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  1. well... I HOPE I've covered the "what does it do" in my demo... but def some stuff to dig into there. I'll have to think on that some more... it would be pretty cool to see a time lapse of wiring start to finish. I guess the problem for me is my incredibly short attention span! I bore the hell out of me! sorry for the derail AD. Back to your awesomeness.
  2. honestly... the dog would make a great intro for a series. afa quality -well yer doin' something right! I hear ya on the wife... mine doesn't have much of an appreciate for that either! will have to do up a video when it gets cooler... right now it's reg 120degrees in my garage and I need to get in/out as fast as possible! afa wiring... what would you want to see if I did that? I dunno, I guess from my perspective everything is there in the wiring diagram. after that it's just "paint by numbers". I'd love to show some of that but just am not sure what would be of interest to others. anywho, this is about you not me. nice work on the video... you are def getting better at it - cudos.
  3. that clip of the dog at the front is a really nice touch. are you doing that on every video? not sure if I missed it but def noticed it this time. it's fun to see how differently we all approach things. one the ONE angled headstock I've done... I opted to make the overlay but into the nut so that it would hold it in tight. I hate how gibson nuts are only held on one side. that said... doing it that way had it's own list of challenges. Think I'm seeing an overall improvement in video quality, did you do something there? Think I might try to do a couple videos on my next build (you're inspirational) mostly because I think it would be interesting to ask folks to point out things I do that might be dangerous! Might learn something watching myself. anywho, nice work.
  4. I agree that that is an awesome design. I love it. all the benefits of a neck thru with a nice twist in that it doesn't show a laminated surface. Storing that away under 'great ideas'. I like your voodoo. for the sake of argument... if it goes 2.9999999 inches past where yours stops... still a set neck? hehe. I think it might be a "set neck thru". breaking down barriers with your wood work... cudos.
  5. looking awesome. I'm left wondering... at what point does a neck stop being a set neck and start being a neck thru?
  6. thank you sir. means the world to me. also, couldn't agree more about the pictures... it seems each guitar finish I encounter has a new list of challenges afa taking pictures. some look better w flash, some without, some look better washed out, some look better dark... I need a live in pro photographer!
  7. just my humble observation... not neg in any way... please take in the spirit of friendly observation: I can't help but wish the back was the front! Such a beautiful back it's a shame to not have it up front on display. Really love it. The guitar is beautiful no doubt, and the front color choice is very nice... but a matching front would have really pushed this to another level for me. Just my humble and unfettered opinion.
  8. sure did ron, and thank you for asking. I ended up just drilling little holes right next to the two, and once I could see the screw used a needle nose to work it back and forth and then pull them both out. then did a 3/8" hole w a forstner, then plugged it with dowel. Painted over with conductive and it disappeared.
  9. NAME: SWEET SPOT BLONDE a.k.a. "Texas Sweetspot" - scratch build #4 for me! SPECS: overall weight: 6lbs 8oz - hair lighter than the blue and 'feels' very light NECK: nut: Graph Tech nu bone string trees: Graph Tech scale length: 25.5" fretboard radius: 12" frets: 22 med jumbo Jescar fret markers: ceramic cream .25" dots neck profile: vintage 'C' profile - classic strat feel neck format: 2 piece, heal adjust via fretboard, 6 inline reverse headstock CBS style, no headstock angle neck joint: sculpted access bolt-on via steel ferrules truss rod: Allied Lutherie flex strong - access via 19th fret spoke wheel neck wood: birdseye maple, rosewood fretboard, rosewood headstock veneer neck finish: tru oil flat w nitro clear on headstock HARDWARE: Tuners: Kluson Tone Pros vintage style reverse Tremolo: Gotoh 510T FE1 pickup format: 4 single coils - body mounted Pickups: Bootstrap custom set - oatmeal stout (8.6k A5 43AWG), golden ale (7.4k A5 42AWG), golden ale(5.6k A2 42AWG), 54 Vintage Pro (5.6k A5 42AWG) pickup covers: black w rosewood veneer Controls: master volume, 6-way 'mode' rotary, 3-way lever, push-pull (true bypass) active mid booster w volume/boost control modes: 1) outside singles (tele), 2) inside singles (strat), 3) outside vs inside parallel (prs), 4) 2xbridge vs 2xneck parallel, 5) outside vs inside series 6) 2xbridge vs 2xneck series(Les Paul) pots: bournes lever switch: CRL knobs: rosewood BODY: body design: based on a 62 strat template available online... but then reduced by 5% for approx 1/2" less length/width in dimensions body top radius: 30" body edge: 1/2" roundover with inset rosewood binding body format: solid tremolo block encoumpases two bridge pickups, birdseye neck pickup block - neck pickups sit in semi-hollow chamber, deep sculpted belly cut body thickness: 2.125" at center body wood: 1pc african mahogany w bookmatched 4A flamed maple top, rosewood binding body finish: champagne frost (mohawk) nitro with watco nitro clear, back is finished in tru oil flat "A bit of information on your own background as a builder helps give context to your build." have some woodworking and solid surface fabrication in my background. Have assembled many partscasters. "Was it built in the garage, at school, work or in your own shop?" built in my humble garage (thanks to my wife Lori for allowing me to take it over!) "A summary of the build's history. Was it built for yourself, friend/family or a client? Did you design the instrument and its specifications or was it built to spec?" it all started when I was going to build a strat. I got some design feedback from a few guitar forums and it was pretty brutal. Most of the comments centered around the idea that my 'blue' design was quite a departure from the std strat style. With that in mind I did a second design of something I thought would have more of a 'traditional' feel... but I couldn't see scrapping the blue so I decided to do both. "What were the inspirations behind the instrument and why were various build aspects chosen?" I have been dreaming about a 4 pickup strat for a long time... my goal was to make something that wouldn't compromise the 'stratty' sound, but would have more hum canceling options, tele options (bridge + neck), and would do series humbucker (ie les paul) sounds fairly well. "Any background on what makes it special?" this is my strat. there are many like it but this one is mine. without me my strat is worthless... without my strat I am worthless! Lot of lessons learned, lots of hair pulled out, lots of hours of doubt... it's the struggles and overcoming them that seem the most special to me. As always: couldn't have done it without the advice/input/shoulders of many here who are quick with advice and help. "Posting a link to your guitar-building website, Photobucket, Facebook, etc. is fine, even if it is your business. In the spirit of fairness towards less experienced builders, we encourage professional builders to consider whether their entries constitute being "fair". I have a facebook 'business' page... but only because I just wanted a page where I could build a shrine to my scratch builds. www.facebook.com/mvmeguitars build thread here (note first post has all build updates uninterrupted): and below is my humble video demo from youtube:
  10. btw... by lam... I meant like kitchen counter top lam. you can buy strips they use for the edges of countertops at home depot or other hardware stores. usually have heat activated glue. if you apply this to the edge of your template... it not only makes it water tight and protects the edge... but it is a great surface for the router bearing. On a tight curve tho... you'd have to heat it to apply. I did some laminate cabinetry back in the day and this is what we did to all our templates. Haven't done it to mine yet because I don't plan on much re-use, but it works very well. Just thought I'd mention.
  11. i hope you mean 10"!! on one of the build sites... I saw a pretty interesting take on how to build one. guy took aluminum sheet and bent it into the desired circle. then put wax paper on top, then made a cardboard box to sit on tthat... filled with epoxy. the trouble w that is... pretty sure aluminum sheet costs a lot! anywho... also have seen them built using a bandsaw. using a radius arm to cut blocks with the radius in them... then glue all the blocks together. just thought you might like some other ideas.
  12. lots of jigs you could build to guarantee a consistent fretboard radius. Another idea... I believe you can get sections of pvc pipe in 10" and 12" - assuming that would be the radius you want... could just cut a piece and glue it to a handle. then again... you can get decent quality wood radius blocks for less than $20.
  13. lot of interesting details there... looking fwd to seeing this come to life.
  14. you taught me something... a new word... muck? love it! like the idea of watered glue on the edges. ideally... I'd have some laminate strips and lam glue... once you've got lam on the edges and put some mink oil on it... makes for a very nice template... but lacking that... wood glue is a great idea. observations: 1) you should ad an intro theme song. 2) might have to try that bit... you should get linked up w amazon so you can get a comish if folks buy an item you advert 3) nice details on the end grain directions... I think it's simpler if you just think of it as going opposite directions from the apex of any curve... but your explanation is nice and concise. 4) so this is your music? that singing is really very good - I'm not a fan of screaming metal... but the clean parts are outstanding. well mixed, good themes. rhythm guitar is a good tone (what are we using there assuming this is yours?) ah 30 men on a dead mens on a dead mans chest... love it. this video is a big improvement over the prev imo. kept my interest pretty good. good job.
  15. it's called channel bound. fender does it. pretty beautiful IMO. I think you could achieve 99.9% of the effect with 30% less effort via a method like AD pointed out. That said... much respect for those who dare. afa 1 piece... there is a guy on a few of the luthier forums on facebook that builds 1 piece guitars out of really exotic woods like quilt maple and such. Beautiful stuff and requires a whole dif skill set. There is a lot of talk about how it's superior afa 'no glue' and I don't personally subscribe to that... esp when you consider how many glue joints there are on the typical acoustic or hollow body guitar. Seems to sound good there! That said... I think it is def something that sets this particular builder apart and can't help but feel a 1 piece should be somewhere on my build bucket list.
  16. that is so beauty... I feel like I should congratulate you.
  17. Thank you Mr Natural! I appreciate all the support here. I'm going to try to do a video this week as my gear is going to be going through some changes soon... so I hope you'll all give me a listen and some feedback. cheers
  18. I think he was saying he's going to file slots in this like they do on a few fender models. i dunno, I have an es295 (just an epi) and with the stock TOM bridge it def wasn't great. W a roller bridge it was pretty decent.
  19. I've never considered solid state amps to be good for fender amps hehe. GO TUBE. love me some tube! that said... honestly I think a practice amp is really only good for practice. You will quickly outgrow it so I'd follow the good advice above: either snag some sort of pod/digitech/boss multi pedal and go straight to pa, or perhaps consider a small tube amp... because both of those devices will be small and will serve you for lots of differing needs. IMO - tube amps - no matter the size: never get outgrown.
  20. tis a nice bridge. I like a lot of the wilkinson stuff. very underrated. I've got this sm bridge in chrome that I was thinking of using on upcoming tele. That said... not entirely sure how it would work with a bigsby... they are not great at staying in tune even with a roller bridge, but then fender used to put them on teles with barrel knobs so... might not be a problem at all.
  21. thank you sir... I'm workin' on it... need to clean up my office! currently "not suitable for film" hehe. probably next weekend I should get a moment to shoot some vid. thanks for the interest and replies!
  22. thank you ad. yes, this one is the same wiring as the blue but the pickups are a bit less output - 7k to 5.6k instead of 9k - 5.6k. has a dif (more subtle) booster too. Very much has an SRV thing going. I was talking to some guy who works for moonstone guitars and he said they have an upcharge of $300 for body binding... now I know why! was quite the learning experience.
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