Halloween Horror Story – Rogers Build Saga

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’d have read about my struggles with completing my friend Rogers guitar. First I screwed up on the finish and let the build sit for three years because I was so mad, then after painstakingly removing the finish with a scalpel I then proceeded to punch straight through…

On Oil Finishing | Seven Years of Mistakes and Some Pontification

So it’s been seven years since I’ve started building guitars and all I can remember since I started was how to nail the ‘perfect’ oil and wax finish. I used to pour over articles written by many well-known online woodworking magazines and sites and found that every woodworker had his/her own style and after modifying…

“The Valiant” Serial Build #009

Finally finished. My “Treat Yo Self” present for matching into my 1st choice fellowship for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She’s got some fine detail and wiring work to be 100% perfect but she already sounds beautiful. McNelly’s Saint Nick HSP90’S sound incredible and can handle the cleanest of cleans and the dirtiest of dirty. It’s…

First of 2018

This is the first of the backlog builds to be completed. Roger’s is up next after I wire up my personal guitar. It feels good to knock these out since they’ve been pending for so long. Residency has been amazing but has left me little time for my hobbies. Now I’ll be moving to Reno…

Motivation

I find it’s difficult for me to complete a build if I am not motivated. This was especially true with a few builds on the back burner. My Claro walnut build and Rogers build were victims of this inertia. Now it’s time to clear the backlog.

Prototype #007-P

I will be keeping this model as a reminder to never rush and to always respect the process and deliberation of guitar building. 

Oenomaus Lives

Always liked the name. Sounded right for this particular sandy-golden colored guitar. Tried to capture the chatoyance in the last pic with some side lighting. Specs:  Body Wood: Carved Espave Neck Wood: Plum Pudding Figured Genuine African Mahogany Fretboard Wood: Macassar Ebony Scale Length: 26.75 in – 25 in | Jescar Fretwire Nickel – Silver…

Sanding, Finishing and Fretwork

So I bought all the fretting tools I’d need from stewmac and realized they have the monopoly on lutherie tools. Aaron sent me some custom pickups and templates to use. Really cool of him to do that. He wound me a set of Elder Gods which I’ve been eager to test out. I’ve fallen in…

Neck & Body Carving

Love carving mahogany. Espave smells spicy too when carved. Pickups should be here tomorrow. I’ll have to wait till Wednesday until I get a chance to route and install. After that then everything is just about the final touches before finishing. I’ll be using Odie’s oil, butter and wax for finishing.  On another note I…