Tuesday the 21st of September 2010…
good day.. igor has taken charge of the twins for now, his eye for detail is.. well, annoying precise, so he’s the perfect man for final finishing..
I crack on with this US Harmony.. the body and fretboard are cleaned up
and she is strung up..
as is the old classical guitar.. both repairs well done..
next up the paf hollowbody..
the soundholes are brought to their final shape
and I start carving excess wood away
..these are going to be very very nice!!
the idea here is stolen from old violin builders
and the result is a top that looks impossibly thin and delicate.. and, well, pretty!
our next custom tremolo design is coming along quite nicely..
the axle and four bearings are installed next.. bear in mind this is the first prototype..
a test bed is built.. from some old bed slats.. :)
and the postman delivers some new toys!!
the springs are installed at an angle
and the tremolo works exactly as I’d hoped it would! .. a break for a few days to think about spring tension adjustment etc..
I do love the look of a custom guitar with a wenge top! Thank you Nimrod!
..the new guns are set-up..
and I can finally move on with the paf blackburst.. she originally had an oil finish which proved to be not durable enough.. especially on the softish spalted beech back..
it turns out that a 1lb cut of dewaxed shellac is the perfect buffer between any two incompatible finishes!! This is a very useful bit of info!!
the 2-pack primer on the Muse Descendant is rubbed down
and she goes black!
and the front has a blackburst.. very..um.. dark? brooding?..ah… ROCK!!
a Monday morning drive enjoying the last gasps of what has been, from the inside of a workshop, a rather good summer..
all to see what I hope will be our next workshop.. you all just need to order some more guitars so we can afford to move! ;)
more rubbing down..
and then some on my strat.. (research you know..I’ve always been a les paul lover!!)
the fretboard sides are remasked moving the tape away from the grey primer just a very tiny amount so that the paint will wrap around the lip of the primer..
the binding is scraped clean..
and the strat, slimline and burney all have a coat of black paint applied..
a bit of alchemical fun..
and this stock, test-bed guitar, is sprayed ruby red.. with sparkles!
my strat recieves a coat of silver mixed in with pearlescent paint and glitter.. it even has a flip flop effect!
All my best!