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Hello It's been a while since I was last here... in fact a very long time, certainly very different look since the last time I was here. Anyway thought I would post up a guitar probably not seen here very often, I am a complete amateur I build these guitars for myself in my spare time, so progress might be a bit slow. The guitar spec will be as per original, Block-Board Body, with Oak inserts in the top and bottom layers. The neck will be mahogany with an Oak fingerboard 24 fret. So far the body has been cut out awaiting the chambers to be cut, and Oak installed. The Neck has been roughly cut out and is awaiting the shaping on the back, and the neck joint cut to size. Here's Some images: Focusing on getting the bottom layer routed and marked up ready for oak inserts and tremolo marking out. It took approx 2 hours to rout out the 2 chambers. As i mentioned on the video I don't use templates, guides, Jigs on the chambers its all done by free hand. Jigs / Templates are useful to those who want to make more than 1 guitar. As these are just used to repeat the process over and over. Kz guitars do these on there builds on the plastics. Cheers Matt http://www.redspecial-library.co.uk/ http://www.guitarsandwoods.com/
My plate is well and truly being filled this Autumn. In addition to the other projects on the boil I am fulfilling a long-standing wish to make my own "Red Special". Unfortunately since I am putting my energies into advancing my skills in manufacturing repeatability I am making two or three of them! The underlying basics are common however each one will be expressed in a unique manner. - "Back To The Light" relic More-or-less authentic Red Special aged and distressed to resemble the three decades of wear visible at this stage. Slave labour utilised, getting my son to mill a the tremolo unit. - Black Special Non-tremolo version with multi-ply binding and gold hardware similar to a '72 "Black Beauty" Les Paul with corresponding adjustments to neck tape and scale length. - unknown I'm open to suggestion on this one, including the name and finishing. Perhaps veneering the top and back with some spalty Karelian Birch? Mystery top Fret slotting. I still do mine by hand and have become inured to the difficulties. Start by running the saw over the corner from the outside in to prevent tearing and blowout. Mark both sides. Lengthen the marks to meet each other. Practice makes this a lot easier. Five mins and one slotted board. Might have been ten minutes? Currently the slots are only 1-2mm deep but will be cut to full depth after the board has been radiused. That way the depth stop can create radiused slots for minimal gap under the tangs.