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    Just logged in for the first time in, I dunno, a few years at least. Cool to see some of the same old names.

    I thought it would never happen, but I pretty much stopped playing. And stopped building. And stopped buying (thank gawd). But it appears to be time to reboot (at least 2 out of 3).

    Would you believe me if I told you I built 4 guitars in the last month or so? No? Good, because it's mostly a lie, but....

    1) Spruce top, rosewood body OM. Started it about a year ago. Didn't like the bridge I made, so it's been hanging on the wall completed but for the bridge for months. Finally made a bridge I liked last week and glued it on. So that's done.

    2) Somebody wanted a CNC demo. I gave them a few options, and they chose an electric guitar body. Cool! So I made a thinline tele body out of VG Douglas Fir. Made three tops for it -- zebra wood, flamed maple, and VG Douglas Fir. Ended up choosing fir on fir. Just soldered the pickups tonight -- still need to make a few metal parts and then string it up. Let's call that nearly done.

    3) The CNC demo turned into a class I'll be offering this summer, but I also wanted to offer an easier class for kids. Hmm, how about cigar box guitars? Just completed the prototype. Fun project!

    4) The electric and CBG got me thinking about the nature of guitars and inspired me to design a modular guitar. A little hard to explain, but I've got an almost-playable prototype.

    That's my story. 4 guitars in about a month. Sort of.

    Pics and more stories later. Maybe.
    The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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    Welcome back. It's pretty quiet here but we are hanging on.
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    • #3
      garthman! I like quiet. And pictures....

      I made a rosette out of cut-offs from my previous build.

      But I didn't really like the way it turned out, so I ended up using a factory-reject Martin top I had.

      I braced the upper bout using something like Martin's A-frame. A bit of a pain to get it to fit together nicely, but it seems pretty sturdy.
      The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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      • #4
        Oh, and I used an LMI bending machine (rather than a bending iron) and an adjustable form. Really like them both.

        The adjustable form has hooks for rubber bands, so why not....
        The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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        • #5
          More pics please! I'd like to see the cigar box guitar, and the thinline Tele too please, if possible...
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          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #6
            Some shots of the completed OM-clone....
            The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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            • #7
              Thinline tele made with fir lumber from the local yard. Hoping to mill a custom neck plate for it tonight,
              The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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              • #8
                That OM turned out really nice. I'm with Phil, more pics please.
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                • #9
                  DeepEnd!

                  The CBG was a lot of fun to build. Now I have to learn to play it.

                  I used some traditional guitar-building techniques. Scarf-jointed neck with headstock veneer. Fretwork. Ebony nut.

                  But the fretboard was made from some sapele scrap, the bridge is a large set screw. The side fret markers were made from toothpicks.

                  I mentioned that this is a prototype for a kids' class, so I'm trying to make the construction fairly foolproof. The box, for example, is laser-cut with finger joints to ensure a tight fit with the neck. It fits together like a puzzle -- kind of cool. I'll probably give them some sound hole and electronics options for the class. Oh, and headstock options too. I went for an uke-style with this one.
                  Last edited by gitnoob; 05-29-2019, 02:25 PM.
                  The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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                  • #10
                    Gitnoob is back. Liked your posts in the way back. I was wondering where you got off to. You stopped playing? Last I remember you were trying to develop an independent thumb. Did that happen?
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                    • #11
                      Oh, man. The illusive independent thumb. I still love that alternating-bass stuff. I still try. But no. My stupid thumb still pays attention to what the other fingers are doing. I can fake it sometimes, but it's just muscle memory. If the fingers have to play some syncopated melody, the thumb knows. I watch it dumbfounded as it deviates from a steady bass. I will continue working on it though. Thanks for reminding me.

                      And I made a stand for my CBG today. Just a piece of maple with a live edge and a mortise in it to accept the end of the neck-through neck.
                      The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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                      • #12
                        I'm rather partial to OMs myself.

                        Very nice work, 'noob!
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                        • #13
                          Just saw your Freeman-made OM thread. Very nice! I made 4 bridges for mine. One of them was a pyramid bridge. Frickin' indecision. I dressed it up like a Barbie doll and ultimately decided to go with a run-of-the-mill rosewood Martin-like belly bridge.

                          But now I have some spare bridges for my next build. (And spare top. And spare neck. And spare fretboard. Did I mention indecision?)
                          The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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                          • #14
                            Did some more guitar stuff last night. Turned some brass Fender-style string ferrules on the lathe. I just couldn't imagine spending $1/ferrule, so I had to try making my own. Took about an hour, so next time I'll just buy some.

                            So if you had some warped 1/8"-thick walnut, would you toss it out?

                            Or would you laser-cut some f-holes into it, dust off your geometry skills to calculate the radius of the warped top, and then laser cut a finger-jointed box to make yet another CBG box?

                            It turned out well enough that I'm consider making another one, but next one will be a dovetail maple box with walnut top.
                            The thing with Chinese guitars is that when I play one, half an hour later I want to play it again... -- Knockwood

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                            • #15
                              Very nice work!
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                              "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                              - George Carlin

                              "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                              - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                              "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                              - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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