New 24 Magnum Build in Memory of My Son

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  1. fumblefinger

    fumblefinger Senior Member

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    Can't wait to see this build!
     
  2. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb

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    Trip to Hearne Hardwoods yesterday and picked up wood for this build plus a little extra.

    Chris would have been 25 years old yesterday. It was a difficult day all around. After some thought it seemed appropriate that I buy the wood for his tribute
    build on his birthday and start a bit of the work. It was better than sitting around feeling horrible. He's only been gone 7 weeks and I'm a long way from
    being myself.

    Some nice 8/4 Bolivian mahogany and some 8/4 hard maple. The maple isnt for this build but will make some very nice necks and fretboards on future builds.

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    a nice piece of flamed maple which I resawed. I'll joint and glue it tonite. The flame is beautiful. There is no naphtha or anything on it in this pic.

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    and a real pretty board of 4/4 macassar ebony which I bought just because I liked it a lot. It'll make some gorgeous fretboards

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  3. timgman

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    Hoping for some Peaceful therapeutic wood working.
    Good luck man.
     
  4. pshupe

    pshupe Senior Member

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    Very nice. Should be a killer guitar. Looking forward to this one.

    Cheers Peter.
     
  5. Koolaide

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    Hey Chris,

    So glad to see you getting back in the game. I love the concept.

    I know it comes from the heart.
    May it bring you closer to healing.

    Peace,

    Jim
     
  6. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb

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    Maybe someone could offer some advice on finishing.

    with regard to the large body inlay...

    Inlay and then stain, or stain and then inlay?

    I'm thinking inlay first and then stain so that sanding the inlay wont mess with
    the top color, but I'm nervous about accidentally staining the inlay...
     
  7. charisjapan

    charisjapan Senior Member

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    That's a beautiful design, Chris!

    I would think you would have to inlay first, as you have a multiple piece inlay following that top carve (right?) which has to be smoothed. I can't imagine sanding down the inlay without sanding through the stain. I guess you'll have to test the shell first to see if the stain can be cleaned off. Or, I wonder if there is some way to "seal" the shell against the stain?

    Big project for a great cause!

    Good on ya,
     
  8. Frack

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    The phoenix color reminds me turquoise powder inlay a lot
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    MOP shouln't take water based stain, i've print dark on it and it was easily removed with water.

    I've never tried this but it's another option:

    1-Do the inlay cavities
    2-sand the inlay
    3-remove the inlay
    4-stain the body
    5-glue the inlay
     
  9. pshupe

    pshupe Senior Member

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    I don't really think this is reasonable. How do you get the cavity and the inlay to be absolutely exact? If they fit that perfectly, how do you get them out after your first sanding? In almost all inlay cases, maybe some CNC pockets could be exceptions, the glue fills the gaps and you sand flush after gluing.

    Regards Peter.
     
  10. Frack

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    Thanks i've learn something.
     
  11. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb

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    Thanks Frack. It sounded like a good idea, it I think Peter is right.
    Charisjapan too.

    That surface is curved, not tremendously in the area where the inlay goes, but it'll have to be glued in and sanded smooth to match the flow of the whole top. Color after.

    I'm just going to have to be careful as hell with the color.

    Maybe I can cover the inlay with masking tape to help protect it
     
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    You should be able to mask most of it and then carefully scrape what you couldn't get masked, such as fine details. Then again, I've never done it, so I'm just postulating.
     
  13. RAG7890

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    +1, I couldn't really say it better myself.

    All the very best for your build. :)
     
  14. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb

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    I've been dealing with Sweetwater for about 6 years, cant even imagine what the total ive spent but its easily over $40,000.00 when you include all the stuff I bought for my recording studio, guitars (when I was still buying guitars), pickups, tuning machines, bridges, strings, wireless stuff, all manner of things.

    Now its mostly pickups and other odd things.

    I always work with the same guy, Paul. We are quite friendly. I always send him pix of my builds, and he and some other guys there look at my website and facebook occasionally. He's sent me pix of his new 7 month old son. We talked a lot of about being a dad before his son came along.

    So this AM I sent him a note and asked for a price on a pair of pickups and tuning machines for this build. He always gives me great pricing, definitely a good bit below whats on their website.

    He knows about my son, and that these parts are for a tribute build. He sent back a note confirming what I wanted, which I signed off on.

    Instead of pricing info I was expecting he sent me back a note that just said:


    "Right on.

    I'll get them ordered. This ones on me.

    Paul"
     
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    Dude, that is awesome! Good customer service is so hard to find these days.
     
  16. archey

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    That's awesome Chris! I've heard nothing but good things about Sweetwater.
     
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    Sweetwater just earned my business because of this. I can't wait to see this build as you move forward. A great tribute.
     
  18. Tone_Chaser

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    +1 on Sweetwater. We've done a lot of business with them as well and they are all about great service but this is above and beyond! That will bring extra good vibes for this project.
     
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    Wow, nice one Chris sorry to hear yer news but a lovely build mate. I stay off the forum a lot as mostly knackered after a day in the shop, Hope things heal but takes time man.


    Regards John,
     
  20. fumblefinger

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    This says a HUGE amount about the company. For the rep to have that kind of latitude is amazing. GC/MF/Music123 are you listening? This is why they are kicking your butt.
     

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