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  1. Forgive the self indulgence As always, thanks for looking, folks
    6 points
  2. I'm banking on everyone having run out of films to watch on Netflix here...but think of this as more a celebration of a great musician playing rather than the rather shameless self-promotion of the builder Matt still has most of my guitars and basses. He says it's because of Covid lockdown but I suspect that MrsAndyjr1515 is probably paying him a pretty sum to keep them over in the next county. Anyway, he's just put this video up. It's just an impromptu study in A, but it's pretty. On it is the Camphor Single Cut bass I built a number of years ago and my own 'Swift Lite' 6
    5 points
  3. Looking forward to watching this one progress! Last year I bought a full sized arcade kit with a Raspberry Pi 3b. It was a good learning experience to build and configure everything. I'd like to build one from scratch with a Jamma board one of these days though... It's 'on the list'...
    4 points
  4. Got through my robot combat event and got back to working on the mandola. Sanded the runs out of the back and sides and need to put on a really thinned out coat of Tru Oil and see if that will be enough to call it good. Then I sanded the top and the front of the headstock from 2400 through 12000 micro mesh then polished with 3M Finesse It and Meguires Mirror Glaze. It's not perfect, but I think it looks pretty good. It has a nice shine, but it still manages to look thin, showing just a tiny bit of the grain through. And that's pretty much what I was going for. So, g
    4 points
  5. Well, for anyone who knows me, a LOT can happen as my builds progress. Sometimes too much for the faint-of-heart. So this one's far enough down the track that I'm reasonably confident I won't cause heart failure amongst the more tender hearted. It's about 95% done, but you know...anything can happen. So, this one has some history behind it, a story. What would a Cowboy Sunset guitar be without a story to go with it? And how would the name Moonshadow be aligned with Cowboy Sunsets? Well, what comes after sunset? Duh... Darkness, that's what. And in Cowboy Country, darkn
    3 points
  6. My final allowed resubmission, since December and January's were both outstanding worthy winners Name: Yeti Type: Custom Precision-Bass Body: Live edge English Ash, Epoxy Neck: Canadian Maple (scorched, engraved), Rosewood Fretboard Scale: 32" Components Pickups: Fender Vintage P-Bass Pickups (Passive) Bridge: Hipshot 'Kickass' 4-String Machine Heads: Gotoh GB707's Pots: CTS 250k Log and Linear Other Snaplock Strap locks Custom CnC Pickup Ring Custom Black Anodised Aluminium T
    3 points
  7. Well, there's your reasoning. I won't delve too deeply into the storied history of Frankie other than where it has affected my design and build decisions, might explain certain things and the like. Losing EVH put a fair amount into perspective that I took for granted in my playing or simply didn't realise I did, and hell, he was pretty much one of the original tinkerers and innovators along with luminaries like Brian May. He's the reason we're here and changed guitar to the point that forums like this exist. There's still two ways I could go with this build. One would be a '78 Franki
    3 points
  8. The weather is good now. So back in the shop and I got the control panel cut out and started test fitting switches. They snap right in. Need some screws for the Joy sticks. the one on the left will be the 4 way (blue) and the middle one (gray) an 8 way. MK
    3 points
  9. You say that, and yet I've finished enough instruments to know it's not as easy as you make it look!
    3 points
  10. ^^thank you And here she is: I've also put together a video of the whole process, with a sound demo and also an overproduced song at the end: https://youtu.be/lEKFaflA2CQ Editing this video actually took longer than putting together the guitar xD I've made all kinds of mistakes with the paintjob... but that gives it the homemade appeal Sound and playability is top notch though. The roasted maple neck has 2 thin layers of Tru Oil, it feels really amazing. Roasted maple with a super thin finish might be the nicest feeling neck. Some people leave them co
    3 points
  11. Been pretty streeeeeessed out over the last year or so - Nightmare neighbours, covid lockdowns, work situation and house move (most of which is still on going), and it recently occurred to me that I haven't made a guitar for myself in nearly 2 years (the last one was the ziricote prs type). So I figured it was about time I made myself something tasty. I got this billet a good 18 months ago, it was actually a freebie as I ordered a couple of tops from that chap in Bosnia (sells on facebook) and there was a random lump of wood in the box - I thought he'd just put it in there to pack out the box
    3 points
  12. Thanks guys. I still have to put the last coat of Tru Oil on the neck and get that and the back and sides rubbed out before I can mount this, but I decided to go ahead and get the pickguard/finger rest ready to be mounted. I went back and forth several times about how I wanted to attach it over the course of the build, and I've ended upgoing with a very traditional mandolin method. I glued a scrap piece of ebony to the back side. The leading edge of the ebony is actually sanded at several degrees of angle so that the finger rest will slope down slightly away from the strings. I glued a co
    3 points
  13. so... lawdy... I've spent a rediculous amount of time getting this tiny little part done... not even all the impressive, but it was an important detail for me. Had to hold my breath for long periods of time while I was working this... bet I could compete with underwater champions right now!!
    3 points
  14. Thanks guys. Really, really, really hoping that this was the final coat of Tru Oil for the back and sides. I am extremely ready to get this thing finished and move on! I thinned the Tru Oil down even more with naptha than I often do, trying to get really nice flow out and hope it smooths itself. I was about 1/3 oil to 2/3 naptha on this coat. Don't need a thick coat here, just need to get the sheen even everywhere.
    3 points
  15. There we go, some @Drak action. @mistermikev, loving your tenacity at the CNC and inlay. Hating the math. The tiny letters are getting mind boggling.
    3 points
  16. Totally agree on that. I have always really disliked anything chrome or nickel and in 25+ years (maybe 30 now) have never built a guitar with silver hardware, ever. Typically nearly everything I built was with gold, but have nicely adapted to black hardware too in recent years. So, I feel ya. What I did to adapt was to learn to shoot finish (since I seemingly was born with a spray gun in hand) to adapt. For small pieces, I use an airbrush with thinned lacquer, larger pieces get the pint gun (I never use a quart gun for anything). I have faux sprayed all kinds of h
    3 points
  17. Well, I'm already going to use woods that have scientifically measured tap tone, hand-harvested and air-dried in anechoic chambers. I tune my guitars to 432Hz - the tuning of the gods that makes hair grow, planets align and kills a rhino at 100 yards. I'm using strings spun from Krell metal, mined from asteroids. So the only thing left is the bridge.
    3 points
  18. Of course, I do have the benefit of hearing Alex Jones with my own ears claim prominent Democrats like Obama and the Clintons "smelled like sulpher" and were "constantly surrounded by flies" because they were so evil. I hear things like this and laugh at the stupidity... until I hear it parroted by friends. It's not funny when you realize people believe it.
    3 points
  19. My wife had the TV on as I was getting my coffee. LOL!! News for me is check the weather, the rest is all BS.
    3 points
  20. When I was just beginning to think things may get better? While pouring my coffee this morning I hear a Fox News reporter talking about the Snow in NYC today. She goes on to make the statement about "The Big Fat Pieces of Snow that are falling" Really, did she just say that? OMG we are so doomed. LOL!! MK
    3 points
  21. I..... I make..... I make fretboard (alternate lyrics to rammstein's du hast) so bookmatched them and the seam is pretty much invisible AFTER radius and pretty happy about that. beginner's luck I guess. had some issues with following the radius with the slot so switched to just cutting them and will have to touch them up a hair with my fret saw. all in all - went pretty smooth thanks to a little help from my friends (thanks @MiKro and @curtisa!!)
    3 points
  22. 12 layer sandwich (IIRC), counting clear coats as 2 of 12 because there are two separate 'sections' of clear. Several layers directly onto bare wood, clearcoated and leveled, then several shader coats on top of the leveled finish. And there is sandback, but it's not black. Why does everyone always think sandback has to be black? That has always mystified me, I use all kinds of colors for sandbacks. And that bookmatched top cost me +/- $25.00. It wasn't much to look at raw, which I have pics of.
    3 points
  23. I keep trying to quit the exotic figured wood craving. I'd like to be able to build something that relies on the design rather than framing the figured wood, but I just love it so much I can't stop. Here's an example: I think the plain one is just killer. But my inner wood whore keeps buying the crazy stuff!
    3 points
  24. So, I've never been a relic fan, never even found it interesting. But I've done the mega-burst thing so long, I think I was looking for something different to do. Everything becomes standard and boring after awhile, no matter how good you are at it. I look at this as a distressed finish, because for many reasons it doesn't follow any standard relic guidelines. Although at a casual glance I would think that's what would come to mind. But it breaks many relic 'rules of the road'. And, as with anything guitar building, you have to just keep putting the foot forward, see what happens, and adj
    2 points
  25. Just for the sake of getting the competition running, here's my resubmission: With this one I wanted to challenge myself properly. This is my fourth full build, built at the community college workshop during wintertime Saturdays. She's a semi hollow LP-profile neck-through as I titled the thread but let's just call her Ovie... So: Top: Flamed Ovangkol from Madinter, Spain Body: Torrefied Estonian Alder from the sauna department of the local hardware store Accent laminates: 0.55 mm flamed Birch a fellow builder got from a bankrupted flooring factory Ne
    2 points
  26. Here are a few updates. Took this black flame SS out to clean up for final presentation. Hes only the second ever local guy to buy one of my guitars. Also finished up the sunset explorer. Buyer is adding his own hardware and pickups. That one came out great! I saved the top on this one for something special. I resawed it from a massive piece i got last year.
    2 points
  27. No glamor shots yet, but I got her waxed and buffed, pick guard mounted, and everything reassembled. I'll let her settle in and see how the setup is and see if I need to tweak it. I had a couple of screw ups assembling, so it was a frustrating night, but I guess I should just count it as 'vintage character' since I was going for that feel anyway...
    2 points
  28. Gold leaf although old swept up autumnal leaves could look quite interesting
    2 points
  29. Little curved rail jig would do the truss slot with a small router. Let me know if you need a 1971 quarter. I'm sure I could find one pretty easily.
    2 points
  30. Kathy and I went to the store to see if the few small items we needed were available? I must say what she saw was a fully stocked store and found what she needed. I waited outside in the car. After a few minutes I watched so many coming out with nothing but water in the carts. Many had children with them. Well, knowing I could not really help with the water problem. I did the only thing I knew to do at the time. I reache
    2 points
  31. The bursts are stunning on top of already stunning woods. I've always liked the subtleties within certain bursts - and tell me if you didn't dial this in deliberately - however the "minor" colours within each section are what make it for me. Seeing a bit of blue or green creeping into the contrast gives them a whole new level. My absolute favourite examples of this are green creeping into original goldtops and around the edges from naturally faded honeyburst. Fender-type colour-colour-colour feels flat and 2D. Why would anybody do this to something with depth and character? Some of yours
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. Sorry, it was late and i might not have been as clear as i needed to be. That is with 2.0mm action, unfretted at the 12th. which i consider very high action. That is also with almost no relief in the 7-9th fret area I appreciate the drawing. I never try to lower the action with the truss rod. that is setup 101. And actually, almost all of my bridges are recessed into the body. I setup my guitars with almost no relief in the middle of the neck.
    2 points
  34. I generally run a 10" sub in a small box that's made for singke cab pickups. I adjust it so that the drums and bass come through snappy and clear. No honking in my shit.
    2 points
  35. One nice thing about divorce is that I never have to shovel the driveway anymore. Which is quite awesome, actually. I have a jacked 4Runner running Cooper Discoverer AT3's. I don't care how much it snows, I just drive out over it like it was a nice sunny day and go on about my business. Which I think irritates my neighbors on both sides, both married, both gotta shovel the driveway.
    2 points
  36. I've used CA glue as a clear pore filler on guitars for decades, its nothing new to me. I've never used it as a stand-alone finish, but I've built it up to the point where I can level-sand the guitar body. So, although its not my cup of tea for a final finish, I see nothing wrong in doing it. I say you're good to go. The only thing I've learned over the years is to be aware of the humidity level when applying it. My preference is outdoors on a reasonably warm and dry day, humidity as near 50% or below as possible. Under those conditions, it goes down easy (I do we
    2 points
  37. So I built a small velleman amp for the arcade today. It will power the speakers. Was cheaper to buy the kit than just order the parts and start from scratch. So It is now all soldered up and ready to go. 2x5 watt, 12VDC. LOL MK
    2 points
  38. for the record as your therapist I recommend to take a nice long relaxing stroll through ebay. Try to think happy thoughts while you put bits, new tools, pickups, bridges, tuners and other guitar accessories in your basket. Find your center as you hit the buy-it-now button.
    2 points
  39. This forum is a therapist, this thread is, you are, so is @mistermikev and @ScottR and everyone else. Great tip in the thumb planes. I’m going to go review mine and see what needs done! Funny thing about those, I kinda got them on a whim thinking “I’ll see what I can do with these. Fancy myself a violin maker” And who knew they are one of my favorite tools now. Fav: 1) scraper 2) bandsaw 3) router 4) table saw 5) thumb planes Can’t wait to see what you do with this one Ash.
    2 points
  40. Obviously I didn't say it was impossible to have impartial News. I said it was not going to happen in a purely Capitalist society. I'll try again. Tv time is paid for by advertising. Corporations pay more for advertising during shows with high ratings because of greater viewership. "News" that is opinionated and full of fluff gets higher ratings. If you fall in ratings you get cancelled. Capiche? They get away with it by calling it entertainment instead of News. The only way to shore up an impartial News program is through government funding or philanthropy from people who
    2 points
  41. Is there a single broadcaster in the US that just "reports the news" ? Even the BBC over here is turning into a platform of opinion
    2 points
  42. Typically, I don't much care for relics and relic'ing, I just have to get that out of the way. I don't disparage others who choose to do it, I just personally never liked it. But, Color me Guilty of Transgressions, for I surely have transgressed. I can't remember exactly when or how, but a few years ago I stumbled onto Eastman acoustics, which led me onto a journey I won't go into here. But that story isn't this story except it's the lead-in to me buying my first classical/flamenco/Spanish guitar. And I loved that one so much too, and got such a great deal on it
    2 points
  43. Then it's time to cut buff and polish the finish. I start with 600 grit and work my way up to 3000 using abralon sanding pads. After I take it to the stewmac buffer and run it through the medium and then fine wheels I have set up. I must have been too preoccupied to get any pictures of the buffing station. I welded a sturdy base for it out of pipe cutoff scraps years ago that works wonderful. Then I paint all the electronics cavities with conductive shielding paint (stewmac this time but I've used the stuff from "less emf" before and also works great). Last picture is the guitars fi
    2 points
  44. I don't know what the exact size is, I've had my bit for +/- 25 years and switch slots are all it ever gets used for. I think I bought it as an inlay bit, for routing the cavity for inlays, so probably a downward fluted spiral thing. Maybe 1/32? It is -really- small, But more to the point... I use the aforementioned bit on the Dremel with the router base attached. I use the flat edge of the router baseplate and either tape or clamp a steel square laid flat to the top in parallel alignment with the slot. Exactly how you would line up a rip fence on a table saw, mor
    2 points
  45. Guess not. Most likely more like planks. Rough sawn. A knot here and there, cracks and knotholes...
    2 points
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