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gpcustomguitars

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  1. I wanted to cover as little of the top as possible... And it's a bat wing
  2. Yes, it's a really nice piece of walnut. I started that body a long time ago, I think I could have made a better ot more interesting shape, but that seemed OK then...
  3. Another small update - made the pick guard. Rough sawn by hand, shaped to the line on the spindle, hand beweled by rotary tool and sanded a bit. I'll polish it before assembly.
  4. A small update - drilled the pocket for the neck screws, and preparing to mark and cut the fret slots. It's a wrong way to do it, but this was originally supposed to be a fretless. Also, reduced the pick guard to cover less of the surface.
  5. Thanks! I started out trying to remove the problematic parts of the body, but it kinda morphed to more carving than I had planned. For this guitar, I'm planing a aluminium top, 1mm thick, engraved with acid and current if I manage that. I have limited experience with that, I just engraved my signature on a knife I made a few years ago, but this would be significantly larger. The oval shape in the bridge area could be a raised portion of the top, perhaps shaped quite differently, still toying with that idea, alternative being just plain flat top. Neck will have the usual 4.5 deg in any cas
  6. Thanks! Did some more sanding and planed out the tenon, pup cavities etc...
  7. Well roughed in the back carve last night, waiting on the bass body to cure. Added a bit more scoop to the back side of the cutout, pics later.
  8. Some more progress on the old projects - one coat of homemade oil mix on the back of the bass neck. Masked the edges of the fboard to stop the seeping trough as I want to dye the fb black in the next steps. Also, final coat of lacquer on the body, this one a bit more diluted for better flow. Also, another LP body out of the storage - this one had quite a few cracks, so I changed the back to get rid of most of them. The rest I have filled with CA, and started the carve. The neck for this is almost done, so shouldn't be a too long build.
  9. I can't take credit for that - I've seen it done in a shop I was frequenting a long time ago - they did all their non-MOP dots that way. Even the punches were shop made. They actually were regularly making some of their tooling in-house, some of that must have seeped over to me. Yes, lenses do funny things - I think I actually saw a guitar that was made like that, giant headstock shape for body and a small body shape for a headstock
  10. Yesterday I spent some time sanding the joint, and drilled glued and leveled the side dots and the fb markers. Couldn't find any mop dots, I was sure I still had some in stock, so I used a 6mm leather punch to cut some from a strip of white binding. Looks nice to me. So, fretting is next.
  11. 2 shop sessions later, I have shaped and glued the neck in. Tenon needed some adjustment, but so far so good. Perhaps it would have been easier to install the side dots and fret it before gluing it in, but It shouldn't make that much difference...
  12. Thanks!!! I started thicknessing the slope on the back of the neck when my router stopped working again... Decided to just go ahead and use chisel, saw and file. Also, managed to plane the taper of the neck on one side. Hope to manage the other side tomorrow, so I can start shaping it.
  13. Here's where I'm at now - glued the fretboard last night, should saw off the taper of the neck next, and fine fit the tenon.
  14. The router just had some wiring/switch problems, so it's back from the repair. I've managed to thickness the headstock plate to 1.5mm, I'll sand off the .5mm later. proceeded with gluing it to the headstock, and trimmed and sanded flush. More pics of that later, I'm getting ready to glue on the fretboard, hopefully later today.
  15. and here's the neck so far... My router just stopped working last night while I was thicknessing the headstock veneer, so I'll have to make a stop at the repair shop.
  16. I'm planing to make it the classic red, and to lacquer it by brushing, seems to work fine so far. I hope to have some shop time later today, so I can make a few pics of the neck so far. Waiting for the parts is frustrating.......
  17. For no apparent reason at all, I've started a new project - a simple SG. I had a 35mm thicknessed board in the shop, a printed out plan and some thin MDF, so it was all ready to go. First, glued the plan onto the mdf and made the template for routing. Body blank was missing some width, but I've glued some stock from the same board to make it up. Routed out the shape and the pup cavities in one go: then, planed, filed and sanded the neck angle in filed the bevels then sanded upper horn revealed a crack when shaped, which I've stabilized with CA
  18. Also, finally got around to start finishing this: I've started using locally produced oil-based boat lacquer, both straight and mixed with oil varnish and oil thinner as a home made wipe-on solution. This body has a neck too, need to do the frets and add a MOP logo to headstock.
  19. a bad pic, but it shows where it's at now...hopefully I'll get some pickup rings for the hums I've got, I did the electronics (not in the pic, 2 vol, 1 master tone, 1 master bass cut), and have to get a tune-o-matic and a stop bar...
  20. After reconsidering this, I've sanded the top to bare wood, and redid it as a somber blacktop. Due to corona, had to use a brush for lacquering over the dye, but it turned reasonably well. Hand polished, and waiting on the parts to arrive.
  21. After some time, guitar is ready for dye (to be done by customer's wife) and than should be back to me for assembly
  22. Well, I've spent the weekend trying to dye the top, and this is the result - originally, I wanted a faded blueburst. Actually found the dye in the form of the toner for the wall paint, waterbased, worked just fine. But, my top, although bookmatched, is plain maple, and quite uneven in terms of both pores and the texture. So, after qute a few applications and sandbacks I got the central part pretty much done, but for the life of me couldn't get the re-curve area to stay the same dark blue all around with the same intensity. So, I went into the shop searching for the flat black, and find an unop
  23. Scott, it's for this project - http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/49451-couldnt-resist-a-new-design-project/ I've routed the cavity already, pics to follow, still need to route for floyd. It's a cavity template in the shape of future cover plate. I did it that way to avoid any fitting mistakes. Andy, I hope to stain the top blue and sand back to sort of worn denim effect, if I manage that with what I have available at home. Overall finish should be true oil, but I'm still not 100% sure. I might use waterbased acrylic primer and gloss coating, I did that before and the results
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