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just a lil experimenting with very important visual-only stuff

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speaking of design choices

back to the scary parts again 😉

Designing the body - was relatively easy and straight forward... choosing a headstockshape - omg .... the thing i knew was ... i like 3+3, so rather symmetrical is the choice.... i think i was browsing them all ... and they all are either rather ugly  ... or so unique that it would have been obvious that it´s been copied... and no, my (first) guitar shall be designed by me nose to tail..... so what to do.... as everybody will agree "you can´t go wrong with Batman".. so naturally somewhen that thought came into mind followed by the certanity that that would be quite common and will be a copy also, but NO 😄 no Batman Headstockends at all...

 

On to designing... i am so bad at designing things - having that in mind i was very very very cautious and took my time well, and after quite some hours i ended with a slim LP-style, almost  non widening head with a bit 1998/2003 style Batend
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Original size printing.... a science that should not be one

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Goddamit, that will work!

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Marking the outlines turned out to be unprecise - so i went with glue and the original

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bandsaw.... so precise.... without that the guitar to be would be so much uglier

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just don´t blink...

how am i going to do that Batend.... brrrr.... the edges must be sharp and filing will take forever...

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let´s try something

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now i love my bandsaw just a bit more

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damn cool, 2 minutes of work (with pictures)

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... even the focused ones ...

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happy happy

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rough finessing with a round coarse file for a minute

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yes! really slim - the machineheads will spread as wings  a bit ...

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for that multiple "centerlines" - i know how that looks like 😂.... But! that was soooo hard... what is easy to get is the middleline on the fretboard - here you can measure at the two ends and connect the 2 middlepoints... the headstock was not really symmetrical - so there measuring - not an option... when you apply a ruler to the fretboard and bend it or let it sink onto the angled headstock the  radius of the fretboard will angle it to one side (thats my grey line, very wrong) next i tried to set the ruler on the edge onto the middleline of the fretboard... letting it sink onto the headstock - unprecise... using a 2nd ruler to point down to the head - unprecise.... i ended up getting the result using that piece of thin rope set on the bodyend of the fretboard and then pulling it down on the head, and when it meets the centerline of the fb... thats exactly the middle...

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(shakes head seing that wrong line) always tripplecheck!!! (i don´t usually)
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What a good session!

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Neck!

 

Here finally i smelled and saw that the flapdisc was burned and done... grabbed a new one (80gr)

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already close to my 22mm lines on both sides, quite even

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that transition begins to look dynamically

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Back inside.... yay, what a difference, what a slim neck..

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leveling it by handsanding

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works well.... question is what road to take here.... on the one hand my reference necks are slim but roundish D shaped... on the other hand what i have at the moment is a neck thats already slim but flat in the middle, like my Ibanez has... and i like to play that one also very much......... so right after woodworking i am gonna take the Ibanez for a longer playing session to see what is to be done.

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used scrapers and files.. that transition will be cool.

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Did as i planned - played well over 2 hours on the Ibanez... neck feels super comfortable also... No decision made so far - maybe it´s gonna be a compromise - my own neckshape.... we will see

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  • 4 weeks later...

some more woodworking for that gong done - now the kids can make it sound in the propper way...

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on w neckwork

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working that by hand on gives total control and helps modifying it symmetrically on both sides towards the desired shape

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on the downside... it takes forever - sanding 30 mins with rough paper does show little to minimal change

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to make the progress visible and check that more material is removed where wanted a lil pencilwork is a good option

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that´s already quite good - on to that transition to the headregion -

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looks like it should

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hmmm..... how the hell did the original buyer of that machine manage to bring it in that state on testing??? got that as ama warehouse...

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.... entered the ama chat and got a "huge discount"... it works, i keep it

 

 

more neckwork

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but i wanna finish that headstock

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gotta remove that lower part and keep my lil curve on the uppper side

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bandsaw??? would work... but can i go absolutely straight on both sides...

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no - let´s try the beaten up guy

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yay

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done

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and happy... what a nice tool

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Upgrades for the guitar research  laboratory

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i hate mess - it does consume so much time

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magnetism... what would we be without....

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yay... my oscillating spindlesander arrived

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let´s test it to improve that headstock

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it´s noisy and it´s great

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approaching the target

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i couldn´t decide between 15 and 14mm... so i left it with 15 for now, and it doesn´t look bad

you can barely see the glueing line on the side of the head, with finish on even less then

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what i didn´t have on my bill is the rather hard glueing-line transition on the back of the head... it does look worse than in reality on the pic... i´m positive that it will look cool when properly sanded and finished

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a lil more rounding there i think...

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... lil more

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.. and more

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better...

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on to handtools... make sure you use one really rusty file!

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yes!

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way better than expected

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now that the other side is sanded the Batend looks so unfinished

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some lines to help create symmetry

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filing - thats rather symmetrical now already

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and better now - the sharpened wingends make quite a difference

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decided to quickly sand it up (or down) to 240 to have a look

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the same up there - that penciltechnique i came up with works great

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cannot believe i designed that - i am usuassly very sucky at designing things

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Ah... that wood structure. i really like that already.

 

what will be next.... we will see

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Building guitars is simpler than it looks. I've done 6. 3 of them from scratch. From scratch I've done a 12 string strat. A 6 string steel electro-acoustic. A through neck Les Paul. I try to be ambitious, and do crazy new stuff, and also I always build something I wouldn't be able to buy, something unique. There are plenty of reasons for that, one of them being your work can't really be compared to anything else. I'll post some pics.

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12 string "sleeper" strat. Looks like a 6 stringer, until you take a closer look 😉
All Brazilian woods: Neck - Pau Marfim / Scale - Pau Ferro / Body - Marupá.
It has a zero fret, and the neck joint uses threaded inserts and no neck plate for a low profile. As Pau Marfim is VERY dense - 50% more dense than Maple, the neck holds up very well to the 12 strings.

It has jumbo frets and HSS pick ups.

Finish is stained, sealed and oiled with Tung oil. Neck is just oiled, for superior playability.

Video:

 

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On 8/25/2021 at 4:21 AM, Rodman said:

just a lil experimenting with very important visual-only stuff

41905926om.jpg

speaking of design choices

back to the scary parts again 😉

Designing the body - was relatively easy and straight forward... choosing a headstockshape - omg .... the thing i knew was ... i like 3+3, so rather symmetrical is the choice.... i think i was browsing them all ... and they all are either rather ugly  ... or so unique that it would have been obvious that it´s been copied... and no, my (first) guitar shall be designed by me nose to tail..... so what to do.... as everybody will agree "you can´t go wrong with Batman".. so naturally somewhen that thought came into mind followed by the certanity that that would be quite common and will be a copy also, but NO 😄 no Batman Headstockends at all...

On to designing... i am so bad at designing things - having that in mind i was very very very cautious and took my time well, and after quite some hours i ended with a slim LP-style, almost  non widening head with a bit 1998/2003 style Batend
41906089jg.jpg

Original size printing.... a science that should not be one

41905927aj.jpg

Goddamit, that will work!

41905928pu.jpg

41905930as.jpg

Marking the outlines turned out to be unprecise - so i went with glue and the original

41905931xq.jpg

41905932hg.jpg

bandsaw.... so precise.... without that the guitar to be would be so much uglier

41905888zk.jpg

41905937yh.jpg

just don´t blink...

how am i going to do that Batend.... brrrr.... the edges must be sharp and filing will take forever...

41905938rt.jpg

let´s try something

41905939pd.jpg

now i love my bandsaw just a bit more

41905941he.jpg

damn cool, 2 minutes of work (with pictures)

41905942wy.jpg

... even the focused ones ...

41905943sd.jpg

41905945hq.jpg

41905946di.jpg

41905947ik.jpg

happy happy

41905948qh.jpg

rough finessing with a round coarse file for a minute

41905949jn.jpg

yes! really slim - the machineheads will spread as wings  a bit ...

41905950ax.jpg

for that multiple "centerlines" - i know how that looks like 😂.... But! that was soooo hard... what is easy to get is the middleline on the fretboard - here you can measure at the two ends and connect the 2 middlepoints... the headstock was not really symmetrical - so there measuring - not an option... when you apply a ruler to the fretboard and bend it or let it sink onto the angled headstock the  radius of the fretboard will angle it to one side (thats my grey line, very wrong) next i tried to set the ruler on the edge onto the middleline of the fretboard... letting it sink onto the headstock - unprecise... using a 2nd ruler to point down to the head - unprecise.... i ended up getting the result using that piece of thin rope set on the bodyend of the fretboard and then pulling it down on the head, and when it meets the centerline of the fb... thats exactly the middle...

41905951fp.jpg

(shakes head seing that wrong line) always tripplecheck!!! (i don´t usually)
41905952oi.jpg

What a good session!

Very, very nice! I'm digging all your visual choices.

 

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The next one I did was an electro-acoustic.
Again, mostly Brazilian woods.
For the neck I used Louro-preto (30% more dense than Maple)
Fretboard is Pau-Ferro (or Bolivian Rosewood)
Body sides and back is Wenge
Front is Timburí
It has a zero fret, 13º head angle, jumbo frets, abalone inlays, induction pickup and a discreet cutaway, very slim profile and an electric style bridge. AND NO HEEL. So playability is insane. The neck profile is also electric, with a 12º radius on the fretboard.
Finish is open pore, sealed & oiled.

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@ GoatHerd - Superior work!!!! You are a true master. That bindings and the details - no, that does not look easy - of yourse not for me, but not for anyone!!!

I think your headstock shape of the electro-acoustic makes it to my all time top 3.

That stain and oil finish on the strat - supports so much the way i am going, thx!

Those woods - insane..... i´m trying to get a decent dark piece of wood for future projects 😉
 

What´s your woodworking background? Your skill is amazing.

 

You Rock! Rod.

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And yes.... what i´ve learned also ... if you make one - create stuff you cannot buy!!!

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Thank you for your kind words. I'm not a master yet, far from it. For every project I make various mistakes. About the finish, I've learned to stay away from sprayed varnishes, varnishes and paint in general. It's very hard to get a really smooth shiny finish. If you've got nice looking wood, the best is open pore, a nice stain and an oiled finish. Plus you're not destroying the acoustic properties of the lovely wood.

A sprayed finish should be left alone 2 months, at least, to completely dry and cure. I've learned that the hard way. 😆

I use Tung oil, which is very stable once it cures and crystalizes.

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Zero woodworking background. And not many tools. But let me show you a video that inspires me so much, if you have time to look at it. It's a Brazilian luthier from the poor Northeastern region. He makes famed 10 string guitars called "Viola Caipira". A friend of mine has one made by him. He does them all with a large saw, a machete, a pen knife and a plane. That's it.

 

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8 hours ago, Rodman said:

Upgrades for the guitar research  laboratory

42103317ns.jpg

i hate mess - it does consume so much time

42103318uv.jpg

magnetism... what would we be without....

42103319gl.jpg

yay... my oscillating spindlesander arrived

42103320on.jpg

let´s test it to improve that headstock

42103321cg.jpg

it´s noisy and it´s great

42103323gh.jpg

approaching the target

42103324ti.jpg

42103326ws.jpg

i couldn´t decide between 15 and 14mm... so i left it with 15 for now, and it doesn´t look bad

you can barely see the glueing line on the side of the head, with finish on even less then

42103327nx.jpg

what i didn´t have on my bill is the rather hard glueing-line transition on the back of the head... it does look worse than in reality on the pic... i´m positive that it will look cool when properly sanded and finished

42103328wz.jpg

a lil more rounding there i think...

42103329ii.jpg

... lil more

42103330ti.jpg

42103332fr.jpg

.. and more

42103333ab.jpg

better...

42103335rq.jpg

42103336ub.jpg

on to handtools... make sure you use one really rusty file!

42103337as.jpg

yes!

42103338rk.jpg

42103339qo.jpg

way better than expected

42103340qf.jpg

now that the other side is sanded the Batend looks so unfinished

42103341wc.jpg

some lines to help create symmetry

42103343le.jpg

filing - thats rather symmetrical now already

42103344qe.jpg

and better now - the sharpened wingends make quite a difference

42103345az.jpg

decided to quickly sand it up (or down) to 240 to have a look

42103346hv.jpg

42103347zg.jpg

the same up there - that penciltechnique i came up with works great

42103348es.jpg

cannot believe i designed that - i am usuassly very sucky at designing things

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Ah... that wood structure. i really like that already.

what will be next.... we will see

I think headstock shape there is perfect. It's simple, but hints perfectly to original idea. Really well done. And that flamed wood... 😍

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14 hours ago, GoatHerd said:

Zero woodworking background. And not many tools. But let me show you a video that inspires me so much, if you have time to look at it. It's a Brazilian luthier from the poor Northeastern region. He makes famed 10 string guitars called "Viola Caipira". A friend of mine has one made by him. He does them all with a large saw, a machete, a pen knife and a plane. That's it.

Ugh.......... true inspiration. Insane how he creates that results with that tools - i love how the wood is cut with that machete, so impressive and eyeballing everything. Though the video is created very suggestive in that direction also. I´d love to see the parts of precision work - eg. frets and potential fretwork, finalising the fretboard and fretboard angle, the nut, or applying the finish. You say a friend owns one - did you have the chance to get it in your hands once - i think those are quite precise instruments from what one can glimpse? True mastery there - i love that clamping he does especially. What a great guy.

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5 hours ago, Rodman said:

Ugh.......... true inspiration. Insane how he creates that results with that tools - i love how the wood is cut with that machete, so impressive and eyeballing everything. Though the video is created very suggestive in that direction also. I´d love to see the parts of precision work - eg. frets and potential fretwork, finalising the fretboard and fretboard angle, the nut, or applying the finish. You say a friend owns one - did you have the chance to get it in your hands once - i think those are quite precise instruments from what one can glimpse? True mastery there - i love that clamping he does especially. What a great guy.

I didn't get to play it, but he's sent me photos, which I will share. The Viola Caipira 10 stringer is integral to traditional Northeastern music, and very cool. It has quite a groovy shape, where it slimmer around the middle. I do know that the one he has had the traditional peg tuners switched out for modern tuners. He's also commented that you can see the varnish brush strokes on the wood. But he says it plays very well. He used to be a very serious Chorinho player, which is I suppose a sort of Brazilian Jazz, that sounds kind of like Django Reinhardt's and Stéphane Grapelli's Hot Jazz. You have instruments like mandolins, guitars, flute, sax, clarinet, and the drum/percussion is usually done on a tamborine.

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.... and we see...

 

just had to put it together quickly to have a look

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neckwork... i wanna finish that shape that evening

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60 to do the rougher job

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thats a yes....  that tool presents the shape of my Strat Ultra, my plan was to go with that and flatten a tad in the middle. And all is good.

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Feels also already really nice playable

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softer 120

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some closeups ...

after 120

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after 240

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after 400

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ultra happy

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aim for the head!

 

working on that junction.

let´s see what sawdust...

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... and superglue can do.... memo to myself: compare that top notch stuff that is soooo expensive cause it´s badly imported with local superglues....

I really must say it´s top top notch... you can work with it meaning place the parts for 30 secs with no issues and then it´s gonna hold like concrete. fabulous. And it´s the only one that comes with that tiny applicationpieces for ultra precision

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those:

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yeah, not too bad

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after sanding

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not bad but not ok! i am not liking that

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if i stain it it will likely disappear, but that wood is so cool - i am not gonna do that i ithink...

... i think i´ll cover that with my serial number ... branded maybe 😄 i don´t know if that would look any good, we might see

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minor issue... also on a place with low attention... other than that i love that neck already

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that also needs tuning!

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better but ugly

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yes, way better

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that needs to be brought into final shape also

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hmmm..... i am not sure if that curve is great or a bit too much still... hmmm

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i will decide and finalise when glued in place

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from there - it´s good

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quite happy

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Scary parts... are the most interresting ones

 

Well, i knew from the start that i was going to make a custom inlay for 12th of course...
For quite a time it has settled that all inlays are gonna be custom, and that could easily destroy it all optically for i am no artist....
I have never tried to do an inlay or carving on such things ... but i have bought stuff for it like tiny routers for my dremel-like tool, and that time i cannot believe it, but i did a test (!?):

just went freehanding on a piece of throw away wood from the neck...

 

yes, good enough for me easily

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... and i had bought epoxy and colors... never touched anything like that

I hate instructions, luckywise it´s only 4 short sentences, so i decided to use it

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after a lot of mixing just trying random things there

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on my summer holidays i collected some shells to use them as inlay... i thought i was gonna cut them back then, but now i have a better idea:

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crush the bastards!

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phhh... epoxy work is .... dirty and the initial results look like absolut crap...

I was trying pure epoxy, different colors, crushed seashells with tranparent and with black, some grey filling powder with transparent...
I thought the main issue would be bubbles??? - no bubbles at all

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i made the rest red and put itr on another woodpiece

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while letting that dry ... on to the really scary important things....

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just took a pencil made 6mm wide helplines and started drawing I-XI and a metal guy as XII

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all 1st try shots looked ok, and i know by tweaking a lot i only make graphical choices worse ... the only thing i needed to change is make the guy more positive by raising both hands

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looking at that all... yeah, let´s do it!

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2nd thought - yes. that´s my inlays

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oh boy... let the next hour be one of my stronger ones!

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3

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absolutely!

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by that time i had decided to ignore whatever that result of my testepoxying might be - i will go with crushed seashells and dark epoxy - why??? well i just knew i want it that way

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nervewrecking

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Mr XII

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i think those are gonna look awesome. finished, no mistakes... wait... let´s count the frets again....

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... no all is good!

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waaaay more interesting at least than a few dots

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then testresults...
well i didn´t let dry long enough (i sanded after like 6 hours) because i really didn´t care about the results, basically just wanted to know if the epoxy will shrink a lot while drying so if there was a lot of extra amount to be put there?

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quickly machine-sanded it down...

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some oil...
decision was taken... from those results i really like the hard contrast of the guy´s upper body/head

tranparent (the first X) also is cool but yields low contrast, esp beneath strings and with frets installed

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let´s just go!!!!

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a lil magic powder?!?!

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black

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stone him!!!! or rather shell we? that is work that is not not not fun... however... i put a film of black epoxy there, then stated filling with random shell pieces...

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i like that guy already - so rock!

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drown him!
that was a bad moment... i got flashed by the thought that i have no idea how penetrating epoxy is, so - if that material will behave like glue and stand absolutely ontop of my wood - all will be great... if it will penetrate into, it will be horribly ugly... and there is like .3mm that i could remove, not more....
but as always in horrible moments my brain presents the escape plan instantly - if it will have penetrated - i´ll epoxy the whole fretboard after finesanding before installing the frets....
i really hope i don´t have to!

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i was not sure to have all numbers filled with shells, but did.

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2 hours or so later.. done....

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to check whether there is enoug stuff everywhere i used a hairdryer, i dunno if that was a good idea, but i think yes.

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put a lil more on here and there... and...

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if it looks a bit like i imagine after sanding.... then i´ll be happy, but i already am. first inlay job is drying

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Patience .... the key to happiness!

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Absolutely love your body shape - and I'm quite traditional, body shape-wise. Looks really, really good. The neck joint looks very interesting. Presumably you're going with threaded inserts... If so, check your screw length before final assembly. Too long screws will leave a gap between neck & head.

Love your bold inlays. Looks custom and fun, and with a little care should look nice too. One tip, if you want nice straight lines and edges for your inlays, it's to pre-cut the shape first with a sharp blade. Don't need to go deep... And then you use the dremel and mini-router. But what you've done looks very neat, so good job!

Looking really good! Can't wait to see the next steps!

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8 minutes ago, GoatHerd said:

Absolutely love your body shape - and I'm quite traditional, body shape-wise. Looks really, really good. The neck joint looks very interesting. Presumably you're going with threaded inserts... If so, check your screw length before final assembly. Too long screws will leave a gap between neck & head.

Love your bold inlays. Looks custom and fun, and with a little care should look nice too. One tip, if you want nice straight lines and edges for your inlays, it's to pre-cut the shape first with a sharp blade. Don't need to go deep... And then you use the dremel and mini-router. But what you've done looks very neat, so good job!

Looking really good! Can't wait to see the next steps!

Hah... that sharp blade trick! Will use next time.

I'm glueing the neck i think. No screws where no screws are needed.

Let's see.

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19 hours ago, GoatHerd said:

Absolutely love your body shape - and I'm quite traditional, body shape-wise. ...

Thank you so much!
Well that shape came flying to me - as you can see in very early posts here i was experimenting with my pencil and very soon there it was. Still i am not sure about the end of the upper horn though... it has to function (hold the strap) and look good... i am not sure if it is cut to the final angle yet.
Yeah ... i am absolutely untraditional when it comes to shapes for my own build(s), i was thinking Jazzmaster for that build, but creating my own from scratch won easily.

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Waiting for the inlay results???? I was, yeah....

48hours of drying time i did allow for that epoxy and was hoping that all the shellpieces would have been fixed permanently to stand some sanding.... let´s see

 

 

Start the sanding ... 60gr
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Hi Mr XII! First impression is that the epoxy has settled very well, shell can be sanded nicely

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how deep has that penetrated the board.... a lil bit at least it has, cause there i am at the level of the board at sanding

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i think the pattern of the different color shellparts - yes, better than expected!

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that begins to look like made of stone, old ones 😄

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it seems to be quite a lit in the wood .... grrrrr

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moving to 120gr not to damage my radius

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come to life, Mr!
Hah... i might have a chance to sand deep enough cause the border begins to vanish at some points!!!!

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Contrast and size will be very ok

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Here is my version of a great leveling beam - superglue/masking tape - easy to remove and ultra straight, and cheap and long

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you can even afford a 2nd one for different gr - 240 here

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HAH

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Here we go Mr XII

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How do you like that???

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In that case the not perfectly precise routings of the numbers support the handdrawstyle of the XII inlay. Very happy i did just like that. On my next fingerboard there will be others with the sharp blade trick maybe.

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cannot wait to see that oiled and the inlays polished. Very happy.

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I'm slowly gearing up to embark on my 8 stringer bass... After seeing your amazing body shape, I might have to be brave and go for a custom free-form body as well.

The inlays look really good. The hand-drawn aspect works really well. 100% custom. The more custom-builders move away from the "factory-built" aesthetic, the better.

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