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Kyle’s Guitar – day 6 – complete

After four coats of High-gloss Tung oil, the guitar is looking good. Time to move on to the installation of the hardware. I measured the output jack, and drilled a … Continue reading

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kyle’s Guitar – day 4/5

  I cut some more walnut to make a new back panel. I took care to try to match the sap wood on the front half. It won’t be a … Continue reading

March 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kyle’s Guitar – day 3

While the back panel was curing, I loaded the front panel into my CNC and started the carve. About 4 hours later it finished. Unfortunately the board was slightly thicker … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kyle’s Guitar – day 2

Kyle gave me the neck and hardware, that he bought for the guitar, so that I could get exact measurements. Then I drew everything up and did a test carve. … Continue reading

March 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kyle’s Guitar – day 1

My friend Kyle recently asked if I would be interested in helping him build a custom guitar. He had some wood from his Grandfather’s farm that had been cut into … Continue reading

March 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Vicenç’s guitar – day 4,5,6… – complete

Vicenç applied the first coat of finish before he went home the other day. Over the next couple of days, I applied another three coats of Tung oil, sanding the … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Vicenç’s guitar – day three

Before we start shaping the body, I took some time to figure out the wire routing. I drilled a small hole into the tremolo compartment to route a ground wire. … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

Vicenç’s guitar – day two

Before we can start carving out this guitar body, I need to finish up my design on the computer and convert everything into vectors that can be imported into my … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Vicenç’s guitar – day one

WOW, it has been a busy summer. I haven’t put up a post in a couple of months. Sorry about that. I have a couple of new projects coming though, … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kid-Sized Guitar

I have been helping my friend, Hans, to build a guitar for his daughter. He wanted to be very involved with the work, so it took a few months, between … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Guitar headstock inlay

My friend Bill started this project, but immediately ran into problems. He bought some discs with abalone patterns on them, with the intent of inlaying them on guitar headstocks. Unfortunately he … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reclaimed reverse Firebird – day 2

After the dye had cured on my front and rear panels, I loaded the first board into my Carvewright CNC and started the first panel.  The back side ran just … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reclaimed reverse Firebird – day 1

My oldest son, Eric, is going back to college in a couple of weeks and he is planning on taking guitar lessons this semester. I offered to build him a … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 8 complete

The finish is cured, so my last step is to apply a coat of paste wax. I let it set for a few minutes, then I rubbed it off with … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Baritone rebuild – day 7

Bill finally got me the last piece of the project today. He wanted this particular style of input jack. I wish I had this component before I carved the rear. I … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 6

I talked to Bill about the switch and he didn’t feel like looking for one with a longer neck, so before I put on another coat of oil, I need … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Baritone rebuild – day 5

I had a lot of details to tidy up before starting to apply the finish today. I started by pulling the clamps off the headstock veneer, then taping off the … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 4

With the body roughly sanded, it is time to round over the top and bottom edges. I used a 1/4″ round-over bit in my little Bosch Colt. Just a quick … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 3

Ok, so I had every intention of finishing the body last weekend, but I ran into a lot of operator error, mixed with a little bit of trouble from my … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 2

Interesting day today. I started early by loading the second walnut panel into the CNC and started the top half of the guitar carving. Then I unwrapped the book-matched set … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 1

My friend Bill has another guitar for me to rebuild. The last one was the Jerry Jones Baby Sitar. This one is also a Jerry jones, but it is a … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 7 complete

I had a little more time this evening, so I wired up the controls and closed it up.     I added the control knobs and wired it up. Adam … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 5 Comments

Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 6

I got up bright and early yesterday to put the sixth and final coat of Tung oil onto the guitar body, before I went to work. After each coat, I … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 5

The dye is dry, so I got up bright and early this morning to get the first coat of finish on. The dye is water based, so the grain got … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 4

I intend to make a lot of saw dust today, so I moved my small work bench outside and clamped my guitar body to it. I put a 40 grit … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 13 Comments

Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 3

Today I am working on the back panel. Since I try to learn new techniques with every project, I am going to attempt to re-use the piece that I cut … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 2

My last couple of weekends have been busy with graduations, so I haven’t been able to work on the bass guitar at all. I decided to blow off work today … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 1

My friend Rick gave me a bass guitar neck. Now that I have the neck, I have to build a body to go with it… I did some searching on … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Another 72 thinline telecaster – day 3

I was getting ready to glue up the two halves of the guitar when I noticed a small problem. The pilot holes for the neck screws were off on the … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Another 72 thinline telecaster – day 2

  The second half finished its run in the carver. I flipped it over and cut away the tabs. With both halves freed up, I assembled them in a dry-fit … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Another 72 thinline telecaster – day 1

I built a 72 thinline telecaster a few months back, and I have had a request for another one. The first one was made for a friend of mine and … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Baby sitar build – day 6 – complete

The last coat of tung oil has dried, so I applied a coat of paste wax. After 15 minutes or so, I rubbed it off and buffed it out. It … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Baby sitar build – day 5

Five of the six coats of tung oil have been applied. Before I add the final coat, I want to drill out all of the holes for the hardware. I … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baby sitar build – day 4

The upgraded sitar seems to have met with the owner’s approval so far, so it is now time to pick a finish. I did a bit of additional sanding to … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baby sitar build – day 3

I finished running the carve last night. It turned out nice. I pulled off the tape and cut the tabs that held the body in place.   It requires a … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baby sitar build – day 2

I pulled the clamps on the steam-bent crooks that will be used for a leg rest on the baby sitar. They did spring back a bit as I had planned, … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Steam bending kit

I purchased a steam bending kit from Rockler and it arrived this weekend. I have a piece that I want to bend up for the Sitar that I am building, … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Baby sitar build – day 1

I got a new camera for Christmas. It is a Canon PowerShot SX510. It is not the latest and greatest, but it is perfect for my needs documenting my builds. … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Headless guitar concept – day 4 complete

I gave the body of the guitar, and all the wooden hardware, four coats of low-gloss Tung oil, then let it sit for 24 hours. Yesterday morning I applied a … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Headless guitar concept – day 3

Third day into this build, and I will have all the parts done today. My focus today was to get all the trim pieces done. I started with the cover for … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Headless guitar concept – day 2

I had a few little details to accomplish today, before glueing up the front and back halves of the guitar body. Yesterday’s epoxy has dried, so I sanded it down … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Headless guitar concept – day 1

So I don’t play guitar, but I really enjoy building them. I have been collecting bits and pieces while building other guitars, and I have been kicking around the idea … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

72 thinline telecaster guitar carve – day 3

The glue has dried, so I pulled the clamps. I set the larger spindle up in the spindle sander and sanded all of the larger curves. I stepped sown to … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

72 thinline telecaster guitar carve – day 2

Spent the day packing my oldest up and taking him back to college. I did squeeze in a bit of time to get back to the guitar body, that I … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

72 thinline telecaster guitar carve

I had a request for another guitar body. This one is a little different from the solid body guitars that I have built before.  This guitar body is modeled after … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

AJ’s custom Stratocaster – complete

I got to finish up AJ’s guitar this weekend. The guitar body has been done for nearly a year, but due to some personal issues, it had to be put on … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

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