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  1. Tweaker

    Neck Through SG

    Spent a few hours this morning in the garage and ended up with this: Sapele and maple...I was hoping to not have to use the maple but my boards ended up being just a little too narrow, so I had to widen the stock. Not the look I was going for, but it looks cool anyways. It's a CNC...
  2. Tweaker

    Lipstick Tele

    My uncle has wanted me to build him a guitar (different uncle than the last one I made, where I carved my first neck by hand), so we've been bouncing ideas around for the last couple months. He finally settled on a Danelectro DC59, but then suddenly decided to go with a Tele...after we...
  3. Tweaker

    Botched a neck, need some advice

    Hi guys, I'm building a guitar for my uncle. Build thread coming later. He wants carbon fiber reinforcing rods in the neck, but somehow today I managed to cut through the back of the neck and expose a little sliver of the CF route. Gut reaction, toss it and start over. Maple is cheap...
  4. Tweaker

    Bridge Location, StewMac Fret Calculator Question

    Hi everyone, I'm really hoping I'm not as stupid as I feel right now. I'm building a guitar for my uncle and we're using this bridge: https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Bridges_and_Tailpieces/Bridges_and_Tailpieces_for_Electric_Guitar/Golden_Age_Top-Loading_Hardtail_Bridge.html...
  5. Tweaker

    Les Paul CNC Build

    I've been wanting to build a Les Paul for the longest time and I've had this chunk of 8/4 flamed maple sitting around my house just waiting to become a guitar so it's finally time. I know to you purists, CNC doesn't count as built by hand, but CNC is what I do so I want to utilize the machine...
  6. Tweaker

    Rigid Oscillating Spindle Sander Question

    I posted a while back about spindle sanders and the ROSS unit got a lot of love. I picked one up over the weekend and am pretty happy with it, but I don't think the belt sander portion is working correctly. To anyone who uses this sander, when you have the belt sander installed, does it stop...
  7. Tweaker

    If it's going to explode, when would it happen..?

    Hi gang, Just finished up my first "real" commissioned ukulele build. Came out great, but I did manage to get the top a little thinner in some areas than I was expecting. I know there isn't a lot of string tension on a uke so I'm not overly concerned about this, it's well braced, and all my...
  8. Tweaker

    Crack repair...what glue to use?

    Hi everyone, In a moment of extreme stupidity, I cracked the top on a recent uke build. Koa top, roughly 1.5mm thick: The crack is more like grain separation than a split, so it's a really clean break and easily accessible to fix. I'm just not sure what glue to use here. Is regular old...
  9. Tweaker

    Acoustic Bracing Design

    Hi everyone, I've been reading up on acoustic guitar building and would love to build one in the near future. Building ukes has given me a little more confidence. One area that I am finding fascinating is the soundboard bracing methods. What I'm having trouble finding is the preferred...
  10. Tweaker

    Spindle Sanders

    I've been getting a few requests lately for ukuleles...I know they aren't guitars, and they don't take nearly as much finesse to make as a guitar, but I thought I'd get some good advice here anyways. I'm thinking to build these ukes at a quality I'm pleased with, I'll need a legit spindle...
  11. Tweaker

    Paste Wax Help

    (I know...dumb thread, paste wax is almost idiot proof..) I apologize for posting so many threads lately. I've come to the conclusion that high gloss finishes are not for me. I don't have spray equipment and the common thread I've seen watching all you guys get high gloss finishes is spray...
  12. Tweaker

    Neck Volute Question

    I've started paying more attention to guitar design and construction when I'm at a music shop or a friend's place, etc., and I recently saw a guitar with a neck volute. So I looked up volute images on google and noticed that many of the necks with a volute seem to be one piece necks. Or at...
  13. Tweaker

    Semi-hollow Body Uke Help

    I've done an acoustic uke and several solid body electric ukes, but I'm doing a build for a local legend/public figure and I want to do something different and cool. I was initially planning on just doing a solid body electric for him but I think it would be cool to do a semi hollow body. My...
  14. Tweaker

    Thumbnail Finish Test

    I know this is a really stupid thread, but I'm wondering if you guys could shed some light on the thumbnail test. I know how it works, if you can dent the finish with your thumbnail it isn't ready. But what I don't know about the test is, how hard to push with your thumbnail. For example...
  15. Tweaker

    Paint and clearcoat; sanding questions

    When you guys paint a guitar, I assume you don't level sand the paint, but rather level sand the clearcoat on top of the paint. Is that correct, or do you actually level sand the paint? Seems like you'd get uneven coloring if you sand the paint. I'm working on a project non-guitar related for...
  16. Tweaker

    Gluing acoustic bridge, level sanding shellac

    Hi guys, I am finishing up an acoustic ukulele that I used the super old figured redwood for. I've taped off where I'm going to glue the bridge down, but since this isn't a solid body instrument, I'm not sure how I'm going to clamp the bridge without cracking the top or back. I guess...
  17. Tweaker

    What kind of tolerance do you have for fret slot distances?

    Hey everyone, I got some .024" endmills in the mail today for cutting my own fret slots. I tested one on some padauk today and made a decent 17" scale length ukulele fretboard. Decent, except for one thing. The fret slot distances aren't perfect. I haven't measured with the calipers yet...
  18. Tweaker

    Came across some very old redwood, can it be used for anything?

    So, I have a friend who brought me some interesting wood. His brother in law has a massive dead redwood stump in his yard up in Northern California, well over 100 years old. He had his brother in law cut me a few chunks of it and surprised me with it! I finally got around to processing some...
  19. Tweaker

    Uke Neck Goof, Part 2: Help me salvage the rosewood!

    OK guys, this time I really goofed. As in, not worth repairing: So, here's what happened. I installed the tuning pegs just to get everything squared away for final installation. Like an idiot, I forgot to take them out to fret the board. So as I was fretting the board, I accidentally...
  20. Tweaker

    Goofed up a Uke neck

    Hey everyone, Goofed up a neck I'm working on for another Uke. The first one came out really well and since I have an extra fretboard, I figured why not. I carved the neck on the CNC machine and as I was doing some sanding, I got overzealous and took off about 1.5mm from the nut region. The...




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