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#121
I wasn't happy with the binding on this one, for a few reasons. I decided to route it out and repeat the whole process, but with a few improvements. This project is finally starting to feel like a success:

















#124
Quote by von Layzonfon
Ooh. I want one but I am pretty sure I have no use for one. A bit like a 3D printer - I can't afford one big enough to be useful to me.


That's kind of what I was thinking, but it's pretty easy to extend the gantry once you have a machine. It's all good experience too, even just as a stepping stone. This thing is only made from 2020 aluminium extrusion and T8 threaded rods, which are readily available in a variety of lengths.
#128
Quote by -MintSauce-
I'm waiting on a new rasp

Which one are you getting? Is there any particular brand you would recommend?

By the way, I'd just like to say thank you for documenting your builds. You were one of the people that convinced me it was possible to build guitars in the first place.
Last edited by sashki at Apr 24, 2017,
#129
Quote by sashki
Which one are you getting? Is there any particular brand you would recommend?

By the way, I'd just like to say thank you for documenting your builds. You were one of the people that convinced me it was possible to build guitars in the first place.

That's awesome, dude! I only started after seeing people like Perry Ormsby and JSCustom on here; the first build diary I ever read was by a dude who made a purple Ibanez RG copy with cat paw inlays.

I think this is what I've ordered (15047):
https://www.pferdusa.com/products/201e/201e01/201e0104P.html

It's only machine-stitched and cheap, but I fancied a different profile to try. A Liogier would be my first choice, if I had £50-60 to spare!

I tried a bit more of the glow in the dark stuff tonight:






The strontium aluminate particles in the powder settle REALLY easily, so you have to give the stuff a ruddy good shake before using it (I didn't). The method really calls for decent epoxy too. With something like a casting resin, I should be able to get enough pigment in for a fuller colour. The cheap, thick stuff didn't fare too well. Painting the inlay pockets with a light coat of white should help the clarity too.
Last edited by -MintSauce- at Apr 24, 2017,
#130
More inlay tests:




I painted the inlay pocket white, and also used more of the UV reactive/glow in the dark pigment.

And neck progress:







The profile still needs fine-tuning, but it's ready for neck pocket prep and attachment.
#131
A few updates from the weekend:

Firstly, I ordered a bunch of black limba, which arrived. I have a huge neck blank and a two-piece body blank, along with a lightly streaked ebony board. I haven't decided on the shape yet, but I want to keep this one more natural and basic.

Test by S K, on Flickr

And on the subject of the phoenix guitar, I managed to get over my weird anxiety and routed the neck pocket out. I always panic at this stage, because it could scrap the whole build.

Test by S K, on Flickr

Test by S K, on Flickr

Test by S K, on Flickr

PS. Photobucket's T&Cs have changed recently, outlawing hotlinking. I'm going to try Flickr for this stuff...
Last edited by -MintSauce- at Jul 16, 2017,
#133
test pics are working fine
And what work in stone could compare with the majesty of trees?
#134
Quote by Ippon
Nice wood!  More pics!

I'll get some this weekend! The neck blank is largely the same on the other side. The proper black limba section of the body blank only extends about halfway through; the other side is yellowy and uniform.
#135
Neck fit and control cavity sorted! I just need to sand ~1mm off the bottom of the heel.

30th July 2017 by S K, on Flickr

30th July 2017 by S K, on Flickr

And more pictures of the new wood. I think it's going to turn into something pointy.

30th July 2017 by S K, on Flickr

30th July 2017 by S K, on Flickr

30th July 2017 by S K, on Flickr

30th July 2017 by S K, on Flickr
Last edited by -MintSauce- at Jul 30, 2017,
#136
That is some nice wood. Also that 12th fret inlay on the Phoenix guitar

My woodwork guitar project (based on a Jackson SL1) was originally going to have the standard sharkfin inlays on all normal inlayed frets, but I found making the sharkfin shapes too difficult to get consistently, so I settled for dots on most of the frets and a gold MOP rectangle on the 12th fret, slightly reminiscent of an ESP/LTD guitar, so props to you on that inlay design, turned out great
"There was Pope John, if you remember. Now there's Pope John Paul. The next pope's gonna be Pope John Paul George, and we can see where they're going. It's that more populist edge Pope John Paul George and Ringo, he's going to take off; he's going to have songs in the charts."
~Eddie Izzard, "Circle", 2000

"Boy bands should be exploded from a great height. They’re just pretty people singing music written by others."
~Eddie Izzard
#137
Quote by lizzyg1958
That is some nice wood. Also that 12th fret inlay on the Phoenix guitar

My woodwork guitar project (based on a Jackson SL1) was originally going to have the standard sharkfin inlays on all normal inlayed frets, but I found making the sharkfin shapes too difficult to get consistently, so I settled for dots on most of the frets and a gold MOP rectangle on the 12th fret, slightly reminiscent of an ESP/LTD guitar, so props to you on that inlay design, turned out great


Thank you! It's amazing what you can pull off with a little time and patience.

More progress this weekend...

Side dots, because I usually forget them:
Untitled by S K, on Flickr

Neck fit is ready to go, neck pickup cavity is done, and the internal wiring holes are drilled:
Untitled by S K, on Flickr
Untitled by S K, on Flickr

And finish tests:
Untitled by S K, on Flickr
Untitled by S K, on Flickr

All of the router work is now complete, so this will be shifting gear a little. It's a big milestone.
#138
So, progress:

I bought some sweet PPE for sanding, painting, and generally dangerous stuff. It's very good so far, although some cotton dust pre-filters might be a good idea.
Untitled by S K, on Flickr

I drilled all of the holes (except for pickup and tuner screw holes), sorted the bridge ground, sanded a few dings out, shaved the heel down, and then glued that bad boy in:
Untitled by S K, on Flickr

Untitled by S K, on Flickr

I'll be back next weekend to take the clamps off and carve that heel away.
Last edited by -MintSauce- at Sep 3, 2017,