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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.
Or 3 Firebirds in it...
Well there's something you don't see every day. Stared at that a full minute trying to figure out if I wanted to know what it was or if I should just move along.
World's shortest scale guitar neck blank?
Or practice blocks for neck joint?
Not perfect. But square and stable. With only a little more fussing I think it would be a successful joint. I'll probably mess with it until I completely ruin it :|. Then I've got another practice block I'll try later on just before I do the real thing. Fortunately the real thing will be sepele and not this twice-cursed fir.
DHL just delivered a package from a supplier in Germany. Have never used shellac so got a kilo of every colour they had for experimenting. Should keep me going for a while.
It has had me thinking about building one. The luthier's assistant showed me how the mahogany necks are done. It's a 5 piece with roughly 1" wood. 3 are stacked for the heel, then one on top for the neck proper and a scarf joint for the laid-back headstock. The glue joints except for the scarf are all invisible. He showed me the rosettes and how they make them. Just amazing. One of the custom rosettes can add as much as $400 to the price of a guitar! We did not go custom.... the sound is wonderful. I'll see if I can talk the little guy into playing a tune!
Evo 55090 frets in......
I went the brass tube/ ebony dust, flooded with CA glue, side dots...
This neck is going on a Kauri Pine body, primed and ready for a couple of cans of Mohawk 'Antique White'.
Going with fave Babicz bridge - had to extend the bridge pup route a little to accomodate it.
Steely Tacoblaster developmental prototypes are moving along well. I milled up some mahogany for the cores. Cut out the sides. MIG welder for tacking. TIG for the rest of the welding. Lots of grinding in my future...
Lots of grinding...multiple tools...miles to go...
I've finally finished a cigar box build I've been working on and started a Danelectro style Telecaster for my first real build, please ignore the centre line on the Tele as the Masonite was intended for something else
Since you've seen how it's all done, I think you should order parts over there, so's you can build your Flamenco Especiale as soon as you get home. Be sure to label it so nobody will confuse it with one of Sr. De Torres nicer ones!
Not quite off the bench yet...need to do final setup...but couldn't help taking a couple pics...it has a 25" scale length, 12" radius, cedar body, maple/rosewood neck...i wound the pickup to right at 9k with 42awg...bridge position on the selector is volume...middle position is volume+tone...neck position is volume+tone+cap for a cocked wah kinda thing...hope to get a video up sometime soon.
I can't express how much I love this thing.
Red Ironwood fretboard for a coming guitar. 24,75", 23 frets, sanded to 120grit, might polish it a bit today.
Yes, I typed this with a pencil in my mouth, I have no arms anymore.
When my fiancée and I were shopping for a wedding band to go with her engagement ring, we got it narrowed down to 2 options and the lady suggested we take them outside into the sunlight for better lighting to see which diamonds matched better. Even so, I still couldn't shake the feeling that I was breaking rules just cause it was so out of the ordinary!
why 23 frets?
jeeebus thats a pretty little thing.
My Uncle Tom, a former Marine, use to weld tanks for oil trucks, one of many grease monkeys in the family he build hit own car... he would have loved seeing this Mark, hell he probably would have gotten his brother, the one who taught me wood working, to build the core. Sadly he past in a biking accident in Texas but seeing this brought up a lot of good memories. I could see him doing something like this. Way to go Mark!
That's a keen bridge!
Boy that was a lot of welding, grinding, touch up welding and grinding. It's pleasing to know that it all fits and lines up well. Whew. Would have been tough to toss this one in the fireplace [emoji23] Working on patina today. Although it would have looked pretty good with some clear automotive urethane right over the raw steel too.