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…

“Hazelnut” Serial Build #010

The Shaper Origin is a Game Changer

“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…

Chewbacca’s Neck & Body Contours

Intriguing title right? I figured since this guitar was literally all different shades of brown, Chewbacca would be a fitting name; not to mention it’s gonna sound like a beast. So I took some more pictures of the neck and fretboard. Gonna have to plane down a piece for the right ear of the headstock….

Bahamut’s Body and Burl’s Body Cut

Sapele is a joy to work with. Regular mahogany takes a bit longer. So I jointed the top of the myrtle wood and cut the bodies for Bahamut and the burl guitar which I’ll name Tiamat. Tiamat was a colorful dragon so this works well. Next step is gluing the tops!

Body Blanks

Man when I glued these up I thought I messed up. I saw a giant glue line and thought that I’d have to dismantle everything. I took it to JD Cabinets in Fountain Valley on a trip to PetSmart and had them plane and sand these down using their giant drum sander. Man these look…

Planing Done!

I found a very nice company that helped me plane my neck pieces. It’s a family owned company called JD cabinets in the Fountain Valley/ Santa Ana area. Mark and Steve were great to work with and I’ll probably be using this company for all the major cutting and planing work. All that’s left right…

Getting Artsy

So I recently got the new iPhone 4s and I must say its pretty sweet. Used to be an iPhone hater but this phone has everything I need now, including a kick ass camera and some interesting camera apps. So I had to take some overly artsy photos showing what this thing can do. So…

Layout

Didn’t have any tracing paper or carbon paper to work with so I improvised with some sticky label paper I’d bought years ago. Used that to transfer the approximate outline to the various tops to see which one I’d end up using. After cutting the fretboard shape out and wiping the surfaces with mineral spirits…