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  1. It's ready. Well, it was actually ready mid-May, but since I've been given an infinite timescale on everything in my life, it takes me a proportionately infinite amount of time to get things done and post about them. I'm sure we can all relate - what a year, right? So anyways, after about 15 coats of wipe-on poly, I let her sit for a few days to cure, then installed my cheap hardware and strung her up. As promised, the bridge pickup is a Seymour Duncan SH-6. The neck pickup, a position I have yet to understand let alone use, is a no-name
  2. Dude, go for it! Tools I have used so far: power drill, jigsaw, file, rasp, coping saw, knife, sandpaper. Bandsaw doesn't count, I couldn't tension it properly and the blade kept falling off. And thanks for the kind words about the gaff finish, everyone! Honestly, didn't know how that one would go down. I've refinished two guitars already using this technique - one of them is my main touring guitar, and yep, if I drop it, it definitely bounces! Days Twelve and Thirteen: Before I unveil the top finish, I feel I should give some insight into the inspiration
  3. I admit, I gave it a quick go on the stone I use for my kitchen knives, but that chisel literally has chips and dents in the blade. I'm sure I could've fixed it up a bit better with a grinder, but hey, got the job done. Days Ten and Eleven: Recessed the neck bolt ferrules. Covered the back and sides of the guitar in gaff tape. Wait, whaaat? Oh yeah. Best thing for a trashy pine guitar body is a trashy finish! Then, rough it up with some 400-grit, and spray it black with rattle-can. I
  4. Days Eight and Nine: I would love to say I followed Bizman's advice, but I didn't. I would like to be able to say I didn't hand-cut through 5mm of plywood by hand, but I did. I'd quite like to deny any involvement of my blunt chisel, but it's evident. And I'd like to say it took less than two full days of cutting, and a half day of cleaning up - but it really took that long. I guess some of us just like to do it the hard way... Would. Not. Recommend. Ever.
  5. That's soo much cleaner than what I came up with! Mine was more like a block with a big rebate, with an 8mm hole drilled through it so I could put pressure on the exacto blade handle passed through the hole. Neither, I'm afraid.
  6. If I had the money or the means to do a veneer, I'd be all over it! But then, if I had the resources, I would've done the entire top out of quilted maple. Day Seven: More neck heel work - got the thing bolted in for the first time today. Ended up doing it by dabbing a little paint around each hole in the neck, then pressing hard into the heel of the body, and found myself with some impressions of the screw holes. Easy life. And, according to the centreline of the body, my mathematics were off by about half a millimeter! For the standards invoked by this buil
  7. Those northern winters must be a pain for any kind of guitar-building! People here have no idea - it drops below 20'c in Sydney and everyone starts wearing furry coats! Also, I too have had my nagging about filling the garden with sawdust.... Thanks mate! But it's not over yet - there's still a lot of tasks to complete which would be a lot easier with the right set of tools. Day Six: Made the neck heel a bit more comfortable. I'll have a hell of a time drilling and aligning the holes in the body to match the neck, though. Does anybody have experience building a
  8. Mate, it's all we can do to keep on keepin' on! Being unemployed won't bring me down, just like how my lack of power tools (and money!) won't stop me from building a guitar! Thanks for the kind words, I hope you guys are all doing okay too. Day Five: Finally I've got a single piece glued up, and it's somewhat resembling a guitar body! Of course, the whole idea for constructing the body from so many different layers was to alleviate the need for a router. It also allowed me to make the guitar chambered. But, the inherit issue is one of alignment, and now that it's
  9. Day Four: I've always found something childishly funny about the term "F-holes", but this morning I used the "F-word" rather extravagantly. My coping saw has been in neglect for so long, it took a good spray of WD40 just to change the blade. And as for my skills using it? Thank god for files and sandpaper. Drilled holes for the switches and pots. I nearly forgot this part. And the top gets glued! More gravity-clamps. Oh yeah, this setup works, but don't expect a few bricks to replace good clamps. I'm broke, and my finish style will accommodate for a few
  10. 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
  11. Thanks man, good to be back! How are you doing? Day Two: Using my untrustworthy jigsaw, I hacked out my body shape in a rough manner. I know all about blade bending, and even the most strategically placed relief holes wouldn't help out the screaming blade. Sometimes, a good samaritan will hear such screaming, and come to the rescue. My friendly neighbour popped his head over the fence and asked if I'd like to borrow his 9" bandsaw. Boy, would I! The man has a heart of gold. The machine, however, has a gullet of rust, excuse the pun.
  12. Long time no see! How have you all been? Well, I finally went out and dropped the big bucks. Lost my job (like everyone else) two weeks ago, and after exhausting myself of things to do, I failed to succumb to boredom, and decided to build another guitar. I'm excited - my first real build in eight years! I bought a stick of pine for $17. Now, before any eyebrows meet hairlines, let me just put my position into perspective. I moved to Australia from the UK seven years ago, and have so far accumulated a fraction of the tools I previously had at my disposal. Total
  13. Finally got this thing finished! Like I said, working 60+hours a week between two jobs, holding down gigs and practices with two bands, and of course a girlfriend (groan!), doesnt leave a lot of time free. Oh no, the world exclaims - another 20-year-old just found out what real life is like! Haha Anyhoo, stuck the hardware in... ...and downright butchered the electronics... ...and strung her up! Uhh... Remember the bit where I made a jack plate out of an aluminum can? Yeah, uh, dont do that. It doesnt work very well. I walked a little too far away from my am
  14. Can we have a video please? I've seen the photographs of the monster, now I want to hear it scream...!
  15. Scott - The bass horn shouldnt be a problem. I've been playing the other guitar for a few years, and the only problem I've found is that the guitar is unnaturally light, due to it's hollow softwood construction! I'll have to weigh it, but it's wierdly light. Probably why I designed the bass horn to be that long - no neck dive. (excuse the locking nut on that neck - been meaning to build a proper neck for that thing for years...) Agent Zed - That's one of the guitars I was looking at when I drew inspiration for this! http://projectguitar.com/tut/bsb.htm This tutorial, to be exact. A
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