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…

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…