“The Valiant” Serial Build #009

Finally finished. My “Treat Yo Self” present for matching into my 1st choice fellowship for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She’s got some fine detail and wiring work to be 100% perfect but she already sounds beautiful. McNelly’s Saint Nick HSP90’S sound incredible and can handle the cleanest of cleans and the dirtiest of dirty. It’s…

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…

Bodies & Necks

‚ÄčA 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…

Ganesh’s Neck Template & Koa’s FB

I wanted to make a perfect neck pocket for Ganesh’s build and so I mapped it all out and started mounting the side rails for the router when it began to rain. I’ll get back to it on Sunday. Just the neck pocket, cavities and neck shaping left. It’s nearly complete!!! His Indian rosewood fingerboard…

Burl Maple’s Ready for Joel Grant

This one I’ve been dragging my feet on but it’s finally finished. It looks pretty great all put together. I can’t wait to hear it all wired up. The acoustic sound that resonates from putting my ear to the body is deep and rich. It’s got a very controlled midrange and an extremely tight low…

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.

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…

Truss Rod Routed + Burl Veneer head plate

Went to downtown artist space again and Burris helped me make a template to route the truss rod channel of the burl maple neck. I got to use the new carbide bit made specifically for hot rod truss rods. Burris was amazingly helpful and made an acrylic template to serve as a guide for the…