“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…

Control Panel

Gonna use some left over wood for the control panel

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…

Moving along…

So I scrapped the old design and went in favor of the one I’ve been working with. This time I think I’ve got it just right. I’ve started collecting parts also. I had a nice wild olive neck blank which I intended on using but was shocked to see the damn thing had warped when…