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  1. thanks guys. Haha, yes its a pretty bench. I told myself I'd just get it done but I guess I just like pretty things, and I had some oak and its a slippery slope from there!
  2. Hello, Been a while since I've posted. I've been behind the scenes watching all the projects. Always great info. We moved and I have a lot more space now to invest in a more ergonomic setup. I designed a workbench on how I like to build guitars and thought I'd share it since I've spent about the same amount of time on it, lol. Its a small work surface with interchangeable surfaces on all dimensions so you can alter the top to be what you want. I really just intended for one originally but it just worked out this way. It's also adjustable height from about 35" to 60" or so. I'm kind of tall so its very comfortable to me. I find myself using this feature more than anything besides the clamping system. The grid system is based on a clamp for dovetail channels. Couldn't decide between t-track or this which is why I made the interchangeable surfaces. Anyways, here she is.
  3. If I'm going to build guitars I really rather make something original. I think Andy hit the nail on the head. The encore is a style upgrade on a familiar body style. Even if people want something unique It seems they are generally very leery of going on that edge. They just have a hard time envisioning what that would be. Thanks for the opinions guys.
  4. I have someone wanting something unique. They liked the Encore but wanted a single cut or the even possibly the Pennant. I played around with the designs a little to get some possible contenders. I have a color scheme on the Pennant I really want to do. What you guys think? Encore is the "roundish" one and Pennant is the "pointy" one inspired by a flag. Nothing unique for the encore headstock yet.
  5. I think I remember seeing a thread about being careful not to make ziricote too dark. I cant seem to remember where that post is. Does anyone have any input on that? Thanks guys
  6. I think I'm going to stick with the pau ferro this time through. I want to do something with purpleheart or bloodwood though.
  7. Ah I really like that idea. I think that captures their theme really well. Man, I'm pretty sure ive sanded stone softer than ziricote. I feel like I'm sanding concrete.
  8. So its been a while. Moving, job, and everything else but I've got a new workshop and ready to continue my new instrument here. I've been doing some homework and have decided on a few changes and goals. I'm going to be using 2 klein mini-humbuckers. I have the timber for two options I'm excited about. a Pau Ferro combination or a purpleheart combination. What you guys think? Good to be back!
  9. Lol, Death by chocolate. Would be a good name. I'll have to try the ziricote fretboard. Never thought about that
  10. So I've figured out the wiring theme I'm going for. It will have 4 knobs, two tones and two volumes. The tones will actually have dual concentric pots one for treble and bass. There will be a master volume and one for just the neck and bridge. It will have a few other items but here's the basic positions. Still hunting for the right pickups. Oh and I'm about ready for the CAD part. I think my concept is getting closer. Not sure If I have enough meat to make the carve I want. May just do flat top for once. Added an inlay to fit the body at the headstock. The small loop there will have a slight carve to it as well. Starting to feel like a complete idea.
  11. I'm thinking of using Pete Townshend's idea. He used two three way switches. One for the minibuckers and one for the humbucker to do one side or the other or full. I probably won't use two three way switches but those combinations seem pretty appealing from what I've seen and heard. I actually got a 10 position switch on my Mako that does exactly what your talking about. Really fun setup. Not fun to wire up lol. How do you like your 4 pickup guitar? Any cool combinations with that stand out.
  12. Thinking I'm going to go all black hardware on this one. Going to follow some advice from my last build and let the wood do the talking. Also adds an opportunity to maybe do an inlay on the fretboard. Still pondering on that. If so maybe monochromatic in gold.
  13. First Concept here. Was my original thought.
  14. I really don't know much about Trapeze. Is there any negatives to using them or positives for the bridge?
  15. You might try to merge your layers together. If your rasterize (think thats theword) it will make it smaller typical image versus whatever else the other layers are. I typically will group things together like screws, etc. Just an idea!
  16. I generally use Inkscape for the conceptual designs. I actually like it better than illustrator just because the vector nodes are easier to control. After I have the concept I'll start making layers in photoshop and take picture of timber I actually have to play around with it. Its a lot of busy work but once you have the foundations set you have a lot of flexibility. Here's an example where I'm at right now: So I've uploaded the Ziricote picture I took and started to flesh it out with different hardware and binding etc. From there you can just turn layers on and off to see the different looks. Its all about the layers! Gold: White theme in the making
  17. So I tried the ideas out and bottom line is I'm sticking with the traditional sound hole. I think it just fits the theme best. On to Photoshop!
  18. I get what your saying. I started with the whole pickguard at the inlay section you were talking about. I think the teardrop would work. Ill see what I can conjure up with a little more simple shape
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