cleary wrote: ↑
24 Jan 2018, 09:58
Fwiw I'm really enjoying this too - particularly the hand-carved part. The MSGM builds are great too, but there's parts of the process where a machine gets involved and (black box machine process) tada!
Seeing (and reading about) the manual processes is exposing the machine functions for me - so thanks
Just to make this very clear(y)
: what Davin is doing is something I'd refer to as masochism
MSGM is far less "black box" than it seems. You still have to band-saw, thickness, cut the fret slots, sand parts to shape (using linisher and bobbin sanders, for example) - there is no "I put a piece of timber in this thing and have a finished neck at the end", just clever use of jigs and machinery. Davin would have saved a lot of time using a bandsaw and a thicknesser rather than a hand saw and a plane.
I use the workshop for some heavy lifting but everything I do at home (like body contouring using rasps and files; neck carving using rasps and files; and sanding, oh, all that sanding!!!) is manual. I would say that applies to pretty much everyone building through MSGM, although it may not always be apparent in the descriptions.
Black box stuff happens at Warwick (their fretting machine is a great example for that) or to a much larger extent at places like Fender.
I think Davin's approach and his results are amazing, and I really appreciate what he's doing but he REALLY is doing it the hard way.0