Pair of burlcasters

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  1. Blue Bill

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    Gorgeous! I would love to get my hands on it! 12s? You're a monster!
     
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    I am certainly not a monster. I just don't string bend...
     
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    I have managed to make a rather rough and ready video of the first burlcaster to give people a flavour of it.

    Apologies for the camera autofocus making it a bit difficult in places - I now know the solution to that, but I am guessing that trying to make another recording will open myself up to showing a performance that is even less good that this one. Sorry it is also a bit on the long side. Didn't seem quite that long as I was actually doing it..

     
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    Very nice all around! Thanks for letting us hear her.
     
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    Sounds and looks great and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Sounds and looks wonderful.
     
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    Sounds great, you made a very fine guitar, and nice playing, too.
     
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    Fantastic.
     
  9. dazzaman

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    I am still waiting for the Bigsby for the second burlcaster, and have been waiting for the lacquer to dry on my Harrison Brotherhood Build. I have some veneer left, so I though what over-the-top guitars need is an over-the-top amplifier. Originally I was thinking of making them small enough to fit into a guitar case, but I want a half-decent size speaker, so came up with plan B, a Burlwoodie amp.

    I am sure everyone has seen pictures of the very early Woodie amps that Fender made in 1946. Most seem to be maple with red cloth, though there are some that are walnut with a gold-coloured cloth...

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    So, naturally that is going to be the inspiration for the amps. The smallest of the Woodies had an 8" speaker, and the one I shall use will be 4" so everything is going to be built at half size.

    I got a couple of amp kits from thejamjaramps.com . They do two models, the orfiginal which is a high gain 1/2 watt amp, and the Blueberry, which is 1 1/4 watt cleaner amp. Fantastic and helpful guy runs it, who answered a few later questions I had really promptly. No affiliation, just a happy customer. He has a video on the website of him soldering up an amp in just over 10 minutes. It took me a bit longer, but that is because he has done thousands, and I needed to work out what was what. But, after less than an hour I had two amps wired up.

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    Then I grabbed some walnut and machined it for the sides. (ignore the glued pieces at the front for the time being)...

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    Then joined up three of the sides. The originals are crudely held together with screws going through angled metal. I couldn't bring myself to do that, so I butt-jointed the pieces, and then drilled for dowels to go through.

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    Then made some dowels out of the same walnut and hammered them in with glue...

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    Once done and the dowels were cleaned up on top I repeated the process with the last side to complete the box.

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    Once they are dried and cut then planed flush the exterior is ready for veneer.
     
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    A bit more on making the amps.

    The original woodies had the control panel at the rear. It is a little hard reducing the height by half and getting everything to fit, but it can just be done. The jamjar amps do not have a volume on them, that is controlled just by the volume on the guitar, so the only holes needed are for the input (from the guitar) and the output (in case you want to run the amp to an external speaker). They say you can run a 4x12 cabinet with it - I don't have one of those, but for fun I might run a 12" Celestion speaker I have occasionally.

    In any case, I made a control panel for the rear. The two big holes as mentioned, and a smaller hole so I can see that it is working with an LED.

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    The pieces I am gluing on at the sides will attach to the inside of the cabinet to keep it in place.

    I also made a little tray. They are battery operated, so the tray is designed for the battery to be able to sit on it.

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    The woodies have a handle at the top, as can be seen in the image of the original. I started with a block of walnut and drilled four holes that will become two handles, and then cut the black to length.

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    I then veneered both sides (sorry, no photos of that) and then cut out the shapes, and then finally glued the top piece of veneer on to end up with the two handles.

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    On with these. Next job with the sides is to veneer them with the burl walnut. They are clamped between sheets of glass to ensure they are flat and there will be no bubbles.

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    And once they have dried and the edges have been planed flush I use a router table to create the binding ledges.

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    And then bind them. Slightly easier than on a guitar with curves...

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    Then grain fill using CA. First apply the coats. In this case I used 4 coats in the hope I could get it covered completely without needing to redo any of it.

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    And once dried it was sanded.

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    That all worked out fine, so I could start with the spraying - firstly using sanding sealer.

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    sorry, the picture isn't great because of the light balance with the sunlight coming in from the open doors. But it worked fine, and was then left to harden.
     
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    Wow! Gorgeous guitars and work!!!

    Eric
     
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    Absolutely stunning work, dazzaman!
     
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    Further with the amplifiers...

    Once the sanding sealer had dried it was rubbed down.

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    And then they were given their coats of lacquer.

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    And now they are just put aside while the lacquer hardens for a few weeks.

    But in the meantime I have managed to get some cloth which looks, to my eyes anyway, like an acceptable match for the original.

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    I forgot to take any pictures of making the baffle (I used MDF for it) but once it was the right size and with an appropriate hole in the centre I put some bolts in which will hold the speaker in place.

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    They are held there with epoxy, so they won't move... And then I drilled a series of holes to take the pins that will hold the cloth.

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    And then attached the cloth to it.

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    And also a view from the front.

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  15. SteelPrinceton47

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    Very nice dazzaman! Looking forward to the next updated pictures. Are you thinking of putting the original style circuit in there?
     
  16. dazzaman

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    Many thanks!

    Do you mean in the amps? In which case no, because they are only half size and there is no room for any valve at all. But, I am very seriously considering making a full sized one and putting the original type circuit into that.
     
  17. SteelPrinceton47

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    This is very impressive! Do you plan on using these as two 4" cabs?
     
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  18. dazzaman

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    Yes, exactly. Hopefully I shall crack on with them by the end of next week. The lacquer should be fine by then.
     
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