“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…

Oooh Shiny!

I sanded the fretboard using 120-220-320-400 grit sandpaper. Teak wood smells great but clogs up the paper like crazy, it also becomes very hot from all the friction. Then I went in with some 0000# steel wool (courtesy of Divya R) and it made the wood verrry smooth. And as an added bonus made it…

Cutting Fretwire..

I couldn’t find decent wire cutters or pliers anywhere so I used the deadblow hammer and a sharp chisel. I put that wasted piece of padauk to use as a chisel/cutting board. So far nothings gone to waste! Woot!

Ghetto Fretwork…

I seriously need to invest in a buncha good tools when I’m back home for good. I might as well just buy up Stew-Mac. So I fashioned my own fretting jig using a Quik-clamp and a metal ruler. I ripped off a blade from a jewlers saw I found at a hardware store. It works…

Planning out the Fretboard

After reading everything on http://www.sevenstring.org I started to plan out the fretboard. Since it was a MultiScale neck I needed to choose the two scales I’d be using for the neck. I decided on 25 inches to 27 inches, with the perpendicular fret being the nut. After failing my first attempt (major compound error), I…