October 31, 2015

This Halloween a monster was born in the lab. 

 

Two different recordings of its Bare Knuckle Nailbombs (Ceramic) in action:

 

  

October 23, 2015

Had to strip the headstock and redo the veneer in bubinga to match the body, it’s these sort of things that keep me up at night. As much as I liked the figured eucalyptus this works much better now.

 

Drilled the holes for the bridge and for the strings so that they feed through the body. I had to do...

October 21, 2015

Frets are in, leveled, crowned and slot gaps have been filled with glue and ebony dust. The neck pocket turned out to be damn near perfect so it seemed wrong to do anything except pin and glue the neck (I was considering bolt-on).

 

I wanted to get the neck pickup as close to the 24th fret as possible...

October 13, 2015

I decided on a 45° bevel all around rather than rounding over, considering the body is so thin it suits it quite well. As my router and I aren’t seeing eye to eye (I had massive tear out on a fretboard end grain) I did this by hand.

 

Did the cavities too (router forgiven out of necessity), front and...

October 6, 2015

Made this contraption to help me get my scarf joints flat and true, there’s sandpaper on the underside of the sled and the slope is 12°.

 

Headstock glued on and truss rod channel routed:

 

12th fret detail:

 

The ebony board sanded to 4000 grit starts to get one hell of a sheen, there’s no oil or varnish...

October 1, 2015

Two piece waterfall bubinga with maple fillets, measuring a svelte 32mm thick.

 

The hardware for it came this week; Bare Knuckle Nailbombs, Hipshot tuners and hardtail bridge, all in black.

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