New Design Proto Build - Sly

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  1. preeb

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    Shellac is sprayed to seal the wood and bring out any imperfections that may require more sanding. The entire Shellac coat is penetrating the dry surface with no film at all.
    This is the base for the "Zero" finish which is now default across the line. Tone is greatly improved due to the final finish film being about 1/8 of the thinnest Nitro and still hard as nails and very protective.


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    The Semi Hollow model is already spoken for and the color scheme is selected to be Vintage tinted sand back black stain for the top
    I start by staining the maple face in black aniline dye

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    Sand back carefully and evenly

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    Cleaning the binding edge and creating a light rollover to finalize the "fake" maple binding. I use a razor to clean the corners.
    F holes are also done the same way..

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    Sealed with a thin nitro coat

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    and lightly golden/brown tinted

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    The solid model gets the Warm Tobacco finish and will receive a vintage tinted coat tomorrow to warm the binding and color a bit

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    I agree with the owner's color choice on the semi-hollow, stunning!
     
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    Absolutely love the tobacco burst!
     
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    Actually, because of the progressively thicker strings, a FB dot perfectly centered will not always end up evenly spaced between strings 3 and 4. They need to be offset by a 32nd or so. Drove me crazy when I first started building mandolins.
     
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    That makes perfect sense!

    Did you end up shooting for measured centerline or centered in the string space?
     
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    Centered in the string space once I figured it out. Most people wouldn't notice but I would.
     
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    "The man with one watch always knows what time it is. The man with two watches is never sure."
     
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    Nah. Mine shifted during glue. As measured to the sides of the neck. Nothing to do with strings.
     
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    You are talking about two different issues ..
    I personally follow the old school ways and do the dots on the true center line but keeping the board from gliding when glued is another thing and the index pins work well
     
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    Exactly what I meant to do. Which is why I commented that I liked your pins better than my little nails. :)
     
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    Now that sounds naughty :lol:
     
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    Another superb build thread, Gil. Thank you. I sure wish I could be an apprentice for you, but I'm sure I'd just ask too many questions, and get in your way.
     
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    Thank you!
    Probably going to have to look for an apprentice in the coming years... not an easy task for both ends (-;
     
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    You teach classes at all?
    Also I know your shop is your sanctuary. But we are talking about people just like you.
     
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    No classes... If one is talented and have enough drive the best way is to carve his own way and experience self innovation (and failure).
    I try to share as much as I can online with nice photos for our little community here and I enjoy it (-;
     
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    And I enjoy it to.
    I'd actually like to know a little bit more about your Spray booth / room and...
    How much do you do on your CNC? Aren't you just doing fret boards on it?
     
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    Large spray booth with a mixing station.
    5hp fan sucks the air through a large 4x8' filter out the shop roof with rain shutters on top. It has daylight neons all around and room to do 20 guitars at once.
    Made in the USA and installed by
    https://ameri-cure.com/

    CNC is slower than a pin router so it is only used for very particular jobs such as top carving and plastic cutting. I have programs and jigs for most models and stages but prefer the pin router speed.
    Boards can be done both ways. Inlay pockets are usually done on the CNC.
    I'm definitely not a CNCphobic and it's perfectly fine to use it but my go to preffered method is still the top pin router
     
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    Once lacquer cured I buffed the top and the headstock face only to high gloss.
    The rest is the new semi gloss Zero finish.

    For control circuit I use my 550K-600K 30% taper audio pots and for the first time my new paper in oil caps that are sealed inside an aluminum container rather than the plastic molded stuff.
    They sound the same but will retain their value way longer without significant drift.

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    For the semi hollow Sly I will be using classic P-90 PU's with slightly higher DCR bridge.

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    P-90's sitting perfectly under the string plane which means the routing depths and angle are tested OK


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    Guitar plays and sounds very good with deep 3d tone and rich mid-range as expected from a low angle flat top.
    The higher Mahogany/Maple ratio definitely does the mid-range trick and the semi-hollow design creates a unique voicing... think 335 meets LP-Special.
    I love it and there's definitely a place for this model in the lineup as it is unique in both feel and tone. The simple design lets the beauty of the woods speak for itself and I didn't even bothered with a gold headstock silk screen script as it is simply not needed (-;
    Love the clay dots too.

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    Here are some photos from different angles and under different lighting in no specific context or order...

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