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Heart Pine Guitar Build

My handmade,125 year old Heart Pine, dreadnaught electric guitar. Firebird style headstock. Custom made by me, ©Adam Kramer Design 2016™. 1/4 Sawn Neck-Thru, Dbl Bound Body. Reclaimed Chestnut back and bound pick guard. Heart Pine is one of my top choices for tone wood. #pineguitar

Heart Pine Guitar Build
imploration, Sep 22, 2016
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      Here she is so far!

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      Time to drill the tuner and ferrule holes. Double sided tape the template down and a scrap piece of wood behind the headstock, to avoid tear out. Then go for it!

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      I love the Firebird Headstock! To me, it makes the guitar strings feel A LOT like a left handed Strat would feel, to a right handed player. Jimi style! Or similarly to how a Frequensator Tailpiece effects the strings. Bouncier and jangly! Think Howling' Wolf! Just awesome!
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      The time for binding has come! This is just a simple, homemade jig that always works as it should. Nothing fancy, just to the point. It does a fine job!

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      GAWD! I LOVE HEARTPINE! Such a beautiful figure, and sounds fantastic to boot! One should always build with what they love, that's the connection!

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      LOVING that organ stamp!

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      In case anyone is interested, I use acetone to apply my binding. Quick, easy and works fantastic! I'm also very fond of the StewMac Binding tape. I've used masking tape as well, but the StewMac stuff is much more of a pleasure.
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      Being that there are no F-Holes, a control cavity was necessary. Again, I used the same Chestnut as the back and pick guard for the cover. Lined up the grain as perfectly as possible, and shaved it to 1/16". Didn't hold up though, even with bracing it slowly warped. I ended up using 1/16" pickguard material, which worked best in the end. Worth mentioning though, and showing the pics!

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      I made a pattern for the pick guard and cut it out on with the router. It came out great! Not many pics of the process, but here's the binding jig and finished product!

      Simple jig for setting the binding:

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      La Done! Once the pickups/pickup rings are in place I can do the final routing.

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      Frets:

      Again, I don't have any pics of the 'action sequence' of fretting, because, well... I'm the builder AND the photographer. But here are a couple pics of the fret work. I hammer then pressed each fret. And yes, I glue them all in... with wood glue! Probably heaps of opinions about glueing them in and, the use of wood glue with metal. But, I'm here to tell ya's with FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE, that it's wonderful:) The glue holds up indefinitely, and adds a lot to the solidity of the neck/fingerboard. Big fan, long time doer.

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      I buff'em all by hand, from 500 to 2000 grit.
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      Dry Fitting!

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      Now to take everything apart, cover the fingerboard and begin spraying. Like many, I do not have an elaborate spray booth, nor do I want one taking up space. I can get perfection out of a rattle can with the proper sanding, 'in-between coats' technique. Seriously, it isn't difficult. Just requires a little faith in One's 'Self', and abilities as a sentinel being. I always use dewaxed shellac, and that's it. 8 coats in total. Buffs out beautifully without any toxic chemicals or serious off-gassing.

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      Now, I stare and drool at this beauty everyday that I'm in my shop, for 3 darn weeks!

      *Wanted to post a pic of the Firebird Headstock with Klusons: #firebirdheadstock

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      Input Jack:

      No matter how far and wide I searched, all input jacks are plane and boring. I turn/work metal at my shop, and have a passion for it. So's I thought, well..., make one dangit!:) I had some aluminum, so that's just what I did.

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      Cut, drill and file...

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      Polish

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      Make a quick caul of the body curvature (no heat needed)

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      And install that bad a**!

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      I'm so super happy with it! It's what building guitars is all about, FUN!
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      A few days later, she's finished and in my arms forever! She sounds as good as she looks! I thank everyone who's taken the time to experience this build with me. I've been enjoying this site for many years and feel proud to share one of my builds on it. Look for more to come from me, I appreciate y'all! #pineguitar

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