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wearymicrobe
10-29-2008, 04:42 PM
Got to post this up the first body off the jigs got poly'd today. This is going to be my personal one so I built the body out of basswood, the top plate is a piece of rosewood that I had split to 1/4. the neck is a pocket cut with the back already routed but no pictures. The neck will be a piece of cocobolo that I have been saving, and the fingerboard, bridge, headstock cover will be ebony. I have not figured out the open headstock layout that I want yet but I have a few bouncing around in my head. I might do a inverted V with a Slash across it like the old anarchy label.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-12/1117199/Firstbody.jpg

deach
10-30-2008, 01:03 AM
Cool! The inverted V would continue the theme. I think it would be a nice complement.

NukeDOC
10-30-2008, 05:52 AM
hey mike, what would it take to become a somewhat apprentice to learn the ropes of building? i just really wanna have some good guidance when i put together my electric... if that day and time ever comes.

seeso
10-30-2008, 08:23 AM
Very cool! Keep us posted.

Lanark
10-30-2008, 11:39 AM
So you're thinking something more along the lines of an old Dean V guitar for the headstock? Could work, indeed.

wearymicrobe
10-30-2008, 12:52 PM
hey mike, what would it take to become a somewhat apprentice to learn the ropes of building? i just really wanna have some good guidance when i put together my electric... if that day and time ever comes.

Just keep trying I guess it took me ~7 bodies to get comfortable building them. Fretting is a super pain because I don't have a lot of the really specific tools and I had to make a few.

I must admit I like the hand building part more then the CNC stuff. Cutting a neck pocket then shaving the neck down to fit is fun and doing all that with a jig is just work, by hand it is fun.

You are more then welcome to use my tools on the weekend if you need them.

I got the neck shaved and finish=ed up with the spokeshave which I really like will post pictures later tonight.

acabooe
10-30-2008, 01:23 PM
Looks great.
Let us know how it turns out.
Bob

wearymicrobe
10-30-2008, 01:38 PM
Bob how do you feel about the pocket neck, do you do it or Pete. I have fabbed up a neck for a straight attachment and since my body and neck joint are flat is a super easy joint. I want in the end to be able to use wound strings and don;t know if the attachment will be secure enough. It would make things a lot easier on the build side though IO admit there is a bit of me that likes the idea of a pocket joint for long term stability.,

Pete Howlett
10-31-2008, 01:24 PM
I'm rebuilding my jigs to suit a machine I am building. What I do is rout a 'tenon' on the end of the neck and this fits into a pocket in the body. The fingerboard more than covers this and because of the triangulation cause by this construction and the 'ckeeeks of the tenon further endorsing this I think it is a very 'safe' and strong joint.

I'll do a video diary of the Firefly I am going to build in a couple of weeks so you can see how it works. Just bought a Mahognay board for $240. I'll get 3/4 Fireflies out of this. One will have a quilted maple cap, one some flamed koa and the other, redwood burl. I think you guys here will love the design. I might even put in some onboard electronics :rock:

Just got to make them jigs tomorrow...