First Series of Glaze Coats

I’ve been knocking down each coat with 000 synthetic wool. Typically I’d use 0000 regular steel wool but that just leaves a horrid mess of things. I keep a can of compressed air nearby which makes life easier. I wanted to try a new mix ratio for tru oil in the preval disposable spray ….

Enlarging Pup Cavities & Moar Coats

Joel suggested I route out a hair more using my template. I did that and carefully chiseled the sides a bit to fit the stupid fat dimarzios. Now it looks nice. I added another coat of oil on both after work. For some reason the burl maple kept drinking the oil up again. Anyways after…

Finishing Continues

I’m trying a more deliberate approach this time with tru oil. Instead of going for a glossy top (which would look spectacular on the roasted maple). I wanted a bit more subdued, hand rubbed look, but with a glass smooth feeling. So I’ve sanded with oil up to 600 grit so far. I use enough…

Rough Woodworking Completed

Time for final sanding and drilling the communicating holes. Still have to make the control cavity covers which should be too hard. Theater cut acrylic templates were fantastic. I think I’ll make some out of mdf from these and keep these as master templates. I can now line the cavities with copper shielding tape and…

Last of the Wood

Finally got my shipment from gilmer. Customer service wasn’t as great as I’d heard but they have fine product. Black Limba and here piece shedua necks. These will yield two necks if I don’t screw up.

Pickups Routed

So the new template works like a charm. I got these done in no time. First I strung up the outer strings. moving the bridge over 1.5 mm was the right call and the strings line up perfectly on the burl maple. It was easier on the roasted maple. First I string up the guitars,…

Necks Bolted + Holes drilled

The roasted maple build is nearly caught up to its brother. This weekend I’ll drill the bridge holes and align the tuners. I filled the burl bridge holes so I could move it over 2mm. I’ll re do that then map out where the pickups go. If I can work it out with a large…

Roger’s Quilted Maple Semi-Hollowbody

This build is for my friend Roger . He contacted me a while ago and since then we’ve been throwing around ideas for a build. Right now we’ve settled on specs and while I wrap up the two in progress builds i figured I’d start some ground work for his. Name: EXIA Body: Black Limba…

Moar Wood!

Got these in from FV fine woods in Canada. The thin quilt top will be glued to the walnut top I have laying around. That will be the top I dye for Roger Pottanat’s semi hollow build. I’ll announce details for that later. This burl top is just spectacular in person.