View Full Version : Aphid gear shift

07-01-2011, 04:57 AM
The mods moved my thread, and to be honest, I can understand that, and see why. But I wanted to share the build with everyone, and not everyone goes to the luthier forum. Besides that, I never considered myself a luthier anyway. Maybe someday I can deserve the title, but for now, I like to consider myself a hobbiest. So, if you would like to follow the Aphid project in detail, here is the link to the thread in the lutheirs section.

At any rate. I am glad I did end up in there, because got some great advice from a couple pros, that promted a shift in gears. I was planning to use an intermal mold method, but decided to go with a half form and bend the sides with a heat pad. This it will turn out allot better. So, today I will be building a half form, and just ordered me a silicone heat pad. (BTW: I bought a big enough one in case I decide to build up to a tenor size. ;))

07-02-2011, 11:57 AM
Hey look. I got neck... ;)


07-02-2011, 01:10 PM
Looking good Tony!

What kind of wood is the neck and fretboard, Mahogany (Sapele)?

07-02-2011, 01:15 PM
Neck is Mahogany, fretboard is rosewood.

07-02-2011, 03:59 PM
Ops.. I almost messed up. I made that fretboard out of mahogany too. I meant to cut that out of rosewood. Thanks for getting me to take another look before I went any further with that. I picked it out of a bunch of peices that were cut like fretboards, so I had assumed it was rosewood. Now, just looked at it all again, and it's all mahogany.. Oh well, I have no rosewood in that box of wood, but do have a couple pieces of ebony. I was saving those until I made a couple Aphids to tune in the process. But, I'll go ahead and cut another one from the ebony from the starting gate..

07-02-2011, 05:25 PM
You could make your prototype fretboard out of mahogany, even stain it if you want for a contrasting look. Depends on what wood you have and how many versions you want to make. Either way it will be fine.