The 13th of April 2011
This custom 45rpm model has been routed for binding and is ready for the next stage of her build
The first stage isthe neck pocket, the placement of this is carefully marked out.
Then pre-drilled, using a nicely sharpened forstner drill bit and my pillar drill.
The acrylic template was made for the Dissident model but is very transferable.
routy routy dusty monkey!
and then it is time for the binding,
a much easier job when there is no neck in the way.
On to the abalone celtic cross inlays
after using the small proxxon router to roughly cut the cavities they are finalised by hand with a sharp chisel.
and each one is fitted and glued in place, this is a bit hard on the old back but we’ll get there in time!
I have a fair few necks that need building.. in as many gorgeous exotic timbers!
There is much dust to be made, primarily with the planer/thicknesser. Flamed purpleheart.
and back to the inlays..
sharp tools being the operative word, especially with this snakewood, it is very pretty but very hard on the tools!
Time to play around with the design for our 10 string Scorpion..
fun to draw.. probably too over the top though..?
A lot of the timber has to be cut down in to smaller thicknesses
in the process I take the opportunity to cut some thin rosewood strips for later use as sides on the new Robert Fripp Hollow design..
I do love the colours you get with Santos rosewood!
Zebrano’s not so bad either..
Now to the PAF/RF Hollow cross-breed, I’m trying to match the colour with a not-so-good photo on the internet..
Vampyre red! I like!
My idea is to add a silver burst, front and back.
But this really doesn’t look as good as I thought it would. One can only try!
It seems that summer is here.. no doubt not for long though!
I start the process of scraping the binding clean of paint,
since it is done already we may as well have a look at what it will look like properly.
I’m feeling a lack of space in my machine shop.. this oak is massive!
The important thing is to maximise our use of the wood, lots of playing around
but the end result is a good mix
each piece is cut down
and bookmatched, later on, if needed, I can cut them dow even more.
and the blue left-handed PAF Hollow all have their gallery pages created.. much time spent at the computer but well worth it!
spring is sprung indeed..
and finally both fretboards are complete, the glue will take a few days to cure properly but we’re nearing a happy birth!
The silver, from the top at least, is sanded away
and the Vampyre red staining re-done.. it’s easy enough after a little practice!
The inside edges of the sound-holes are stained carefully..
The binding scraped clean again
and finally we have a guitar I can be proud of!
All my best,