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…

Final carve of the Burl Body

This looks nice. My technique after contouring the top is to take the dremel tool and sand away around the border to create a dip/lip. Then you sand to blend the difference. I use a black and decker mouse sander for that. Literally go to town on it until I like the way it looks….

Carving the Burl Body pt. 2

Started this today after gluing up the walnut flat top body. I’m gonna sandwich a piece of poplar as a contrasting piece in between the walnut and sapele. I still need to joint the body so I figured I’d just glue the poplar to the body and then joint it together. This time I’ll try…

Carving the Burl Body pt. 1

This stuff is tough. I found that the snap in microplabe blades aren’t as sharp as the others. I could have just had bad luck but the hacksaw rasp blade is just a beast. Removes so much stock so neatly it only takes a few seconds with some 80 grit to make it super smooth….