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  1. Well, I may as well kick things off. May I present, "Its-a-what?" It is in fact a Guitar Bouzouki. The playing geometry of an Irish Bouzouki matched with the modified body design of a steelstring OM acoustic. I confess, when P asked me if I could make him one, my reaction was indeed, "It's a what??" It's my fifth acoustic build - and definitely my first Guitar Bouzouki In terms of other builds, what started as an urge to mod and improve my own guitars around 10 years ago led to builds for myself and band-mates and then occasional commissions such as this. Vital stats:
    11 points
  2. I've been telling people that there are two kinds of people in this world: people who will build a guitar during the pandemic, or people who sit on their couches and watch Netflix. I'm proud to be in the former group with you all! The Black Queen Woods: - Macassar ebony neck and body core, and tremolo cover - Swamp ash wings, quilt maple top, - Gaboon ebony fret board with silver wire starfield inlay, and pearl 'planets' Scale length: 25" Special bits: Authentic Trisonic pickups hand-made by a gentleman who builds Red Special replicas and uses the spare parts bought from
    10 points
  3. Alright, finally finished this build! Here she is: Slight scallop in the higher frets, not too deep, doesn't go all the way across to the bass side, just where I need it for bends and such. Super happy with the way these logos came out, first time I've ever had a proper set made. Glad I went with metal too. This was extremely fun to design and build, and was a big step forward for me in the technique department. This is also the best fretwork I've managed to pull off to date, and it plays better than anything I've built
    10 points
  4. SEL Birdseye Maple Here is my last just finished guitar. The build thread is here : Sorry I do not have good pic of the finished headstock (I lost some file), they were blurry and I'm waiting good outside light to make new pic... Here is the spec: -Birdseye laminated arched top -Solid figured yellow birch back and side (bent side) -Black Walnut Binding -Roasted Birdseye maple fretboard over maple neck -Mahogany/maple/mahogany center block -Maple pickup ring and sting retainer. Maple/black walnut/maple truss rod cap. -Vineham Whisky Burner bri
    9 points
  5. 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
  6. "The Les Flaus" - Lucky scratch build #7 for me! FINISHED WEIGHT: 8lbs 6.9oz BODY MATERIAL: QUILTED MAPLE(CORE), 3/4" 4A QTR SAWN CURLY MAPLE CARVED TOP BODY CONSTRUCTION: FULL LENGTH HOLLOW CHAMBER ON EACH SIDE, SOLID CTR BLOCK BINDING: SINGLE PLY CREAM NECK MATERIAL: CURLY MAPLE/WENGE/CURLY MAPLE NECK JOINT: 4DEG ANGLE SET NECK NUT: BONE SCALE LENGTH: 27.5" FRETBOARD: 24 FRET FRETBOARD RADIUS: 16" FRETBOARD MATERIAL: GRANADILLO FRETBOARD FRETS: EVO GOLD MED LOW FRETBOARD INLAY: GOLD MOTHER OF PEARL TRUS ROD: AT HEAL THRU 21ST FRET (ALLIED LUTHEIR)
    8 points
  7. Well I think this one is done as well. I’ve installed brass inserts in the pup cavities for these bolts, oiled and waxed the neck, etc. I put on some Hipshot tuners cause the Sperzels were breaking strings (3 at once!). I’ve filed the post holes a bit, but these have a better gear ratio. They are also 3 ounces heavier and cause a little neck dive when sitting. I’ll see if a strap changes anything. I cut a fourth (!) pickguard, and crap if I didn’t get the neck opening off, plus a tiny nick. But the rest looks so good I guess I’ll do it again. But not today lol. There are no side dots
    8 points
  8. My absolute favorite step in the build is dying the maple, here’s some shots of the process: First coat of black. Sanded back. Red added. Sanded back. Orange added and sanded back. Yellow added to middle, red added again to sides, both colors blended while wet. This shot was taken after drying out. This is a shot of the headstock when it was still wet, which is close to what it will look like after I add the clear coat finish.
    8 points
  9. Seeing as I got a shoeing by Scotts burl beauty last month, I thought I'd enter Adrians singlecut that I was working on along side the bass build. Specs Chambered construction with PRS style f-hole, Bosnian maple top, African mahogany body and neck, Ziricote fretboard with maple binding and mop inlays. My usual Schaller Signum bridge and Sperzel trimlock tuners, bone nut (the first nut I've cut myself) PRS 85/15 pickups 1 vol, 1 tone and 2 mini toggle switches for coil splitting. The finish was done with Angelus purple and rose leather dyes, chestnut cellulose sealer, walnut grainfil
    8 points
  10. 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; Ne
    8 points
  11. 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
    8 points
  12. Back to hanging like a side of beef. SR
    8 points
  13. I had to use some lacquer thinner and a razor blade to get the double sided tale adhesive off. As long as the grain is jumping, I might as well take some glamour shots. SR
    8 points
  14. HI Guys, I would present my 1st build (after my 2nd which was a Thunderbird bass from January). Guitar name is: LP-1. This is my single cut, Les Paul, whatever you want to call it. I didn't spend significant time on the design, the goal was apply a standard sunburst technic. I really wanted to make a vintage look with brown and amber colors and definitely not a relic design. It was much more done by my instincts than done by experience but frankly I could really surprise myself with the finish. I used Crimson stains and closed it with high build guitar oils which applied only one
    8 points
  15. The Pimp Hi y’all! Wanted to do a thematic build so I imagined a guitar with pimp aesthetics. purple velvet jacket, gold bling, raw p90 sound etc 2 piece Korina body sealed with shellac and painted in ultra thin-skin nitro. Halon gold hardware trem and bridge (you gotta try these! Best quality! World - class alloys and tone!) Nick Silver blue moonlight pickups alnico II 50s style p90s gotoh vintage gold tuners ebony fretboard 16” radius tortoise shell pickguard real mop inlays 4-ply laminated neck flame maple with walnut. home
    8 points
  16. Using the body as a pattern, I marked out the top. And then cut it out. And like its big brother it need to trim down a bit. I may have said I wasn't going to do that again..... but I guess I thought I needed a couple of hours of exercise. I put some water on the side I'm using to better see what was inside and to remind myself that the two hours of exercise was not wasted. SR
    8 points
  17. Hey guys n’ gals, the wood all came in for my next build so I figured I’d get this thread started! This will be a 7-string multiscale guitar, and will have a very similar design to my most recent build. However, this guitar’s theme will be the blood moon, and as such it will feature colors, inlays, and other design elements to suit. Projected specs: - Quilted maple top and headstock cap, natural quilted maple “binding” - Ribbon mahogany body - Roasted single-piece curly maple set neck with 2x carbon fiber rods - 25.5”-26.25” multiscale with perpendicular
    7 points
  18. And so, as a post-script. P and his delightful wife arrived last weekend to pick up the Guitar Bouzouki. And I think he would be happy in me saying he loves it For me, that is a great pleasure and relief in equal measure! P was able to bring his standard Irish Bouzouki for me to have a look at and listen to and that was fascinating. We both agreed that the Guitar Bouzouki has a much richer sound (which would be hoped and expected) and a strummed chord just goes on, beating sub-harmonics all the way, for a long, long time. The neck between the two instruments was quit
    7 points
  19. Thanks guys. Update on finishing. This is after the 4th coat of Tru Oil. Lots of fine sanding has things starting to feel pretty smooth, and I'm starting to get a little build and shine. I reckon I'm 1/3 of the way there give or take, but in my experience it's just done when it's done, I'll keep oiling and sanding until it looks right.
    7 points
  20. It actually came with the jeweler’s saw I bought for cutting inlays, the whole thing was quite cheap ($15-$20) but the jig and saw both work great! Sanded it flush this morning and thank God it turned out alright, this is still dry with no oil and I’m hoping that will help blend in my “fixes” even better.
    7 points
  21. Oak Hollow body guitar This was my 4th build, I wanted to try something a bit different recycling the wood from an old oak wardrobe, carving out the hollow body by hand and having a go at making my own bridge, tailpiece and pickup rings. Very lightweight with no balance/neck dive issues. Specs Oak body, with a bolt on Maple neck and a rosewood fretboard and brass nut. 24 frets 646mm scale. Oak bridge, tailpiece and pickup rings. Wilkinson Machine Heads. Wilkinson Zebra Pickups. Colron natural Danish Oil Finish. Build thread -
    7 points
  22. Thanks buddy. This one has been a serious test of that patience. Oiling neck. Finally it is similar color to the lacquered body core.
    7 points
  23. One of the reasons for the detailed threads is to remember what I did last time. Like thicknessing the sides from 4mm to 2mm. Clearly not the block plane. But was it my No5 Bailey plane? Or scrapers? Or my scraper plane? Surely I didn't sand it? Well - tried them all. This one (the No 5) should have been the best: No - I remembered when in desperation I picked it up and tried it anyway. Yup - the block plane that 'isn't suited to this kind of task'. Sorted it in about 30 minutes And so cut them out to the template above's shape and soaked them both in the
    7 points
  24. Here is "Patience". Build thread here: Imagine that Gibson were to take one of their lowliest, basic, cheap guitars and hand it to their custom workshop. To be skilfully master-crafted and inlaid using only the finest materials To be lovingly created using the utmost attention to detail To be as light as gossamer and with a voice to make angels weep Well back to reality, this is what I built instead! This is my second build. This time it was for a good friend of mine, who wanted a Les Paul Junior Double-Cut, but customised to his specification. Body &
    7 points
  25. Her goodies still need tweaking and dialing in....I think she is looking forward to it; Glamour shots next weekend. SR
    7 points
  26. I'm entering the Billy Bongo bass, full build thread here: Specs Neck: Black limba one-piece neckthrough with macassar ebony fretboard, white MOP inlays and side dots, golden pheobe backplane on the headstock. Body: Black limba wings with bog oak contrast veneers, golden pheobe top, ebony ramp and control cover Hardware/electronics: ABM bridge, Nordstrand soapbar pickups, Darkglass Tone Capsule 3 band active EQ, Hipshot tuners Finish: Clear nitrocellulose on the body and headstock, crimson guitars finishing oil on the neck shaft Weight: 8lb 10oz
    7 points
  27. You're not kidding about an early stage! But my next build is at an even earlier stage:
    7 points
  28. Ah go on, I'll give you a sneak preview of a photo taken on my phone. The SLR shots will follow later
    7 points
  29. 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 j
    7 points
  30. This is my first time I post on this site. I play for 45 years synthesizers and the last 2 years a little electric guitar . So I am a real DIY builder of many things, I designed an electric guitar with a possibility to link it to synthesizers with more opportunities to play the guitar and synths independently of one another. On the web I discovered the Acpad, which seems to be something unknown. It was a kickstarter project of Robin Sukroso The Acpad was designed for an acoustic guiter. Iwanted the Acpad on an electric guitar, but that was not possible. So I had myself an electr
    7 points
  31. And now it is fun time! SR
    7 points
  32. Got a little demo recorded this afternoon. Cheers!
    7 points
  33. So far so good! I tried staining it black and it reacted with the wood and turned it purple...so sanded it back and experimented with different colours. Black to highlight the grain, then some yellow and some brown. I’m liking this effect. Turned out that the bridge was too wide for the neck, so to cut a long story short I modified it and it is now a hardtail. The plus side of this is that it saved quite a bit of weight, that brass block was heavy! Some modifying of the scratch plate is now needed, so that it folllows the curves better.
    7 points
  34. 1957 Futura build I've been building for about 7 years now. It's a hobby I started with my dad where we built a couple of guitars together at his work shop. Since then I have been adding to my own workshop over the years. I have been pulled towards the "golden era" of electric guitars. The late 50's and through the 60's. I started with almost no wood working experience but I have a background in CAD and computers. Here is the link to the build thread here - 1957 Futura build Here is how the guitar looked when finished. It was my first attempt at a vintage nitro cell
    7 points
  35. I got a couple of things partially done this weekend....nothing especially picture worthy. I got frets in and the ends beveled, but I have not leveled or dressed the frets yet. I realize that I change the fret end dressing constantly while carving and sanding the neck. I decided to carve and sand the neck first and then level and dress the frets. So the neck is carved and roughly sanded. It still have a fair number of tweaks left before I'm completely happy with the shape and feel. SR
    7 points
  36. That’s her finished!!! Well, almost. Needs action set and intonated but she plays good. I’m so happy, came out much better than I could have hoped. love the colour, the flames, the pickups. will get intonated tomorrow and might even get a wee video up. I put the strap lock on the rear of the upper horn this time. I’m almost regretting that as the body is so small the strap has to almost pull around my body,m. Time will tell and a thinner strap might help as well. Updated post so that pictures are rotated the correct way!
    7 points
  37. Time for a wee break from proceedings. The lack of a headstock means any logo I apply needs to go elsewhere on the instrument. The common spot for these headless instruments appears to be just above the neck near the neck pickup and bass-side cutaway. I've seen seen this done as plain engraving (Strandberg) and a decal (Kiesel, Steinberger). I'm going to match this location for the logo, but but I'm going to go for something a bit more wanky in presentation and do some V-carving. First, some volunteers from the audience. Here's some dark Blackwood and Eucalyptus from the offcuts bin to ex
    7 points
  38. Fretboard glued on. Obligatory ”lay the crap on and see if it looks like a guitar” pic. Fretboard was left long, it will be trimmed to fit neck pup cavity. Starting to get a wee bit excited.
    7 points
  39. I guess this is done. After putting the center star flare star in I wish it was the smallest instead of larger, as it breaks the illusion. But the flares nexus was also not realistic. Also, since the top flare tilted on inlay and is very shallow on one end, it may disintegrate as I do final sanding, so we may not be done yet. Lastly, the two tiny pearl areas to the left of the star flare just disintegrated as there was so little area. I may be able to set in some tiny triangles, but not today. Overall I’m happy I could get this much!
    7 points
  40. The back plate has been attached and about 90% filed/sanded/scraped flush with the sides. It's very close in most areas except for the scroll and neck join/heel areas. The join is pretty solid. There are a few imperfections in the 'usual suspect' areas. I don't expect it will be very noticeable when it's all said and done. Once I get the scroll/neck areas cleaned up I'll add a small roundover on the back, since I'm not planning on binding it. I've tapped on the box some, and it has that 'high ping' sort of resonance. I don't honestly know what I'm listening for, but I do like
    7 points
  41. I figured I'd throw up a thread here about all the things that keep me away from instrument building, causing me to have epically long build times! First up, I built a kitchen island for my house, with slide outs for the trash can and storage. Maybe not super interesting, but it's super functional, and turned out great! And my wife loves it, so bonus... I also built a bar area with legs and paint to match, which ties it in nicely.
    6 points
  42. 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
  43. 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 Neck: Maple with Cherry and Nogal stripes from the outlet of another flooring materials factory
    6 points
  44. Do you remember this one?? If you recall. Tom had ordered some bridge parts and tuners from Hipshot in the States just before everything cracked off with Covid and everything ground to a halt both sides of the Atlantic... Well. they've arrived And so I've spent the last few days starting to get to the finishing stages of the build. I drew out the string runs to work out how much wiggle room there was on the tuner angles (Tom likes angled tuners): I then drilled the tuner bush holes and that let me determine the bridge blocks positions: Lots and lots of c
    6 points
  45. And here's Sissy. Sissy's got a black limba body, maple burl top and HS cap, East Indian rosewood neck and cavity cover. She's got Gotoh 510 Delta tuners, graphtec nut, stainless steel jumbo frets, Klein '59 PAF pick-ups and a Babicz bridge. SR
    6 points
  46. And so, although I am going to fine-tune the neck profile and also need to take the neck pickup back to Matt to switch the internal wiring, externally, this is done. So - with apologies for the self-indulgence - here it is: As always, thanks for looking and the huge encouragement along the way
    6 points
  47. Forgive the dust on the headstock - I promise to give it a wipe-down before I do the fancy photos - but I put a couple of magnets on the trussrod cover: Which hold it secure and straight: Underneath the tip there is a tiny bevel sanded so that removal is just fingernail stuff: Pickups and electrics are in and the 'first fit' is being done today and tomorrow. Two things I've already picked up that need tweaking: - now I've tried it with strings, the neck needs just a bit more shaving off the haunches - the two pickups are out of phase in the middle position (althoug
    6 points
  48. Yeaaah, let's call them "creative"... Some of my solutions are gonna cut corners, and some of them will be drastic. Stick around for the ride! Day Three: Today started pleasantly with ruler and pencil. We all know about the six (seven?) P’s, although I am treating this build in the same way as a stand-up comedian treats a gig - making it up as I go along, and hoping somebody laughs at it. Made myself some pickup routes. Or, shall I say, pickup holes? There was no routing involved. Time to make this thing about 800g lighter. And, hopefully, a t
    6 points
  49. Wiped on some finishing. After 3 coats of Crimson Guitars Penetrating Oil mixed with traditional resin oil mix(natural resins+boiled linseed oil,tung oil,mineral spirits). I ended up thinning the mix a bit more with mineral spirits cause the resin oil was quite thick mix. Next some wet sanding and another coat. After that I will be checking the neck angle again when I get the bridge mounted. And if it is off I will be shimming it or file the neck pocket to get it corrected. Depending on how high can the saddle height adjustment screws go.
    6 points
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