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Guitar build #2 Progress
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DanB

Total Topics: 50
Total Posts: 273
I just recently started working on guitar number 2 again and actually getting stuff done opposed to just going and looking at it for a few mins ;).

It's a EIR OM Cutaway, with a three piece back and a Sitka spruce top. I just glued the back on to it, and in the next couple days here I am planning on getting the rough cut top braces smoothed out where I want them and getting the shell closed and then flush cutting the edges to make it look clean and uniform.

The next is done and ready to go, I had gotten that all together while I had alot of downtime before I had gotten my radius dishes and my bandsaw to do the scratch braces (my first time doing my own braces). The wooden strip on my back is a sample of maple binding that didn't show up overly well in the picture.

So once I close up this shell and get the bindings on there, I can finish it and glue it together and guitar #2 will be complete.





-Dan

Nov 10, 09 | 12:39 am
DanB

Total Topics: 50
Total Posts: 272
The neck is done and ready to go**

My mistake.

Nov 10, 09 | 12:40 am
Kevin Sjostrand

Total Topics: 84
Total Posts: 981
Dan,
You are coming along nicely. Your work looks great. That is going to be a pretty guitar.

Kevin

Nov 10, 09 | 5:41 am
Ken C

Total Topics: 30
Total Posts: 554
You'll be closing the box pretty soon. Should like nice with the maple bindings. I did a SE Asian RW with curly maple bindings last winter and like the combination.

Ken

Nov 10, 09 | 6:03 pm
RayRay

Total Topics: 21
Total Posts: 190
Whereja get that cutaway Dan? Looks great! :)

Nov 10, 09 | 7:10 pm
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
Does look good! Thats a tight bend, and one I have trouble with on some woods!

Nov 10, 09 | 8:37 pm
DanB

Total Topics: 50
Total Posts: 272
I've been working on this guitar quite a bit today. Got the shell completed and the edges cleaned up quite a bit. I put both the top and back on quite thicker than they need to be and I've been block sanding them to get the thickness I want while they are one before I put the bindings on, not really the right way to do it, but I don't have any kind of a thickness sander and so far this works really well.

Ken, I'm going to try to use my flamed maple bindings, so far I haven't bent a 100% successful one yet, we'll see how it goes. I'm trying to bend them on a curling iron which I did a test dummy on a while back and it worked. If I get the maple bindings to work out, I've got .040" b/w/b purfling that I'm going to be using on all the bindings and the maple wedge.

Ray, this entire guitar is martin reject parts that I'm working with. I bought a lot of reject parts a while back and just doing what I can with them because it was such a deal. The cutaway actually wasn't a cutaway until I added the cutaway to it with a curling iron. They were prebent OM sides that were both contoured to the same side, so I had to reprofile the rim in my radius dishes. I still have to put in my rosewood piece to fill the seam because the upper side only goes to the centerline on the neck block instead of to the corner.

I was actually extremely this disappointed with this build for a while. It was coming off to me as really rough and I kept running into walls and just didn't tough it for a while. Started back up on it less than a week ago and it's been going smooth as butter and I'm really surprised on how solid it's turning out. There aren't a whole lot of flaws yet, although the craftsmanship is rough in spots, which I blame on experience, impatience, and lack of tools.

Here's the pictures of the completed shell after it was cleaned up.





-Dan

Nov 10, 09 | 8:37 pm
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Dan -- it looks real good to me. Sometimes when things aren't working just right, the only cure is to do what you did -- step away for awhile and come back to it. I've had the same experience you did, where nothing seemed to work, took a week off, came back and everything seemed to work. Maybe it's just fatigue of some sort.

Say, you've got a couple of extra neck blocks sitting there -- stocking up for new builds to come?

Bill

Nov 11, 09 | 3:50 am
RayRay

Total Topics: 21
Total Posts: 190
Thanks Dan, I think you've done a great job....:)

Nov 11, 09 | 4:05 am
DanB

Total Topics: 50
Total Posts: 272
Bill, they're all part of the Martin reject lot. You should see all the necks I've got ;).( about 8 or 9)

I'm going to just keep those blocks as back up if I can't do scratch ones on my next build, same story with the necks as well. All the stuff I've got has small flaws in it, but majority of it is minor and workable, and if I finish this one guitar out of that reject lot, then the lot itself had already payed off.

Thanks Ray,

Dan

Nov 11, 09 | 11:42 am
DanB

Total Topics: 50
Total Posts: 272
I was playing with label ideas and came up with a rough label that I think is alright. It's just basically a file saved on my computer right now, I've printed one of with regular computer paper and very lightly glued it in place to see how I liked it. The edges are jagged and what not, but it's just a template.

Here it is:



Dan

Nov 11, 09 | 11:34 pm
DanB

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Total Posts: 272
I've been working on the OM that I've already been posting about, and I've been also working on a sapele dread that haven't spoken much about on here.

The OM's ready for finish. I've got to finish up the bindings and the body will be ready to get started on, and the neck I've already pore filled and sealed, just need to sand and spray it when the laquer comes.

The dread is going to be setup with 8 strings like a Mandocello because I'm curious how that will work out. Despite if it works or not I will be building another in just a matter of time. If it works out, great, and I'll rebuil another one sometime with better wood and accents, and maybe with a body style that will compliment it better. If it doesn't work out, then I'll brainstorm to figure out how to make it work, and then go at it again. Have to route bindings and do finish before I can glue the neck and bridge on and see how/if it works at all. I'll keep everyone posted on how that turns out.







Dan

Nov 20, 09 | 9:32 pm
Adaboy

Total Topics: 64
Total Posts: 509
Love the 3 piece back!

Nov 24, 09 | 5:21 pm
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

Total Topics: 47
Total Posts: 332
The dread is NICE. But I just love everything about that OM with the cutaway.

Wha? What's that? Hold on, I think I hear her. She's calling to me. She says she wants to come and live with me when you're done with her ...

Nov 24, 09 | 6:58 pm
DanB

Total Topics: 50
Total Posts: 272
Hahah. I think the OM is my keeper. ;)

Nov 24, 09 | 6:59 pm
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
Dan, you're doing a great job! Your OM is looking better than the OM I am building for my sister (zebrawood). I think I bit off more than I can chew with each project I have started, and don't give each one the patience it is due. Yours is looking real good, keep it up!

Nov 25, 09 | 8:43 am
DanB

Total Topics: 50
Total Posts: 272
Like most say, the pictures do high quite a bit of flaws. It's quite a bit more solid than my first build, and the next one will be more solid than that and so on. I am happy with it, but it's not perfect.

Dan

Nov 25, 09 | 11:21 am



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