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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.
Oh my! that looks like fun!
1 of 2 builds that I have going on.....
I use Zpoxy as well. I love how it enhances Sapele and walnut. Nothing about poplar to enhance, though, and it doesn't need pore filling. That's the only point I was trying to make.
Wow, that sure is..."swoopy!" That's gotta be the swoopiest Micawber ever! Looks very cool.
I was given that beautiful Gretsch 5420 for Christmas and I did a set up on it, changed out the TOM bridge to a high quality ABM2400 roller bridge and shaped the existing bridge base to the curve of thie guitar top.
Simple job, protect top, tape down sandpaper and gently move the bridge base back and forth till all the silver marker pen ink I applied to the base was gone.
Each time I build a guitar I think about what would have made the last one easier or better and add a tool to the old tool box. It's a little easier with domestic tranquility if I spread the purchases out - "Honey, can I have a new router" is a whole lot better than "honey, I'm going to build a shop"
I've been doing rosettes for a long time with a plunge dremel router, it worked but with all the play and run out its pretty marginal.
It took several efforts to get that cocobolo rosette cut out and route the channel on my last acoustic.
So, since I have started a new acoustic guitar and I had some nice Brazilian scraps that I wanted to use but there was only enough for one try (and a few leftovers which would become the head plate and butt graft) I thought it was time to upgrade my circle cutter. This spendy but nice unit came from LMII (and I had a few quality control issues that I won't discuss here)
Its a total pain to set up and probably would be best in a production setting where you were doing the same rosette in several guitars, but once I got it adjusted it did do a nice job.
See what you telecaster builders miss out on?
This is just part of the meticulous work that makes up an acoustic guitar and that is why the good ones are so expensive folks. Great job.
Cabinet from the maybe cherry recycled hardwood board is done (except for the back panels, which are TBD). Baffle is some dark reddish plywood from the same recycler.
Boiled linseed oil finish (just 4 coats).
4 electric ukulele bodies cut and sanded today...
a workbench was on the workbench yesterday... I made up a quick router sled table to flatten a blank...
then flattened it....
I've just been out on the ROSS this morning shaping the blank.... whew, dusty...
This bench is too clean.... making me look bad.....
it's another tele bass..... quite happy with my join on this blank....
I tried a new method... I planed the edges and glued the blank as usual.... wasn't happy with the look...
so I pinned the blank on a spoil board set up two parallel flat boards on top to run my makita saw through in a straight line, sawed through the glue join.... touched up the edges with a flat sand and glued it back together... worked great...a very neat rejoin....
Just gotta finish the nut and set it up.
Spent an hour this evening building a router sled so I can ge the spalted beech bodies levelled over the weekend.
Damn, that is one fine looking geetar Mete! Is that oak or ash? Beautiful work
Thank you CraigB.
It’s actually wormy chestnut, salvaged from my father-inlaw’s farm in West Virginia.
Did we have some galvo purlin left over Trev? It should have been stable enough...........did it slip ok on the galvo slides?
Yanked the teeth out of a perfectly good bass today (is that an oxymoron?).
Let's hear it!
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