Slowlearner's rolling cavalcade of luthiery horrors

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Slowlearner's rolling cavalcade of luthiery horrors

Post by slowlearner » 14 Sep 2018, 14:22

Up til now I've had multiple threads for builds etc, etc. But with everything going on at the mo, I'm going to roll everything into one terrible place for you all to frown and laugh at. I've got too much wood, too many ideas, too many broken guitars and not enough time to do everything (and a car project) so we'll chip away at things a little at a time.

Having said all that, I'm a firm believer in throwing more wood on the fire. So on a trip to Bunnings yesterday I bought a 1.8m piece of Meranti. My luthiery mentor told me some time ago it's a lot like mahogany and I've always wanted to build a mahogany neck bass. I had to go through the pile to find a nice straight bit. This was the heaviest, straightest piece so I brought it home and ripped it into quarters.

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I learned something important (and embarrassing) about my table saw, but no one got hurt and the wood was ready for glue up.

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There was one small split in one bit. But most of you know I care nothing about that coz I just fill splits up with superglue. There is a veneer stripe of Tassie oak down the centre of the blanks, coz you know how I love the stuff... and it aids all manner of measuring later on. So for about $20, I've got two neck blanks. Their all dry now and I'll break this bad boy out on them soon enough...

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Old No.7 Stanley plane! Monster of thing. Love it. Then they'll get thickness to 18mm (or whatever my disasters leave behind).

In other news I'm fixing this thing on the left. Epiphone Dot.

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The original plan was to graft the headstock from the cream guitar on, but I've changed my mind. After a buying a headless travel guitar on my US trip, the 335 will go headless too. I'm just waiting on the tuners from Aliexpress. Hence my requests. Should be a sweet little repair for a different guitar. I've got the rest of the hardware here or on the way. I just need to make a locking nut. I already have the aluminium.

P.s. sorry for all the unintended puns. :/
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Post by SneakyJak » 14 Sep 2018, 19:09

Love the headless idea that looks killer

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Post by slowlearner » 15 Sep 2018, 08:06

This is the guitar I bought in the states... and yes the headless thing works well. Nothing to snap off if it falls over.

https://travelerguitar.com/ag-105e/
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Post by drbass » 15 Sep 2018, 08:23

$20 for two neck blanks.

I, too, have many things on the go (another one to be revealed soon) but thought splitting them up makes it easier to follow. Anyway, following with interest, Pete, and good to see you back "reporting" after your longish absence.

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Post by slowlearner » 17 Sep 2018, 15:38

I may be in love...

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Man, this thing is AWESOME. Had to sharpen some missing chunks out of the blade, but then. Oh the ribbons of glory!

And another thing, why has it taken up to now to pick a neck timber that doesn't destroy my tools or chip out so easily? #fool :red face
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Post by slowlearner » 18 Sep 2018, 20:47

This evening I was able to fire up the thicknesser and dust extractor for a few minutes to run these through. I'm pretty happy with them I have to say.

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Wetted down the grain looks pretty good and the pinstripe of Tassie oak really highlights the combo. One came out at 17mm and the other 18mm. So I guess I have a slim neck and thick neck depending on what I want to use them for. The only downer was this split.

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It goes all the way through the timber to the other side of the blank, which I'd already started filling with superglue anyway. I started wicking glue into it just after I took this pic. It's on the thicker of the two blanks, so now it's filled it should be fine. Superglue is stronger than the timber anyway and with a multi-laminate like this, there's little risk of it moving around. I'll put both blanks away now and let them settle for a while before I use them. I briefly looked at a piece of Tassie oak I have in the corner tonight and thought, "I should make some blanks with that". So that might happen in the near future... or not.

In other news, this turned up today for the broken 335. Not bad for $10.

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Post by slowlearner » 22 Sep 2018, 15:06

This headless string tuners turned up today. I'm pretty happy with them. I'll have to come up with a tailpiece to go with them. Shouldn't be too hard.

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One of the kids said, "all you spend money on is guitar parts!"
Me; "No, that's not true."
Kid; "Well what else do you spend money on?!"
Me; "You."

Not so many smarty-pants accusations with that realization. :D
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Post by slowlearner » 23 Sep 2018, 20:33

There are two different things I've been thinking about...

1. Meranti necks
I went through some of my supplies thinking, "dang, gonna have to buy some trussrods for these blanks." Well, I knew I had a spare Stewmac spoked hotrod in there. I didn't realize I had another TWO different rods. So that's 3 different double acting trussrods looking for a home. LOL. I usually buy 2 of things when I order something, I guess that explains it. I also found a bunch of old blueprints/designs from old basses I built. The nicest one was this one...

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And I don't usually want to repeat builds, but I think one of those two necks is going to be a repeat build of this bass. My cousin's wife now owns it and loves it. Personally though, it was probably the bass I most liked to play. Light, resonant and so comfy. The tone was next level too. If I built it again it will be with a radical difference of course. I also found 2 of these strings...

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Brite flat 27s (C strings). I've got some others so I might try and put together a set and build for them. Fretted. Highly chambered. Not sure what else yet. Maybe a spruce top from the piano I pulled apart.

2. Broken 335
I now have all the parts needed to put this back together.

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I've been trying to figure out what to use on the end of the broken neck. I went through my wood pile and I have hardwood or Kauri pine. And nothing in between really. So, I've chosen this offcut from the last 6 string I built. It's got some writing on it from the guys who made the table it came from. It's super solid, so it should hold screws well for the headless setup. That's my biggest concern.

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It says, "Bellevue". Who knows what that means...
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