June 26, 2016

Almost home. Final finishing, fretwork and assembly is all that remains. The finish is comprised of base coats of shellac, this seals in the stain and provides a platform that can be fine sanded smooth. This is followed by several coats of Tru-Oil, this adds further protection and shields the shella...

June 21, 2016

Once the neck is glued on it gets carved. This one is fairly standard, a slim modern C shape.

 Shinto Japanese saw rasps are magnificent for this. After the neck is profiled its sanded to 320 and that's where it stays until its time for final finishing.

On the subject of finishing, the body is also sa...

June 14, 2016

Time to hollow out the body and get the top glued on.

 This is the main chamber where the sound hole sits, there will be two other ones but this is by far the largest. The bulk of the material is hogged away with a forstner drill, then cleaned up with the router. The back and side walls are 8mm thick...

May 26, 2016

Three piece maple and walnut neck. Dimensioned, glued up and rough cut on the band saw:

 

Template fixed on with screws and double sided tape, the screw holes are where the truss rod channel will be:

 

My router bits are like razors and cut a great finish, just as well given how much I hate sanding:

 

The...

May 4, 2016

The build has begun on an as yet unnamed guitar, I really need to remember to take pictures this time as I’ll be documenting every step.

 

 Starting with the template, the body shape is somewhere between a strat and a tele, and the f-hole gives away that it’s going to be a thinline/semi-hollow. Direct...

April 13, 2016

New Domino wrapped up, in all it’s ocean burst succulence.

 

 aThe Bare Knuckle Irish Tour pickup set had way more midrange than I was expecting and they are too dark and mushy with 250k pots. I’ve had an anomalous 400k pot for ages (labelled as 500k but apparently quality control is for filthy casual...

March 27, 2016

The ocean burst is turning out quite nice. Getting the dye sealed in with plenty of shellac is always a relief, I had to spot sand and re-stain three times to get scratches out previously. Still a ways to go, building the gloss finish and polishing will take a few more days. 

 

 

February 26, 2016

 A more refined instrument than its predecessor, the padauk Sentinel #2 has a less extreme neck. The original neck was about as flat and thin as it could get, but this one is around 19mm thick at the 1st fret and 21mm at the 12th, with a more gentle C shaped carve. However, any talk of refinement go...

December 8, 2015

 A couple of clips demonstrating the available tones from its 63 Veneer Bare Knuckles:

 

  

 

October 31, 2015

This Halloween a monster was born in the lab. 

 

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

 

  

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