The 9th day of July 2010
news… ish.. check out the resources pages of the site, we’ve finally got interactive spec sheet forms and a guitar information pack to go with it!
I start with Fred’s slim.. several issues here, an intermitant electrical fault and the sustainer is not sounding as good as it should..
the sustainer is fixed by adding another battery to the mix.. running the ghost MIDI/piezo system and the sustainer system off 1 nine volt battery was a bit of an ask!
the igor is also currently running through a multitude of jobs in a bid to clear the decks somewhat.. double checking the finish on the fanned fret moonshine
a road trip to a friends lockup to grab some goodies..
and timber makes it’s way home!
now, another small job that’s on the list is to turn this chunk of tool steel into a.. well.. tool..
igor works on flattening his baritone’s top.. note the interesting way he cut it in half.. he is an apprentice after all!
tool making.. fire makin’..
padouk headstock extensions on the Delta
a perfectly finished tool equals a perfectly finished end product..
and I start turning the first new guitar knob prototype..
nice! I’m liking this shape much more than the usual fare.. but then I am a bit biased!
in a bid to see if these are commercially viable I start again..
excess headstock from the Delta removed..
and igor fits his bookmatched top.. to be glued once he’s routed some tone chambers..
in the meantime I’ve made just a few knobs..
and polished just one.. igot will have to be in charge of making these.. unless someone want to donate a copy router?
now, the new double battery box for Fred’s slim has arrived and the original hole needs enlarging somewhat..
the battery box is partially recessed into the carved plate so that it sits squarely in place
and she is wired for the last time!
this new air filtration system needs installing.. I want to make some dust!
this experimental 45rpm is way too heavy and needs recommisioning..
the pin router is used as a sort of overhead thicknesser..
I change the outside shape to that of my favourite one of our models.. the paf..
some freehand routing to give the bearing somewhere to run off..
and slowly the whole guitar is hollowed out..
the edges are next
and finally the internal side of the top is carved to match the external!
the soundholes are marked out..
cut by hand..
and a brand new paf hollowbody is on the way to being born!
Have a good one everybody!
all my best, Ben
Crimson Guitars UK