New Head-plate Veneer

Yup looks good to me, might have to lightly stain it to match the body but otherwise it looks great.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Backwards

Got a lot done. Rough-Carved the back of the body. Trimmed fret ends, drilled holes in the neck pocket and mapped them to the neck heel, drilled and installed threaded inserts. Drilled peghead holes and realized that the headstock was too thick for the tuning pegs. It killed me a little to have to sand…

Necks Fretted & Headstocks Shaped

This is getting easier. The frets were seated nicely and matched the corresponding radius of each board. Joel Grant showed me his way of fretting a board so that’s how I’ve been doing it with pretty good results. I tidied up the roasted maple headstock so now the triple veneer shows through. After some mineral…

I Hate Radiusing Fretboards

There’s nothing in the world of guitar building that I hate more than this. Now that I found a radius caul that matches the clamping caul I’ll just get my boards pre radiused and slotted. I don’t see a point in spending the time doing this. I might make a radius jig with Burris at…

My Tips & Tricks on Finishing with Danish Oil/Teak Oil etc..

I’ve noticed that a majority of my blog traffic is from search engine hits linking to the pages where I elaborate on my finishing tips. In this post i’ll share with you my schedule that I use to finish an instrument with any of these Danish oil’s Teak oil etc. Basically any linseed based or…

Burl Maple Neck Radiused & Oiled

Figured since this was the last of the pre-radiused stock old just get it over with. The LMII large sanding block works perfectly with the stew mac fret press caul insert. For some reason I had a problem with the 8 in sanding block matching up with the same caul but this works perfectly. I…

Neck Pocket Routing pt. 1

These builds will go much faster now. I also have my own little drawer here! Yay! I routed the roasted maple’s neck flush and saw the beautiful dark purple rosewood cleanly cut alongside the monterillo. It’s gonna be a beautiful neck. Not to mention the fretboard is just gigantic The neck fits well in the…

Back Veneers for Burl and Roasted Maple Builds

Yes I used a pepper shaker as a curved clamp caul. The three ply veneer I made for the roasted maple build was absolutely too stiff to bend. I figured I’d give it a shot to hear the bottom part and to slowly bend it into shape. I sprayed some water and ironed it until…

First Round of Hq Pictures

These were taken with my Sony RX100 with no post editing. Make sure you click on these to get the full resolution.

Blunting an Edge with a Bevel

Early on Joel had told me about the heel area being a little sharp. At first I didn’t think it’d be a problem but after playing the guitar for a bit I think he was right. There is a sharp corner which is on the neck heel right before it becomes the large horn. It…