And she goes down as twelve.

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  1. BluesBlooded

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    So here are some test I did about the sharp corners

    Made a fillet curve of 1/4in on all of the corners. I don't like the bottom corner. I think it shortens the fretboard too much

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    Went back to just this bottom one sharp

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    Finally tried a 1/8 fillet curve for the bottom corner

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    I like the softer 1/4 all around, but not decided on the bottom one. Since this is one of the last step, I have some time to think about it.

    Now going into the shop and leave the virtual stuff for a while.
     
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    This looks really great, and I love the way the first model turned out.

    I have a question. I love P90s, and I like 12-strings a lot, but I don't have a lot of experience with P90 12-strings. I would have thought that the P90 compression would be at odds with the chime and clarity you get from a 12-string. How hot are the P90s going to be?

    Thanks for any insights and again, great job on #1! It's beautiful!!
     
  3. BluesBlooded

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    Thank you BCBlues,

    In all honesty, I have no clue either how it will sound. We will know when completed. If I hate it, I'll swap them out with something else. I will underwound them compared to others I've done in the past, hopefully keeping them as clear as possible.
     
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    Wow, that first model looks awesome! Really like the design! Looks super practical and comfortable
     
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    Damned nice Rhino models, BB. I miss Rhino, and used it a lot for various media. I use CATIA all day long, but have Rhino at home. I would extend the pickguard at the fretboard to the width of the fretboard, and add a radius at the volume knob cut. It's all your design, and it's gorgeous. It's going to look great when you build it.
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    BUILD5004.JPG I wasn't meaning like this specifically but curling the guard down closer to the bridge to "tie the guard in" to the overall design. I tried that here with my meat computer lol.I do not suggest you do any of this, just swoop the guard closer to the bridge in one graceful curve.The long straight line seems to severe for that body design

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    Love the direction this is going in!

    I keep thinking it’s going to be a copper finish.
     
  8. BluesBlooded

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    Thank you EJ, yes quite comfortable to play. I like it. Not sure about the V neck though, still need some getting used to.

    Thanks Mark for the suggestions. The guard at the fretboard will remain, I really like that aspect of it. I did try something about the other suggestions you made close to the bridge.

    Thanks Dave, with your comment and Mark's I tried this. I widened the lower portion and tied it to the bridge.

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    Thanks Mat, I was thinking more Amber or natural depending on how the wood looks, but, who knows?

    Tried the inlay in aluminum with a 0.8mm cutter.

    I broke two trying to cut one S, I have 8 to do.

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    So back to wood inlays

    I reduced the thickness of a piece of scrap I had

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    Stopped for lunch, then got distracted buy an add in kijiji.

    A guy around my place is selling air dried timber for a ridiculous price. Hard wood 1x6x8 for 2.80$ So I called, and asked if it was per board foot. Said no. Asked what kind of hardwood. Said Sugar maple, yellow birch, ash. Jumped in the car to go and see is stash. He had quite a lot.

    Did not want to mess everything, not at that price, So I took a few boards that were on top.

    Got 3 sugar maple boards, 5 yellow birch boards for a total of 25$. The price I paid Saturday for the yellow birch was 2.59/BF + tx.

    Best of all it's not 4/4, its 5/4

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    :):)
     
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    Ah, miscommunication - I didn’t mean it as a suggestion: the way the the body edge/carve has been rendered gave my eye the illusion of reflective copper.

    Natural sounds great ; great score with the wood!
     
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  10. BluesBlooded

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    CNCe'd the inlays. Made 4 sets because they Are prone to breakage when manipulated

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    Made a test pocket 0.04mm larger than the inlay size

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    They drop right in.

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    I will use black epoxy to glue them. It should fill in the gaps.

    Made a 7.25 in radius sanding beam

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    While the CNC was cutting away, I was milling wood.

    Here are two flame maple boards for the neck. They are a bit thicker than what I need. I will let them sit overnight to see if the decide to move or not.

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    They are both quartersawn

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    The wood is all ready to be jointed for the gluing, that will be tomorrow

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    And the radius beam is also completed

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    First time I did this, I screwed up. But I only found out when I sanded down the fretboard. The frets slots were disappearing before I was able to remove the tool marks. I checked and noticed that I had made a mistake when cutting the radius in Rhino.

    So this time, I'm checking before I use it on a fretboard.

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    Somehow, I did it again. Back to the drawing board.
     
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  11. guitarbuilder

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    It's that darn Radius /Diameter setting. I did the same thing on my last radius jig.
     
  12. BluesBlooded

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    If only.

    I just have myself to blame. A simple measurement would have confirmed I had the proper radius. You can see the difference between the smaller original and the proper radius.

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    At least I did not ruin a fretboard. That is an improvement :)
     
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  13. BluesBlooded

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    One of the neck blank has not moved at all. Vey happy with this, I brought it to it's final thickness

    Tried to make a tighter inlay pocket. Instead of overcuting the pocket by 0.04mm, I tried 0.03mm. Not a big difference but the fit is better

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    Prepared the wood joint by hand for gluing with my improvised shooting board

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    They are now mated together

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  14. BluesBlooded

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    Leveled the surface after gluing. There a small misalignement. This is when I wish I had a thickness sander.

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    Glued in the walnut and Yellow birch together

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    In the meantime, I did the Richlite fretboard on the CNC. I will need to use my radius sanding beam a bit more than I expected.

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    Wow, that fretboard looks great!!
     
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  16. BluesBlooded

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    Thank you rebel!

    Now I have a proper 7.25 radius sanding beam

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    Cut the inside weight reduction pocket on both the top and bottom portion

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    Joined them together

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    I really enjoy working with the CNC. This part is always fun to see come to life

    Started by drilling all the holes, then roughed the armrest carve

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    Then the finishing pass

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    While this was running, I was sanding the radius on the fretboard

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    Cut all the pockets

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    and finished with the contour. I routed for both P90 or Humbuckers, so if the P90 sound is horrible, I will be able to changed them for humbucker. I will only have to cut a suitable pickguard

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    I left 2mm in the bottom. Band saw around and sanded on the ROSS

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    Dabbed a bit of water on the side so we can see more the contrast of the Yellow birch and walnut.

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    I did not succeed getting this look on the TW1 with binding. Very happy I succeeded on this one.The glue joint looks pretty good as well.
     
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    That looks fantastic!! How long did it take the CNC to get to this point?
     
  19. BluesBlooded

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    Thank you Rebel, here's how much time it took the cnc for each parts

    Inlays : 22 minutes
    Fretboard : 80 minutes
    Body : 90 Minutes
    Neck : 90 minutes

    Speaking of neck, I cut the neck this morning

    This is the face of the neck. Tested that the Trussrod fit. It did not on the first try, made some adjustment and now it fits perfectly

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    Flipped the neck.This is the finishing pass

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    And here it is completed. Put the serial number is upside down and it's a bit big for my taste.

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    In its pocket

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    Side by side

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    and back of the neck. I will have to look at the toolpath, but the it started to do weird stuff near the end when I thought it was close to be completed. I stopped the machine. As you can see the headstock transition will need some hand sanding to make it look better

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    While the CNC was cutting, I was still sanding the radius of the fretboard, trying to get rid of the flat on top. I will redo that file if I make a second one, cause I hate sanding.

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  20. BluesBlooded

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    CNC work is completed, hours of sanding awaits me.

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