On to the Next One!

Time to resume that burl maple baritone. This one will be carved as well but not entirely the same as the last as this will be a singlecut. The Custom 5 pickup arrived at Joel’s and the set of pickups that’s for this build arrived home right as I did. I love it when that…

Off to Joel at Grant Guitars

Everything’s pretty much done and now it’s off to Joel Grant of Grant Guitars in fountain valley for the final fretwork and setup. The man does excellent work and I’ve been taking my instruments to him for the past 10+ (holy crap) years. First when I was in 8th grade! I’ve decided on final pickup…

Body Waxed and First String Up

I realized I don’t have a place holder nut so I made a little block of ebony do the trick for now. I’ve been waiting for a full string up to hear the resonance and character of the guitar and I am completely happy. The tuners are now installed and the screws in the back…

Final Coat on Body

Three coats like the test piece. One huge soak coat; basically just drown it in oil. Constantly brush it on all the places that drink it up. Let that sit for a few days. I left it for three days didn’t wipe off too much Two- use 400 grit and drop after drop, work it…

Neck Carved/Sanded/Finished

Used my microplane rasps while watching pulp fiction. Then carved it freehand while watching serenity. I then sanded to 600 and oiled it lightly while watching Goldfinger. Long ass time but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t worth it. These pictures don’t do the monterillo any justice. So much chatoyance that it’s mesmerizing.

Second Coat & Headstock Finish

Went in with small amounts of oil, maybe a drop or two at a time and some 400 grit paper and made a messy slurry and kept on working it into the wood. I’m not going for pore filling but it gives a super smooth surface and a nice sheen. I’ll go in with 600…

Frets Installed!

Went to a place downtown called the Downtown Artist Space in LA it’s about 5 min away from my apartment. It’s just slightly beyond skid row so I don’t know if I’d ever go there in the afternoon evening time. Met some very nice people and was able to use their modified arbor press. It…

First Soak Coat

Oh man. Dis walnut…. This guitar just drinks the oil up.

Second Pup and Jack Routed

I realized I had a bottom bearing flush trim bit and what’s even better It was three bladed! So I decided to make a template to match the other pup route. It’s not perfect but almost there. I’d like the corners to be sharper but I don’t have a bit and didn’t feel like buying…

Almost There

I really need a better way to route pickups. It just takes me forever for some reason. Bridge drilled and mounted and the string pull is good. Ferrules drilled as well. I managed to get one pickup routed. All that’s left is the other pup route, control cavity and output jack

Inlay and Fretboard Radius

I hate radiusing fretboards. I’d rather pay someone to do it. LMII’s radiusing service is a joke and just gets you in the ballpark. Still a ways to go. Anyways I did that up to 600 and then applied a light coat of Danish oil and then some wax. I might have to deepens the…

Veneer Trimmed and Rough Sanded!

The Dremel is an invaluable device for trimming this veneer down to size it leaves some rough 80 grit sand marks but those will come out with subsequent passes with Finer grits. The final set of pics are with mineral spirits applied.