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Charlie H 72

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  1. Whoa these knobs and that bobbin cover are awesome! Still loving all these details you bring to the build. So worth it. I'd try CA glue first- It won't be obvious if it doesn't go quite as planned and you need to try something else. Maybe score the surface of the bobbin first with an xacto? Gorilla glue I'd have to think there is no coming back from with all the foaming. High temp hot glue could also be good, and removable should the owner ever want to swap pickups.
  2. Wow that looks great! I never should have doubted..
  3. Cool, that’s a good point. I looks forward to seeing how they come together with some finish
  4. Love it so far. This has been exciting to follow. I find that the mahogany neck doesn’t sit well with the light colors in the ebony - any plans for stain on either part?
  5. I’m with biz on this one. Love the subtle veneer. I think maple would have outshone the subtle grain of the rosette. This thread is inspiring as I am in the market for a new acoustic……… dangerous! Probably would go with a kit for the first time around. And definitely have to finish the current build before I take on anything else
  6. welcome- The slow way is the fast way-try sanding! Best if you have an orbital or something like that to help move things along though.
  7. Late to the party here-but that 4+2 layout is off the walls, I really like it. These are coming along nicely. That tall binding really means business
  8. Yes it’s resin. That’s a good idea with the hair dryer. I had also considered putting it on low in the oven for a few as well, but I don’t want it to shrink much. The neck pocket could stand to be a little tighter though I had read the same thing about knot preventing primers like kilz being shellac based - a classic case of “new and improved” being the same old stuff that has always worked!
  9. Also-if you haven’t been following along in the design bar-I am trying to forgo the truss rod on this build. We’ll see how it goes! Worst case-I just make a new neck
  10. Alright got the neck cut! It’s not perfect… but I think it will do. If not-good practice. And it’s nice to have a “guitar-shaped object” I cnc’d it-but it was challenging to get all of the cuts with different size bits to line up well. I didn’t realize that I would have to move the cutter to change the bit so there was not a consistent “home.” This caused the nut slot to be off center (tried to cut it “blind”) It’s still blind but I only have ~1/32” of wood on one side. I am just going to work with it, though - the fret spacing all checks out, and if I blow through on one side while carving I’ll just open the whole slot up. Also the fret dots cut out of round for some reason. they are small (1/8”) so I am just going to go to 3/16 and drill them. My Doug fir is sweating-is this a problem? Or something a coat of shellac will take care of? it’s at this stage of every build I start thinking I should just keep it natural.. but I will keep moving on ahead planning for white blonde paint
  11. Just catching up here-Those new pics looks great!! And it sounds awesome And-Its a perfect complement to Danae thanks for sharing it has been a great ride
  12. Whoa, an aluminum fretboard! I say leave it, I bet when you start playing it, it will scratch to a semi-uniform sort of distressed finish. Maybe like a metallic dirty maple fingerboard?
  13. Oh that neck-- heck yeah. My favorite part so far. The little bit of red makes it. The subtle fades on the green are great too. And your tape lines are getting cleaner every time. I imagine such high contrast is not forgiving!
  14. Yeah that headstock binding is classy. Love it. And very clean too.
  15. Haven’t gotten a chance to do a neck mockup (sometime this week, maybe?) but I did print my favorites out full scale and I really like the crooked 4+2-it’s so weird. First on the left column. More exciting tho-I have been talking to a woman named Dawn who makes ceramic and resin knobs for a small effects maker that goes by spiralectric fx and she just sent me a pic of the prototype knobs for this guy. Super psyched with these and she has been great to work with! I’m going with the white knob on the left.
  16. The more I think about it, the more I feel like I should just go no TR, put some backbow in the neck with the frets, and call it a day-with the knowledge that I’ll probably have to replace it someday-or drill into it and install a TR haha But that splitting idea was pretty cool somebody should totally do that..
  17. Hi, welcome! Cool log-I love it when people start from the log. So primal. You should talk to @Bizman62 about that. He is currently using some poplar that came down on his property, I believe. My gut reaction is that your wood probably has not dried completely as it is still in log form, and wood is typically milled and then dried. But 10 years is a long time-I could be wrong. Try milling a piece and see what the moisture is like in the middle. As far as quarter sawn vs flat sawn go for an electric guitar body-make that decision for looks. It will be plenty stable either way.
  18. And a well set-up tool in a shared shop, I have learned, is hard to come by! It would have to be my own saw-which means hand saw I think. Some experimenting seems to be in order! A really crazy thought - SPLIT the wood with some nice sharp chisels instead of sawing it. there would have to be some real magic getting the truss rod level and to the right depth, but I think it could be done. I am tempted. It might make more sense with the bi-cut neck as there would be a smaller cross section to split and the business side of the truss rod would be well taken care-of. Hmm... tempting. Debatable if it would be any easier than the long drilling operation. But it could at least leave you with a channel that is the right shape.
  19. Yup. Maybe I need to practice my resawing and gluing. Hand tools might result in less loss of wood in the cutting/resurfacing process. I wonder if it would be possible to do progressively longer drill bits, so that each pass is supported by the previous few inches of drilling. 6” dia rod sounds good too-and why not just build a steel neck while we’re at it!
  20. Hm-this is interesting and is definitely a road less traveled! I hadn’t heard of this kind of neck before. A little research shows that they are called bi-cut necks. But at the end of the day it seems to be almost the same as a fretboard fillet-just oriented differently. I think I’d prefer a fretboard seam to an off-center one. But it’s a fun idea. I’ll keep it in the back pocket.
  21. It’s fascinating to see these kind of nasty colors that I know will become beautiful once you are through with the process. I think its a sign that you know what you’re doing.. seems like magic to me though.
  22. Eh I will disagree with you on the no discernible advantage part-it would be beautiful! I don’t love skunk stripes and I don’t love a seam between neck and fretboard when the wood is the same species. I know I’m splitting hairs, but it’s still a curiosity. I get that drilling it would be excessively difficult-but that’s part of the fun, as you said Maybe a better solution would be to match the skunk stripe. Or go non-adjustable and just drill for a steel reinforcing tube… all to be explored. Definitely with a bolt on neck! Another strategy (compromise, really) would be to resaw the fretboard from the same plank of wood as the neck so the color and grain match as closely as possible.
  23. I really liked it-maybe I’ll give it a go. It would be cool to have a replaceable option-so you could swap out the saddle when you feel like it. I guess that last video is essentially that. Cool.
  24. Love it. This is gonna be crazy. And that piece of ebony is perfect for the mull-lam look.
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