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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. Well that went well. Feedback was it sounded clear, deep and punchy. Played well with lovely neck, so can't ask for more. Heres a snap of Marshall I Henry playing it on the pyramid stage! Very humbled to have one of my instruments used here not just in my little studio.
    10 points
  5. The instruments we make tell a story. The materials we use, the designs we come up with, the music we imagine our new instrument playing, and even the reason we decided to make the instrument are all elements of the story. I think this is one of the big differences between mass-produced instruments and hand-crafted custom instruments. The first are made for a market, the second are made to tell a story. Reading each of the different build threads going on here with so many different ideas coming to life tells us something about the builder. Even if we aren’t aware of it, the decisions we
    10 points
  6. Hey everyone, I'm finally back at home after this weekend's event Everyone involved had a great time and the auction went very well! I just realized I never showed pics of the entire package up for auction. The guitar was bundled with a Gator vintage brown case and Couch Cadillac brownburst strap. The cool thing about this strap? It's made from original vinyl used on 70's Cadillac roofs. The event was held on a gorgeous property out in Jupiter, FL. The weather was amazing, it couldn't have been a better setup. So here's my little table. And after the auction,
    10 points
  7. 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
    9 points
  8. 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
  9. So late last year I started in on a new model based around a Super Strat that I ultimately named the Helix. I wanted to incorporate some things I like in a guitar such as a super thin neck profile, a deeper cutaway, magnetic truss covers and a thinner body and a few other minor things. When I started building the first Helix I broke out the video equipment and documented the entire process. To anyone who's done it you know shooting a build by yourself is a time consuming task. Stopping at each step of the build process to set up a camera slows down the build process considerably. On some
    9 points
  10. True!... a sharp gouge is just fun. I've been carving the heel, that was a quick job. I will try to make kinda volute in the heel... Still needs some refining, but the big part is done. Sorry for the square neck profile, I need to clear out the surroundings before proceed with the neck carving. Have a nice weekend!
    9 points
  11. "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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Back to hanging like a side of beef. SR
    8 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Definitely! I’ve tried it before using just tape, and since the dye is so viscous there’s always bleed and it’s really hard to get clean lines after that - even razor scraping leaves a sort of soft edge when I’ve tried it. Thanks! Definitely the most risky I’ve been with edges/sharpness, and it’s been fun to try something new. I’ve decided to name this guitar The Hatchet due to its sharp edges Alright, finally got to my favorite part of the build process today: color! The body came out plenty dark so the neck can stay as is. I was planing on screws for the
    8 points
  23. I sure hope so! Not certain, just a picture I figured would go with my username. Get it? Lumberjack...? Axes....? But also, guitar axes.......? I’ll show myself out. Major pic dump from a long day in the garage: Body trued up to 80 grit, controls drilled. Control cavity roughly routed, and a shot of my “method” for cavity cover fitting; I’m not a big template guy (although I know I should be) and cut almost everything free hand, including routes. Pressing aluminum foil over the cavity gives me my shape, as every cavity I cut is unique to the controls and layout I decide
    8 points
  24. @Prostheta Wow you lost me on that one! Well I painstaking scraped the pinstripe purfling to reveal the maple stripe better and it was worth it. Just enough to make it pop more. Peeling my pinstriping tape away revealed that it did a good job, but still had seepage in several places. Unfortunately it was swamp ash and not maple and it sinks in deeper as the wood is so soft and porous. There were also a couple spots on the sides that looked like the dye splattered but it was completely covered so Im baffled as to how it would get there. Weather is raining and cold. but I opened the garage
    8 points
  25. Hello! Hope my post is correct... I just finished a Semi-Hollow Baritone guitar! Got a lot of problem while doing this one, but this guitar is so resonant in the end and has a wonderful tone (will try to make a video soon). Here is the spec: SEL Baritone 28 -Figured yellow birch back and side. -Figured cherry laminated top (cherry-poplar-cherry) -Maple center block -Black walnut binding -C shape Figured mahogany set neck, long tenon (go under the neck pickup but in the end make not much difference with well made shorter tenon) -Marble Wood fingerboa
    8 points
  26. day 6 and 7!!! fretboard sloting table jig,
    8 points
  27. I had posted this with a bunch of other guitars in an earlier thread, but wanted to split this out on its own. Not a typical 335 as the body and sides are I piece of Black Korina, took a while to hog it all out. The back is carved the same as the top and I put the toggle switch on the top horn. neck is flame maple with a cocobolo fretboard and headstock veneer. Top is a rescued piece of "ambrosia" quilt, had a couple of cracks I had to stabilize, but had awesome natural colour. yesterday was finally nice enough to paint, and I kind of went with the seat of my pants with the
    8 points
  28. Here's my polishing kit: micro mesh and an automotive buffer. SR
    8 points
  29. YOU GUYS. IT'S IN MY APARTMENT. And now for the good(?) part: I made a little video!
    8 points
  30. 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.
    7 points
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. And now it is fun time! SR
    7 points
  35. Got a little demo recorded this afternoon. Cheers!
    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. 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
  38. Done. Those Klein '58 PAFs sound great, they have a ton of character. SR
    7 points
  39. Today's job was cutting the saddle slot. I used the Dremel with the precision router base and a 3mm bit: Rigged up a guide jig with thin packers that would ensure that it stayed level and flat when clamped down: Then clamped it, checked it all and slotted it: Drilled a hole from the slot to the cables channel build into the neck and put in the piezo element for a trial fit: Shaped the bone nut blank and strung it up. And blow me! The flipping thing actually intonates properly!!!!
    7 points
  40. Aaaand back to the body Pickups and neck pocket routed: 1/4" radius for the back: Binding channel (forgot to take pics during the actual binding process): Once binding is done, break out the medieval rasp and companion scrapers: Ok, this one is fully caught up now, minus a few photographically uninteresting stages of sanding. The fretboard was sent off to be blind slotted via CNC, I should have it in hand by the middle of this coming week. Thanks for taking a look!
    7 points
  41. Custom KM-I carve-top finished - Wenge on Mahogany body, 5-piece Maple/Purpleheart neck, Ebony fretboard, Floyd Rose Original, Schaller M6 tuners, BKP Miracle Man (bridge)/Cold Sweat (neck) and Tru-Oil gloss finish... That Ziricote top will be next... Then some new stuff coming...
    7 points
  42. I'd like to make a comment about the line under your nitro on the body. I'm on builds number 2 and 3, not a very experienced luthier, but a VERY experienced furniture maker. What happens is that people use Titebond or Elmer's yellow glue or equivalent for edge gluing 90% of the time, and these glues cure by losing the water. The glue hardens in hours, but the water soaks into both pieces being glued, swelling them slightly at the joint, and wicks away in days or weeks until the moisture content at the glue line matches the rest of the plank. You can plane the wood you have glued up in a m
    7 points
  43. this is close to being finished...redwood is becoming my favorite wood for tops...i
    7 points
  44. Hi all, this one is now done (except for a final setup and a cavity cover. SO pleased with it and a huge thank you to all who commented and offered advice. I really appreciate it. I also managed to get it photographed, which is rare for me. I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts. Now, off to start a superstrat, with a spalted maple top...
    7 points
  45. I've been having too much fun building..kinda forgot about this whole internet thing :-)
    7 points
  46. Here's the finished product... almost. Still gotta get it fully wired, but all the appearance parts are done and the finish is rubbed out and waxed up. Purpleheart/curly maple pickup rings, knobs and switch tips. Hope you like it! Oh yeah, almost forgot - she weighs in at 12.6 lbs.
    7 points
  47. And here we see the Quilted sapele super strat in its natural habitat. Here it hides in a batch of green mint plants, waiting to ambush its prey. It has been known to hunt solo, and also been known to shred its prey apart once caught. Most people figure it is at the top of the food chain.
    7 points
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