6-string fretless bass .
  8. JWT Guitars WIP

    Hi everyone, it has been a long time since I last updated my progress. Both build are nearing completion. I need to finish fretting the single cut (I'm currently waiting on some dremel polishing wheels because I round the fret ends on this one) and I have received the parts for the headless guitar and test fitted them. Before showing you the pictures I have two questions. First, the unfinished maple fretboard on the headless got dirty along the way (you may able to see it on the pictures), so I was wondering what is the best way to clean this up? Sanding between the frets could work but I don't want to end with a scalloped fretboard Second, I tested finishing a wengé off-cut with tung-oil and the figuring in the wood darkens a lot and I fear I'll lose the beautiful figuring on the top of my single cut. I've heard of wood bleach. Do you think it is something worth to try?
  9. I feel you and I think I would do the same in this situation, but at the same time there is some parts of me that wants to finish it. What about building the same bass with the same materials (maple & pine) but with current tools and experience? That way you still have the old one as a memento but you also have the satisfaction of a 'completed' build after all those years. Then you could display them side by side . Anyway, I must say this is a very impressive build for your age and tools you had.
  10. Exotic woods guitar, Advise and Tips Needed

    @Mike.Mara & @Prostheta Thank you for your explanations. Now I feel a little ashamed to have made some worry, I did over dramatize a little in my post. I also feel like I've hijacked the thread So to get back on topic here is a little advice for your build: go lightly on the wenge. That thing weight a lot and it is very dense. Also let me know if you find a place that sells slanted pickups that do not cost an arm and a leg Good thing I bought a secondhand dust extractor last week
  11. From your proposed order, I suggest doing #2 before #1 and #6 before #4/5 for one main reason: having a true/straight edge. From my point of view It should be best to cut the fret slots before shaping because you can use a square to guide your cuts. Also for the truss rod I find it easier to use a guide along with my router and having it rest on the straight edge of the neck blank. Just my two cents. EDIT: forget about the fretboard, I've re-read and you shape the fretboard after it is installed on the neck. I assumed the contrary because on my three builds to date I shaped the fretboard before gluing it and used the fretboard as a template to route the neck. EDIT v2 : I've re-read again and I'm more confused than anything, I think I was right at first so you can forget my previous edit
  12. Exotic woods guitar, Advise and Tips Needed

    Oh God... I'm freaking out right now... I did all the wenge carving on my single cut with no mask!! And on top of that with all the dust there was when I planned some boards and cut strips on the bench saw, I actually had lump of dust on the back of my throat that I only noticed a while after!! And the splinters.... I can't count how many splinter I got from wenge... What is reassuring in a way is that I haven't noticed any symptom up to now that I can attribute to wenge and my splinters never got infected. What kind of nervous system effect can it cause? I had coughing that lasted a week or so with no other symptoms that I had a clue it had to do with wood dust and dust in general (with the moving, you uncover some old stuff...) I feel like I've shortened my lifespan a little
  13. JWT Guitars WIP

    Just a quick update on the single cut design. I've glued the fretboard tuesday and I routed the neck to shape. I've also roughed the headstock shape, but I left a lot of room because I haven't yet decided on the shape. I also came up with a name for it: Scorpio. The reason behind this is because to me the upper part of the body look like the dart of a scorpion. So with that name I also changed my plan a little, I originally planned to use steel tubing for the fret markers (like Pariahrob did on his build on the 12th fret), but I now have the idea to inlay a scorpion at the twelfth fret. I'm still not sure on what material to use, because I want to stay on the chrome theme (the side dots will be made with stainless steel tubing). I'm thinking of having a aluminum plate milled by the guy who did my mdf templates but I have the idea it will cost me a small fortune . Also for the headstock I think I'll put a small layer of wenge on top and make a bevel like the body,
  14. Wood Storage

    I'm pretty sure the building is insulated in some form. It used to have a fireplace and still has the chimney but is currently sealed-off in the wall (approximately around where the cardboard box is on the picture). I think I might grab a small gas fireplace at some point, but for now I will use a small electric heater. I planned to use it (during the winter) only when I was going to be working in the workshop, but from what you said should I run it periodically? I don't want to keep it running days and nights either for obvious reasons, but I think I could improvise a small device that could run it periodically like a controller for a swimming pool filter. Also what is commonly used to seal wood board ends? Is it a wax of some kind?
  15. Wood Storage

    Well now it is crowded with boxes and unsorted stuff until I get the time (and resolve) to put some shelves... Would you have the kindness to enlighten me on what are some "normal anti-bug measures"? I'm sure there is some obvious things but the only thing that comes to my mind is moth balls (I hope this is not only a french thing) and I think that it will not help at all with other bugs...