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    Guitar Playing, Guitar Building and CNC

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  1. Here's my entry for March.. This is a guitar that I designed that's inspired by a September 1959 article in Mechanix Illustrated entitled 'How to Make an Electric Guitar'. I call it the MI59DC for double cut. I did a little modification of the basic body shape, and designed my own snake head inspired 21 fret 25" scale neck. The top is an interesting piece of flame maple chosen more for it's uniqueness than the mirror quality of the pattern. The finish is nitrocellulos lacquer tinted with ColorTone Vintage Amber. Both body and neck are maple. I used my CNC machine to do the 2D machining
  2. This is the MI59 and is based based on a September 1959 article from Mechanix Illustrated entitled "How To Make An Electric Guitar." To get the outline of the guitar ready for CNC, I brought a JPG of the outline into Inkscape and used the Trace Bitmap feature to turn the photo into a vector drawing. From there I scaled up the drawings to the dimensions I wanted, and cleaned up the few errors from the trace. This is the first build using my home built CNC machine. I produced two body templates, one for the outline and one for neck, control and pickup pockets. I also directly CNC'd the
  3. My entry in January's contest is a custom black walnut semi hollow T style guitar...with a bit of a special story. This guitar was crafted for a young man, a youth minister, with black walnut from a tree that had been felled in his grandfathers back yard. This stash of black walnut had been sitting in a barn for at least 30 years...maybe more and I was approached about building a guitar from it. I was allowed to keep the rest of the wood for any future builds. My aim was to show off as much of the grain of this beautiful wood as possible,..so there would be no pick guard. Also, becaus
  4. fretman_2

    Custom mT

    Tele style guitar with a distinctive story.
  5. fretman_2

    SatinSapele

    My sapele LPJR style guitar
  6. "SatinSapele" I've probably built about 5 or 6 guitars...mostly Tele's...mostly for friends and family members. This one's for myself and represents my take on one of my favorite guitars. It's a little bit of this and that. My garage is my workshop and I have to do a lot of the fabricating outside. I'd like to advance to the point where I can sell one or two every now and then. Otherwise I'd keep them all!! This guitar was built to be a rocking workhorse. Simple slab sided body and bolt on snake head style neck. It's heavy at nearly 10 pounds but I couldn't bring myself to carv
  7. Thanks for the constructive criticism...the glue line was a concern...LOL. The finish is a very mirror glossy though...i was at a loss as how to capture it. All of the other entries are fantastic guitars. I'm just happy to be amongst you!
  8. Hello everyone! This is "Black Snake"... A few of the specs... Two piece 21 fret red oak snakehead neck D neck profile Bone nut Dunlop 6100 frets Custom snakeskin pickguard Black nitro lacquer finish Wilkinson compensated three saddle bridge Guitar Fetish Lil Puncher Hot Lead dual rail pups Body construction is composite MDF/pine. She sounds and plays like a dream...drives an amp hard, but cuts through the mix. This is not your fathers T!
  9. fretman_2

    Diddley Style

    This is my first scratch built guitar using a wine box top as a body.\ -GFS Lil Puncher Modern Vintage dual rail humbuckers -Tele style hardware -Les Paul selector switch -Bone nut -Dunlop Jumbo frets -Poplar neck with red oak fretboard -Wine box top -Childs watercolor set used for stain -Polyurethane finish
  10. Here are some shots of my newly finished Pinecaster. This is my first scratch built Tele style guitar. It's my second scratch built 6 string. Here are the specs: - Poplar neck with red oak fretboard, finished in Tru Oil - GFS Lil Puncher Modern Vintage dual rail pups - Les Paul selector switch - Pine 2X4 and Lowes round pine table top - All black hardware (excepting the white selector switch tip) - RIT transparent scarlet dye, finished with shellac, then lacquer - Aluminum nut - Dunlop Jumbo frets Pretty standard otherwise. The neck is very chunky, but the action is supe
  11. fretman_2

    mT #1

    Tele style #1 This is my first scratch built Tele style guitar. It's my second scratch built 6 string. Here are the specs: - Poplar neck with red oak fretboard, finished in Tru Oil - GFS Lil Puncher Modern Vintage dual rail pups - Les Paul selector switch - Pine 2X4 and Lowes round pine table top - All black hardware (excepting the white selector switch tip) - RIT transparent scarlet dye, finished with shellac, then lacquer - Aluminum nut Pretty standard otherwise. The neck is very chunky, but the action is superb. It plays and sounds fantastic.
  12. My last two Tele style necks have been poplar blanks with red oak fretboards finished with Tru Oil. They're real players and beautiful. The red oak compliments the poplar nicely.
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