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  1. New Builder

    Yeah inlay work looked great, only letters that are made out of abalone look a little busy. There are all kinds of "bell brass" and such, did you just get "brass" for your material ? I have always wondered that why there are no "bomb-proof" guitar parts, with decent material thickness and reinforced threads ? There is the weight side ofcourse, but then there is the durability. Are your single bridgesystems those abm-3801 parts ? I recently have started to like how headless guitars look.
  2. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    I definitely have to try that. Next step in my building project would be neck and fretboard. I think it would be easier to glue neck and fretboard together if those blanks were as big as possible and after gluing cut them in shape. Then I thought that if I trim my necks in final width with a router, how big is the risk to damage fretboards sides ? Are fretboards sides normally prone to chipping easily ? Second mystery to me is that router cuts rounded corners on cavities, then how to match that accurately with that same bit ? I could shape the heel to match routerbits radius with handtools, but was wondering about a router template of some sort. And while writing this I thought of an idea to screw a ballbearing into a plywood or plywood sandwich and then rout it to match that radius. I would like to build all kind of templates out of mdf because it´s fast and easy, but there is not a single store selling that stuff in my city, can you imagine ?
  3. New Builder

    Awesome video, always nice to hear self made instruments in action and not just looking at slideshows. Glad you changed your logo from abalone to decals, those abalone letters looked a little too busy in my eyes. And self made brass headpiece for that headless guitar was great.
  4. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    Ok thanks, maybe I´ll try spool clamps on horns and squeeze the rest of body with some kind of clamping cauls. I remember that those pieces really came super slippery when there was glue between them. Some kind of indexing pin system would be great also. We´ll see what happens. I´m using my "shop time" now mainly on other building projects, such as a desktop for myself and other furniture. My favorite wood by far is birch and that my table is going to be made out of. Not the easiest to work with, but it´s so good looking in my eyes and pretty cheap in here too. I bought few pieces and few were own woods and best looking pieces I just had to reserve for other use (guitars). Cutting it in two was a really exciting incident. It started to cup and squeeze table saw´s blade and wanted to jump off the table, That wood in my hands and saw blade inside it raised my heartbeat a little. But as a reward there was really nice tiger effect on those pieces.
  5. Solly’s Guitar build diary

    Yeah there can be flames in ash or oak or what not, I think it looks great. I have few flamed ash veneers on my thread that might be going on top of my guitars. I have done my roundings with 3mm radius bit (roughly 1/8th), It feels great in my hands and looks nice also. But there is that one ancient Ibanez drawing from the stone age lingering around web and it says that those edges are rounded with 2,5mm radius ( 1/10th). Houli bools I can´t remember if "it" is with a capital letter or not.
  6. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    So, I was thinking again. Just thinking and not doing anything. About spool clamps that is. I messed up one top with a bad glueline with too few clamps. There simply was not even enough pressure from clamps. Maybe It could have been easier to glue top and body together when they were still whole blanks ?! Then again rough shaping bodylines is easier with thinner pieces. How have you guys solved this simple task ? I was thinking that spool clamps could give me more even pressure, and with my routing template on top It could be even better. But then again if there is thick plywood piece on top of guitar body, those screws in clamps would have to be super long. Are spool clamps strong enough to glue bodies evenly without any template bumpers ?
  7. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    I bought this long piece of ash over two years ago, and back then I had no idea what to do with it other than guitars. I noticed from far away that in that ash-pile there is a blank big enough to make one piece bodies, so that I had to have (they sold only whole blanks). That blank was 2,5 meters long so it was cut in 5 pieces. I have two bodies with pretty straight grainlines, so to me those two doesn´t look that exciting. There was this idea floating that maybe I could put a flame veneer on top of these plain bodies (two pairs of veneers), but now I´m not so sure. Gluing those would be a pain, but i could always use routing templates as a clamping surface. Maybe glue one half at a time ? Then there are these other two with nicer grainlines and very clean edges from routing (made improvements in my routing technique). These won´t be having any veneering done but I have black grainfiller so maybe I´ll try that on one of these. Fifth body was split up and made in to a top and a bottom. By the way have you ever had to explain your compulsive behavior to yourself ? Like; I had to make these because they were looking at me.
  8. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    I was planning my guitar projects, and while looking through my old photos there were few from my building process. Usually I just focus on the task at hand and not taking photos, but this time there were few somewhat successful ones. My routerplaner setup mostly aluminium, sledge would be great to build from aluminium too, but would need some kind of slippery plastic bottom. 3-piece neck blanks, somewhat curly maple and wallnut middle. Headstocks will be needing "earpieces" .
  9. Solly’s Guitar build diary

    Great looking RG body, nice piece of ash. I did also my first two bodyshapes with drill, jigsaw and router, that was a tough job.
  10. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    Yeah I bet it is, I got a taste of that while making templates out of thick plywood. And I have already sanded off routing marks from few bodies. It´s hard to tell what is sufficient enough, and if they are going to show in a certain angle only. There were also a few dents on my template which left few really shallow waves on the bottom part of bodies. Picture would tell more than words ofcourse but I think those kind of imperfections can be hidden with surface finish.
  11. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    Little hard to see, but those scratches are mainly on inside curves of both horns. The hardest part to sand ofcourse. I didn´t secure my routing template with enough doublesided tape when routing this body. It was first of few bodies I made. It came out smaller than my template on the hornside but bottom is what it was meant to be. This body can´t be 7-stringer what I have been talking about because of smaller body but it´s going to be a guitar anyway. There are some dents and holes from too eager routing but I´ll leave them as is, too hard to fill and can´t sand shape any smaller.
  12. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    Neven you seem to have worked a lot with ash, I have few ash bodies also. I´m not totally sure what kind of scratches will show in finished guitar body, because I haven´t finished that kind of wood yet. It seems that specially endgrain parts are showing those scratches pretty easily. Finish is going to be some kind of clearcoat, I have a bottle of truoil so maybe start with that. Ofcourse advice from anyone willing to share is taken with gratitude. I have sanded and then scraped to see what it looks like and then sanded again and so on... Is this method going to take me anywhere ? Can I finish on scraped surface or does it have to be a little coarse from sanding ?
  13. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    I had two screws on the side of my scarf joint, apparently it wasn´t enough. To me it seems that absolutely hardest thing in any woodworking is making good glue joints, it needs a lot of planning and drytesting and quick hands. I was planning to use in next gluejoint some kind of bolts that go through the whole thing and then just lift them out after clamping. About fretboard gluing, I haven´t done that yet at all. I was thinking about it ofcourse and planned to pin fretboard from locking nut screwholes and from body end, there is extra wood that I can cut off. Can´t wait to take some photos and showing off my mistakes
  14. Ibanez headstock shape ?

    Thanks Neven for a great point, I was a little afraid of proceeding because of fear of ruining my headstock. When rotating tunerline do you redraw the whole headstock ? I think I can now draw my own plan with your example. When I was glueing scarf joints on my necks everything went well but at some point those headstocks shifted a little and had to be separated. I was affraid of reglueing those necks and sure did learn a lot about glueing wood. I was also a little too eager to jump on to next stage and shaped those headstocks already in rough shape. Then I decided I wasn´t satisfied with my work and cut those headstocks out of necks. Soooo that means that I just now have to make my plans using those preshaped headstocks.