Mira inspired builds

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  1. photondev

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    I have been working on this project for several months. I like it so much that I am going to build another one, hopefully with less mistakes with what I have learned building this one.

    I am currently shooting lacquer toner and getting ready to apply lacquer clear coats

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    It is loosely inspired on a PRS Mira:
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  2. photondev

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    Here's a quick summary of the build:

    Body template

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    Body is a very light African mahogany 1-1/2 thick

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    The Mira is a slightly smaller guitar as compared to an LP Jr.

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    The neck is mahogany with a bubinga fretboard

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    body was beveled

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    belly cut

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    I adapted Scheltema's neck jig to carve the neck

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    after the carve and sanding

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    controls cover

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    recessed buttons route

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    neck glued

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    dyed the body with a water based dye

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  4. photondev

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    pore filled with zpoxy

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    it was taking too long so I finished the pore filling with shellac, here it is filled and sanded

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    Since it is going to take a while to finish the first guitar, I started a new one with a figured maple top and the same very light African mahogany

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    Very nice. The Mira is one of my favorite PRS models. I wish they would bring back the P-90 version tho.
     
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    thanks, why don't you make your own? :D
     
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    Z-poxy taking longer to pore-fill than shellac?
    Granted the shellac dries almost instantly, but I would think the Z-poxy builds and fills much faster.
     
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    no question that zpoxy fills faster, but what I meant to say was that I applied 3 coats of zpoxy and had to wait over 24 hrs between coats to be able to level sand and wasn't completely filled, so I switched to shellac to finish the filling and also have the shellac to act as a sealer, I applied 3 coats of shellac and waited 2 hours between coats, that seemed to work
     
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    Iv'e made a few slab bodies and necks but never tried a set neck.
    I was just ramping up for more projects when we sold our house and the man-garage with it. I sold most of my equipment.
     
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    looking great!
     
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    bummer, hopefully you will build up your equipment again. I build them because besides being one of my hobbies, I cannot afford all the guitars that I want to have

    thanks
     
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    Beautiful guitar :)
     
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    thanks Pete
     
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    Wow, that is looking good!!
     
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    thanks oldrebel,

    I wanted to continue with the clear lacquer coats today but is is rainy and humid, so that will have to wait
     
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    I started applying lacquer using Mohawk rattle cans

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    while I finish this guitar, I am also working on the second one, I originally was going to put soapbar sized P-90s, too late now, I routed it for humbuckers

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    Here is the new neck

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    Good stuff!
    I haven't built a lot of necks from the get-go, but I really want to try some set neck guitars rather than bolt-ons.
     
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    Doing great work, man!
     
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