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…

Sleepless Nights Lead to Neck Building

Couldn’t sleep so I made a shooting board and went to town on some head scarf pieces. Once they were trimmed using Anthony Murkar’s plane, I glued it to the rosewood neck. I used to cut the scarf on the small piece as well but I realized this method would eliminate the possibility of the…

Truing and Gluing

Used Anthony Murkar’s awesome smoothing plane for this. My whole room smelled like maple syrup and pancakes. This method is not that efficient and requires a lot of checking but it will eventually get the job done. I clamped it down but had some more difficulty than usual because of the live edge on one…

Snafu and New Solutions

So I hit a snag. The first picture shows one side of the fretboard improperly glued. This needs fixing. I think the problem was the beam I used on top to evenly apply pressure only did so in a small area across the board. The side beams weren’t helping that situation either. Well I learned…