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  1. If you're gonna ask, I'll give up my thoughts. But you give up the right to be mad about them.... Yeah! that's what I am talking about! I am here to learn, and anybody who thinks and cares about this stuff enough to post over 4K times has my ear. Avenger, your comments are spot on. Thanks for the thoughtful review!
  2. Very nice work! After you rough cut the body with your band saw, what method did you use to do the final shaping, e.g., template and pattern router bit, drum sander, etc?
  3. Bosch jigsaw - 1590 EVS (corded) outstanding Makita drill - LxT (18v lithium-ion cordless) outstanding Ryobi router - RL180 2-hp plunge router. Gets the job done for the price, but I will probably go with a higher end brand next time.
  4. My congrats to anybody on this site who is willing to put their work out to a community with so much talent. Whether you are a professional builder or hobbiest, this endeavor is fraught with the "workmanship of risk" vs. the "workmanship of certainty" (Pye,1995). Thanks to those providing feedback (come on Avenger, your critiques don't ruffle that many feathers - do they?!). Wez and Swede, your points are well taken. This was my very 1st build, done some years ago, and was as complex a build (laminations, body carving, etc.) as my skills allowed at that time. I will, however, be takin
  5. Erebus AJ Bass Carl Thompson inspired scroll Rosewood top with rosewood headstock veneer Mahogany back Maple neck with ebony fretboard Lane Poor soap bar pickup Leo Quan Bad Ass bridge Carvin tuners Cheers - Hydrogeoman a few more pics: Front Front 2 Back
  6. This is "The Pete." Built for a dear friend and inspired by the Giffin/Schecter telecasters Pete Townshend used to play back in the 80s. Pure rock and roll. The Specs: Alder body Curly maple neck with purpleheart center/accents and birdseye maple fretboard Hand wound Kent Armstrong Z-Plus humbuckers. These are exact copies of the pups Kent used to wind for Pete. Mr. Armstrong was kind enough to wind this set for me. Sperzel tuners Mighty Mite hardtail Graphtec nut Nitrocellulose finish Cheers, Greg and a few more clickies....... Top Back of neck Fret
  7. Just thought I would throw this out here for any of you folks who are interested in the Stewmac luthier vise, actually known as a pattern makers vise. SM sells these for $136 US - you can get almost the identical vise here at a shooters supply house for 1/3 the price. Great deal. Merry Christmas - GPP $42.44 pattern makers vise on closeout
  8. Thanks for all the good input guys. I think for this effort, I will probably go with what I know best - nitro. I will definately be shooting a nice thick base "just in case." Scrap pieces will be getting a good workout before any finish hits the real deal. Now if I only had a booth with heat! Maybe play with some waterbased dyes until temps warm up around here. Cheers GPP
  9. Thanks again for the info. My CAT gun worked great for a while but got "leaky" in a short period of time. I bought a rebuild kit for it and it fixed one of the leaks for only about 4 spraying sessions. But the biggest problem is the gun drips from the nozzle tip. Only a new needle will fix that. The needle had become deformed just from the pressure of the spring pushing it into the nozzle when the gun is "at rest.". The needles on these things must be very soft as it has done this to all 3 needles that came with the gun. Needless to say I was pissed and expected more from $150 gun.
  10. syxxstring - thanks for the brief tutorial. That is very helpful! I have never sprayed anything but nitro, but I am intrigued by the idea of trying the HOK poly. I have a CAT mini HVLP gun with 3 different tip sizes (not very happy with it BTW - kicking myself for not going with a SATA or other high end gun, but that is another story) so that would probably suffice for applying the finish. In terms of final finishing effort, i.e., wet sanding and buffing, how does the HOK poly compare to nitro? Can you suggest any good suppliers of the HOK finishes to check out? Thanks again.
  11. It should not be a problem. I just put a 0.09" ebony backstrap on a slightly larger radius without a problem. I just wiped the wood with a damp cloth, folded a piece of tin foil over the wood, and heated it for a short period with a clothes iron. Once the piece was hot from the steam, I quickly glued and clamped with a shaped caul as you have mentioned. Left it clamped for 4 days as a precaution and it came out fine. Good luck!
  12. fanlee - I have read David's tutorial and I also have the Siminoff book. I guess my real question is how do you best obtain the color combinations in the picture. When I use a color wheel determine the resulting color combinations I come up with the following: lay down the yellow 1st, then red. it looks like you have to shoot A LOT of red to get back to a very red color (yellow + red = orange). Then if you shoot blue over the red you will get the violet edge. I may be making this more complicated than need be, but another option, I guess, would be 1st laying down the yellow then mix a b
  13. I am currently working on an LP style guitar for my daughter. I understand how burst finishes can be done, but this color scheme is what I am after and I am not sure what would be the best way to proceed. The top is a nice light colored curly maple. I am worried the transition from the purple to the reddish hue will be some weird color. I am sure it will take some experimenting, but any advice on color selection, blending, sequence, etc., would be appreciated! Cheers - Greg
  14. Just my 2 cents here. I finished my first bass with the wipe on Minwax poly. It is reasonably durable and as stated before, has a nice satin "sheen." I applied 8 thin coats and nothing else.
  15. Erebus model "T" - It has been a while since I entered a guitar, so here goes. This is your basic tele made from walnut and maple. In keeping with a"green/sustainablility" theme, the body is from a plank of wood found in an old military building that was slated for demolition. It had a few knots, but I was able to work around most of them, the main one lying directly under the control cavity. Here are the specs: 3 piece curly maple neck w/ birdseye maple fretboard American walnut 2 piece body Grover tuners Wilkinson compensated tele bridge GHS pups Gold pearl headstock inlays Gol
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