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Opinions on Aluminium Guitars?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Strico, May 12, 2013.

  1. Strico

    Strico TDPRI Member

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    May 12, 2013
    Nottingham uk
    Video of T style being played

    Finally got round to getting some video of my guitars in action. Hope the link works.

    Mark

     

  2. Thinlineggman

    Thinlineggman Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 15, 2011
    Oregon City, OR
    Man, I have so much respect for this. I setup and run HAAS and MATSUURA CNC machines as a job and have been dreaming of doing this! I'm actually starting programming classes in the fall and will be able to whip out mastercam files eventually!

    As for the expansion of aluminum, we use fixtures around the shop (6061 usually) and they have never really warped enough to cause problems (shop wasnt climate controlled until a month ago and we run parts with .005" tolerances all the time) except when the vice is drawn down too hard. If you really wanted stability, you could go for some higher grade aluminum. If you get into selling them, carbon fiber necks wouldn't be that much harder to make, the material would just be more expensive and would offer less warping with the temperature changes.

    Anyways, major props for the programming and engineering chops!
     

  3. Strico

    Strico TDPRI Member

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    May 12, 2013
    Nottingham uk

  4. hopper

    hopper Tele-Meister

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    May 30, 2011
    Virginia


    That's a nice guitar, and a fine job demonstrating it. For YouTube embedding, eliminate all the characters up to and including 'v=', and leave the rest. I don't why it's like that, but it works.
     

  5. Strico

    Strico TDPRI Member

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    May 12, 2013
    Nottingham uk
    Thanks for that, I thought I had done that obviously not ! Glad you like the video!! I think the sound may suprise people.

    Cheers

    Mark
     

  6. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Age:
    53
    Nov 15, 2009
    Waubeka Wisconsin
    Wow- Just wow!!

    The Tele stuff is totally cool, having just bought a Jazzmaster today, I can't wait to see what becomes of that one!!!
     

  7. slippin slider

    slippin slider Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 30, 2013
    California
    Yes! Beautiful.

    Want! Want! Must have.....
     

  8. macaroonie

    macaroonie Friend of Leo's

    Great vid there Mark , yer pal can play and the guitar sounds and looks fantastic !!

    Keep up the good work .......... Mac
     

  9. xMercury69x

    xMercury69x Friend of Leo's

    Nov 9, 2012
    Toronto
    Re-routing for HB's might be a drag
     

  10. Luthier Atlanta

    Luthier Atlanta Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 21, 2011
    Atlanta
    I have built a few guitars and well,, Simply said. Nicely machined.
    I run CAD's myself and know this is no meager task. Very nice product.
     

  11. bdrysdale

    bdrysdale TDPRI Member

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    Aug 15, 2012
    Ontario
    Well I thought I was the only one crazy enough...

    Beautiful job on those. I too have been machining T style guitar bodies out of aluminum for the last couple of years. Unlike yours I use a purchased wooden neck. So far I have been very happy with the tone - very twangy!

    P1190026.jpg
     

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  12. Thinlineggman

    Thinlineggman Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 15, 2011
    Oregon City, OR
    Those look rad!! Looks like you used a 3/4" end mill for finishing the top? Haha. The lines look cool. If/when I get around to making an aluminum body, I'm probably just going to do a bead blast and leave it as bare, matte aluminum. Anodize the pickguard(s) and control plate for some color variation, though.
     

  13. Lowbassnotes

    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

    Feb 7, 2012
    Pacific Rim USA

  14. Strico

    Strico TDPRI Member

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    May 12, 2013
    Nottingham uk
    Hi,

    Very nice job!! Are the bodies hollow or just pocketed for the pick ups?
    It does look good with the wooden neck but I am a bit obssesed with making every bit I can if possible. To be honest I find designing the guitar to get the weight and balance right the hardest part.
    Enjoying playing something you made is the coolest thing.

    Cheers

    Mark
     

  15. bdrysdale

    bdrysdale TDPRI Member

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    Aug 15, 2012
    Ontario
    Oops, sorry took so long to get back to you Mark. Yes the bodies are severely pocketed to reduce weight. Typical wall thickness is about 4mm.
    Cheers,
    Barrie
     

  16. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    so...what happened to the J-guy? I wanna see that.
     

  17. Strico

    Strico TDPRI Member

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    May 12, 2013
    Nottingham uk
    Hi, They are nearly finished unfortunately real life as got in the way lately so guitars have had to take a back seat I will get my act together!!:D
     

  18. schenkadere

    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    May 13, 2009
    NY
    WOW! That is amazing! Just looked at the facebook page...stunning!
     

  19. macaroonie

    macaroonie Friend of Leo's

    He's been busy alright :

    Green J style.jpg

    Check out his facebook page

    MJStrickland guitars
     

  20. Ironbird

    Ironbird Tele-Holic

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    Aug 7, 2012
    Malaysia
    You did an awesome job with those! This has got to be one of the best threads on TDPRI in recent times.
     

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