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  1. This guitar is a twin to the one that won GOTM in May. That one was for a test drive to keep in my office for potential clients and this one I sold to a client. It has almost identical specs other than a rosewood fretboard, different color and pickups. Build thread is Here. Specifications: Name: Claymore Body: Honduran mahogany (maple veneer) with grain matched cavity covers. Water based lacquer finish. Neck: Paduak (maple veneers) with flame Maple binding and luminlay side dots. Tru oil finish. 25.5" scale length. Fretboa
  2. Thanks guys! Winning GOTM is very special for me. I have been on and off this forum for 15 years getting inspired and learning from the best so it feels great to be voted as GOTM especially with such incredible competition!
  3. I completed this guitar late last fall. I've been building on and off for 10 years when I get the time. I built two almost identical at the same time but with different stains. One I sold to a client and one I kept for my office as a "test drive" so prospective clients can get a feel for what I build before commiting to a custom. Build thread is Here. Specifications: Name: Claymore Body: Honduran mahogany (maple veneer) with grain matched cavity covers. Water based lacquer finish. Neck: Paduak (maple veneers) with flame Maple binding and luminlay side dots. Tru oil fi
  4. Thank you! That is correct. Waterbased lacquer on the body and tru oil on the neck. I've had some people comment that it would be easy enough to feather it out and blend them but I like the idea of a dead stop instead of a transition.
  5. Just got the finished pics back this week!
  6. Then it's time to cut buff and polish the finish. I start with 600 grit and work my way up to 3000 using abralon sanding pads. After I take it to the stewmac buffer and run it through the medium and then fine wheels I have set up. I must have been too preoccupied to get any pictures of the buffing station. I welded a sturdy base for it out of pipe cutoff scraps years ago that works wonderful. Then I paint all the electronics cavities with conductive shielding paint (stewmac this time but I've used the stuff from "less emf" before and also works great). Last picture is the guitars fi
  7. Then I hang the guitars using a bakers scaffold with poly.surrounding it as a make shift spray booth. I have an hvlp - Fuji spray mini mite 3 and spray Brite tone (purchased from wood essence in Saskatchewan) slightly reduced. It's a water based lacquer. It's easy to manipulate while spraying because I'm not spraying the neck. I will be using Tru oil later on for that. After 16-18 coats I let them sit for about a month to harden up. Then switch to tru-oiling the neck. Starting with thick coats sanding to try and grain fill slightly. After a couple good coats like this I sand
  8. Taped up the the maple and getting ready for grain fill after final sanding. My grain fill process is to use shellac mixed with saw dust. Because I have paduak Wenge and mahogany I need dust from all three. So I use a random.orbital on scrap to collect it and place it into measuring cups. Once I'm happy with the fill I do a final sand to make sure I diddnt miss any holes and the a quick thin coat of shellac allover to keep the colour consistent when I switch to clear. Then the tape is reversed after enough dry time so I can stain the maple. The next pics are me playing wi
  9. Using 3 pieces of MDF I'm able to use double side sticky tape to get the neck pocket shape cut into a bigger MDF board. I know there are better ways to do this but I'm not production building at this point so this works for me to get the tightest neck pockets I can. Then when I route the actual neck pocket I place a piece of painters tape along the route template to make the pocket just slightly tighter. The resulting pocket passes the no glue test. Friction fit and gravity doesn't drop the body. Both of these guitars are getting evertunes so I start throwing on the templates
  10. These are getting stainless frets with the hemispherical end treatment. I followed the same process that Chris monk from Highline guitars shows in his YouTube videos using a Dremel wheel. I'm using the summit tools from jescar to cut the frets and de tang the ends. Cuts like butter. I always instaly frets before Carving the neck as I find it easier, less stress on the neck, and I find they are flatter overall. (The first picture shows the frets in place but pressed yet. I use an arbor press to seat them that has been modified to take the stewmac fret press caul) The next pic is
  11. Arm contour - using a Dremel cutting halfway through the maple cap along the lines where it will be bent. Using steam and a closing caul the top is bent and glued into place. Fretboard inlay CNC d. It's a crest of my "g" logo mirrored. Fretboard glued to the neck using the old staple trick and a stewmac aluminum radius block. Then the flame.maple binding is glued, and the neck is cut out on a bandsaw as close to the binding as I can. Afterwords I finish it off with the router table to get it flush.
  12. I use this Whiteside spiral cut template bit to get the body fully shaped after a rough cut on the bandsaw. Before glueing the top on I cut a channel joining the pickup cavities. I should have done the same to join the control cavity but forgot. D'oh. In order to get the top as cleanly joined as possible I close them like a book so that the edges are matched and then throw them in my vice. I also have a straight and flat piece of MDF that extends higher than the flame maple so that the side of my plane will ride perfectly 90 degrees. I then hand plane the edges to get a perfect joi
  13. To get the headstock shape I use another template from my CNC. I drill two holes where the tuning machines will eventually be and countersink screws to hold the template in place. Then rough cut on bandsaw, and then run that through my router table with a template bit to finish it off. Headstock overlay/inlay - This design has 3 pieces - the flame maple from the body billet (milled down with a thickness planer - I really need a thickness sander for this but don't have the space for one !), A paduak stripe and a piece of Wenge that the inlay logo will be set into. These pi
  14. Truss rod route - I have a router table with a fence. I set fence as accurate as I can by measuring then use the headstock cut off as a practice piece to make sure my channel is perfectly centered. Cutting the headstock thickness - I have a template I trace from to get the right thickness and volute location/shape. After curing the shape out with a band saw, I have a spindle sander with a fence to smooth out the back of the headstock. I keep the cut offs from under the headstock for the ears. Using the same piece of wood from right under the headstock will give me a better ch
  15. Starting on the body blanks - Honduran mahogany sandwitched (with maple veneer between to continue the pinstripe theme) with a maple cap. You can also see the template being made by my CNC. I had some leftover mahogany from the same billet that I re-sawed for cavity control covers. Grain match won't be 100% perfect this way but it will be close. Normally I'd re saw from the same body billet but because I'm only working with 4 quarter stock I have limited thickness to take.
  16. Back in September I started 2 single cut builds. One for a client and one to keep in my office as a "test drive" model for potential future clients. They are 99% finished now but I thought I would post some of the build process here as I've learned so much in the past from watching other builders here and thought I might be able to spark some ideas in some other builders heads. First post - paduak neck. Re sawn and altered the grain direction for glue up. 3 pieces each with maple veneer between. After cleaning them up with a jointer and thickness planer I cut th
  17. Hello Everyone, here's my entry for the October GOTM. Name; Standard General Body wood: Sapele mahogany and flame maple Neck wood: Sapele laminated with maple veneer accent stripes Fretboard: Rosewood bound with flame maple and luminlay side dots Hardware: Evertune bridge, Hipshot locking tuners Electronics: BareKnuckle Rebel Yells with coil splitting push push tone pots Other Features: Grain matched backplates, paduak inlay at 12th fret, neck volute, wenge logo inlay This guitar is for my bandmate who is in love with Gibson SGs. However with all
  18. The Cutlass (AKA Skelecaster) All wenge body and neck, with maple veneer accents in the neck. Flame maple top and rosewood fret board. 25.5 scale Luminlay side dots Grain matched cavity covers Maple side block inlays Bare knuckle blackguard 55 stagger pickups Chambered body with "skull" F-hole Evertune bridge, hipshot open back locking tuners I tried to enter last months GoTM but I waited too long to post it (Sorry admins!) so here we are trying again. I've always wanted to build a tele, but never liked the idea of a
  19. The Skelecaster All wenge body and neck, with maple veneer accents in the neck. Flame maple top and rosewood fretboard. 25.5 scale Bareknuckle blackgaurd 55 stagger pickups Chambered body with "skull" F-hole Evertune bridge, hipshot open back locking tuners I've always wanted to build a tele, but never liked the idea of a standard looking one. For this design I tried to think of some things that i have not seen before, yet keep all the basic themes of what makes a tele a tele. The one integral part of a tele that I omitted would be the bolt on c
  20. Hello Everyone, It's been a while since I posted on here. It is hard to find the time to finish some of these projects, Last year I moved into a new house and had to re setup my entire shop before finishing some of the guitars I had been working on. This one is particularly special to me as it has an inlay inspired by one of my old band logo's designs. This was my first guitar that I had done a drop top on, and it was quite a learning experience. There are some things I would do differently next time regarding that. It was also the first time I tried to do exact grain matching cover
  21. Hey! This is my newest creation. I call it the Titan Emerald. 25.5 scale Honduran mahogany body and neck Paduak laminate in neck Quilted maple top/headstock veneer Bare Knuckle painkillers Evertune bridge Coil tapping on the tone knob Matching backplate Entirely oiled Hipshot open gear locking tuners heavy volute Something special about this one - to match the bare knuckle battle worn pickups, the top has been gouged and worn down in some spots deep. This is where you see the "lighter" green staining. Between the contouring of the top and the pickup covers, it has a
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