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Entry for August 2019's Guitar Of The Month is now open!

Lex Luthier

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About Lex Luthier

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    The Evil Luthier
  • Birthday 01/18/1984

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    British Columbia
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    Working on, making, collecting musical instruments.

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  1. First to vote!!!!!! Looks like a good month, good luck and great instruments everybody.
  2. I think we did something like that, but it was too hard to classify someone, so it changed to scratch built & parts built/modded.
  3. Entering my from scratch bass again. Click the headstock for more pics See this instrument being built Specs Two piece Walnut body Black Mahogany dye stain with 25% sheen lacquer on body Five piece Maple/Merbau/Maple/Merbau/Maple neck Hot Rod truss rod Ebony fingerboard Brass side dots to match gold hardware Polimerized tung oil on neck Bolt-on neck w\ ferrules Bridge from Custom Shop Parts All other hardware from Allparts Allparts humbucker pickup Volume/treble boost push/pull, tone, series/split/parallel mini switch Tusq nut
  4. Take light passes, and don't go too slow, like PerryL suggests.
  5. Here are some process photos from Northwood Guitars. HTML site version FLASH site version(click the A string tuning key for it)
  6. There is two pages on it in that book, I just read it. The neck jig really seems like more of a repair tool to me, though, and I'm not sure if that's something I will ever get into.
  7. Maybe, but not the only one who's interested. You guys would probably be the foremost in explaining exactly how the neck jig works, what everything on it does, and the benefits of using one, so could you please? I am interested, I'm currently waiting for a thickness sander to go on sale, so I'm not building anymore instruments right now, and now would be a good time to make a neck jig, if it should prove that usefull. BTW, do you know if it's helpful with fretless instruments at all? Thanks EDIT: I found some explaination of setting it up here.
  8. To combat the "What tools do I need to build a guitar?" threads, I have started a list with descriptions of what I feel are the tools you need to contruct a guitar. It's still under construction, and I think input from other experienced members would be useful, as my way isn't THE way. Also, maybe listing websites of manufactures and stores where these tools are sold would be useful. What tools do I need to build a guitar?
  9. Hi, my name is Matt and I'm 20yrs. I started building guitars about 7 1/2 years ago, back in elementary school. My very first was an acoustic, but my main focus has been solid body electric guitars/basses, but I built other acoustic instruments as well. Here are examples of my work: Some of my instruments While still in highschool I got a part-time job at Northwood Guitars,which lead to 5 months of full time employment as soon as I graduated, mainly bracing the soundbaords and backs, and gluing the backs and soundboards to the side assemblies. I consider myself a hobby builder, but a more serious hobby builder, who would like break into it as a full time career...eventually. I have never done repairs, and don't really care to do that, I also don't really like doing custom order instruments, though I've done two. I've been playing for a bit longer than building, but spent more time building once I got into that. I took violin lessons three years ago, played the alto and barry sax in elementary school, and have just begun teaching myself the cello. Matt
  10. They would just happen...if that makes any sence. Say, for example, I make a bass with the bass side fanned to 35", and the treble side is 34", if it's a five string the middle string would automatically be 34.5". Not sure if I'll do this, as I really don't wanna cut fret slots anymore, 'cause LMI can slot then for you, just not fanned...I'd do it on a fretless though, but that may make it really weird to play... Visit My Website
  11. That's because you should put a slight inside curve on your fingerboard. You can do this by utilizing the truss rod, adjust it so the neck is slightly back bowed, then level and radius the fingerboard, then release the truss rod andyou'll have a slight inside bow to the fingerboard. When you fret, the frets will push out the slots and back bow the neck making the fingerboard level. It takes practice to know how much to back bow the neck before leveling the fingerboard though.
  12. Kurt76, I applied the lacquer with a spray gun. I only applied it to the body, I put an oil finish on the neck. To care for the finish you should probably wipe it down to keep it clean. The neck should probably be oiled once in a while I guess. It's sounds quite nice. It "growls" very nicely I was told.
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