Roger “Da Codge” Valiant Model Completed

Damn this thing sounds great. The build has character and because it’s got so many unusual components it’s called the Codge. Codger usually means an “odd fellow” and just so happens to be the name that I knew Roger as in Med school before he graduated. It’ll be nice to get a guitar in his…

Rogers Build Saga Continues

But not in the way you’d think. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know the story already. For those who follow here well the long and short is the top started to spontaneously delaminate so I threw the whole thing into the bandsaw and started another guitar for Roger. It had to happen. Heres…

New Year | New Projects

Since Instagram became a thing for me I have neglected this blog considerably. It’s been about 7 months since my last post and even that post was delayed by some. Since the last post I’ve been featured in Shaper Origins “Shaper Origin in Action” community series which showcases Origin users and their experiences. It was…

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…

“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…

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…