Bodies & Necks

‚ÄčA 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…

Sabah/Bulletwood Neck Pt. 1

Sabah Ebony is so beautiful!                                                        The last picture is after the third coat of Odies oil 

Buster Sword FF Carved

Adler is a joy to work with. My microplane rasps cut through it like butter. Now that all bodies for all guitars – somehow I’ve started 5…- are carved, I can begin making all the necks. Roger’s neck is the furthest along and the others will match pace soon enough.  I also began the buster…

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.

Odie’s oil on Imbuya and Limba

The more I use this product , the more I love it. It builds very well and much faster than any other oil besides tru oil which darkens the wood too much. The key is to take your time and to sand only when the oil is completely dry. You’ll know because it becomes chalky…

Imbuya Neck Carved & Odies Oil Tips

This turned out well. I figured the best way to shave down the thickness of the neck was to mark the desired depth and rasp chamfers till that line was reached. Typically I’d just route freehand till that depth was met but I tried something using an auto planer which was unsuccessful so had to…

Reta’s Cabinets to the Rescue

My commissions have been put on hold until now. Everywhere I looked, no one wanted to help me get these Fingerboards to size, even if they had old sanding belts. Finally I’ve thicknesses them down to their ideal size. These are just the right thickness to make a very slim profiles neck. Rudy, owner of…

Odie’s Wood Butter & Wax

So the roasted maple got a coat of wood butter and the burl maple got a coat of wax after 0000 steel wool. Thanks to James and Tracie over at Odies Oil for sending me the samples to use on this guitar. I gotta say everything’s looking pretty spectacular right now. The pictures show the…

Sanded to 320 and second coat of Odie’s

I’m really loving this. I might honestly stop after 600 grit because this luster is so warm and inviting. I’m really eager to use the wood butter and wax that the guys over at Odie’s oil are sending me. Anyways that should arrive tomorrow. I’ll do the final coats this thurs and Friday night then…