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New Custom Scratch Build - The Narwhal (LOTS OF PICS!)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The flame looks terrific!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not much new to report--just hitting the paint booth building up a few layers of sealer



here's the back



and here it is mocked up with all the parts



too late now, but i bet binding the F-hole woulda been cool? has anyone done that? I'm guess that's easier to do before you laminate the top to the body? Maybe the next one!

gotta head out of town for a few weeks for the day job. when i get back i'll sand the sealer level and start hitting it with clear nitro. while that's curing and i'm in a holding pattern waiting to wet sand i'll finally get to work on a neck.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a gorgeous piece of luthiery there. Can't wait to see it finished.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any update for us?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stunning, and the amount of cool toys in this build is ridiculous so jealous.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey folks--and happy new year
sorry for the long break--it mostly consisted of layer after layer of this . . . .



and i didn't think ya'll would wanna see that day after day. and after that, i had to back off and let the nitro cure before i could mess with it.

okay, so while that was happening, santa brought me a pickup winder kit



so i got to work wiring up my P90's



not much to it--just let the machine wind 10,000 times more or less until you get the resistance in the coil you want. now, i still don't have a glue pot or a pile of paraffin and beeswax, so the pickups going into this guitar are still Lollars, but i'll eventually swap them I suppose. or maybe not? i made these using Lollar's book, so they'll probably sound the same-ish.

okay--after a month has passed i was finally able to get to the business of wet sanding



and here it is wet sanded to 800 grit before the buffing and polishing started



i basically just went through the stewmac coarse, medium, fine, and swirl remover compounds--using a separate pad for each

when it was all shiny and pretty i had to tackle the task (gulp) of dropping in the strap locks.



used a good set of brad point bits and it came out nice and clean. (pardon the buffing compound residue)



after a few on stage incidents i've finally started using strap locks. i like the dunlop ones, but never loved how far they protruded--so this time i went with the recessed ones. they look VERY clean.

after that--time to wire it up!



i went with concentric pots to keep the clutter down. it still has four knobs, just in a 2x2 configuration. pretty happy about that

and at long last--here it is all assembled










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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spectacular...I love it!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

getting started on the neck work this weekend in probably the least useful way--by starting the inlays



i'm being kind of a smart ass with "X Marks the spot" fret markers on this one. I CNC'd the mother of pearl on the ShopBot and destroyed my bit after cutting two of them out. Setting the Z height was pretty tricky on the superfine 0.023" bit and I didn't nail it. 2 more replacement bits are coming in the mail
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking guitar man! Can't wait to see this finished.

Bummer that the PG covers the figure in the walnut though. I would have built a rear routed body without a guard and highlighted that lighter book matched figure in the body somehow.

Too bad the closest Tech Shop to me is in Detroit. Didn't expect there's be one that far away (out of state), but was hoping there'd have been one in Cleveland...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!

Seriously though! Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you like the flush mount strap locks? Bought some for the Jazzmaster I just finished up. I was on the fence but thought I'd give em a try.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Cool Cool
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Cool Cool Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is excellent! Love everything about it!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

86runner wrote:
How do you like the flush mount strap locks? Bought some for the Jazzmaster I just finished up. I was on the fence but thought I'd give em a try.


i really like the flush mount strap locks! i have the normal dunlop ones and i've never loved how much they protruded out from the body. these definitely fix that problem.

it's a pretty dramatic hole you have to drill out for the installation (BTW--none of the bit sizes listed in the instructions are correct--use calipers and test on scrap wood first) and so i can understand peeps not wanting to do it to collectable or vintage instruments--but since this is whatever the hell i want it to be and i'm making it for me--i figured why not?
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