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Great concept - I love anything with deep carves in the body work.
Darkened up the neck a bit.
3 or 4 base coats of clear Behlens
4 - 6 coats of tinted laquer (2 oz clear + 2 drops transtint brown)...
In alcohol, the transtint will just soak into the wood, right?
The glue line will likely still be visible - tho only if you are looking really...
Love these threads.
While figuring exactly how much distilled water is in 8 squirts, I had a chuckle over the comparison of Rick to a guardian...
I offered a drive to the beach or camping.
They wanted to stay home. o_O
Ended up being a productive weekend in the shop.
Had some Warmoth...
Nut slot cut, fret markers in, and 12” radius sanded in.
Side markers and neck mount holes next. Then frets.
Waiting for glue to dry, then I’ll trim it up.
This view made for a better pic, it is clamped up now.
1/4” fret markers from ebony...
Nothing is ever easy.
The ebony is tough on the plug cutter and can break apart while drilling.
I marked the direction of grain on...
Yes, the plan.
12th fret markers to be replaced with a strip of ebony.
The pic shows a piece of electrical tape I had used to check aesthetics...
Beautiful guitar Jupiter!
Glad you crafted a happy ending to this epic adventure!
Very well done!
Scattered parts, notes, password, and time have left me frozen in time.
First, a bit of liquor store patriotism.
Been noodling on what I want to do graphic-wise on this one, and am ready to get started.
Trying to stay ahead of the colder weather settling in...
My last build, the drill bit danced across the face of the guitar because of the angle I setup at.
I drill a shallow pilot hole perpendicular to...
The airbrush is definitely not ideal for base coats, but with patience, it does a great job.
The fan with the medium nozzle isn’t much bigger...
Looks really good.
Have you considered drilling a hole for a bridge ground wire before adding more paint?
Got the medium nozzle back together.
After using it to spray shellac, I took the needle and nozzle apart and soaked in lacquer thinner to clean....
Let the good times roll!
Good to see you back at it!
Whatever it was.
I think you were building a guitar or something.
...finish work o_O
First real use of the airbrush and compressor.
Somehow clogged the medium nozzle when spraying the shellac base, and I can’t...
I sanded my poplar body 80-100-150-220, and have 4 coats of 1 pound cut shellac on it now.
The shallac is in alcohol, and I keep knocking back the...
Had to make a template to make a clean looking cover recess for the control cavity.
After that was done, the rest moved along nicely.
Not much to say here.
Lined it up, drilled it, and routed it.
I did need to kiss the jack bore face with a 5/8 forstner to get the jack...
I kinda read a bit about Firebirds. People seem to really like the originals. I didn’t realize till now that they are a type of mini bucker.
I’ve read that pinjacks may not be as durable as the standard switchcraft jack, but I like the look for this build.
Besides, this will be my new...
I think you could re-route if careful - I would try.
Tape the top of the body so it doesn’t get scratched up when moving the router over it....
Fine looking build!
Simply stunning workmanship!