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Bill Flude
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04/11/2019 6:44 pm  

Nearly ready to start - guitar kit has arrived - the wood looks lovely.

Why Arthur you may ask?   The guitar will hopefully be chambered so is sort of semi-acoustic - semi = half - half a guitar - sounds like Arthur Guitar........

My mate Martin has a mandola called Nelson.....

Stop groaning.......

Mahogany body and neck with Ebony fretboard and Ovangkol cap - Wilkinson hardware with a Freeway 6 position switch to give a few extra sounds.....

All being well will kick off on Saturday.

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04/11/2019 8:21 pm  

Pics pics pics! Pls...!

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10/11/2019 2:59 pm  

The workshop - a bit of my garage - going to get cold in the middle of winter but was a reasonable temp just now.

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10/11/2019 3:06 pm  

Making a start - routed a test slot for my truss rod into a bit of kitchen work top - only worried about the width at this point...

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Hope to get up courage and cut real truss rod slot later this week.

Started to mark up neck blank.

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Neck blank had been sat on the bench with the headstock template resting on it - can just see the pencil mark round the proper headstock position.  Blank is about 85mm wide so will fit through my cheapo Titan bandsaw.

Mahogany body blank and one half of the Ovangkol cap.

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10/11/2019 3:07 pm  

I do need to keep a clear work space!

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26/11/2019 9:08 pm  

Started......

Baileys now supply a 6mm truss rod - it needs the slot making a bit wider at the nut end as the adjuster is slightly more than 6mm.

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Headstock angle cut and truss rod slot widened at end 

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Side shape cut

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Top shape cut - a bit rough....

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When you are in the workshop on a course Mark keeps track of what you are doing and that is reassuring.  Found it quite daunting working on my own, was checking everything several times.   Also found that after I marked up the side shape that my bandsaw is too close to the wall so I had to mark the other side or I couldn’t cut the heel.....

Very happy with the headstock face!

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27/11/2019 2:47 pm  

Woohoo - looking great! Don't forget I am here to answer your Q's if you need any help...

FYI: Don't worry - It will be fine... but for next time:  The wider part of the truss rod slot should go right to the end...doesn't make a lot of difference - it will be hidden anyway...as long as you can get the allen key in to adjust....

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27/11/2019 6:52 pm  

Mark - how would you open it up?

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28/11/2019 11:50 am  

Headstock thicknessed and tuner holes drilled - tested holes with tuners.....

Extended/widened the channel for truss rod at nut end and tested that I can adjust truss rod with Allen key.

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28/11/2019 11:54 am  

The old iMac in the ‘workshop’ was scrapped from work because it couldn’t be updated to the current operating system - it is now running Neverware the Google OS so I can watch the Guitar Making videos as I build.  

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28/11/2019 12:09 pm  

I have a two piece Ovangkol cap bought ready to join - I don’t have sash clamps.  How do I glue the two bits together?   

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28/11/2019 5:59 pm  

Change that to I will have sash clamps by tomorrow - Rutland Tools sent me an email with details of their clamps and two minutes later a £20 off voucher in another email - also ordered my Liberon Finishing Oil to save postage....

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29/11/2019 4:40 pm  

Rumbling on here in sunny (was today) Frocester - profiled the neck - was a bit of a coward at the nut end and stopped and started a bit short of the mark but otherwise OK.

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Will get in there with my ‘up and downer’ and tidy by the nut as well as round the rest of the headstock.

Hope, if you are following this, you realise that every step will be posted here - will also be keeping a build diary as I did for my workshop courses.

I must thank Mark for the online course - really enjoying it - only worry is how many guitars I could end up building.........

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29/11/2019 6:02 pm  

Hi Bill

Many thanks for posting these pics. I do find it interesting to see other people's builds, and their very tidy workshops. So the more the merrier please.

I was rather timorous and didn't upload anything until I had finished my Bootlegger. Then I realised that I had forgotten to record many of the important stages. Still, I now have another guitar and am really chuffed that I actually managed it in the end. So all praises to the Musical  Maker Magister Mark.

I am still extolling the virtues of Mark's videos to all and sundry (and have been amazed at the number of people who fancy having a go). 

Can one have too many guitars?


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29/11/2019 6:36 pm  

I’m trying not to miss taking pics of stages - I totally missed taking any pictures of the cavity routs on my Tele - I had glued the cap in place and put the clamps on before I remembered....

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