Roger “Da Codge” Valiant Model Completed

Damn this thing sounds great. The build has character and because it’s got so many unusual components it’s called the Codge. Codger usually means an “odd fellow” and just so happens to be the name that I knew Roger as in Med school before he graduated. It’ll be nice to get a guitar in his…

Rogers Build Saga Continues

But not in the way you’d think. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know the story already. For those who follow here well the long and short is the top started to spontaneously delaminate so I threw the whole thing into the bandsaw and started another guitar for Roger. It had to happen. Heres…

New Year | New Projects

Since Instagram became a thing for me I have neglected this blog considerably. It’s been about 7 months since my last post and even that post was delayed by some. Since the last post I’ve been featured in Shaper Origins “Shaper Origin in Action” community series which showcases Origin users and their experiences. It was…

Halloween Horror Story – Rogers Build Saga

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’d have read about my struggles with completing my friend Rogers guitar. First I screwed up on the finish and let the build sit for three years because I was so mad, then after painstakingly removing the finish with a scalpel I then proceeded to punch straight through…

“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…

Imbuya | Korina

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

Imbuya Finished & Off to Joel Grant

This one turned out very well. I also included a picture before finish and after. The difference is amazing. Odies oil worked wonders on this one just like the roasted maple one before it.

Imbuya Neck Bound & Fretted

Got some great advice from Aaron Brown over at Blackwater Guitars. He said to radius before I bind. Now looking at it, it seems simple but had I not followed this advice I would have been pulling my hair out trying to find a way to deepen the slots after radiusing to 16in. Thanks Aaron….

Imbuya’s Headstock (Nearly) Complete

This imbuya build is mainly a testing ground for a lot of the things I’ve never tried before that I’d like to incorporate into Roger’s build –without using his build to be my guinea pig. Binding the headstock was a lot harder than I’d expected based on how smoothly the body binding went. Took damn…