A Humble Guitar Building Thread

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  1. rrobbone

    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    Damn.

    Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn.

    Damn.

    What's wrong with this picture of this band saw blade?

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    I only had one and a half more to cut out. Worst part of this is: I'm not sure what caused it to snap. It could've been an accumulation of pine shavin's on the blade, or it could've just been old age. Come to think of it, I've cut out every guitar body so far with this blade. Maybe it's not such a biggie.

    I know I have a couple spares. I also know they're in my Dad's shed in Texas.

    Oh well, I'll have Amazon send me another - and I'll order a spare for Utah.

    Shop song of the day:



    With Tremonti jamming in the background, I started edge routing today - just to get something done.

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    I'll finish this up tomorrow, maybe get those last two bodies cut out once the blades get here.

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    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    Shou Shogi Ban. And I'm never cutting pine again.

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    I like the results so far, though. Maybe I'll try again next round on some swamp ash. Depends on how much it'll cost. Special guest appearance by my toes.

    Typical alder run coming along nicely. These are ready for a finish.

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    Cat.

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    digging the Charburst R
     
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    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    3 Charburst pine Teles
    1 stained alder Tele
    3 fabric alder Teles
    3 fabric alder FB's
    1 fabric alder LP Jr.
    1 custom painted alder Billy Bo
    2 custom painted alder RD's (one won't be for sale, commissioned piece)
    1 custom painted alder Strat
    1 custom painted alder FB
    1 custom painted alder Liquid
    1 custom painted alder JM

    All will be posted to Reverb within 30 days, if all goes to plan (it never does).

    Once they're posted, it'll be the most I've ever done (or had in the shop) at once.

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    Next time, I'm thinking swamp ash instead of pine for the experiment. That'll take a char better.
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    Love that blue one at the very top....what's the "S" stand for ( or is that a 5 ) ? What's your reverb shop link if you don't mind sharing again?
     
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    Yeah, I know I missed with that one. It's supposed to be a "5" and recall classic auto racing livery. I've also heard that it looks like I cribbed from Speed Racer and just got the colors wrong. Live and learn, I suppose. Otherwise, I'm happy with how it turned out. It's not on the shop page just yet, it (and the others) still needs clearcoat.

    Here's the link to my almost bare shelves:

    https://reverb.com/shop/neckboltguitars

    I'm perilously close to having sold through all my inventory. A good problem to have. The weird thing is: the two bodies I have left are the two I thought turned out best and would sell the fastest. Shows how much I know.
     
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    Whoa! Your brushed finish looks really cool. I don't think I've seen that before! You might be onto something here totally your own.
    Consider metallics too... two shades like dark metallic on lighter silver would kick arse, copper on silver, bronze on gold. Could totally
    get that brushed metal effect. Wow!

    Maybe ff you used black or chrome pinstripe to outline the number, it might shape out better?

    Just marvelous! The green is my fave. anxious to see those fabric tops too. Shit is going down! nice
     
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    I have some acrylic markers that might just do the trick for outlining that number, but I need to run a test to make sure it won't bleed and run with the application of a thin coat of poly.

    As for that finish option, thanks! And, yeah, I'm digging it too. I thought I'd ruined that batch and I was afraid I'd have to scrape them and start over. That finish is the result of a hail mary last ditch effort, but I'll add that to the lineup for sure. The paint brand I used has some metallics in their rainbow, and I'm thinking you've got a pretty good idea there.
     
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    Just completed:

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    Equipped with Dragonfire Phat Screamers hooked to a five way switch for tonal options. Yeah, I'm giving the cheap stuff a try again. Once the neck settles in and I have achieved intonation I'll give the pups a workout.

    Just something about color keyed pickups that ticks a box or two for me. Sue me, I grew up in the eighties.
     
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    How did you wire the 5 way up to 2 humbuckers? I was just gonna do it but wanted the usual 3 way but with single coil in 2 and 4. Ended up with a 3 way and a dpdt switch to knock both to single coil so my total is 6 way.
     
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    I went with this one:

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    It was a good compromise between tonal options and ease of installation. After that triple shot Pagey fiasco, I'm trending towards keeping things simple.
     
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    Yeah i saw that diagram. I wanted the option of single coil for each pickup but didn't feel like ordering a superswitch.
     
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    Man, that's super cool. Only thing I'd change is black knobs and a 6 saddle modern bridge.
     
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    I know, it's an uncommon build choice fro that bridge, but I find that the barrels brighten the tone a bit. This really helps me get the separation I need in my mixes. It puts my guitar tracks a little farther away tonally without making them sound like they are separate from the song.

    And yeah, the knobs are gaudy, I know. But I like color keyed stuff, and I saw them for $2 on Amazon. I still have 2 more left and they have other colors, so it's likely you'll see them again.
     
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    Understood about the saddles. Got to do what works the best tonally. I'm in the opposite camp. I like that warm, more subtle, not quite to "muddy" tone and replaced the brass saddles on my CV Tele almost immediately. Plus, better intonation.
     
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    Just gave the Dragonfire Phat Screamers a workout. Hot damn, these are super nice pickups - full stop. If I had paid SD or DiMarzio prices for the set, I would still have been satisfied.

    They are higher gain pups, and as such they start to dull up the cleaner you go. It's certainly not bad at all, still very usable - but if there's an area that name brand pickups edge out these Dragonfires, that might be it. SD Invader, JB/Jazz, and Super Distortion are higher output, and they are all just a tad nicer at a clean setting than the screamers. That's nitpicking, but it's the difference to my ears.

    Overall, I'm very impressed with them - and not with any qualifier attached - like "they are good for the price." They're just flat good. That new RD just might be my best sounding guitar now.

    As it stands, I paid $42.50 for the set and rings. They will be getting my business again.
     
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    I just got home with a new sheet of MDF, I'm looking to expand the repertoire with some new body shapes. I already have templates for:

    Strat
    Tele
    Jazzmaster
    Billy Bo
    Firebird
    SG
    RD
    Liquid
    Mosrite (Ventures)
    Precision (bass)

    I will be cutting new ones for Meteora and Washburn A series (A10, A15, A20, A30).

    I'll have some room on the sheet for another one, possibly two shapes. What else would you like to see me build? I'm missing Flying V and Explorer shapes - or would you rather see something completely original?

    Let me know!
     
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    I would like to submit something tonight if i get time!
     
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    Please do! I’m planning on having four new templates by tonight, but if you don’t make the deadline I have another partial slice of mdf big enough for one.

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    Room for two more, I think.
     
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