Roasted Maple Goodness off to Joel!

Strung up and ready for the usual treatment from Joel Grant over at Grants Guitars. If you’re in the Orange County area and play guitar, pay him a visit and geek out on guitars for a while. Hopefully I can get this back sooner than later, I know he’s busy but man I’m excited to…

Bodies joined and sanded

So I guess I’m building three guitars this round. The third is using the korina body and the figured imbuya top. I got a nice slab of walnut for Rogers build which I’m going to begin hollowing tonight. I’m also going to be cutting the scarf joints of the necks as well. The headstock pieces…

Prep for Roger & Ganesh’s Builds

I’ve glued up some neck laminates for roger and Ganesh’s builds as well as the body for Roger. I bought some nice quarter sawn sapele for Ganesh’s guitar as well. In hopes of solving the bridge height problem for the roasted maple guitar, I’ve glued two contrasting veneers to the base and sanded them flush….

Odie’s Wood Butter & Wax

So the roasted maple got a coat of wood butter and the burl maple got a coat of wax after 0000 steel wool. Thanks to James and Tracie over at Odies Oil for sending me the samples to use on this guitar. I gotta say everything’s looking pretty spectacular right now. The pictures show the…

Sanded to 320 and second coat of Odie’s

I’m really loving this. I might honestly stop after 600 grit because this luster is so warm and inviting. I’m really eager to use the wood butter and wax that the guys over at Odie’s oil are sending me. Anyways that should arrive tomorrow. I’ll do the final coats this thurs and Friday night then…

A Look at the First Coat of Odie’s Oil

I had a wonderful chat with the owner and maker of Odie’s oil after I’d posted the last update. He was a super knowledgeable guy who had some great pointers on how to use his product best. He suggested I sand higher to get a higher sheen and to also try his wood butter and…

Sanded to 220 and First Application of Odie’s Oil

I like the smell and consistency of this product. I also like the fact that it doesn’t darken the piece as much as other oils. I used some 000 synthetic steel wool to apply the finish to the wood then waited about 20 min then buffed off. Ill sand with 320 then 400 with the…

Sanded to 100 Grit & Burl top Glued

Ganesh Rao’s top is glued! It looks awesome and will make a fantastic guitar. Man sanding back this body wasn’t easy, that finish was way thicker than I wanted. Now that it’s sanded back entirely I can see how it really should look. I applied some mineral spirits after I sanded to 100 grit and…

Ganesh Rao’s Burl Maple Baritone

This is going to be a really fun build alongside Roger’s semi hollow. I’m fortunate to have the chance to work with Ganesh on his build which will be a drop tuned beast of a guitar. Our goal is to make an instrument which can handle the extreme low tunings that Ganesh employs in his…

Neck Carving pt.2

I was too tired to sand off the body so I finished up the back of the neck. I used odie’s oil and some steel wool after sanding to 220. It’s smooth as butter.

Neck Carving pt. 1 & Stripping Finish off the Roasted Maple

So I didn’t like how the finish was turning out so I sanded back the top and back. I need to sit and do it more thoroughly but I wanted to start the carve on the neck since I’d been putting that off. The neck itself wasn’t too difficult to carve but I left this…