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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by alk-3, Apr 29, 2013.
Beautiful fretboard, and I'm in too!!!
Alright...it's on!!!! Good luck to all of you but truthfully I hope you all lose.
I would totally buy into this, but I aint going though paypal. Too many bad experiences with them. And I have been perm blocked for some reason. Good luck to all other people though
Beautiful guitar. I'm in.
Wow! Thanks for all the kind words everyone! It's great to see so much interest!
Glad to see the draw is set up and tickets available.
I'm out of town at the moment, but will be updating tomorrow.
I just spent the afternoon/evening with Joe Bonamassa and Mike Hickey chatting about bursts among other things.
Two of the greatest guitar geeks one can ask to meet. Great guys all round.
Just a wonderful instrument.. and I'm in!!
Beatiful Guitar - I'm in for 20 tix.
In as well. Here's hoping a fellow Guelphite can take this wonderful guitar home.
I'm in too, there's no way I'm missing a chance to own a Retrospec.
I'm in, like a rat up a drain pipe!
you turned your thickness machine into a radius plane...nice one
In, like a porn mogul.
Doug and Pat put up this new video on YouTube covering their meeting with Joe Bonamasa and Mike back in April in Portland.
Their discussions covered 3 of Joe's bursts along with the '60 burst Pat brought.
Joe and Mike are very generous with their time , knowlege and guitars.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPiPqV28EY0]The Doug and Pat Show Present The Joe Bonamassa Interview - YouTube[/ame]
I had the chance to play GooCart´s, ofcourse im in, this is to cool!
Alright! So now that the inlays are all glued in, they stick up a fair bit. As mentioned, these are .070" thick, but the cavities are only .040" deep. So I just put the whole fretboard through the planer again with the radius cutters and it flushes up all the inlays in a couple of light passes.
The next step is where the machine work ends, and the hand work really begins. As clever as a cnc machine is, there always comes a time when the rough work ends, and each step performed by the machine basically needs to be repeated by hand.
out comes the sandpaper!
This is 220 grit paper to start. It has a sticky back, and gets applied to a radiused sanding beam.
I set my table saw fence up to be a guide.
It’s important that the centre line of the sanding beam be exactly lined up with the centre of the fretboard. I stick the board down to the table, and set the fence exactly half the width of the beam from the centre line of the board.
In this picture its hard to see, but I have applied a layer of tape to the fence that is ultra low friction material. This allows the beam to glide along very smoothly.
This bean is a bit rough on the hands after a few hours of use, so I usually just use an old rag to cushion it. Still, I always walk away with a big blister on my hand.
After I get pretty close to finished will 220, I switch up to 320 and give the board a few passes.
Then I take a pencil, and mark the whole board. These are called witness lines.
As I sand the board these lines will disappear indicating that the whole board has been properly sanded. Steady even pressure is required, with constant checks to make sure its being sanded evenly. These marks will tell me if I'm getting too aggressive in one area or another.
I apply these marks several times as I work up through the grits.
..And finally finished!
Here it is all sanded.
At this point, if I were doing a les paul, things would progress a little bit differently. The les paul board would now go back onto the CNC machine to have its fretslots cut.
Before this step there are several steps to get the les paul inlays to a point where they should be to look absolutely authentic to an original burst.
We are not quite done yet.
The inlays really don’t pop at this point. They have a matte finish on them from being sanded, and don’t have the visual appeal.
The next step will highlight their real beauty.
Now, the secret weapon!
Here, I use an ordinary paper towel, cut in half.
I fold it in half several times so that it’s just a little wider than the widest inlay.
And give the whole board a quick couple of wipes. You can see the dramatic iridescence that is revealed. This is what makes these inlays so special.
This effect would not be entirely possible unless the inlays are thin enough that you can almost see through them. That it only achieved by radiusing the bottom of the inlay cavity so that the inlays are a uniform thickness across the board. This is how they were done in the 50's, and it’s really the only way for them to look this good.
And here is the les paul board. You can see this les paul will be aged, and so it has the beginning steps of shrunken inlays already performed. I don't want to get too in depth with the les paul, but I just want to point out a few of the differences as we go along.
Thanks guys for the kind words!
Oh, I imagine these guitars in many colours! Even fender style custom colours.. one day
I agree. It makes it a lot more special when you get to watch it come together.
I will demand this becomes a reality if you win! Haha!
Hey Jason. I'm really happy to hear threads like this have been an inspiration to you!
Great to hear so many getting in on the action!
Cool! it's a small town, but I guess it's a smaller world!
Very cool. Thanks for posting.
Great to see you here!