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Showing content with the highest reputation on 05/19/2020 in Posts

  1. You're not kidding about an early stage! But my next build is at an even earlier stage:
    5 points
  2. Hi I present to you "SwiftGuitar", sometimes shortened to SG It's an 'in the style of' Gibson's iconic classic but with a few tweaks along the way. I've been building guitars and basses as a hobby for around 7 years: sometimes for my own use; sometimes for friends or fellow band members; once for a Nepalese buddhist who played in heavy metal band; occasionally commissions This one is for a friend, Matt, and has used mainly wood that I had accumulated over the years and pickups that Matt himself has wound or modified. Spec is: Timbers: Top -Yew; Back -Sapele; Neck - Mahogany & Purpleheart; Fretboard - Ebony; Inlays - Mother of Pearl Scale: 24.75" Fretwire: Jescar Evo Gold Finish: Body - Ronseal Hardglaze Polyurethane Varnish (brushed on); Neck - Danish oil slurry-and-buffed Weight: 8lb 6oz There is a (long) blow by blow build thread (link below) for anyone in Covid lockdown and who's finally run out of things to do : And here it is: My hands are shot for playing but before the comp closes, I'll see if I can find a way of getting some sound clips without contravening the lockdown rules Thanks for looking!
    5 points
  3. The last couple of days have been about the final knockings - final shaping and refinishing of the neck, set-up and strap buttons I had built a couple of tweaks to help the balance but the main one - fitting Axesrus' (a decent UK supplier) wonderful lightweight aluminium tuners - was dashed because of (presumably Covid-related) non-availability. Instead, I have fitted some really, really nice open gear Hipshots - but, honestly, they are quite a bit heavier than the Axesrus ones. But when Matt tried it out. I watched how he played and we discussed that yes - he does want to get to that 24th fret..and with his thumb wrapped round and so the back button wanted to be in the 'traditional' place if at all possible. But what I do (with all of my builds) is first fit the back button, then pop a slippy strap on it, over my shoulder and, holding the strap in various positions while supporting the guitar, gauge where the balance was going to be. And it looked like we could get there. So on went the back button (and nowhere near the 'goldilocks' zone of 12th -13th fret I always recommend!): ...and then popped a slippy strap on and hands off... So, whatever position Matt likes to play, it should be absolutely fine Final bit of polishing up tomorrow and it's ready to go to Matt. So one last glance before it goes into the gig bag: Yup - that'll do And as always, many thanks for the kind words and great encouragement along the way - always very much appreciated
    4 points
  4. Oh, and some pictures of the pair together... done and done. I've always called l these my "Teetotaler" design ... I was watching a documentary American prohibition when doing the first napkin sketch and that word just sounded good to me (but not actual Teetotalism!) --- although my daughter calls them the 'Yin Yangs" either is better than "the white one and the black one" or "1a & 1b" I suppose
    3 points
  5. Do you think this might become a body or two during the next decade? There's some spalting to be seen, hopefully it's not too rotten! There's a couple of the same diameter, though, so a few rough planks will be sawn during the summer.
    2 points
  6. I just liked the $#1T outta both of you. Just saying... I liked you better than you liked me... wait
    2 points
  7. I'm a little disappointed at the shortcuts you've taken ... I mean, you didn't even smelt the metal yourself. Obviously that's sarcasm born from the awe I'm in from the various skills showcased in this thread. Seriously though, did you smelt the metals?
    1 point
  8. So gorgeous, I envy everything about this. Super well-done!
    1 point
  9. Both are high end evening wear, one for a black tie event and the other for a white tie event. SR
    1 point
  10. That's a very nice process of figuring where the strap button go. Can't wait to hear it play.
    1 point
  11. Very well done, Andy. Matt should be rightly chuffed to receive such a fine looking instrument. Will Titanic Brewery do home deliveries? Might be time for a pint.
    1 point
  12. Now that you mentioned it, yes indeed! Especially on the white one, it looks just like the awareness ribbons, the pink one being the first one to pop in mind. Could that be used for marketing the guitars? "Buy a <colour> ribbon guitar! One dollar of each sold will be donated to corresponding charity."
    1 point
  13. Good looks! I like how the truss rod cover works together with the hole in the top of the headstock to give an impression of a ribbon shape, depending on the background. A nice finishing touch to a clever design. Why the same pickups on both? Do you notice any difference in sound between the two? Would be an interesting study, considering that there are so many common variables between the two, to see how/how much neck wood selection effects tone.
    1 point
  14. Wiring of the 2nd one went waaaaaaaay faster, to be expected and the point I guess Then all that was left was assembly... Even though I still have to set these up and do some small tweaks I consider builds 1a & 1b to be finished! They took 6 1/2 months to complete but I had a great time doing this and learned so much. To all the members here that gave advice, tips, tricks & resources I can't thank enough!!! Maybe now I'll have time to actually practice guitar a bit
    1 point
  15. Only if he wants to lock me up, which he can't do anyway 'cause we're all already locked up. Anyway, didn't anybody tell you? I'm a teapot! Nurse! Nurse! He's at it again! Hmmmm...maybe it's not just me after all...
    1 point
  16. Hi all, It's been a slow week on the guitar front with going back to work. I also had a bit of a set back as I found that I'd had some bowing in both the maple neck sections and the laminated parts. After consulting the oracle (my dad), best bet is that it's just one side drying out faster - the fresh planed sides are all the ones which are long (convex). I've clamped them all up straight with room to breathe, away from the shed. So let's see in a few days. I suspect that it was more humid in there over winter than I thought for.. Turns out my bed is about the only place with a long enough straight edge, but needs-must in search of bass! @Bizman62, thanks for the clarification, I see the point now. It does make handling the stock a little easier and avoids joints on the body (although means some addition for the headstock..). I will possibly re-evaluate which way to go once I've straightened and cleaned up the bits.. Still not sure if the more open grain of the "wide" face would look better on the neck. @djobson101, thanks! I'll give it a follow! I've loved the idea of padauk/wenge for ages. I have some lovely cocobolo for the fretboard as well, (I believe it's cocobolo, it was long ago and can't find the reciept!). My dad taught me everything, he used to make sailboats with his dad so it runs in the family I guess! It's mainly patience and practice I think though! Looks like I'll be moving onto the body wings sooner than anticipated!
    1 point
  17. you shouldn't have written down this, now I can't see anything else in it!
    1 point
  18. drew the pants. The twists are that my acrylic was bought 20 years ago. Many colors are dry. Change to pastel and mix materials.
    1 point
  19. For better use my time when coronavirus outbreak made us home office and go out as little as possible. Forced myself to kickstart 3 paintings tribute guitar . First step is to lay down the dark background, background is fixable, so just go experiment. Think about what to do on top of it afterward . Step 1 : Play with fire and dye . This is how it look after today sanding: wood grain pop up
    1 point
  20. Hopefully not with the chainsaw like I did with the poplar! A customer told that he's got a big bandsaw, I hope he's still willing to saw my wood. If not, I guess I'd better reshape the teeth of the chain to 0-5 deg. Or even nip off two of every three teeth off the chain which I've heard would cut better along the grain. The latter can't be confirmed by Google so I guess the former would be the safer option. @curtisa, do you think you should mention that to your shrink?
    1 point
  21. Is it just me or does that tree trunk look like a pair of legs and a butt?
    1 point
  22. For a slab sawn plank I've halved it lengthvise and simply bookmatched the cut, adding the core strip in between. For strength and stability I've been pondering about the four ways of arranging the halves but so far I haven't got an answer about which option were superior to the others.
    1 point
  23. Name: Prcknow R.S. Hey folks, here's my first build ever. With little prior woodworking experience, it's been a wild ride but I'm extremely happy with the result. I decided to name it Prcknow (derived from the Croatian word "prkno" that is slang word for ass...) because whenever I brought the topic of building a guitar among friends, the joke was "if you build it, it'll sound like ass" hence the name. R.S. stands for "racing stripes", just like on racing cars, the racing stripes along the neck/body make you play faster haha. (lame jokes among friends, but oh well...) The whole journey was documented here: Neck-trough part is made by laminating wenge and pear stripes, the wings are mahogany. Neck thickness is 20mm at the 1st fret, 21.5mm at the 12th fret but around the 16th-17th it starts getting thicker a little bit faster. I always felt I didn't have anything to hold onto while bending strings at the upper registers hence why I made it to start getting thicker towards that end (we're talking about 24mm at the 17th fret, so not extreme, but nicely noticable). Fretboard radius is 10". The inlays are made from the same pear, positioned above the neck stripes, to make it look like they are showing through the rosewood. Body wise, I tried to keep it pretty slim, the body is 36mm at the thickest part around the pickups, going down to 13-15mm at the edges. It balances pretty well (center of mass is around the neck heel joint, a bit towards the body) so no noticeable neck dive. Picture of the back side + neck: Hardware wise I used a Schaller bridge, Kluson tuners, Graph Tech Black Tusq nut, Fender standard frets, Q-Parts Dome Potiknob with the Celtic weave and Göldo string trees with the rollers. Tendency was that all hardware is black. Electronics wise, the pots and mini toggle is from Göldo, Dimarzio X2N and D'Activator pickups and a Göldo audio jack accessable from the top. No problems plugging/unpluggin cables. The volume pot is a pull/push one, so there are 6 configurations all together: Volume pot pushed down: Neck, Neck + Bridge, Bridge, Volume pot pulled out splits the coils: Split Neck (with the coil closer to the neck working), Split Neck + Split Bridge, Split Bridge (with the coil towards the bridge working). It was all finished with minwax wipe-on poly, with the front in a full shiny mirror finish, while the back side was made to be more of a satin feel so the hand slides nice along the neck. I will try to get a video demo of it playing, really happy with the sound, the DiMarzios scream pretty wild, but can deliver surprisingly nice clean tones as well.
    1 point
  24. Well it took three tries. This material is brittle and if you don’t have the rough cut smooth and close to the line, the router would chip chunks out. Also, I was trying to hand fit the pup holes, only to get it ‘close’. But this build isn’t about ‘close’. On the last, I cut up to the line, sanded smooth right up to it, used a downcut spiral bit in my drill press and got it vertically perfect and cut the pup holes (same bit as was used for the cavities in the body, so same corner radius), the beveled slowly with the router. Finally perfect.
    1 point
  25. It's been a while since I've posted because I've been occupied with other life stuff but I got a chance to get back into some guitar stuff and start making the tailpiece.
    1 point
  26. I wish my planer would start blasting music when I turn it on.
    1 point
  27. It really is an unbelievable guitar....'not quite a Tele' indeed. Has your personal stamp all over it! Which is I guess what this is all about right?
    1 point
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