Scero Laulita '59 #1 BUILD

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  1. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    So, after cataloging a few of my heavily inspired builds, and then being asked to STOP making them, I decided it was time to bring my own rendition of a classic to the table.

    Guys like Bartlett and Ian Anderson have truly KILLED it with their Retrospec and Standard, so mine is in ode to them. Guys who took a classic, and made it their own.

    I will try and do a MUCH better job of cataloging mine, then I have the previous two!

    I'll start with uploads of pics tonight!

    As always, would love to hear your guys professional and respective critiques and opinions!
     
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  2. KnightroExpress

    KnightroExpress Senior Member

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    Sounds cool! Can't wait to see what you're working on.
     
  3. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    So, after using it for my last "inspired" build, it was a no brainer I was going to use Spanish Cedar again for the back and sides wood. The tone, response and weight of the last was unbelievable. 7lbs 14oz, un-chambered. Ill post some vids of it when I can.

    Didn't have any luck finding SC wide enough for a 1pc body, but the last wasn't either, and Im not gonna lose any sleep over it. . . Went with an off center seam 2pc SC back -

    Getting body rough cut to shape, and then perfectly flat sanded on both sides to 1 3/4"

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    Next I routed the perimeter down to shape

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    Next was to route my rear cavities all the way thru, recesses for them and wire channel, on the trusty 'ol Woodtek Pin Router

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    All routed thru

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  4. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    Choosing maple is always fun, depressing and exhausting. Curlymaple.com has TOO many good choices, ranging from affordable to second mortgage . Im very happy with the piece I chose, a decent amount of figure and not too over the top.

    Sanding the blanks down to just above 5/8" thickness

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    After sanding, I joined the two boards to each other. Joining figured maple is ALWAYS a "pleasure". Luckily new Carbide blade made it go much soother.

    Gluing boards together with Hot Hide Glue

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    Wetted boards down to show figure, and VERY happy with the look. Still no idea what the color/finish will be, but Ill match it accordingly.

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    Next I rough cut maple to shape, and then to exact shape on the table router

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    Next was to glue the top on to the SC. I chose to use Hot Hide Glue, as opposed to the more accurate formaldehyde glue.

    Clamp.Clamp.Clamp.

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  5. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    Today I focused on starting the carve. This is only the second time I was going to have to eyeball a carve. The previous two "inspired builds" were done with Carve Top Templates and a pre-carved top from Sir Bartlett.

    So I laid out all my routes, holes and fingerboard layout, and then used the carve top templates a rough idea of where to put the on my design.

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    VERY rough tracing of where ill start

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    So, my goal was to leave the 3/16" maple edge, with center being 5/8". I decided to try using my Safe-T-Planer, at the recommendation of Danny Songhurst, as the method of producing my steps.

    This is how it started

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    I decided after a couple passes WHY I hate this Safe-T-Planer. Its to unpredictable. Couldn't get even debts of cuts, and pull was to dramatic. Decided to use a less "scarier" method, and free hand it on my pin router.

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    I followed as closely to each line as possible, and would raise up 1/16" with each step. Worked out biter than I had planned

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    Last for today ("suppose" to be my day off), was to grab the grinder with 50 grit paper, and get to carving. This is where ALOt of eyeball and prayer will be involved. WISH ME LUCK!

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    Nice work so far!
     
  7. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    Appreciate that, thank you!
     
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    Great guitar......and I agree on the curlyleaf maple product....great flame and fleck and often too much choice.
     
  9. deadlyweasel

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    Pretty bitchin!
     
  10. Open_Book

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    I know your answer could be personal preference but I have to ask: why?

    For the neck and fingerboard I get it. For those two applications I never understand as too why some people use it on those particular joints - seeing as they're never meant to be taken apart.

    I'm all for hide glue. Just seeing other builds (across the net) where peoples guitars have come apart makes me raise an eyebrow when its used in those apps.

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  11. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    If I'm gonna be honest, then the answer would be "the hype might be real". The hype/myth being that Hot Hide Glue transfers tons better due to the fact it crystallizes, dried harder and is thinner, allowing the boards to be more tightly joined together, allowing vibration to move between em more freely.

    Again, that could be mounds of hype. But it might just not be . . .
     
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    I think its mojo talk. :)

    Urea dries hard too, though. So hard it can be difficult (more so than Hide) to get the residue off a glued joint if you let it dry before removing it! The boards tightness and the thinness of the glue line isn't dependant on the glue being used. :)
     
  14. Scero Guitars

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    Very well may be. I def didn't mean to say it dries harder, I wrote that then forgot to delete when I realized it wasn't true . . . I still believe it's worth using it, in any situation applicable.
     
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    If it works for you and you are happy thats all that matters - PRS' tops are RF Urea and what looks like Elmers carpenters for the mating to the body. :)
     
  16. Scero Guitars

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    Who's the WORST at keeping up with build threads. . . ? THIS GUY.

    In my slight defense, I sold the prototype halfway thru the builds process, and have been focusing my time on keeping the customer up to date with build pics, instead of on here. SHAME. ON. ME.

    Im gonna bombard you guys with some build process pics, with prob no descriptions. But if for any reason, any one is curious about something, or has an opinion or comment, GO AHEAD!
     
  17. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    So, the last update I posted, I was about "half" way thru carving the top. Heres where we've gone since there -


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    Snagged a super old piece of sinker mahogany. Very dense, should sound killer.

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    Getting the break ange nice and crisp. I will be building a jig of ratios part, on the next one.

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    Holly Veneer

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    Had my good buddy Doug Kauer, cut the inlay slots, and the piece of Celluoid Nitrate i provided, as a laser is far more accurate than I am.

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  18. Scero Guitars

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    Routing the Truss Rod Slot

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    Routing the neck and tenon down to shape on the pin router

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    Inlay pockets chiseled, and inlays popped right in. Got Tom's binding all glued on

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    Fingerboard glued on, with of course, Hot Hide Glue 192 gram.

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  19. Scero Guitars

    Scero Guitars Senior Member

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    Next was to route the neck pocket at a 4.4 degree angle.

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    Routing Pickup cavities at angle as well

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    Mockup

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    Thank God for my luthier, and his carved top binding jig/router. Makes this part SO much easier for me.

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    Glueing on more of Tom's Binding

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    More mocking.

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  20. SG Lou

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    Looking good Lou..........Nice to see ya here !

    BTW: Where did you get that gorgeous looking fingerboard ?
     

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