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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. 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
  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. "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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Back to hanging like a side of beef. SR
    8 points
  12. So I trimmed the edges... And I was in love! The guitar became quite rigid after the glue-up! It kept the contour quite nicely!! Seems to have no voids! I like it a lot! This is my first real hollowbody build and I am super excited!! Thanks! I enjoy the process very much!!
    7 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Her goodies still need tweaking and dialing in....I think she is looking forward to it; Glamour shots next weekend. SR
    7 points
  22. 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
  23. You're not kidding about an early stage! But my next build is at an even earlier stage:
    7 points
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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.
    6 points
  27. Forgive the self indulgence As always, thanks for looking, folks
    6 points
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
    6 points
  31. 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
    6 points
  32. Lambda Guitars - Carbon14 This is my first attempt at guitar building, the second is in design and will start construction in January. The idea of making a guitar started over 10 years ago when my son started playing, but never had the time to make it happen. Moving back to the UK after a spell working abroad, and the lockdown, gave me the opportunity to finally have a go… It was built in my garage, I have some wood working experience from DIY projects at home, and a background in mechanical and software engineering. Had to buy a router and a band saw for the project. I’ve
    6 points
  33. This build was a very satisfying experience. And thank you guys. I made it with your support. Its been lots of fun. Lutherie forever! Name: Nomad Specs: - mahogany neck-thru - ash body - finish- Tru-oil - pau ferro fingerboard radius - 10 - asymmertic profile neck - 7 string multiscale 25,4-26,6 - 24 stainless steel frets jumbo Sintoms - Fishman Fluence Tosin Abasi Set BK - 5 position switch, push-pull pot
    6 points
  34. So progress has been ticking away slowly, but I'm really happy with how it's going. Both the control cavity covers are now shaped. I've left them as a tight fit for now so I could press them into place and sand them flush with the rest of the back of the body without them moving around on me. I also had a feeling I wanted to do an inlay in the body to match the fret board inlay. After much laying out of pieces, procrastination and mulling over, I decided to do it. Very glad I did, I'm really happy with how it looks. I also played around a little with some Tru Oil on the back o
    6 points
  35. Cthulhu Woods: - Cocobolo neck - Gaboon ebony fret board with Cthulhu inlay in Mother of Pearl - Swamp ash body Scale length: Muli scale 25.5" - 27.5" Hardware: Hipshot tuners and bridge, stainless string retainer / sustain block Electronics: Tosin Abasi signature Fishman Fluence pickup. One mini switch for Fluence voicings, and one for B / B-N / N pickup selection This one has been a long time coming. I've had the idea for this inlay planned for years, and finally built up a reserve of patience to try it. The body design is from a Tosin Abasi prototype built by
    6 points
  36. Covid19 happened and our class was canceled so this thread wasn't finished the way it was meant to. During the last Saturday before lockdown I got it pretty much finished and let the fellow builders play it through my Blackstar Fly. Let's just say she could sing both metal and jazz and anything in between, even the plunkety plunk I'm capable of producing. While she was hanging on the wall waiting for the finalest of the final touches I cooked a batch of wax from carnauba flakes and beeswax candles and pine turpentine. I spread the wax all over when it was still hot and running and buffed her n
    6 points
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. At the begining I was afraid the Fishman flounce are over-rated/advertised They are not. There is some delicacy in the sound of a passive with the active string attack. Dunno how it works but it does. Asked my friend to play a bit for a sound test line 6 spider ii 150+reverb+chorus(?)+delay
    6 points
  40. In recent years I've noticed an upswing in the mentions of a notched straightedge being a necessary tool for fret levelling. I think it's important to note that a notched straightedge is primarily intended to reveal physical abnormalities in the fretboard itself, not the frets. Even the example given on the Stewmac youtube channel about their notched straightedge is showing off its abiity to reveal a neck with a hump around the 3rd fret, the proposed fix being to remove some of the frets altogether and spot-level the fretboard itself before reinstalling new fret wire, rather than re-fret and r
    6 points
  41. I'm like a caveman seeing a motor car for the first time. I don't know whether to worship it or throw spears at it!
    6 points
  42. Retrosonix "Bow-Tie" 25.5 inch scale. warman 5/2 tele bridge pickup. roasted sycamore neck and fingerboard. one piece ash body with roasted sycamore top. I wanted a lightweight guitar with minimal knobs and pickups so i had no excuse to just play.. i based the design on the MM st vincent and was also influenced the hollowbody explorer that Ben at crimson made. i got the wood just before lockdown and made it in my garden that i share with my chickens and ducks. the weather was great, it was a fun build.
    6 points
  43. This thing is just about polished off, I just need to figure out where to keep the battery and install the controls for the piezo A few pictures. By the way I've reduced them 30% and hope they're interesting Ground rules, most important things first I used heat-shrink to pull the switch through, comes in handy for all sorts of reasons! One of these is a Gibson. You should be able to tell which one but not bad hey? The art of photography is something not to be scoffed at. Its quite a challenge
    6 points
  44. 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
  45. Restrictions have lightened up where I live and I was able to relocate and get to my tools, so I'm finally starting in on this build. Nothing quite like the smell of freshly-planed mahogany! And now the strangest and happiest of surprises; while I was planing what I thought was a totally normal piece of ebony for the fingerboard, I quickly realized that it's actually a heavily-figured unicorn of a board! I'm no veteran woodworker, but I have never even *heard* of figured ebony (outside of people using the word "figure" to describe grain patt
    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. A little farther.
    6 points
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