Truss Rod Routed + Burl Veneer head plate

Went to downtown artist space again and Burris helped me make a template to route the truss rod channel of the burl maple neck. I got to use the new carbide bit made specifically for hot rod truss rods. Burris was amazingly helpful and made an acrylic template to serve as a guide for the…

Ready for Cutting and Routing

After my haircut I managed to make it to Reta’s Cabinets owned by Rudy Reta. Super nice guy who’s been helping me shave hours off my sanding time with the huge sanding machine you see in the picture. The two giant rolls sand from 80 to 120 so the final product is pretty awesome looking….

Frets Installed!

Went to a place downtown called the Downtown Artist Space in LA it’s about 5 min away from my apartment. It’s just slightly beyond skid row so I don’t know if I’d ever go there in the afternoon evening time. Met some very nice people and was able to use their modified arbor press. It…

Cavities Routed & Electro socket Jack Installed

The bodywork is done. All that’s left for the body is just sanding through the grits. The electrosocket I bought because it looked cool. Didn’t realize it required a flat surface to mount so I decided to improvise. I used a one inch forstner bit to lightly create a lip for the flange to rest…

In Stew Mac We Truss

So all truss rods are routed and the neck shapes require bandsawing. I think I just might rough cut with my jigsaw once I get a sawhorse. I was thinking of going at it with my Ryoba but it will make my arm look like Popeyes’. The single it template is cleaned up and sanded…

Truss Rod Routing

So I got the mating surfaces of the necks trued on a belt sander. Also trued the sides of the fretboards since they were a bit wonky. Now it was time to route. I use a dremel trio because its easy as hell to use an the bit it comes with is the perfect width…

Necks, Bodies, Truss Rods & Moar

So here’s the plan. I received my ultralight swamp ash body blank for my personal 6 string semi hollow build. I realized all my guitars are mahogany and decided to make a switch; the added bonus is the nice grain and color contrast. I ordered from exoticwoods.com and have done business with them before. They…

Finally Fretting

Using my squeeze clamps I made a fret presser. I used Patrick Hufschmid’s technique to prepare the neck and to hammer the frets in. I used epoxy to fill the slots incase I messed up somewhere. Hammering in frets is awesome. Now all I need to do it find some way of trimming the ends…

Ghetto Fretwork…

I seriously need to invest in a buncha good tools when I’m back home for good. I might as well just buy up Stew-Mac. So I fashioned my own fretting jig using a Quik-clamp and a metal ruler. I ripped off a blade from a jewlers saw I found at a hardware store. It works…