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…

On Oil Finishing | Seven Years of Mistakes and Some Pontification

So it’s been seven years since I’ve started building guitars and all I can remember since I started was how to nail the ‘perfect’ oil and wax finish. I used to pour over articles written by many well-known online woodworking magazines and sites and found that every woodworker had his/her own style and after modifying…

“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…

Prototype #007-P

I will be keeping this model as a reminder to never rush and to always respect the process and deliberation of guitar building. 

Oenomaus Lives

Always liked the name. Sounded right for this particular sandy-golden colored guitar. Tried to capture the chatoyance in the last pic with some side lighting. Specs:  Body Wood: Carved Espave Neck Wood: Plum Pudding Figured Genuine African Mahogany Fretboard Wood: Macassar Ebony Scale Length: 26.75 in – 25 in | Jescar Fretwire Nickel – Silver…

Sanding, Finishing and Fretwork

So I bought all the fretting tools I’d need from stewmac and realized they have the monopoly on lutherie tools. Aaron sent me some custom pickups and templates to use. Really cool of him to do that. He wound me a set of Elder Gods which I’ve been eager to test out. I’ve fallen in…

Neck & Body Carving

Love carving mahogany. Espave smells spicy too when carved. Pickups should be here tomorrow. I’ll have to wait till Wednesday until I get a chance to route and install. After that then everything is just about the final touches before finishing. I’ll be using Odie’s oil, butter and wax for finishing.  On another note I…

The Binding pt. 2

So this was worth the trouble. The binding is seamless and now I have the added benefit of tang-less frets. Sanded up to 2000 to polish this Macassar ebony up, then applied a few coats of odie’s oil super penetrating oil to the board before it receives it’s frets. I’ll give it a coat of…

Bodies & Necks

​A 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…