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…

The Binding pt. 2

So this was worth the trouble. The binding is seamless and now I have the added benefit of tang-less frets. Sanded up to 2000 to polish this Macassar ebony up, then applied a few coats of odie’s oil super penetrating oil to the board before it receives it’s frets. I’ll give it a coat of…

The Binding pt. 1

Glad I’m not binding the body. The Macassar ebony binding is fragile.  It’s looking good so far. Will truly know once everythings sanded. This will hide my little mistake. Honestly looking at the neck in the pocket,  youd barely notice the 1mm shift of the fretboard. Still I’d know and I can’t settle for that. 

Chisel & Ebony

I’ve never constructed a flat, fender style headstock before. For some reason or another I’ve always knocked them and honestly now I don’t know why. I’m able to churn out a neck twice if not three times as fast as one with a scarf joint and theres far less chance for errors along the way….

Proto 7 Progress

Each prototype gives me a chance to try out different techniques in guitar building. At the same time my goal is to minimize the total number of mistakes made in the process.  Here while. Gluing the neck despite a perfect fit to the fretboard,  I removed the drill bits from the fretboard too early after…

New Prototype 7 String in the Works

Today marks 6 years since I started this crazy obsession/hobby of mine. I made a baritone 7 string which was my first guitar created stateside. It was big, clunky, and a composite of what I thought I liked at the time. It was inspiring though, I did end up writing an entire EP with just…

Bodies & Necks

​A lot of progress has been made. Updates will probably be spaced farther apart compared to previous years,  but at least this time I’m taking the time to use a nice camera. I’m lucky to be here in Vegas. It seems opportunity has found me; Low rent, rentable and super affordable workshop nearby that’s ultra…

Imbuya | Korina

It’s done. It sounds simultaneously beautiful and menacing. Thanks to Joel grant for the wonderful fretwork and setup.