Friday 19th December ’08
the week begins with some work for Mr Robert Fripp.. this here is one of his Burny guitars.. I’ve replaced the bridge with a Kahler trem..
and she is then set up with the Buzz Feiton system and new standard tuning
the final setup is performed on this hollowbody.. looking a bit grubby in this light
so here she is in a better pic.. taken on a lovely summer day! .. a short drive..
and Robert gets his hands on his new baby..
we swap guitars and I go home with a Beadeaux electric for review and some essential upgrades..
a new bone buzz feiton nut it prepared..
while the neighbours cat watches on…
the nut is cut roughly to size
and finally is shaped, scalloped…
and installed.. the ebony fretboard was very very dry and needed a good few applications of lemon oil
and then she is set up, intonated etc etc..
..lots of wires..
locking strap buttons are installed
the GK-3 pickup has been installed the wrong way round for Robert, the bit that sticks out gets in the way of his playing hand, we decided to start by rounding over all the edges.. later on I may have to swap it around but we’re avoiding that for now, nothing worse than random holes left in a guitar top..
back to the DGM kitchen.. it took a while for Robert to hear me at the door.. I however could hear him having a blast on his new Crimson guitar..so we took a few more pictures..
back in the workshop and it’s time for some repair
the bridge has lifted..
and is glued and clamped down..
a piece of african mahogany is chopped up
and, with some veneers, glued as the headstock extensions of Andrews 8 string guitar..
on to Thomas’ custom Robert Fripp slimline model.. an epoxy/dust mix has been pushed into a weak section of the timber..
and here it is after sanding down a bit..
the pickup and trem cavities are routed out..
on to Dave and Stuart’s necks..the side dots were glued in and here we chisel them flush with the neck.
excess bits of fretboard are cut away
and the neck is prepared
and a larger joint is made..
Stuarts body blank is now ready..
after planing the top section perfectly flat the outline is marked out
and she is cut out on the bandsaw
the edges of the blank are carefully routed flush with the template using a bearing cutter..
the neck is prepared.. and obviously double checked..
excess wood where the top will be is bandsawed away..
the neck is carefully placed in the center of the blank and marked round with a sharp knife
the neck cavity is predrilled
and then routed out..
the square edges are chiseled out
and then the neck is glued in place.. she’s almost a guitar!
Have a great weekend!
Crimson Custom Guitars