Scero '59 inspired #2

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Spanish Cedar, you like or no?

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  1. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    So. . . I haven't been posting the past week or so, and theres a reason. That beautiful top I had??? Well, I ruined it. BADLY. My neck plane angle jigs (something still kinda new to me) were off. WAY OFF. And didn't know this until i started running it under my pin router and shiz hit the fan!

    So, ordered a new top (almost as nice to my eyes), and got that all ready for carving. Started off by using the set of Scott's (Exnihilio's) plans for carve tops, and had a buddy with a CNC cut me some perfect 1/2" mdf versions.

    (I will be showing the carve top steps I did on the first/ruined piece, which were exactly what I did on the new one i did today)

    [​IMG]Untitled by Louis Scutti, on Flickr

    After All steps

    [​IMG]Untitled by Louis Scutti, on Flickr

    Then i began working the carve down by eye and feel. Continuing to look repeatedly at old bursts and other replica's I admired (Pics from here on out are of my current top)

    [​IMG]Untitled by Louis Scutti, on Flickr





    So, before finishing up the carve, i decided i wanted to do the neck and pup plane angles. So i decided to make a jig, very similar to the one my luthier has for his, that can be ran thru a large drum sander. After remaking my two sets of neck and pup plane angles (i did 4.4 & 1.8), I made the jig.

    [​IMG]IMG_0189 by Louis Scutti, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_0190 by Louis Scutti, on Flickr




    And here is the jig in action. Thank God, it worked PERFECTLY!

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  2. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    Onto finishing up the carve. I def want it to be as "burstey" as popular, but am not going to lose sleep over tiny, small nuances. As long as I like it, I'm happy. Thats the advantage of doing something for yourself and not a customer ;)

    Here is the process so far, feel free to chime in with what you guys think!


    [​IMG]IMG_0244 by Louis Scutti, on Flickr
     
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  3. rclausen

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    Nice looking top. Is there any re-curve/dish on the bottom?
     
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    I like that top, she's looking good!
     
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  5. fretman_2

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    Wow, wow wow! Can't wait to see how this one turns out!
     
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  6. Scero Guitars

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    Barely any right now. I'm gonna finish up the carve once the neck is glued in.
     
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  7. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    So, I've had to put off the build for a little bit. Some family stuff to deal with, and back to work on customers builds.But I had a good past couple days with it!

    FINALLY got my neck and fb woods in. Considered spending $ on some old growth Honduran, but most the stuff I found was just too heavy. I went with just some basic stuff from my guys at Keim Lumber, and its lightweight and rings like a bell. Brazilian board was from one of my trusty sources on eBay, and looks and smell delicious!


    [​IMG]Untitled by Louis Scutti, on Flickr


    I unfortunately forgot to take pics of some parts of the process, but you all in here are smart guys, and can assume how I got to where I am ;)


    Traced my side profile and cut it roughly on the bandsaw

    [​IMG]Untitled by Louis Scutti, on Flickr


    Neck was to route my truss rod channel. As blasphemous as it is, I went with a modern 2-way style rod. Did it before on my other build, and seemed to have no neg side effects tonally (as LOTS of builders believe they do), to my ears at least.After i glued in the QS maple filler strip with melamine glue to grab to the rod, and hide glue on the sides to adhere to the mahogany.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Louis Scutti, on Flickr


    Ears glued on. Which to turn out, were BARELY needed since i went with my own 3x3 headstock design, as opposed to the big guys' ones.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Louis Scutti, on Flickr

    FORGOT to take pics of profiling the neck, tenon,cutting headstock shape, cutting shoulder angle and routing neck pocket. BUT. . . .

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  8. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    Have NOT been doing a good job of keeping up with this thread . . .
     
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    :photos: :thumb:
     
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    I know I know!!! :(
     
  11. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    Spent some time today rounding of the carve, was a little to flat in the middle for my liking:

    [​IMG][/url]Untitled by Louis Scutti, on Flickr[/IMG]

    The FB show in the pic isn't the one I'm using, the actual brazilian one got sent out to my buddy Doug at Kauer Guitars, to have the inlays cut and the inlay cavities on the FB cut.
     
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  12. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    Who's the worst at keeping up with a build thread? THIS GUY.

    Since my last post. Inlays are in, neck is in, and body has final routes. Today I started with the finish. i again, did not have a "certain" burst in mind, just wanted to do something I liked. Its on the iced the side right now, but I plan to darken the whole thing up. Went with a Red Mahogany back, and am pretty happy with the match. I think once I darken the first up even more, the two will blend together even better.

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  13. Scero Guitars

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    Since last post, I have stripped it, resprayed, stripped it, and resprayed a third time. Luckily, third time WAS/IS the charm!

    Would love to hear your guys' thoughts?

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  14. frankv

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    Well. I purchased his first build and loved it. Was a great LP..
     
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  15. marijnsloth

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    While the final burst still looks pretty sweet, I kinda liked your first attempt better. The gradient didn't reach as far inward as the final one, giving it a more faded burst vibe.
     
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    Love it... :thumb:
     
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    The first one was nice. But I added more brown, and just went flat out TOO heavy. Second time Was so dark, I didn't even bother taking a pic, and stripped it.
     
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    what a finish:shock::shock:
    did you use aniline or liquid stain?

    congrats for this fine guitar:thumb:
     
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  19. welland

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    Mr Scero, you do beautiful work.
     
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  20. Scero Guitars

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    The first two times were aniline, the third was transtint. So, it won't be as susceptible to fading, but that's ok. The look I was going for was already a faded one.

    And thank you very much for the kind words!
     

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