MLP/Bartlett Retrospec Giveaway!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by alk-3, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. bscenefilms

    bscenefilms Premium Member

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    Wow - SO cool! What does a CNC like that go for? I have only ever seen large industrial versions like Fadal.
     
  2. pshupe

    pshupe Senior Member

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    subscribed! Since Alex is taking care of the raffle, I might have a chance?? ;-)

    Awesome thread Tom. I love those tiny bits, but don't think I have the nerve to use them.

    Cheers Peter.
     
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  3. BillB1960

    BillB1960 Senior Member

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    A pre-radiused fretboard with inlays and fret slots done by CNC. Seriously impressed.
     
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  4. artis_xe

    artis_xe Christopher Premium Member

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    where do we sign up for the raffle ?
     
  5. Barcham

    Barcham Elitist Club Member

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    I can't wait to see more pictures as the build progresses. This fascinating. You should do a video series of a build sometime!
     
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  6. peter679

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    AWESOME! I want in!!!
     
  7. alk-3

    alk-3 MLP Sponsor

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    So on to the next step!

    The les paul fretboards get a similar treatment as the Retrospec, although not quite the same.

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    So after the board comes off the machine, they need a bit of work still. I clean up all the cavities with a very sharp chisel.

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    Now I can install the inlays.

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    Before I do, I need to actually make the inlays :thumb:

    So a few years ago myself, and two other friends decided to get some inlay material made up. We contacted the Italian manufacturer who made the inlays for Gibson back in the 1950's and had them match an original inlay that we sent to them. They sent back a few samples, and we chose the one that was dead on for a match. These are very similar to the ones Dave Johnson had made as well.

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    So to get started, i stick a piece of this material down with double stick tape

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    I use two layers to get it to stick properly, because I really don’t want this to move at all.


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    Now I can begin cutting. This stuff is very flammable, and will ignite very easily if mishandled. It’s very important to cut this stuff with the correct feed rate, and the correct router bit RMP's

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    Once the first set is done, the machine moves up and cuts a second set.

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    Here is how they look. Nice clean sharp edges.

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    The les paul inlays are done differently again. They get cut on a laser.

    Now for a test fit. There are no gaps at all around the inlay. In fact, I actually have to tap them in , and they will stay put, bent down to the radius of the fingerboard without any glue.

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    I setup the drill press to hold a fret press. I will use this to hold the inlay in place with force until the glue dries.

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    A little bit of glue in the cavity, and in goes the inlay.

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    I work down the board and get all of them installed one at a time.

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    You can see the inlay sits proud of the surface. That’s because the cavity is only .040" deep, and the inlay is .075" thick.
    I could have just cut the cavities deeper, but I want this guitar to be accurate to the way they were done in the 50's. This thin inlay gives it a real translucency that you can't get any other way.

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    Now they are all installed, time for some more machine work!

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    I am heading out for the weekend, but will get back on this on Monday. Lots still to go before this looks anything like a guitar!
    I hope everyone is enjoying the thread so far. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!
     
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  8. alk-3

    alk-3 MLP Sponsor

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    :thumb:
     
  9. alk-3

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    Yes there are clips. I'll see if I can dig them up..
     
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  10. alk-3

    alk-3 MLP Sponsor

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    I agree, we had those in mind when we designed this guitar! :thumb:
     
  11. alk-3

    alk-3 MLP Sponsor

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    I really don't know to be honest. I had this one built for me, but I think you could get one for about $10k. its better to have one that is small and accurate, rather than large and inaccurate. put money into the quality instead of the size is wise i think.
     
  12. b-squared

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    Great idea.

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  13. alk-3

    alk-3 MLP Sponsor

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    I don't think you can sign up quite yet. Alex will make some sort of announcement.
     
  14. alk-3

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    Thanks guys! pictures are time consuming enough! i couldn't imagine doing a video and actually getting any real work done at the same time, haha!
     
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  15. alk-3

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    Awesome, and really great photos!! :thumb:
    Thanks for posting those!
     
  16. alk-3

    alk-3 MLP Sponsor

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    here are a couple of clips. not the best audio quality..

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0LInaUd_tg]Black Country Communion - "One Last Soul" - City National Grove of Anaheim 6-10-11 - YouTube[/ame]


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6lVPIeDMH8]Black Country Communion~Crossfire~ at Anaheim on 6/10/11 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  17. morats8up

    morats8up Senior Member

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    :thumb: Fantastic thread!
     
  18. JeffBlue

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    Sir, you are a craftsman indeed. Beautiful shop and your design is excellent.
     
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  19. Luke Gibson

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    Amazing work Tom, you are a truly gifted artist/craftsmen!! Can't wait for this thread to unfold..... Cheers!
     
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  20. RAG7890

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    :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: :thumb: :applause:

    Fantastic Tom, really awesome to see this Thread finally get up & running so you can show how amazing this guitar really is & how skilled you are as a Luthier. :)

    Really looking forward to the detailed posts on this one & many more to come mate.

    Looks great in a Tuxedo & :shock:.............even better as a Burst. :naughty: :D

    Magnus..........:wave:

    Lastly, many thanks to Kim, Magnus & Tom for getting this project off the ground & creating an innovative guitar for all to enjoy. :thumbs: :applause:

    Cheers, Rudi
     
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