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solderjunkie



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still want to be a member of your "guitar building commune"

I work really hard and I don't take up much space Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys!

I'm now taking apps for the "Lowe Custom Guitar Building Collective".

Laughing

OK, time to make a body from the templates. First, I’ll cut off a hunk of sapele:





Then trace the outline of the template on to the blank:



Cut it out on the bandsaw, close to the line, nice and clean:





Next, I attach the template to the blank and head over to the router table. I use ¾” flush trim bit with a 2” cutting edge. This is the scary part…that bit can do some damage very quickly:






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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over to the sander to smooth out the edges and back to the router table to round off the back edge:







Next, I get ready to rout out the neck, pickup and tremolo cavities. I mark out the location and then hog out the bulk of the wood with a forstner bit:





Set the depth, and go to it:





I forgot to snap pics cleaning up the pockets with the router, so here it is mocked up…everything fits:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just getting back to some guitar work. I've done some clear-coating recently, but that doesn't make for interesting photos. I did get a chance to work up a new design to go on the "whammy" bass.

Design laid out on paper:



Cutting the design in stencil paper:



Just the dragonflies:



All finished:




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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the design front, another little thing to make my stuff look a bit different.

I've been thinking about having my own pickup surrounds fabbed:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool! No need to use the forstner bit to clean out the cavity first. That is what a router is made for. You can work much faster and more accurate with the router and template. Just lower the bit about 1/8 to 3/16" at a time. Only take about 4 move to get the neck pocket right.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duplicate post.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started wetsanding and polishing nine guitar bodies.

Although it was a bummer of a weekend on the woodworking side, the finishing process is going well.

Six down...three to go.

I'm going to put these up as a silent auction...$500 reserve / $895 Buy It Now shipped in the US lower 48.

I'll post photos and specs of each in the classifieds in the next week or so, but the basics are US made bodies, nitro finish, AllParts necks, Lollar TV Jones or Fralin pickups, CRL, CTS, Deluxe Gator case, etc.

Yes, I'm giving them away!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those look GREAT Brad!! Sent you a PM over at TGP...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Doug!

It's always good to hear from you.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, another interesting development.

I really thought a 4+1 5-string would look awkward with the bottle-opener shape.

Turns out I was wrong...it's no more awkward than anyone elses:


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny thing...I really thought the 5 headstock would be awkward, but it looks SOOOO much better than I imagined.

That combined with a tilt-back design and I think I have a winner.

I've got Lindy Fralin on board with designing unique 5 and 6-string bass pickups, so I think I may have a big winner for the bass crowd.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually like that 4+1 headstock...and $895 sounds like a great price for what's on offer!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

#1 shape for sure... the upper horn on #2 is... uh... a little phallic Laughing
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