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  1. Wow! Thanks for linking that thread @pan_kara. There really is so much great material on this forum, I've only seen such a small fraction of it!
  2. I do remember reading that there should be a slight offset there, which I did forget. I will probably redrill this post since I'm still at a good point to hack this guitar up a little more I'm currently struggling with getting the ferrule holes on the back properly drilled as well. They came out fine on the front but I didn't prepare a good system for aligning them the 2nd time around and they came out pretty lousy and uneven The front ones that I bought required an 11/64" hole so.. I think the plan is to clamp a piece of wood/wood box to the drill press big enough to allow the bit
  3. Very nice details from end to end on this build just to jump back a little, how did you go about working with the brass nut in terms of tools? I have never played anything with a brass nut but I have heard they are a joy and can increase the sustain of the instrument.
  4. You know... The cavity cover is one of those things I've been overlooking since the beginning... using walnut there would certainly even things out and look cool. I think it has been decided Now if I can just catch a break from painting houses, I might be able to get some more much needed time back in the shop!
  5. Enjoying this a ton As for super gluing the fret ends, how does one go about trying to cleanly wick the glue in there? I'll be attempting to install frets soon for the first time, I definitely want to use glue to secure them, but that as well as the rest of the process seems daunting
  6. Thanks Scott! I am thrilled with them and definitely will feel better about tackling them in the future. But I regrettably now have discovered that I messed things up on the LP. Since I was lazy in making a new template for the 24.75" fretboard and just "wung" it by using frets 2-24 of the 27" scale from the other build - I ended up with a ~24" length... Putting my bridge post location right inside the bridge humbucker cavity that was supposed to be 3/4" from the bridge Looks like it's gonna be shelved for awhile. Just a small update on the semi hollow. I did some more neck carving,
  7. Great work on those! I enjoy the look of the no inlay fretboard personally on your N3, I think it can in some cases add to the overall appearance of a guitar. Kind of utilitarian in a way. Though in my case I'll be going without front inlays, not by design as much as in virtue still have to finish *one* guitar before I even think about trying it. Some nice inlay though with that top you're using right next to it will look fantastic I'm sure!
  8. Slotted this piece that I've been saving for the fretboard. I am going to have to do some math to place the bridge... I used my 27" template but started at the 2nd fret because it measured that it would fit into the old fretboard area, and I still got 22 frets. So I have no idea what the scale length is. I will need to go back to the scale length calculator I used on stewmac and subtract whatever the 2nd fret value is from 27... Sound right? Dug out some old epiphone humbuckers (that I won't be using for this) to do a mockup. The only work that was from tonight was starting the
  9. Managed to find some time to get back to the LP project. I'm going to just link to the old thread instead of updating the threads individually: I am happy to report that the second time using the drill press routing for f-holes, it turned out much better. I used the same template from the other guitar. Finally got the top glued on, and cleaned it up on the spindle sander. Ran a cove bit around and drilled/routed for electronics. Randomly decided that it will have independent volumes & master tone. So you can still do the "on-off-cool-les paul-thing", but I don
  10. One bad habit I keep repeating is jumping around to different jobs before completing them. I definitely feel like it is somewhat detrimental to work flow, but sometimes when I only have a short time in the evening to work on the guitar I'll hop around out of just plain old impatience. Routed for humbuckers: Then decided to drill the bridge post holes, and ack did that bit wander! As for the band aids: Decided to invest in some nicer brad tip bits for the second attempt. Happier test fit than last time! So I am going to need to get a
  11. I started to play with shaping up the back of the headstock and some neck carving. I still have a ways to go because I was very apprehensive about removing too much material from the neck. And for good measure wiped some mineral spirits on. I am beginning to see why people like doing this! It's still rough with scratches but now I'm really excited to get further along.
  12. @KnightroExpress it is indeed quite Languedoc inspired I should say, at least leaning in that direction. I can't imagine how many hours that guy put into making some of those guitars, especially getting into all that crazy binding and inlay. Thanks for the reference too, I'll be getting a set of those ferrules on order asap. @Pariahrob thanks! I'm definitely discovering my learning curve on it. Probably my biggest setback is learning to plan more and be patient before cutting wood. I guess I will have to employ this philosophy on the next build
  13. I particularly like the way that ta28 guitar is looking That Bridgeport is a seriously cool machine! That's not in your home shop space is it..?
  14. Before gluing, shaped the end of the fretboard to the same template that I had used to take the body down for the top to slide on. Kind of starting to visualize that the strings are gonna be higher off the body than I would've liked - in terms of the combined height of the fretboard and the bit of the neck that is peeking out mistakes were made when I was removing material to allow for the top to sit on there. It may come down ever so slightly when radiusing the fretboard I guess. Will have to wait and see.. Dun dun dun! Trimmed up: That's about where I'm at for now. I'm
  15. After much deliberation, I decided to make a slotting jig with the table saw blade they sell on LMII. Basically just cut a little MDF "pin" to recess into a sled, and then marked and cut position slots with a small router bit onto another sheet of MDF to tape the fret board wood to. I didn't do the greatest job of getting good angles to show what's going on in the sled but you probably get the idea. The fretboard is attached to the side of the MDF piece closer to the middle of the sled and those little jig clamps keep it pressed against the bottom of the sled. And then the "pin" is up aga
  16. Overall it was a fun process, but yeah I'm pretty sure I probably tried to go in too heavy. I would like to practice this method some more in the future - definitely satisfying in it's own way. And thanks! Of course at the moment they happen the hickups are a real drag, but in exchange for learning through experience it's not a bad trade.
  17. Onto some neck updates. Got me a truss rod and some fiber rods! I'll explain in a moment why the good looking picture is first This whole process was done on a day when I was really rushing and it shows. Everything from cutting the rods, to the truss rod channel being slightly too wide (template moved on me maybe? not sure), to THIS: I was too impatient to make investments to do this job via the router, so I hastily decided to go back to the drill press routing, and of course, being that the body is present, made it a huge pain in the ass. On one of the passes I didn't re
  18. After a little bit of filling and sanding, I got it looking a little better. If you are looking at it from a foot away, it's a little haggard but it's better than it was. I'm still window shopping for a band saw, so for now I have this contraption - jig saw screwed onto an MDF box it did the trick for this thin piece of cedar, but beyond that it's usefulness will be limited: I used the template from the body route to oil the back of the top & body cavity just to.. protect it from what, I don't know. It's just some furniture polish type stuff from home depot, bee
  19. About time for more updates! I sprung for some acrylic templates, mostly to deal with the f-hole cuts. I wasn't really sure how to go about making a clean template for them and the time I have had to work on the guitar lately, I've been anxious to make progress quickly. So it seemed like a good idea to get these I put the whole body in my router sled with a neck/fretboard template on to take the thickness of the body down enough to allow for the top to sit on top. For whatever reason, I think I went lower than I had originally wanted, but I like seeing the little bit of the nec
  20. I'm just getting really happy with using templates now. This will get cleaned up of course when it comes to working on the neck: With all the rough areas on her it's really kind of a hot mess right now but I swear I will be giving it much needed attention in the near future. I didn't forsee that the round nose bits cut like... that, but the neck is still too thick anyway. I actually went back and did the cut again with a wider diameter bit to smooth the transition more, but I am having trouble with my system of retrieving pictures from my phone and getting them on the computer.
  21. I picked up a used 14" drill press from a commercial liquidation tag sale recently, and have been having good times so far with it! I was anxious to give this a shot. Finished her off with the trusty Makita: It's really teetering on being truly "neck through" at this point
  22. Woops, adding pictures out of order I guess what I'll do when it's strung up (a very ambitious statement at the moment) is try out varying gauges to see what feels 'right' for this. Also because I most definitely would like to do another of this same guitar in the future to keep in a different tuning, so there will be room for trying different things. I used some cedar to try and decorate the back of this thing. It is really, really soft.
  23. The regular reply form that is the screenshot up there, I have always used this and worked fine but I am now having trouble when I try and add multiple files at once. But only certain pictures, on occasion, it seems to randomly not work with some. The error message I think read "There was a problem uploading the image -200".
  24. So I'm actually not sure how to approach the string gauge for this guitar. Is it that using light or normal gauge strings on the longer scale creates more tension by the time it's tuned up? As long as I can get away with using a string set without a wound G string I think I'll be happy.
  25. It'll be standard most likely, although I'm definitely in the future going to build something like this to either tune down or go 7 or 8 string. The best answer/reason is that I have big hands - ukuleles, mandolins and even Gibsons just throw their heads back and laugh when they see me coming I feel like 25.5" scale is the minimum I feel comfortable on. I was intrigued back when too I saw that the Buckethead model LP came with a 27" scale. This was actually an inspiration to want to build a guitar in the first place - I would go around to guitar shops to ask if they had anything larger t
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