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Discussion in '2015 TDPRI GSM Build Challenge' started by Guitar novice, Jun 11, 2015.
That finish brings out the beauty in that wonderful masterpiece.
Thanks for all the great comments guys.
The finish has an almost tacky finish still so it probably needs a bit more drying. At the moment it's easy to put a few fingerprints/smudges in it but they just wipe away.
The beeswax really makes the guitar smell good.
Tonight I had my teacher coming so I needed to have it ready so he can give it a test drive.
First up was to get the tuners on.
Bushings are slightly tensioned and then the tuners are made level. A ruler makes it easy to see if any are out.
I pre drill the holes. A bit of tape is used to make sure I don't go too deep.
Next up is to put little frets in the circle section.
Clip and file down the excess. Job done
Half a pencil against the nut. Looks close but later I realise I could take it down some more.
Time to make some string break on the bridge. 3 layers of tape to protect the bridge. I use my larger fret files to assist.
Strings on. Forgot to take photos because I was too busy playing the guitar with my teacher.
It's loud.. It's a smaller body guitar and just as loud as my Martin which is Dreadnaught.
The tone is exceptional (but i'm biased). I can hear more treble than the martin. I get tone when played quietly or loudly. I was expecting to much around with the intonation for the next week. It's perfect! On 1 string is 2 cents out... Certainly wasn't expecting that.
Very happy camper. Now i'm starting to think I should of taken more measurements incase the next one doesn't sound as good as this.
I've got some sound samples from tonight and will work on getting them posted up tomorrow. Anyone got any tips on how to do that?
In terms of where I can improve on the guitar. I will take a little more material off the neck around the 1-3rd frets. Not much as it's pretty close.
The superglue around the bindings wasn't a great idea. It shows up on the finish (not bad but I can see it). I'll use titebond next time.
There is a bit of steel wool stuck around the bridge. I'll clean that up this week.
I'll start a video next week.
Very well done. Cant wait to see the video.
Great work! Looking forward to hearing it. I might do an acoustic next. Will definitely reference this thread.
More-or-less finished with good time to spare - that is some achievement. Looking forward to the video.
Congratulations Matt. You have worked so hard on this and produced a wonderful instrument, and one of the best documented tutorials on how to build a guitar the right way.
Congrats on your build! It's a beautiful instrument!
Well done Mathew.
Thanks guys. Feel really good about this build. Need to sleep for a few weeks to recover but already thinking of the next project.... what a sickness
I recorded my teacher on the guitar last night. Got quite a few clips but still working on how to get them in some order.
Here is a test of a soundcloud clip. It's recorded using a zoom handy recorder H4n. No idea of the best way to record but it sounds pretty good to me.
Geez that sounds like a guitar!!!!
Excellent build Matthew and excellent build thread. You have all the makings of a book on guitar building there. Except, of course, people don't use books any more, they just check out TDPRI
Ps I can't see the Soundcloud link on my iPad.
excellent guitar and build thread
Yeh doesnt work on mine either. Try this link
Thanks Scatter. I'm honored that you like it. Another 100 guitars later and i maybe able to build them like yourself. Your Strat is a real stunner!
TDPRI - that's where I learnt most of my stuff. I'm now looking at CNC stuff.. seems confusing but where do you start?.. tdpri of course
Yeh what are the odds!
Got another sound sample uploaded onto sound cloud.
My guitar teacher knows his way around a fretboard pretty good..
that doesn't sound like an emu at all! .....seriously beautiful instrument i wish i had more hands so i could give you more than 2 thumbs up!