Still not intoned and I think I can get the action a little better with some work on the nut slots. She sounds awesome. Had a little electrical issue today. Strung the beast up and plugged in, only to hear an horrendous buzz. Found the problem, ( my poor soldering had come adrift on the … More Not Bad! The Clareguitar 8String “ZEN”
I think I will make a video of the final set up of the guitar. It isn’t quite the perfect piece I set out to make, but it is far better than anything I have made to date. I will talk about the bother in the video. Today I evened out and crowned the frets … More Last blog before video
Some serious chisel work again today, with the pickup cavity and the electrical cavity cut. Hole for the one control knob was also successfully drilled. I was really nervous because I had to get the wood down to about 5mm thick for the potentiometer to attach correctly. Flattened the fret board and did the first … More Well worth the work
I’m back to hand tools, after my nervous brush with a large circular saw yesterday. I have completed the taper in the neck using rasps, files and sandpaper on my trusty fret leveling beam from Crimson Guitars , you don’t just have to use it on frets you know! You can use it for any … More Back to hand tools…..
If I take one thing from this build it is to learn about the finer details of ‘sequencing’. Not the musical, beat-box variety, but the project management variety. While I put great thought into how I would proceed with this project, researched endlessly on the web regarding the order of cuts and elements in the … More Problem solved; Never to be repeated!
This is starting to look like it might become a guitar, eventually. The fret board wood arrived today, (see pics). It is a lovely piece of Macasscar Ebony. A lovely orange/yellow swirl in it. As you can see from the pictures the eight string bridge also arrived. This is perfect timing as I will need … More Now that is some Nice grain pattern
I never realised how hard it would be to rip cut hardwood. It took an age to cut the angle for the headstock in the neck today. We got it finished and now await the arrival of the wood for the fret board. I am in the process of marking out the place I will … More Rip cutting hardwoods is really tough!
Well, I finally have some pictures of more than just raw wood. Today we started by making some templates, from the master plan. Then transferring that template to the wood. Then came the nerve racking bit, which was cutting out the shape in this beautiful wood with a jig saw….free hand….because I don’t own a … More Starting to make some progress
The wood from Timberline in the UK has arrived. First job will be to flatten any little imperfections. The eight string guitar will have three pieces of 1st choice Maple from the U.S. with two strips of 6mm Wenge….probably from South America, via an unsustainable and thoroughly unethical route!! But it’s O.K. because we are … More All the Wood I need
OK, and they’re OFF. Some shots of the first scale drawings of two guitars I am about to build. A six string with a slightly Baroque, fussy outline, I think I am going to call it “The Bug”, and an 8string, 24 fret beast, that I haven’t named yet. They will both be a combination … More Lets Build Guitars