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My first build....4 string guitar or ukulele?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by JayneV, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I actually like this idea. @crazydave911 dave take note... :) :D

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    John, I don't think many of us would be very successful with bagpipes.
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    OP, keep up the great work!
     
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    Duly noted :D Jim
     
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    ROFLOL!! Good point...
     
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    I tried to imagine what what a guitar mated with bagpipes or an accordion would look like and I think it caused my brain to start melting. o_O
     
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    Got lots done today. Tidied up my workbench and mounted tools onto a new pegboard to keep things organised. I found some tools that hadn't seen the light of day since I started my apprenticeship 27 years ago. :lol: The guitar and ukulele also got some attention today.

    The guitar neck and fretboard both met the sharp end of a very sharp high speed cutting tool to bring their thicknesses down to something more workable. The neck went from 35.5mm to 20.3mm.
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    I love my Makita cordless trimmer. It's my favourite power tool.
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    I was only intending to take the neck to about 25mm but found an undesirable surprise in the wood while making it thinner. That dark spot was a cavity that had a little bit of sap. Is that what you call dry rot? I'm hoping there isn't more inside. I'm pretty sure this area can be avoided anyway, since the neck is not that wide. By the time I got the thickness down to 20.3mm all appeared to be clear.
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    Lots of sawdust today, Woohoo!
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    The neck and fretboard after all the sawdust was removed.
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    The dual action truss rod I ordered last week arrived today. It's 37cm long which takes it from the nut to about halfway into the heel. Is that a good length?
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    And here is a quick update on the uke. New fret slots were cut into the darker side, which is now the new front face. Holes to anchor the strings were drilled above the nut location and the neck was thinned and edges rounded. I am happy with how it is taking shape.

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    The very idea of it causes instant braingoo...
    i think bagpipes and accordion with strings and a neck would need to be powered by an industrial compressor to get the airflow needed...unless youve got lungs the size of tasmania
    hmmm....might have a go...like one of those great long neck lutes with about 10 sympathetic strings...they would auto resonate and create a great drone effect..thing is..it could be considered a pressure vessel...then you would need a safety cert for it every year...oo...a steam powered one...bet our good friend Crazydave would like that...imagine...big wood burning smoke stack from a Norris 4-4-0. steam locomotive...with whistle and bell on there for good measure of course...does it need a cowcatcher?.
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    I do like the standard of your work.
    looks like your lilmonster is going to built to last and beautifully constructed
    Nice
    Well Done JayneV
    Skol
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Thanks Wulf.
     
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    cant wait to see the finished thing...hows it coming on?...fingers full of splinters?...sandpaper burns?
     
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    No sandpaper burns but I am getting the odd splinter now and then. The darker wood on the uke tends to splinter more than the lighter wood. (I have no idea what type of wood they are other than some type of hardwood flooring). I’m finding that I am actually enjoying sanding. It is somehow relaxing and rewarding to create a smooth surface with blended compound curves. Can’t wait to get stuck into shaping the guitar neck.

    My neighbor built a guitar many years ago and used an epoxy clear finish on the body. It looks like glass. He had some leftover which is probably well past it’s expiry date but looks as though it is still useable. I’ll try it on a test piece and if it is still ok, I’ll use it on the uke.

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    Welcome!
     
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    i like sanding too...i make brass and copper jewelry too.neck torcs and arm rings....i enjoy polishing it as do it...funny what we find relaxing
     
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    i just saw it...on your page...your lilmonsters name...got to hand it to you....its good
    made me laugh
    bit like a comment off my mate when he said i have CroonerV......(i was singing a thousands stars at the time with my dusty...er....i mean trusty old 12 string acoustic
     
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    Are you referring to the Covitar, formerly known as the Covilele?
     
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    Indeed i am...it made me chuckle
     
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    I wouldnt go drinking that.....that would cause a sticky end
    it will def do the job clagging things together...that will last a thousand years
    Tell us jayne...are you going to paint or go for the natural wood look...that would look rather elegant in my mind...oh and get those splinters out!!!!!..ive had them go septic...
     
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    I’m thinking about painting the body and headstock a deep purple colour and leaving the neck with just a clear coat to show the wood grain. Similar to the drawing at the start of this thread and also on my website. The body is made from a piece of shelf panel from the hardware. It is a whole bunch of smaller pieces factory glued together (whatever that technique is called) so wouldn’t look as nice as if it were one single piece of wood.

    This is the colour scheme I’m thinking of.

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