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Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« on: August 09, 2011, 06:48:38 am »
Here's some of my work.

This was my first. Made as a Christmas gift for the woman who was my wife at the time.
I shoulda saved the effort, the cheating rat of a sub-human...
Solid mahogany with curly, or "pillow" maple front. Sustain for weeks, and small-ish body to accommodate her playing style. The finish is all nitro based lacquer, for the correct tone.


Her initials in gold... What a pain to do...


This is mine.


This beaut below has push/pull potentiometers, to switch the core tap on and off. It's based on the Jimmy Page wiring.
Sounds so sweet...


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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2011, 07:01:32 am »
And here's some of the "In Progress" shots.


Wet sanding the color coat


Between coats of clear nitrocellulose with "tobacco brown" tint added.


High build primer on the back, prior to the black color coat.

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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2011, 07:05:00 am »
Very nice.  :)

Do you make the fret boards as well? Also curious about what hardware you use.

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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2011, 07:20:15 am »
For now, I buy the necks whole. I'm not tooled up for necks or fretboards. Someday, tho... Someday.

The hardware is "recovered" Les Paul guts. (Not the Epiphone stuff.) Sometimes, local music stores have them in the back. Also, if you know what to look for, you can get the real thing on eBay for cheap.
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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2011, 10:43:50 am »
For now, I buy the necks whole. I'm not tooled up for necks or fretboards. Someday, tho... Someday.

The hardware is "recovered" Les Paul guts. (Not the Epiphone stuff.) Sometimes, local music stores have them in the back. Also, if you know what to look for, you can get the real thing on eBay for cheap.
Ah. That makes sense.  :)

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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2011, 07:45:44 pm »
Fucking sweet. How much can you do these for? Like is it a cheap LP or a high-end custom?
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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2011, 08:13:44 pm »
Those are fucking stunning.
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2011, 08:31:06 pm »
Unfortunately, material and labor costs put these at around the $700+ mark... Around $250 for the wood alone. $100 in finishing materials per guitar... Shaping the top takes hours and hours... Turn around is about 2 weeks. (mostly from glue dry time and lacquer curing) So, I knock one out every six months or so. When I just can't stand not making one... Right now, I'm trying to get the dimensions right to make a WarBeast knock off for my lefty son... All the hardware (PU rings, tuners, vol/tone knobs) are pewter colored skulls.

The reason the big name companies can do these on the cheap is bulk. Oh, and they cut the damned thing on a big CNC, rather than by handheld power tools, hand planes, chisels... I polish mine, by hand, with 12,000 grit pads, rather than a great thumping buffing wheel.

I looked into getting a benchtop CNC, but found out it would take 36 hours to cut and carve the body on one of those tiny machines... I can do it in 12. An industrial CNC can do it in 12 minutes...
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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2011, 08:31:47 pm »
Thanx, very much, Anna Mae.
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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2011, 08:45:41 pm »
I am not a guitar person, and those make me want one. :argh!:
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2011, 08:47:26 pm »
Unfortunately, material and labor costs put these at around the $700+ mark... Around $250 for the wood alone. $100 in finishing materials per guitar... Shaping the top takes hours and hours... Turn around is about 2 weeks. (mostly from glue dry time and lacquer curing) So, I knock one out every six months or so. When I just can't stand not making one... Right now, I'm trying to get the dimensions right to make a WarBeast knock off for my lefty son... All the hardware (PU rings, tuners, vol/tone knobs) are pewter colored skulls.

The reason the big name companies can do these on the cheap is bulk. Oh, and they cut the damned thing on a big CNC, rather than by handheld power tools, hand planes, chisels... I polish mine, by hand, with 12,000 grit pads, rather than a great thumping buffing wheel.

I looked into getting a benchtop CNC, but found out it would take 36 hours to cut and carve the body on one of those tiny machines... I can do it in 12. An industrial CNC can do it in 12 minutes...
Yeah, figures. Though, If i had that kinda cash lying around I would totally dig a handmade custom guitar.

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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2011, 02:52:05 am »
Yeah, figures. Though, If i had that kinda cash lying around I would totally dig a handmade custom guitar.

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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2011, 02:56:05 am »
Very cool, man. I admire your skill.
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2011, 01:30:33 pm »
Those are gorgeous, man.
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Re: Because Doktor Phox asked nicely.
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2011, 12:12:44 am »
They're like magic pr0n that incites desire and doesn't make you go EWWWWW!
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