Wednesday 27th May ’09
another week begins.. the bookmatched flame maple top is planed perffectly flat.. by hand of course..
and then rough cut..
the end profile of the neck is marked onto the cap
which is then carefully fitted
the last little bit of routing is the wiring channel
and the top is then glued in place and left to cure..
Nick’s custom 4 string les paul type bass goes through the sanding process..
and the staining begins.. black for the headstock
and blue for the pearwood cap..
the first coats of oil are lemon oil which is thin and penetrates very well
bringing out the stain nicely..
back to the bespoke 8 string guitar.. the veneers etc are prepared
and the width of the headstock is brought up to spec..
Sandra arrives with the NST acoustic two years on.. she needs a set up, and I’ve updated some of my ideas..
the milling machine comes into her own as I machine the lip into the bone nut..
an antique ivory.. thingy..? is cut up to machine the saddle with..
the replacement is the one on the left.. the viaduct type carving is a more ekegant way of keeping the string to body transfer while minimising string to string vibration.. basically theory says that this will give a cleaner more bell-like sound while playing chords..
the begining of the nut..
and the end result..
..note I scalloped the bottom of the nut as well.. and she sounds great!!
on to the camo 45 rpm..
the fretboard is cleaned and oiled for the last time
and all the wiring is begun.. sustainer included..
the final bits are added, the battery box etc
and she is ready for her final setup and delivery..
more coats of oil, teak this time, are applied to the 45rpm bass
the hollowbody PAF.. half the price of an equivalent PRS Hollowbody but so much better!!
the bubinga backplate is marked out
fitted and carved
and on to the MOP Crimson inlay..
which ends up in the headstock’s bubinga cap..
and the whole guitars begins the sanding process..
due to fading light we only get to 120 grit on the random orbital sander
every coat of oil is left on for about half an hour an then the excess is rubbed away.. leaving something close to the final finish..
All my best, Ben
Crimson Bespoke Guitars