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Finished this one last week. First prototype of my new bass design. Heavily inspired in both 52 precision basses and rickenbacker basses. Fully hand made, body is made out of lenga, a local patagonian wood ( I live in Esquel, Chubut, a southwestern town in argentinean Patagonia), very much alike to alder and even ash in some cases (such as this) Neck is maple with maple fingerboard and maple bindings. Pickup is custom built for me under my design, it is basically a hum cancelling P51 style pickup, and has the chance to switch between bass and treble coils when paired with another one. I made all the neck, jack, and control plates out of brass, as well as the pickup and bridge covers, and nickel plated them at home. Hope you like it
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Time to put THIS on my tired old 12" Craftsman bandsaw!
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1-1/2 HP 240V is a bit of overkill I guess, but it was cheaper than any brand new 1HP I could find, and I figure I'll NEVER bog down with this beast turnin' the band. :D

Need to get the additional muscle onto the saw so's I can resaw some 6-1/2" wide (the absolute limit with the upper guides retracted as far as possible) curly maple boards for a client's Telecaster top.
 

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Time to put THIS on my tired old 12" Craftsman bandsaw!
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1-1/2 HP 240V is a bit of overkill I guess, but it was cheaper than any brand new 1HP I could find, and I figure I'll NEVER bog down with this beast turnin' the band. :D

Need to get the additional muscle onto the saw so's I can resaw some 6-1/2" wide (the absolute limit with the upper guides retracted as far as possible) curly maple boards for a client's Telecaster top.
1 1/2 isn’t really overkill. Mine is 2 hp
 

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Mine is 1 3/4 on a 14" bandsaw. You need over 1hp if you want to re saw thick (6"+) hardwood without getting bogged down.
 

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Finished this one last week. First prototype of my new bass design. Heavily inspired in both 52 precision basses and rickenbacker basses. Fully hand made, body is made out of lenga, a local patagonian wood ( I live in Esquel, Chubut, a southwestern town in argentinean Patagonia), very much alike to alder and even ash in some cases (such as this) Neck is maple with maple fingerboard and maple bindings. Pickup is custom built for me under my design, it is basically a hum cancelling P51 style pickup, and has the chance to switch between bass and treble coils when paired with another one. I made all the neck, jack, and control plates out of brass, as well as the pickup and bridge covers, and nickel plated them at home. Hope you like it
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Wonderful design and great choice of colour!
 

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Amazingly, I'm about to glue a neck into a body for the first time since 2012 or 2013. After working for WAY too much time, I got my garage back into shape so I can build in it again.

The guitar? It's a singlecut, that kind of splits the difference between an LP and a PRS Singlecut. Not too far off the beaten path, which is typical for me. I just can't get behind the idea of going for a radical new design.

Basic specs: Mahogany back, quilted top (bubble quilt type), with full coverage. If not a "10 top" then close to it. Laminated to quartersawn flamed maple neck with Cocobolo fingerboard and an inlay pattern similar to the PRS Celtic Knot pattern, which has sort of become my standard for "fancy" fingerboard inlays.

I guess I should post photos of it. Well, I need to make some photos first.

I was just about settled on doing it in a Copperhead or Copperhead Fade type finish, because honestly blue guitars are just TOO well represented in my collection, but today I found the newly released PRS video that shows exactly how they do their blue fades AND was able to determine from that video what company makes most of their dye stains. (JE Moser's) So that's got me wondering if I'm going to attempt to use that knowledge to do a lagoon burst.

I think I'm going to stick with the copperhead fade but I'm SOOOOOO tempted! I really have no problem with owning a lot more blue guitars! But I do need some variety, too.

 

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Photos of guitar currently in progress....I can still refine the body shape and even alter the carve somewhat, as it's a bit high by deliberate choice as I sneak up on what I hope to be the best carve and neck set I've done yet. No rush.
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Since it's rock maple, and laminated to be effectively quartersawn, I EXPECT it to be very stable!

Still undecided about the finish. But it will be done with dyes that won't fade in sunlight. If I want a faded look, I'll use dyes that simulate that. I want it to remain the same color I pick, for life.
 

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Finished last week's bass's sister...now on the final setup stage, but almost done...turned out a nice pair! This one has an okoume body and a pauferro fretboard. I also made the nack,and jack plates, as well as the bridge's "ashtray" cover out of nickel plated brass.
Sorry for so many pics...I don't know why my iphone makes them look so pink. The last photo shows the colour more accurately
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Slowly working on a couple of Telecasters.
This ash guitar will be wired vintage Broadcaster
style with pickup blend instead of a tone control.
Using Vineham Broadcaster pickups.
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Down to the final steps/tweaks on my first scratch, set-neck build. Final lacquer polishing and fret work are done, but I need to turn my nut blank into something much more functional. It's wired up and plays, which is a pretty great feeling! The freboard is Indian Rosewood and though it's been oiled, I think it may accept more - I'm hoping to make it "richer" looking, if that makes sense. I used Mohawk Finisher's Choice lacquer, which for me checks really easy. There are already some cracks and I think this should naturally age pretty
The top of this guitar is spalted maple and the body and neck are sapele. I actually cut out this body in January of 2019 and have worked really slowly and taken some extended breaks. Kind of fell out of love with the look of spalted maple during that time, but I think the classic junior burst works pretty well here.

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my wife has a large collection of leather punches and stamps her father left her. i've always toyed with trying that, but probably never will. i love that kind of stuff. nicely done.
 

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well, i;m certain they would fall in that group. i'll mention it to her, but at this point, i rather doubt it. she would rather see them handed down to grandkids, but if not, you're the first on the list.
 

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I decided to Farm out the inlay for my “Bushido” Les Paul build because it would simply have taken more time than I have available to cut all the pieces, and likely not have turned out as nice as I want this to be.

While i was waiting for that inlay ( it just arrives last week ) I made a few more knives.

here’s a matched set of damascus kitchen knives I actually forged for myself. If you can believe it I dont actually own any of my own knives so I forged these for myself. An 8” chef, and an 8” carving knife. This is just out of the quench so they are ugly and still need lots of work, but the pic gives a hint of the pattern….

I’ll be getting back to the inlay on the LP in a couple weeks. I had the inlay cut for me, but I’m still doing the acual inlay work on the guitar


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