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    I haven't done a build thread for quite a while and recently finished a wood bodied tricone I took a few pictures at some of the important points, but this won

  • #2
    First, the disclaimer. I am a very amateur builder


    • #3
      While I have carved my own necks on a couple of my other builds, frankly it is a giant PITA and I was never totally satisfied. A quick call to Chris at Hanalei Moon and I had ordered a 5 piece neck with a lovely maple backstripe, Martin style volute and the modified vee that I happen to like. I love the artistry of faceting a neck with a spoke shave, but frankly, here is where a CNC mill shines.

      I already had a nice 25.4 fretboard (again, mitering the fret slots is something I would prefer to have LMI do for me


      • #4
        Another big problem for the home builder is the finish


        • #5
          Hello, I am KuJoZilla, and it is a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

          Merry Melodies


          • #6
            Koa and maple binding , thanks for showing the birth of a tri-cone . Great pics also.


            • #7
              very nice... par for the FK course... of course... 8^)

              as a side note... my dad has been wanting a tri-cone for sometime... well the local shop he does all the repairs and setups for got one in- a regal metal body... they gave him a good deal so he bought it... and now had decided that it is just not for him... the main issue is the 12 fret to the body neck. so he is planning on selling it now... i am just wondering how long i should wait before i attempt to borrow it... i'll just covet from afar for now 8^)
              for the coolest guitar to come along in a while check out
              for photo's go here- 8^)
              My meager collection includes:
              30 something rebuilt parlor guitar- sweet!
              Rogue herring bone 12 string-cheap and fun!

              ~Member of Psalm 19 Society~


              • #8
                I use the cool StewMac stepped router bits in my laminate trimmer (probably the most important power tool for a home builder) ...

                Great thread, FK. Never heard of this tool before. Looks like it's smaller than a router and bigger than a Dremel.

                The other day I made a dog-dish holder for my dog out of Ipe. Used a Dremel to cut the recesses where the bowl would sit. The bit kept catching. My lines look worse than a kid's crayon drawing.

                I don't understand how you guys make these clean channels for the binding and inlays. If I ever try to build a guitar, I think I'll leave those parts out.
                Frog Rock Tenor Uke
                Frog Rock 00-12
                The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood
                If you know who wrote it, it ain't folk music. -- DHone
                Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. -- Richard Feynman
                De recta non tolerandum sunt. -- Monty Python


                • #9
                  GOOD DEALS WITH:
                  Schismed,Satchmo,alexmack,goodhonk,slappymcfinkles ,


                  • #10
                    Maybe you and Rick O'Shea can get together and open up a nice little shop. oke:


                    • #11
                      This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen

                      My guitar projects:


                      • #12
                        nice job FK .... that neck is beautiful with the maple and the Koa - magnificent. Plus - you just have to love that maple binding.

                        I dont think I'd ever want to tackle a dovetail neck joint
                        imagination is more important than knowledge. knowledge is limited. imagination encircles the world.

                        viva fui in silvis
                        sum dura occisa
                        securi dum vixi tacui
                        mortua dulce cano


                        • #13
                          pics are blocked for me at work, but I can't wait to see it when I get home.

                          NRP did a wooden tricone prototype which is considerably more elaborate and blingy than the new NRP M1 wooden Tricone. I'll dig up a pic if I can.
                          This here is my music what I make with my mouth and instruments and such


                          • #14
                            Very nice. Beautiful. How does it play and sound ?


                            • #15
                              I've always greatly admidred your work, Freeman.
                              Your wood in this one is drop dead beautiful, & the figured maple stripe in the neck...makes me drool.
                              don;t always remember this to all!
                     ya gonna know what to do...'less ya know what to do
                              people will not always believe what you say
                              but they have no choice but to believe what you do
                              studied as a science...practiced as an art

                              my build threads:

                              archtop #1 mahogany/maccasar ebony
                              archtop #2 maple/brazilian ebony
                              GreatDanes blacktop Les Paul
                              purpleheart/maple neck-through