March 28th, 2012, 02:25 AM
121326121325My third build since joining is completed, well I just have to cut the control cavity covers. I would like to thank everybody for the wealth of information contained in this forum. Without this forum I would still be thinking the guitars I want are unattainable. I have learned so much from all youse guys, it ain't even funny. Thanks again.
March 28th, 2012, 07:44 AM
Nice little Git family there! Great building by the way.
March 28th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Thanks! That is how I am looking at my builds, as a family. My first one is a walnut Tele. I call that one"Grampa Walnuts", cause the Tele was first. Then my next is a swamp ash Strat called "My Ash-Caster", nick-named "Younger Brother", cause the Strat came next. My new one incorporates the fender aesthetics but with the gibson mechanical design elements( scarf joint angled headstock, angled body joint, tune-a-matic and stop bar and 24.75" scale), so has named itself the"Bastard Cousin". My next one is not been figured out yet, although I am thinking Billy-Bo.
March 28th, 2012, 05:10 PM
Wow! That headstock looks like it's covered in velvet. Gorgeous.
March 28th, 2012, 05:18 PM
That is quilted mahogany, or so I am told. The pics don't really do it justice.
March 28th, 2012, 05:26 PM
I have enough of the quilted mahogany for another neck blank.
March 28th, 2012, 05:31 PM
March 28th, 2012, 05:47 PM
congrats, looks great. i too have been learning a lot too. hoping to put this info to use soon. but being a crippled.. i have to go a little slower than most. rock on.
March 28th, 2012, 05:50 PM
[ATTACH]121401[/ATTACHThe body has a little bit of curl in it as well.
March 28th, 2012, 08:12 PM
March 29th, 2012, 12:17 AM
Did this one with a zero fret. I will never build another neck without a zero fret again! When I put this one together I just basically just set the string height, then set the pickup height, then tuned it, stretched the strings and tuned it with a tuner, and did quick check by ear of the intonation, and then played a E major, in tune. Then I played a D major fully expecting to have to tweak the intonation. But, holy cow, it was in tune as well. Then I tried an A major barre chord at the fifth fret...in tune! Tried an A shaped E chord at the ninth fret, in tune as well. I kept waiting for the hammer to fall. Tried an E at the twelfth fret and it was in tune. I got really lucky with bridge placement and the bridge I got was adjusted as is if it were already on the guitar. Didn't have to turn a screw. On the bridge or the truss rod.
Usually I have to compromise on tuning the G string to be close for an E and a D chord open. On this one they are both on without compromising. Rumble by Link Wray sounds really good on this. Zero frets are the way to go! No more tedious nut filing! Still has to be filed, but no big deal if you go half a mm too deep. All I need to do is a light level and crown, as I have a slight buzz at the eleventh fret on the high E string. Just going to play it as is until a re-stringing is required, which should be soon by the amount of time I am putting on it. I am really happy I went the zero fret route.
The pic with me playing is the first chord played on it. An open E major full strum. Actually it is the second chord, an A major.
March 29th, 2012, 04:21 AM
Hog with 90s -- nice! Congrats on wrapping up a cool build!
March 29th, 2012, 09:49 AM
Good to hear about the zero fret. I have an old Aria acoustic that came with a zero fret. I have refretted the guitar and finishing up the rebuild. I don't know if there is anything special about the set up with a zero fret, but I wonder why more companies don't use a zero fret. Seems like it would have numerous advantages in manufacturing, playing (all notes, open and fretted) sound similar, and as noted no nut issues.
March 29th, 2012, 09:58 AM
That's some nice work. Really beautiful woods too. Congrats!!