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10pizza

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  1. I've had good experience with Rothko&Frost, you can do one offs, sheets and also in metallic colors. they're in the UK, but shipping shouldn't be that bad in an envelope.
  2. very nice looking table! great result with the iron-on band on the table top. timeconsuming, but indeed joy!
  3. here we go again. this will be a build based on my last one, the prototype Swel AT1. goal is to learn from my mistakes building the first one and improve on aesthetics and finish. Like the blue one before, this will be a nice color finish. Last week started with preparations for neck, yesterday did some routing, drilling and sawing. One of the things I learned from last build that it's hard to get a nice output jack access drilled at an angle to the body, so I drilled it before I sawed out the body. also last time I used the router to route the complete cavities for pickups. Could have saved me a lot of time by predrilling, which I did now. I'm also keeping track of hours spent on this one. routing the headstock after joint-gluing pre-drilling having fun result so far
  4. Remember your avatar I believe! very nice instrument build here, impressed!
  5. nice pics! how did you do the joint exactly on the neck? Did you glue a block on the angled cut and then routed the top flat with the neck?
  6. Always love this discussion! Totally agree with @Bizman62 I'm sure there is an effect of the wood on sustain (ie, how long the string keeps vibrating) but that's all the pickups are able to 'pick up'. With all components involved in the electric guitar chain, this is something negligable. playing it without an amplifier might make a difference in sound, but that's not the intention of an electric guitar, is it Also totally agree with the 'traditional' wood statement. It's not like Leo spent 10 years building tele's and comparing all the tonal characteristics of different wood species, he just took what was easily available (and cost-effective) good luck with the build, either wood will make it a great piece once you've built it yourself!
  7. good idea Prosthetha, I have a sail maker in my town, they probably can make a custom gigbag as well if they have a nice example to work from. I might want to have some custom made gigbags as well in the future for guitars I'm selling.
  8. haha, I have to admit I have the same bad habit sometimes! Not always clicking the notify button , so sometimes miss updates! No problem at all!
  9. awesome looking guitars! Love the top one. Which trem is installed on that one?
  10. Just reading this thread now, very cool project and great video! Sounds great!
  11. very nice result using a mitre saw setup, wouldn't have dared to try it myself! looking forward to the rest of this build!
  12. Agree with @Bjorn.LaSanche, great book for setup and repairs. I still use it all the time for reference when I setup guitars, but as Bjorn says, it's good to also find your own ways and preferences by just doing it!
  13. Swel AT1 This is my second build. First one was the zebracaster which took me an awful long time to get done, so I’m happy I did this one in ‘just’ a few months. My goal with this build was to create a design of my own in stead of using an existing template. The idea is to use this build as a prototype for future builds of the same model for sales to the public. Also I like to learn with each build so new for me on this build was a scarf joint and a recessed jack output. Also a color finish using spray cans was somewhat new to me Materials: Because this is a prototype I decided to use available woods and hardware as much as possible. I got some basswood from my woodshop ( www.masave.nl ) and I cut a piece of maple into several pieces for necks and fretboards. Background As I don’t have a professional workshop, the build was done mostly in my backyard, using available power tools. For planing/thicknessing I used my friends carpenter’s workshop planer. I don’t have a background in woodworking other than doing renovations in my own home and what I learned building my first guitar. Design The design was based on a couple of guitars I like a lot: · Ibanez guitars like the JS model: sleek designs with round shapes · Mosrite guitars : asymmetrical body · Heins guitars From a playing perspective I personally like small radiused guitars, but I want to make this model ‘allround’ so I gave the fretboard a 10” radius. The scale is 25.5”. Also to create a versatile instrument I’ve added a Schaller superswitch to create 5 different pickup combinations using 2 humbuckers with 2 different single coil modes. I designed an angled neck pickup for a brighter response on the high strings. Specifications: All the specs: Scale length: 25.5” Radius: 10” Body wood: Basswood Neck / Fretboard: Maple Pickups: Neck: Dimarzio Fast Track II, Bridge: Dimarzio AT-1 Electronics: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5-position Schaller P-switch, 0.1 uF tone capacitor Hardware: Gotoh Wilkinson VS400 trem, Gotoh tuners Nut: Graphteq Frets: 22 Slim Jumbo (6105 style) frets Position markers: 3mm abalone dots Decal: Swel is my guitar make name, which translates to a Swallow in English. Hence the bird/swallow decal. Video: I've made a short video showing the guitar and playing some things to let you hear the different styles and switch positions. Pictures: A blue chord needs a blue guitar! Rounded shapes, Gotoh Wilkinson floating trem. Had to route the neck pocket in a 1.5 degree angle to allow for proper floating setup. Headstock with Swel logo decal. Custom white trussrod cover. Graphteq nut. First attempt at a scarf joint and vollute. Gotoh Tuners. Maple neck. Shaped for comfort. Action setup comfortably low but allowing fierce playing. The back: recessed cavity cover for the electronics. The Trem cover is mounted on top of the back.. Shaped the neckpocket join for better accessibility to the high frets. flat curve for stable seated playing. 1V1T with chrome knobs and the Schaller P-switch. Body mounted pickups, 22 frets.
  14. In the end I ordered some blank pickguard material from Thomann in Germany. Large piece for acceptable cost, allthough still on the expensive side given it's just some plastic... However, I've made the cavity covers and installed them, so now ready for fotoshooting. As my wife is a photographer and I gave her some nice backdrops to shoot against for mothers day it's a nice opportunity to try those out with my guitar! Hoping to get those done over the weekend. As I'll be building another model identical to this one, i've noted my lessons learned for the next one. There were a couple of first times for me in this build, so I did learn a lot! - pre-drill jack-output hole before cutting out the body. It will make it easier to get a recessed output hole that is not perpendicular to the body - use more primer to really smooth things out. In this guitar I fixed some holes with filler, but you can still see them in the end result if you look carefully - use an extra can of colour finish and smooth sand in between every couple of layers. - extra attention to finishing of pickup cavities - As basswood is very easy to dent, be more careful in general and add additional layers of clearcoat Next week I'll start on the next one. I'm preparing as much as possible and I'll take another approach to the routing of all the cavities. I'll do the routing on my body blank and then I'll cut it out and rasp/sand it into shape. I'll be timing all the steps I take to see how much time I actually need to build this one.
  15. they did play this song if I recollect correctly, but Amanda was not with him on that occasion. Still a great show though! He did play the same Duesenberg guitar the opener that night was John Moreland. Also a guy to check out. Amazing voice.
  16. Very nicely done! I'm trying to score myself a nice cherry top table for a build Looking great, will follow to see how it ends!
  17. Speechless, this is indeed art in guitarform. really creative!
  18. great album and songs! Went to see Jason Isbell after the previous album, Something more than Free, great artist. Nice craftmanship you're showing here @ScottR
  19. When I was young and living in a small town in Holland it never occured to me that I could actually even buy an electric guitar! After I found out I could, I bought one and regularly visited the guitar shop of Wim Heins in Holland who was also building guitars. I already started tinkering with my guitar early on, changing a SC to a humbucker in my strat, rewiring etc. The ultimate goal for me was to build a guitar from scratch which I wouldn't have thought possible if it weren't for Heins. and about 30 years later it happened: MAGIC!
  20. nice playing man! catchy groove!
  21. I'm glad I'm considering this build as a prototype, lots of imperfections I need to deal with on the next build of this model. Will take some time to write up my lessons learned and share that with you all. In the mean time, I'm finishing up. First time installing a Gotoh/Wilkinson floating trem. Had to route my neck pocket in an angle of about 1,5 degrees to make the bridge line up better to allow for decent action setup and correction. Also had to do some routing in my cavity to be able to tighten the output jack. After these corrections I was able to set it up and intonate correctly. Also installed the electronics and did a test-drive. Playing and sounding good, allthough I think I will have a final look at the neck thickness. next pics will be in the August GOTM submission thread! yay! Now I only need to find me some cheap white plastic to use as cavity cover and to make a trussrod cover......
  22. Trying to get this done for the July gotm entry but am faced with a small setback, apparently I used the wrong routing template for my neck pickup Will try to route without damaging the finish tomorrow
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