I've got wood!

#81
There's some tasty pieces there Jon, the Zebrano is really nice.
I'm thinking of doing something a bit crazy with it!

My favourite piece is the bog oak fingerboard. I think it will look great with a flame top, and as it's a bass fingerboard, if I use it for a guitar then I might have enough left over to make some inlays for a maple fretboard.

Talking of which, here's a close-up of one of each, just for the patterns in the woods...
Woods 25 Oct 2017 - bog oak + maple.jpg
 

Wade Garrett

I am the projectionist.
#82
I'm thinking of doing something a bit crazy with it!

My favourite piece is the bog oak fingerboard. I think it will look great with a flame top, and as it's a bass fingerboard, if I use it for a guitar then I might have enough left over to make some inlays for a maple fretboard.

Talking of which, here's a close-up of one of each, just for the patterns in the woods...
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Very nice!
 
#84
Re that next guitar, now that my band saw is back in operation, I was able to cut out the pieces for the body. They are currently being glued together. I will still focus mainly on the strat and Sunrise for now, but I thought I'd just make a bit of a start on this one anyway.
Body gluing.jpg
It's not totally clear in the picture, but the grain patterns line up pretty well like this, so I think it will look rather acceptable.
 

Robstafarian

The Good and Wise Call Me “Rufus”
#85
Re that next guitar, now that my band saw is back in operation, I was able to cut out the pieces for the body. They are currently being glued together. I will still focus mainly on the strat and Sunrise for now, but I thought I'd just make a bit of a start on this one anyway.
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It's not totally clear in the picture, but the grain patterns line up pretty well like this, so I think it will look rather acceptable.
That grain orientation is sexy as hell.
 
#87
...and after the work with the spindle sander! The next step will be to rout out the body, because it's going to be a semi-hollow (loosely modelled on a Gibson 339). I just have to agree the details with the friend that I'm making this one for - I'm thinking of leaving some struts of the wenge to provide some support for the cap, and we have to design the control cavity.
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Wade Garrett

I am the projectionist.
#88
...and after the work with the spindle sander! The next step will be to rout out the body, because it's going to be a semi-hollow (loosely modelled on a Gibson 339). I just have to agree the details with the friend that I'm making this one for - I'm thinking of leaving some struts of the wenge to provide some support for the cap, and we have to design the control cavity.
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I love the colour / grain of the Wenge Jon.
 

Robstafarian

The Good and Wise Call Me “Rufus”
#89
...and after the work with the spindle sander! The next step will be to rout out the body, because it's going to be a semi-hollow (loosely modelled on a Gibson 339). I just have to agree the details with the friend that I'm making this one for - I'm thinking of leaving some struts of the wenge to provide some support for the cap, and we have to design the control cavity.
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Is that not the grain pattern which you wanted to have on the back of the body?
 
#90
Is that not the grain pattern which you wanted to have on the back of the body?
I hope not, or I've made a dreadful mistake and my friend may be awfully disappointed!

But no, although they look similar, this is the back, and the grain lines match up a bit better here. I've sanded it a bit today, but it's hard to get a good picture as it's quite dark and reflective. Anyway, this - tidied up a bit and minus the control cover - is what the back should look like.
Body 2.jpg
 
#93
I'm not sure if I missed this, what do you have planned hardware and pickup- wise for the strat?

Edit:

I just re- watched the video where you started finishing the Strat. I was able to spot the maker, but not what exact product you were using?
 
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#94
I probably haven't mentioned them. The bridge is a Babicz 6-point floating bridge, which looked like a pretty decent option for a fairly classic type of strat bridge. The tuners will be Harley Bentons - I might consider making replacement knobs for them, but I'm not sure if I'll bother. The pickups are Irongear Vintage 6TS - again, I wanted something that would be fairly classic.

The main change is that I'm going to implement a kind of Brian May-style of pickup selection. However, where he has two separate switches for each pickup, I will have a single toggle switch for each. The bridge will just be on/off, and the other two will be on/off/out-of-phase. This gives me all of his combinations without the redundancy of flipping the phase of all three (there will still be some redundant options, like M+N both in phase or both out, but less than with his guitar - mine will have 18 positions with 4 redundant, whereas his has 27 positions with 13 redundant). Also, I've wired them in parallel whereas his are in series.
 
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#95
That sounds like fun :)

The nut placement is going to be Gibson- style? What material are you going to use and what's your weapon choice for slotting?
 
#97
The nut placement is going to be Gibson- style? What material are you going to use and what's your weapon choice for slotting?
Yes, for no particularly good reason. I bought a pack of five nut blanks, and I splashed out on the complete set of Crimson Guitars nut-slotting files. It wasn't cheap, but none of the options are, and it should cover me for every eventuality.

Today I've also made another expensive order from GNW. I needed to get a stock of truss rods and fret wire, and I also decided to buy a fret press, together with a set of five insert blocks of different radiuses, and an expensive fret-crowning file. I'm hoping that the combination will greatly reduce the pain of the fret installation process!

On the subject of this thread, I also chucked in a ziricote top veneer. It wasn't that expensive, and so although I don't know exactly what I'll get, it could be rather nice. I love the look of ziricote, but it's very hard to find, so I thought the veneers (at €17) were worth a shot. I'll post a photo here when they arrive.
 
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