What's on your workbench today?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. guitarbuilder

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    Today I rewound a dead Gibson 498T to PAF specs. It worked the first time.... There's not a whole lot of room to stuff the wires when you scatterwind though.

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  2. eallen

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    Great job!

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    Great projects!

    I own that model Martin 00CXAE - I think it’s the same anyway. It was my first proper guitar bought with inheritance from my grandmother - I had it imported from the States, it took 9 months to arrive! I still own and love it today.

    I had the same problem with the bridge along with a whole heap of belly bulge. It eventually came away from the sound board.

    I took it to a talented luthier in London (https://www.darluthier.com/) who along with making unique, beautiful acoustics also runs a luthiery school and does repairs/restorations. His workshop was really inspiring, totally fascinating. He had a brief look at the guitar, discussed the quality issues with HPL and showed it to his students as an example of a poorly braced soundboard and bridge... and then told me it wasn’t worth his time to fix it. Fair enough!

    While I was there I chewed his ear about how he got into guitar building: he said he had the impulse while at uni (I think?), bought the bits and pieces and made it on his kitchen worktop while smoking copious amounts of weed... found out he was pretty good at it and has never looked back. It was a few months after visiting his workshop that I decided I would have a go at building guitars; so bought some wood and the journey here at TDPRI began. So in many ways I have the failed bridge to thank for my guitar building!

    Anyway, I took it to another repair shop on Denmark Street, they epoxied it back on and I’ve had no problems since.

    End of a very long story...
     
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    I'm painting a Les Paul Special body today. Gonna be a gold top.
     
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    I'd be taking my work to the Denmark guys and forget the talented luthier.
     
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    Ha, yeah I should’ve done! Although now I’m pretty sure I could tackle gluing a bridge back on myself, so no need to visit either!
     
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    Sometimes these talented luthiers let the concept go to their heads....
     
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  8. Mat UK

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    Truely. Initially I felt really deflated and patronised after leaving his workshop... but it inspired me to explore other solutions and avenues and ultimately led me here :)

    Edit: and despite his opinion and the well documented problems with laminate guitars, I truly love that guitar - I will never part with it!
     
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  9. Jim_in_PA

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    That's a great way to get the processes down. One suggestion, however...construction lumber, despite the "kiln dried" specification, is at a much higher moisture content than a lot of the material that folks build things like furniture and guitars with. It would be a very good thing for you to let that glued up blank sit for a bit with air circulation on all sides (use "stickers"...small sticks) to lift it up off any surface so air can get all around it. That will wick off additional moisture and make it more stable. That will make your completed build more stable, too.
     
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    Mold removed. Have some bubbling, but many should be removed when it’s planed and sanded.
     
  11. Randy Jones

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    Woah. Epoxy crayon guitars are all the rage, but that is awesome-er.

    My first humble cab is still on the bench:
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    Latest project on the bench: A Strat that I've been building for a family member. It started out life intending to be a classic black Strat... Nothing too fancy... Then he started looking online and hinted at how great a burst would be. Or flamed maple... Give a mouse a cookie, right!? Lucky for him, I had been eyeing a new spray compressor/gun set up, and this was a perfect excuse to finally take the plunge.

    So I got some flamed maple to veneer on top. It came way thicker than I thought it would, which was nice. I thought I could do some relief cuts on the backside and leave it nice and thick, but in retrospect, it would have been WAY easier to bandsaw it down nice and thin for lamination.
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    I had some minor cracks down by the bottom strap button where the drop starts, but it was fixed easily enough and is pretty much invisible at this point.

    After your normal routing and what not, I finally got to spray the burst. First time I've ever done this with a gun. I usually hand rub with dyes. It's kind of hard to catch how it accurately looks on camera, but I'm fairly happy for a first outing.
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    I moved on to the neck, which went smoothly, save for fixing a misaligned tuner hole. But I set that straight and it will be invisible under the tuner when finished.
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    So as of that stage in the process, everything was swell... What could possibly go wrong, friends? More next time ;)
     

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    The burst and the color is fantastic,do you mind to share the steps and the colors you use?
     
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    Nothing on the bench.

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    Move the snow.


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    Good outcome Mat! Grandma is smiling at you!

    DC
     
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    Cheers Dave :)
     
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    Mustache trimmed in and garolite glue setting. Also made my little maple key for my 2 screw custom trussrod cover. Unlike my Les Moore it IS going on q real Gibson,even if they didn't care :rolleyes:

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    The new kitty seems to already be an L6 fan :D

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    Dave
     
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    Great job Doyled! I have always sprayed all my colors including burst. There is a lot more control once you get the hang of the gun and mixes. Your looks excellent!

    Eric
     
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    Cleaning out a busted ‘Anything goes’ tackle box

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    Using the overhead projector to make a body template from a small sketch i did. 20200119_105005.jpg
     
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