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Robert Irizarry

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About Robert Irizarry

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  • Birthday 03/19/1967

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    Saugerties, NY
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    Guitar music particularly Blues, rock and recently gypsy jazz. Science and technology particular computers, aerospace and vehicle design. Learning the guitar and exploring the idea of building one.
  1. Here's a list of guitar making resources I used for my first guitar. It includes books, forums, tutorials and some key vendors. Regards, Robert
  2. Very cool! Thanks for sharing that! Regards, Rob
  3. + whatever number we're up to. Definitely a good way to go - not ideal but a good alternative. Regards, Rob
  4. Alright, you got me, psw. After several months of being on PG, I've posted to your monster topic. I thought you might find this interesting - I came across a site by Benjamin Vigoda, an MIT dude, who built a "plastic feedback sustain guitar with a digital signal processor for feedback control" - otherwise known as a sustainer. The site is Oh Yeah Baby Guitar. He even has a little Quicktime movie on his page. And yes, I've been thinking about a sustainer in a guitar of my own making as well - just let me get through the first attempt at one. Then I'll be able to spend a few months digging through this behemoth topic.
  5. They all look great but I have to go with Cerb's bass. I love the shape and the woods. On top of that Cerb states that this is his first build and his first woodworking effort. I could only hope for such results. I'm just hoping not to end up with a pile of firewood with my first build.
  6. You can purchase a copy at Buildyourguitar.com. This link will take you directly to it.
  7. Just wanted to thank everyone for the great information! As a newbie to this whole business of building guitars (and woodworking for that matter), this has been fascinating.
  8. That is quite sad but as was mentioned in the 6000 member topic, there aren't a whole lot of active members in the scheme of things. The ones that are active are great - I learn a great deal. Its a shame we don't have more regular contributors though. Oh and Wezv's guitar rocks - love the shape, color and finish!
  9. I hope you didn't misunderstand. It wasn't a criticism - only a suggestion. Project Guitar also has threads on the matter as well so I would search here too. You should turn up some stuff searching for ACAD.
  10. Hi Miu: Have you browsed through the forums? This is a pretty common question/request that has been addressed before. Also, try a search for ACAD in the forums. That should turn up some stuff as well. Aside from that, google "CAD guitar" and that will turn up additional resources. Hope this helps.
  11. Rob - I'm new at this too and had a heck of a time coming up with information on how to start. There are a number of approaches to getting your design onto the template material for example. One person recommended taking the full size drawing, rubbing some kind of ink or pencil on the back, laying the drawing face up on the template material and then tracing over it so that the ink/pencil on the back transfered onto the template material. This, btw, didn't work for me. It also introduced the vagaries of tracing. My approach was much simpler. I took my full size drawing, rough trimmed out the body and used spray adhesive to stick the drawing right on the template material. I used 1/4" MDF. You can get this stuff from an office supply place or a crafts place. I recommend applying the adhesive to the template and NOT the drawing. I suspect the drawing will wave and curl since the adhesive is wet. I applied a good coating of it, gave it a few seconds to start setting up and gently smoothed the drawing onto the MDF. Don't just plop it on there. Begin from one end and smooth down a bit at a time. If you have some small bubbles, you can probably work these out with your fingers or a rolling pin but the key is to take your time laying it down to avoid this. I let this dry for several hours (actually days in my case - I didn't have time to take on the next step right away). Done correctly, the paper will survive quite nicely through the next set of events. This might also be important - I had the plan on a single sheet of paper. Some print out sections at a time and then put them together. I'm not sure that this would work so well. I'd be concerned about all the spots where sheets came together. I don't know where you are but I was able to have Staples (office supply store) make me full size prints from my original for only a couple of dollars each. Next up was the jigsaw. For this step, I turned off the orbital function and used a fine tooth blade to ensure a smooth cut. Make sure to clamp down your work! Don't try to do this freehand. Also, don't leave too much of the work sticking out because it will bend under the weight of the jigsaw and you want to make sure to keep the jigsaw as flat to the surface as possible. Again, go slow and stay just outside of the lines - 1/8" should do fine. More is ok. Don't get hung up on this. Just keep in mind that you don't want to mess up the lines by taking out a chunk and you don't want to leave so much material that you are rasping and sanding for days. Keep rotating your work exposing only a portion at a time to work with. Keep in mind that the jigsaw will not take on sharp turns. Depending on your design, you'll need to make some relief cuts so that you can get close enough to the line without taking a sharp turn. Also keep in mind that the jigsaw blade will bend if you force it. Next is the sanding. I used a combination of a four in 1 rasp and a sanding block to do this. GO SLOW and clamp your work as before. While sanding, keep in mind that you want the edge to stay perpendicular to the top surface. The last thing you want to do is tear into a line and leave a gouge. I had a couple of small nicks but they were inconsequential - I was able to work them out without visibly compromising the design. Start with the rasp's rougher surface and switch to the finer surface as you get closer to the line. Sand smooth when you are practically there. Typically, I've heard to sand the line off so that's what I did. I had NO experience doing this and despite this I got very good results. It will take time. Make sure you have it and make sure you have no distractions. It will make this go easier. As I mentioned, I used MDF which I liked very much. It works easily (be careful not to take off too much) and smooths nicely. However, keep in mind that it doesn't like to get wet although normal air borne moisture is fine. Mattia had a good idea in taking this template and making a sturdier one out of plywood with a pattern bit and router. I'm not at that point though. From one newbie to another, I hope this helps. BTW - Here is my template ready to go (please ignore the bit of schmutz):
  12. Hi Laban: Did you do a search using the forum's search feature? Doing so with ACAD as the search term results 3 pages worth of topics that reference ACAD drawings. Among these are references to sites where you can download. I point this out to help not to chastise. I'm a newbie myself but I've already come to realize that one of the big complaints from the old timers is that newbies ask their questions without looking first. Its a valid issue. I've seen examples of this in just the last couple of weeks. I'm not suggesting this is you. I would rather assume that you were not aware of the search feature and point it out. All that said, you can find lots of "ACAD" drawings (aka .dwg or .dxf files) at http://www.guitarbuild.com/modules/mydownloads/. Dig around. There's a good amount of stuff. BTW - These are more commonly known as just CAD drawings. Good luck on the forum. Its a good place with good people.
  13. Recently discovered - like in the last couple of hours. When you are looking to build a particular design make sure that you account for the number of frets on the neck and how that affects the mounting relative to the guitar body. I've been looking at a design where the design meets the body at the 19th fret. The neck on the original design is 24 frets. I, however, picked up a 21 fret neck for a song. The problem is that there is very little area to actually mount the neck since there's so much less material to work with. I'll figure something out but man... Deep breath...
  14. The Surfcaster is where its at! What a nice job and I love how all the elements come together in a subtle way. I'm also a bit tired of all the maple tops - they're nice but it seems they're everywhere. You've got my vote!
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