Archive for June, 2006

Conan the Librarian…

Friday, June 30th, 2006

…that’s me.

My net connection is down at the moment, and has been for about 10 days, so I’m only able to check email and post here by going to my local library. Sorry if anyone’s commented, emailed, or spammed me (you know who you are…) and I haven’t replied - hopefully I’ll be back on full power soon, and I’ll get back to you all.

Except Jamie. :P

On a side note, Fantomas rocks, and carving guitar tops with 40 grit sanding discs is much easier and faster than you’d think. And much messier too.

What’s on the workbench?

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

At the moment I’m working on my version of a LP special/junior - flat topped mahogany body and neck with 2 P90s, and slated for a trans red finish. The relative simplicity of the design has been a nice change - it’s come together pretty quickly.

I’ve taken the opportunity to try a few new ideas. I’ve put together a new jig for routing neck pockets, which worked a treat once I got the hang of it, and has yielded a wonderfully tight fitting neck - I could hold the guitar out at arms length by the neck without the body working loose. I’ll have to shoot some pics next time I fit a neck.

Anyway - here she is:


That nice tight fitting tenon, and the contoured heel joint. Inspired by the late Sid Poole’s neck joint, it allows better access to the high frets, whilst retaining the traditional appearance from the front of the instrument. It’s very comfy!


Finally, the volute. I really liked the way the veneer on John’s guitar flowed out into the volute, and I’m working on simplifying the process to make it easier, faster, and more consistant. I really like the result, and it’s practical too - the back veneer adds strength, and allows me to use a scarfed headstock (which is stiffer and stronger than a 1 piece) without any aesthetic downside. Once the head is completed it’s impossible to tell it apart from a 1 piece headstock.


Oh - and “hello” to everyone following the link from Project Guitar - I got 533 hits yesterday, more than twice my normal amount - cool!

Guitar of the month

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

The good people at Project Guitar have voted John’s DC ‘Guitar of the Month’ for June. Each month the competition gets tougher, and this month featured some beautiful work by some very talented builders, making the win particularly sweet. This is my third GOTM victory, and proves beyond any doubt that the voters on the Project Guitar Forum have impeccable taste!

Of course, the opinion that really counts is the new owner’s - no problems here…