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  1. Hello guys.

    Thanks for the answers, let`s see... here are some pictures.

    The board, as far as i can tell it`s not warped and it`s at 90 degrees, and it`s longer than the pieces i`m sanding.


    I tried both separatedly, and when that didn`t work i tried them clamped togheter.


    And there you can see one of the ends.


    I keep the sandpaper in place with masking tape, i used a system i found at Crimson guitars, first put the masking tape in the board, then put some glue on it and put another masking tape on top of it facing upside, then put the sandpaper on it, the one i tried is 40 grit.

    I think what Curtisa said may be the issue, i had put two lines of masking tape along the board but closer to the middle than to the edges so they don`t cover all the surface the sandpaper is touching, so i see the edges are lifted a bit... i though that the weight of the 2 blocks would be enough to keep it againt the board and that i would not affect the result...


    Yep you are getting a roll off effect at the edge, really noticeable on the right slab making a convex surface, and that is due to wobble when you try to sand blocks standing on their edge. Try a sanding set up where the blocks lie flat and the sandpaper is held 90 degrees to flat. Remember you can work on one slab at a time, they don't need to be exactly the same size, if that works better for you, I always do one slab at a time. Also, if you route the edges carefully using a very straight guide, you should not have to sand at all, just a quick scrape being careful not to round over the edges and off you go. It's worth sticking at it, it is very satisfying to get a perfect joint, why not get some cheap wood and practice your technique first. Good luck with it.

  2. Plugging in a newly made guitar is an amazing feeling isn't it, it took ages to put this one together and my desk was a real mess at the end from all the little packets, tools, tape, bits of wire, solder etc. The impatience to hear the guitar overides the clean up as you go ethic. Got lucky with the wiring on this one, all worked OK, here is the control cavity


    I made a little Faraday cage of copper foil all around the controls, nice and quiet.

  3. Okay, you gotta throw out a clue, is the leg rest still gonna be comfy when the carving is finished?

    Well, this carve is going to have some edges to go with the soft curves I normally carve, but everywhere it contacts your body should be smooth and comfy. As far as how this offset design fits against your leg while seated......man I have no clue. :blink:


    Not to worry Scotty. If its not too comfy on yer leg when your sitting its no big deal.

    Just so long as when your standing with your left foot up on a big moniter, with yer 26 Marshall stacks lined up behind you, shredding with the left hand, waving a katana over your head catching lightning bolts with the right hand, hair blasting back in the wind from your 2 36 inch fans blowing up from the stage floor - all while being cheerd on by your 700,000 strong audience of tyrannosarus rex fans who traveled thru space & time to come see you make steve vai look like an amature. then its all good.


    Don't forget the lasers, there's gotta be lasers.


    Reflecting off the studs on your codpiece, covering your spandex pants

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  4. That did indeed work.

    And I'm jealous of your playing. The guitar is a beast. and the pups sound great--clear articulate with a great bark and bite.


    That's lovely feedback Scott, I got the bridge pick up from a shop that used to be in the Blue Mountains, the shop's name was "Stairway to Kevin".

    Sounds Great and nice playing!!

    Also lovely feedback Chris, It's funny you spend so long working on a guitar wondering what it is going to sound like, it's nice when you get a pleasant surprise when you plug it in for the first time.

  5. I'll bet that was sweet....but it was blocked in my country on copyright grounds. :angry:

    I enjoyed the ride Muzz, and look forward to the next one. I hope you didn't pack your stuff too deeply away.


    Wow, Youtube is getting more restrictive, glad to have you along for the ride, guitar making gear packed away not very deeply :)

  6. Cherry Bomb

    Body: Queensland Maple 2 piece

    Neck: Rock Maple

    Fretboard: Rosewood

    Scale: 650 mm

    Radius: 12 inch

    Frets: 23

    Bridge pickup: Woosung Chorus (WSC) hexbucker

    Neck pickup: Pure-Tone Scorpion

    Pots: CTS

    Switch: 3 way

    Bridge: Harmonica bridge, made in Japan

    Backstop: generic tune-o-matic stop

    Machine heads: Gotoh

    You can see the build thread at

    I am a hobby builder and this is my third complete build, I like using hand tools as much as possible, I like the peace and quite of working that way. The plans started out as a tracing of my friends Destroyer body that he bought on ebay. I drew all the plans from there on using a longer scale.


    The 80's Destroyers had a harmonica bridge, so I decided to use one on this build. I made my own mitre box to cut the fret slots.


    The guitar was built in my basement (for the noisy parts) and in the back garden under a sun shade on a little fold out work table with a piece of mdf on the top.


    This was the first lean back headstock that I have made and my first go at a scarf joint. I made a jig to cut the scarf joint at the right angle.


    This guitar was built for me to play, I have always loved the 1980's red Destroyers (I am a big Iron Maiden fan) but I wished that they had been made with wood grain showing rather than a solid paint cover, so decided to give that idea a go, with Cherry Red stain from Stew Mac.


    The headstock is obviously modelled on the Ibanez design, I drew the modified shape longer and with a slightly different curve and made the template for my first full build and used the template again in this one.


    The finish is Rustins Plastic Coating, the same stuff that is on Brian May's Red Special.


    I used long neck pots so that I could leave more wood on top of the control cavity, the 3 way switch is counter sunk in.


    You can see and hear the guitar getting played in this video

  7. Almost time to play!


    Quite reflectively I cleaned up and packed away all my guitar making stuff today, until next time. So what did I learn from this build? I love drawing plans, I don't think I will ever buy a plan, or a template, it's part of the experience to do that stuff yourself. I learnt that you can put a scarf joint into the headstock and convinced myself that if you get the neck and fretboard straight, you don't have to level the frets. And I learnt that if you spend your spare time doing something other than playing video games, you can have something to show for that time at the end of it. I hope you have enjoyed watching some slabs of wood get gouged into something that looks like Adrian Smith's 1980's guitar and that for those of you who have yet to make a guitar I hope that I have convinced you that it is possible with very little equipment.

    And you are right Scott, it's time to play so I will leave you with Black Dog getting played on Cherry Bomb.

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