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  1. Bit more progress with this. Apologies for the post being a bit pic-heavy. The pickups arrived. The pickups themselves have a bottom multi-wire connector which, with the three way switch supplied, gives the three options of 'P' bass' (diagonal split); 'Jazz bass' ( single coil); Humbucker. They are passive, so the only connections needed to the PCB on each switch is a ground, a hot out and a 9v in to drive the LEDs: A wants a straightforward 'off/on' for each with a master volume and a master tone. We decided on this as a layout: With those large connectors, I ne
    8 points
  2. Davids CU24 finished, some pics of the finished Article. 50% of the garage is in boxes now so won't be touching the Tele build until I'm all setup in the new workshop - Not a bad thing because it's bloody cold in the garage at the moment!
    6 points
  3. I'll kick it off with a resubmission, being narrowly beaten by December's worthy winner 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 Truss Cov
    6 points
  4. Unclamped everything and roughed in the body today, really happy with the way the bevel joint came out! Nice and crisp. These were taken with the wood wet to show figure/grain, and man is that mahogany red! I pulled the color saturation DOWN on these images and it still looks super red; look how different it looks compared to my bench. Im used to mahogany looking more brown/gray, this is probably the most richly colored bit of mahogany I’ve worked with, glad he’s going to be keeping the back natural.
    6 points
  5. Finished this a few months ago but never got around to submitting it. Pictures, a quick demo, and build thread first, specs and explanation after! Specs: - Quilted maple top and headstock cap, natural quilted maple faux binding - Ribbon mahogany body - Roasted single-piece curly maple set neck with 2x carbon fiber rods - 25.5”-26.25” multiscale with perpendicular fret at 8, 24 stainless steel frets - Ebony fretboard - Locking Sperzel tuners - Hipshot multiscale fixed bridge - Bareknuckle Juggernaut
    5 points
  6. Thanks fellas, and no @Bizman62 thankfully not - this will have a blue/gray stained top, natural faux binding a la PRS, everything else left natural under a gloss finish with a satin neck. Some planing: Here’s one of the most bizarre tricks I’ve tried: my buddy wanted a flat top with a bevel for the arm, and for the drop top to bend over and cover the entire bevel. I don’t think he realized exactly what he was asking for given the quarter-inch drop top, but I decided not to tell him and tried this technique I saw Padalka using once upon a time. Soaked the wood and slowl
    5 points
  7. I have the rough cut of the body & the neck done. The truss rod channel routed.
    4 points
  8. I guess its that time again. I had been using a thread that was 2 years old. I havent updated progress in a while. I had been working on a ton of guitars, but havent finished many. I also vow to do more in progress/ video tutorials this year.
    4 points
  9. Hi all, happy new year - i hope nearly finished this for my youngest son, he is a big john petrucci fan and wanted me to build him something similar to johns musicman guitar. it was a real challenge as this is only my 5th or 6th proper build and only the 3rd time ive done a spray finish. the paint is a color shift spray (neptune, i think, it was pretty bloody expensive) neck wood is roasted sycamore with a flamed roasted sycamore fretboard. body is ash. 2020 really sucked arse in so many ways but i did enjoy any time i spent on this project and my boy is really keen for me to f
    4 points
  10. found a little birthmark... but eh, adds character! I think my string holes are going to take out a good amount of it but we'll see. All things considered I think I'm coming out pretty decent for a "first cnc build"... lots to learn yet and lots of thanks for all the "leg ups" I've been given around here - special thanks to @curtisa and @MiKro couldn't have made it this far without your generosity and patience! anticipating a little bit of potential to split that little nipple I made for the bridge on the left there when I sink the studs into it... there is such a differentia
    4 points
  11. And on to positioning of the tuners. Other than the added dimension of the two strings being able to move independently, I do it similar to with a fixed bridge - I fit the headstock equipment (in this case the clamp) and then fit some 'sacrificial' strings to the top and bottom positions to line up with the scale length + intonation and with the fretboard/string spacing: Having positioned the two outer ones, I marked the front screw positions and then the two for the middle strings: Then fixing the tuner bases by these front screws, I could string up to get the splay angle, ta
    3 points
  12. I carved the neck & rough sanded it. I used a round multi-planer & a Shinto rasp saw to carve it. I must say the Shinto makes dust quickly. Great for carving anything.
    3 points
  13. Thanks scotty! Yes, repeat customers make up the majority of my client list. A lot of guys have 4, i think 2 have 5. A lot of 2s as well. Business has been great, thankfully.
    3 points
  14. Hey gang, I’m getting started on a build for a friend of mine and figured I’d start up another thread. This will be a bit different from my usual stuff: he’s spec’d out a flat top PRS-custom-24-shaped geetar with HSS pickups, 3+3 headstock, and a fixed bridge. More details to follow, but here’s the starting lumber:
    3 points
  15. My DIY bending setup. Test fit of C bout ribs. Test fitting the other two ribs. DIY Glue Pot Setup First two glued. And the other two glued. Planed the ribs down and corners cleaned up.
    3 points
  16. Finally managed to get some work done...cut the dots, and fixed them with some ca, radiused, re-cut the fret slots. then shaped the transitions on the neck, and cut and shaped the bone nut up to a point. and then set the frets, using some PVA in the slots. now I need to dress them, and cut the nut to size. The body I've already coated in sealer, so I can spray the sunburst on on a sunny day some time soon.
    3 points
  17. Season's Greetings! Apologies - I'm running a bit behind on the thread...mostly because of the organisation of the family Christmas stuff, food buying, watching MrsAndyjr1515 cooking lovely stuff (not through misogyny...more like through demonstrated incompetence of Andyjr1515) , wrapping presents, followed by the next lockdown a few days before and the urgent re-distribution of said cooked lovely stuff, wrapped presents, etc,, to the family who weren't now going to be able to visit after all But all of that is sorted, we've had the Zoom festivities and, just before the next lockdown
    3 points
  18. Ultimate workmanship on the bevel!
    3 points
  19. Finally got round to putting the other one together, had a right ball ache getting the pickups to fit (SD vintage blues), I ended up taking a dremel to the pole screws on the neck so it didn't foul the tennon. And I went almost exclusively with braided wire this time Some festive glam pics below, annoyingly I've just missed the cut off for GTOM. You will see on the back, I need to get myself some swirl remover, but it's mostly good. Final specs are: Body: Solid 1 piece mahogany, ebony backplate Neck: 1 piece mahogany Fretboard/Headstock: Gabon ebony Tuners: Go
    3 points
  20. Here is the roughest plan of the black/purple build with golden hardware, created entirely in paint, so excuse that haha. It will be a necktrough, and the core will be made from 5 laminated strips of dark bamboo with purpleheart veneer in-between the bamboo stripes. The "wings" will be a purpleheart core laminated in-between two dark bamboo pieces. I suck at designing stuff, so the shape will be finalized once I start using tools on solid wood, but the drawing is pretty close to what I have in my head. And it makes complete sense in my head haha, we will see how that will work out
    3 points
  21. Right on Mikro. Back at you.; I haven't posted in ages- I have been dealing with a ton of stuff-different family members in various stages of life, various family members who are very sick, and then covid comes along and really makes life fun dealing with everything else I have going on. And I bitch to myself how f'd up everything is, , and I bitch, and I bitch, and then I catch myself and shut my stupid ass self up- and realize I am lucky in so many ways- and just deal with (whatever) comes and move on and try to do better each day. I forget how lucky I am to just be here sometimes. Mak
    3 points
  22. It is Christmas Eve Day, I want to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas. 2020 has been a very trying year for us all. So please have cheer and happiness in your hearts this holiday season. Peace to you all. Mike
    3 points
  23. I have used birdseye before, No problem. Now think about Fender. They used flat sawn boards for necks with a skunk stripe. Think about what I just said. mk
    3 points
  24. So yeah, this thread has been going slow. I finally finished setting up my work area, I now had some additional shelves and roughly 7 more square meters usable on the attic, so some things should be much easier to do than last time. And I'll be tripping over my own feet way less now. I also glued some test pieces together to see how bamboo glues on bamboo and how it glues to the purpleheart veneers. And it went awesome. All the test pieces I had glued couldn't be broken where it was glued. So there we have it, bamboo, even tho it's grass, can be glued like wood. This is dark bamboo gl
    2 points
  25. I fine sanded the neck today. I also wanted to mention this time I routed the truss rod channel with a jig I made. I got the idea for the jig from a YuoTube video that I watched. My last build I had to fill the channel back in and reroute it. This time it was one and done.
    2 points
  26. Thanks so much Mike!! I'm working on putting a web page and Facebook page together so I can try and get away from "Evilbay" I work hard to try and keep my customers happy with combine shipping and great customer service skills. I work hand in hand with the local mill to get the best pieces and yes these pieces may have minor flaws or cupping, but that's why I'm selling them and they are not on there way to the "BIG NAME" guitar makers. Please keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming sales and hopefully soon my Web page and Facebook page. Thanks Jaymie of JLcraftwood Please em
    2 points
  27. Hell, even the progress made here alone. The difference between the first shown here and the most recent is profound. I'd say the biggest improvement has been in finishing. SR
    2 points
  28. It's worth noting that you are listening to the entire chain when making judgments on just the pickups - player, guitar, pickups, amp, effects, speakers, mike placement, post processing... Flipping it on its head for a second, I'm willing to bet that playing Slash's Les Paul through Kirk Hammett's And Justice For All-era recording setup would sound pretty brittle as well. Can you find out what pickups JP uses? It's been a long while since I paid much attention to Dream Theater, but I seem to recall he used to use Dimarzio Air Nortons and Steve Specials. They're pr
    2 points
  29. Here's something worth a mention, anyone familiar with the New Zealand (Kiwi) accent?
    2 points
  30. The other rule is not to put your hand up shouting, "I know what the second rule is"!
    2 points
  31. I'm finally getting to see the pictures. My work computer is apparently blocking your hosting site. Now at the house I see what everyone else sees: WOOD PORN! Beautiful work so far and nice technique on bending that top. And what a top! That's almost fiddleback. SR
    2 points
  32. Oi I'll have you know, my oil paint stained build won GTOM
    2 points
  33. Yeah, that's a rough start alright. Sorry about your father, and I hope that your daughter has a good way through from this.
    2 points
  34. Is he following here? Hey A! Andy said you could have all the pickups you want!
    2 points
  35. Congrats! That was a win well earned! For some reason I keep thinking of the Sorting Hat of Hogwarts'! Your guitar is as full of mystery.
    2 points
  36. Lovely timbers and great job too!
    2 points
  37. Got a call saying work was postponed until next week, so I may actually get 'er dun just for a change of pace and a spirit boost.
    2 points
  38. I'd go for a sane job that will eventually drive you insane, and then you balance it out with filing, sanding and routing through wood until you have a guitar. As folks here said, working in a huge factory isn't as romantic as you imagine it. As a student (12 years ago) I worked in an ice cream factory. To this day I am an ice cream addict, but that job almost killed the love I have for ice cream haha. I also used to ride and compete professionally at some of the most amazing skateparks across Europe, had sponsors... did that for two years, and the day I quit my sponsors and went back to colle
    2 points
  39. Yes. I had a pretty good idea where all my junk was. Glad it's still there as I've not used it recently.
    2 points
  40. Yeah, the purple areas are where the purpleheart reveals itself (arm rest contour, belly cut out etc...) As far as the headstock goes, I absolutely love the looks of the headstock on my first build, and I'll do exactly the same, so everything will fit, might tweak it a little, but to the naked eye, it should be like this: @Bizman62 ah I grew up on those cartoons even tho I grew up in the 90s. The kind of cartoon where all the "actionable" stuff is slightly differently colored to the static stuff... if there's a closet with 4 drawers, you know what drawer the character will open
    2 points
  41. I will tell you a thing... I've been on various guitar forums for probably ~30 years (that's a bit of a long time, I do agree). The question you posited here I've seen asked over several hundred times in those years. Is it fact...or fantasy? Is there really something to it? Where is the meat on that bone? Can we use Inductive Reasoning to form genuine conclusions...or is it merely tasty pixie dust sprinkles on a Unicorn's pure golden ass? This question is like the High Priest of Rorschach tests for anyone who has ever strummed guitar strings. So what I started to
    2 points
  42. Finally refurbished this damn thing. Wanted to keep a lot of the antique mojo. I guess I’m pretty satisfied with the results. Did most of the work with a wire wheel on a drill, just brushing it quickly across the surface to turn back time on the aging but not make it look too new. The metal bench stop is marked C.E.STEARNS & CO. SYRACUSE NY. on the bottom (forgot to take photo while I had it removed) Probably from the 1920’s. The lower ratchet parallel bar on the vise is rare. The bottom of the legs could use repair work, but I want to use the bench a while first, to try to get an ide
    2 points
  43. Seasonal greetings to all; be safe and look after those around you! We'll navigate these strange times with patience and a little solidarity. I'm hoping to pick the ball back up with building soon, possibly with a straightforward VH1 Frankenstrat. Also need to finish my 5-string bass's electronics and finishing, pick up a set of Optima Golds for it, etc.
    2 points
  44. If you want to make money, leave guitar building as a hobby. If you work in a big guitar building factory you are factory worker having your own dedicated task as part of the chain. Factory guitars aren't made from scratch by one person. Instead there's a group of specialists who do the one task they're assigned to. So instead of a "guitar builder" you can be a "buffmeister", "neck sander", "CNC coder guru", "designer", "wizard of clearcoat", "fretmaster", "hygiene technician"... Usually an apprentice starts by sweeping the floors and even that can be done wrong! The friend I've often men
    2 points
  45. Well, my nieces and nephew loved the wands I made for my kids, so Christmas presents complete!
    2 points
  46. Never fraternise with the passengers! This applies now so much more than ever, am I right?
    2 points
  47. 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 Truss Cover Custom Black Anodised Aluminium Neck Plate Build#: First ever build Experience: Floating
    2 points
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