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  1. Wow! Nice build Brian. We've got some hive-mind action going on here...i made some sketches a few months back of a new body design based on paisley patterns that is nearly IDENTICAL to that gorgeous guit! I know you came up with the design years ago, but perhaps your bringing it into the material world sent java vibes across the ocean and into my dreaming mind. Really digging the bigsby, not least because it was perhaps the only option i didn't even bother considering (for fear of it not working with the overall visual motif). I'm pleased to learn that i shouldn't always concede to the pessimist in me. It's always nice to see some original work, and i really like the thoughtfulness you put into the name. keep it up, Aaron
  2. i like the mock-up as is (with pickguard) but i would love to see the color scheme expanded to the beautifully flamed neck and fingerboard. i haven't seen it done before and i think that it would really make the most of your concept. Also, i really like orgmorg's idea of the somewhat disguised 2-ply pickguard. it would be very pretty to imply the iconic shape of the strat PG with a pinstripe of black. Perhaps if you cut it with the grain going a different direction so it would be able to stand out as it's own design element, without distracting too much from the overall impression. great job on your stratelecaster, btw. You see lots of people slap strat guards on tele bodies, but they always look shitty because of the the difference in lower bout shaping. It's nice to see someone else appreciates a perfect reveal. I've made a few custom bodies with tele upper/strat lower bouts and they've become my favorite shape due to the way the upper tele bout curves perfectly into the strat lower horn. i find the continuity of the lines more pleasing than in either of the original models. keep it up!
  3. that tear-out could be cut off and a new piece attached and shaped. it's under no stress whatsoever from the strings, and would barely be noticeable with good grain matching. I've done it several times.
  4. Since it's obvious you have a router , you could try this technique i read about here a while ago. I can't remember any keywords the thread might have contained, so i can't redirect you to it, and the technique was offered as a way to make perfect joins with a router for bodies and tops, but it should work here as well. First, rip the neck in half (using the jigsaw would probably be fine), and then clamp the new spacer piece of wood (contrasting color would be cool) between the outside lams you just created. After that, you should be able to route freehand along the joint without the worry of keeping straight lines, because the straight bit will be making mirror image cuts on either side. Repeat the process on the other joint and when you're finished you'll be able to put the three piece neck together like a jigsaw puzzle. The only problem i see is that this would need to be done in one pass, so if you're worried about wear on your router and bit i suppose you could widen the gap between the pieces to lessen the amount of wood you're try to hog out. Good luck with the build and the repair.
  5. How thick is your veneer? Sounds like you need a some kind of clamping caul. Tough to do with a carved top. If the bubbles are large then I would iron them down and use a huge sandbag (or anything else you can think of that's heavy and conforms to curves) to keep them from popping back up. If that didn't work, then I would go after each quarter panel individually, or maybe even each bubble, one by one (though you might run the risk of heating up the glue from the bubbles you just fixed, and having them pop up later as well) I'd love to see how you managed the contours with the four sheet approach. Do you have any pictures?
  6. torn between the kelvinator and the less tall. I love the subtle tweaks that pinefd made to the most recognizable badging in the guitar world. Brilliant. Unfortunately for him I like the creative usage of knick knacks and salvaged lumber on the kelvinator even more. Both amazing though. They're unique without being either over-the-top or kitschy.
  7. taken one at a time, jehle's offerings this month don't really stand a chance against all these other incredible entries. That said, I do like seeing different stuff every once in a while, and if I could I would have voted for the jehle stuff as a collection. I love it when someone finds a way to (attractively) use cheap, accessible, every-day items to replace the not cheap, only-can-get-it-from-a-guitar-shop hardware that we all feel obliged to use out of tradition (even though all of it started off much the same way) Amazing, incredible entries by everyone else, but I voted for frugal ingenuity this time around.
  8. All very impressive. I remember when hooglebug first posted sketches of desiree (or at least when I first saw them) and I'm surprised he thinks he didn't get it finished fast enough. It had my vote on account of it's well executed and difficult design...until I saw carvetop heaven. It wins for native (read: non-traditional) wood choice, and for being a first-time-build done flawlessly. Also, I am a fan of the offset grain (on both of these guitars)
  9. Nice to see a familiar face around here

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