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Did the pearloid installation. This thing lights up if you try to shape it on a belt sander so beware bevare take care.

 

Looks like a face-hugger with the mini clamps.

 

I used two part epoxy transparent glue.

will add binding after trimming.

 

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So I trimmed the edges...   And I was in love!   The guitar became quite rigid after the glue-up! It kept the contour quite nicely!!   S

So hi, I was thinking of making a hollow guitar for the first time. Looking to approximate the likes of the guitars Auerbach of the black keys uses. Something of a cross between a Harmony an

Black metallic for the sides and back of neck!   Love the contrast!!   front and back yet to be decided!!    

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Did some headstock work and radiused the ebony board.

 

Started installing the frets. I am going with Hosco M3 they are similar to the Dunlop 6150.

 

 

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Do the picture angles play tricks with my eyes or is the headstock really of the 'Approved by The Royal Paddle Club' type? I like the shape of it, there's hints of various classics without being significantly one or the other.

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1 hour ago, Bizman62 said:

Do the picture angles play tricks with my eyes or is the headstock really of the 'Approved by The Royal Paddle Club' type? I like the shape of it, there's hints of various classics without being significantly one or the other.


Hahaha it looks like an oar , right? Yeah it photographs weird but up close it is proportional...

(I think).

 

I used a Gibson 335 headstock for the first contours then followed the center line with a strat template to mark the tuner holes and finished off with some rough pencil drawing.

I was afraid of what would come out of it , I tend to like it for now!

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On 4/29/2021 at 12:08 AM, mistermikev said:

like the headstock shape, like the creative use of bending stock, like the inlays... nicely done!!

Thanks a mil!!

 

Did the binding ala Gibson after I installed the frets!

 

 

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Did the nibs! Wow that was a lot of work! Less super glue next time!

 

More sanding is of course needed!

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Also used my existing neck tenon angle jig as a base for the router.

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The binding channels are ready!

 

 

 

 

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It seems one of those cylindrical routers is slowly making its way on my shopping list.

The channels look very nice! Do I see right, will there be some fine adjusting needed with a chisel near the lower f-hole?

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1 hour ago, Bizman62 said:

It seems one of those cylindrical routers is slowly making its way on my shopping list.

The channels look very nice! Do I see right, will there be some fine adjusting needed with a chisel near the lower f-hole?

I got this palm router like 6 months ago and I tend to reach for it for most of the tasks!!

Good eye! That is actually a shallow line I made with a gramil the previous day... Never experiment on a workpiece!! I should have used something else but I thought I would give it a go! I will sand it off! I will of course do some filing and use sandpaper here and there before I put on the binding!

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6 hours ago, argytar said:

Good eye! That is actually a shallow line I made with a gramil the previous day.

Ask me how I know... Or rather don't, that was not fun.

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10 hours ago, ShatnersBassoon said:

Great stuff! It’s funny but I was pondering doing that kind of block inlay myself recently, running all the way to the sides. Looks really tidy 😎

I copied that from old Höfner and newer Rivolta guitars.

 

It was easy to do on the miter box too!! Very clean result cutting both the margins and the pearloid!

 

I decided to bind the f holes too.

 

Too much superglue makes your eyes misty!

 

 

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On 5/6/2021 at 9:35 AM, ShatnersBassoon said:

Yes superglue can be hell, I used it as a finish recently and the blowback was unreal 😂

Ive found that Gluboost isn’t half as bad though. I think the cheaper stuff has more nastiness in it.

Looking awesome!

Yes! Especially when I added baking soda as a catalyst to fill some gaps quickly, I amost burnt my finger, thank God I was wearing gloves!

Thank you!!

 

So I scraped the binding and liked what I saw!

 

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I had to make a teaser photo to see where I was heading at! I think I like it very much!!

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Put some maple lam on the headstock too. Then added some binding to complete the set.

 

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I am thinking about a two-tone metallic finish... Blue for the top and back and black metallic for the sides and neck.

Matching headstock.

 

Then again a 3-tone sunburst would not be that bad either...

Decisions, decisions!

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Wow!!! Sunburst for the win!!!

 

ok , I guess it is more vintage vibe-y after all!! 
 

I thought about it because I loved how the grain looked too!

 

Cool then! I will give it a go!!

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Antiguq would look really great on that.  if not that... sunburst.  I love sparkle but on a semi hollow it just feels "out of place" to not have a finish that shows the grain (unless it's ANTIGUA!!!!!!)

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A bit busy lately with all the med work...

 

did manage to install my silver onion logo though! Used some clear epoxy.

 

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Next stop: finalizing the specifics of the neck joint and gluing the neck to the body...

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So after watching this video

 

I decided to glue the fretboard onto the neck with hot hide glue.

I knew I had approximately 40 seconds before the glue gelled up, so I rehearsed the procedure for like a dozen times using a stop-watch and when I had it down to 30 seconds I took the plunge and seem to have nailed it on the first actual non-drill time!!

 

Very happy about it! I feel as if I have acquired a new skill!

 

In a couple of days I will glue the neck to the body!

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for sharing the video! No matter the type of the truss rod, the little bow allows for keeping the truss rod under tension in most every situation, even when the fretboard is dead flat. I suppose loosening the rod to zero or adjusting it for even more relief would result an unpleasantly high action. So simple, so logical!

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On 5/19/2021 at 9:22 AM, Bizman62 said:

Thanks for sharing the video! No matter the type of the truss rod, the little bow allows for keeping the truss rod under tension in most every situation, even when the fretboard is dead flat. I suppose loosening the rod to zero or adjusting it for even more relief would result an unpleasantly high action. So simple, so logical!


Happy to share!!

 

I like Dan’s vids very much!

 

I did the neck profile.

 

.89" inch at the first fret 1.1” at the 12th"

 

I like the way hot hide  glue holds the fretboard in place. Seems to tap nicely!! Very vibrant!

Time to glue the neck to the body!

 

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And.... on this set neck guitar the neck is set!

 

Big moment for the build.

These hollow bodies feel light! I love it!

 

 

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