Some better pics of my rube goldberg side bending hot pipe. It starts with an LMI aluminum pipe, packed with foil, hole drilled for heater element, connected to a variac as temp control (approx 45 volts=300 degrees) multimeter temp probe to verify temp,
Here are some very nice pics taken in Portland of the guitar with Rocker Greg and Andy. Click pics to enlarge.
Brownie II a hint of things to come. The top will be made from reclaimed Red Cedar called "sinkers". 30 grain lines per inch , old growth , pulled from a river in the pacific north west in the 90s ,over 130 years old. The back is curly walnut.
Wow what a wild ride. This has been a great project start to finish. I hate to say Its over so I wont. New beginnings are all about exceling to the next level, making and improving and growing. So Its done, but not over. New pics , New build!!!-------
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A couple of the newer jigs made for this arch top build. A clone of Stewmacs neck jig and a neck glue up jig.
We are wrapping this build up quickly now. I just got the Jumbo TKL case, Its a nice case and I only had to adjust the neck support a tad. Ill be string it up with stainless flat wounds 11-52, in a day or 2. the compensated brass nut is being fine tuned
Im nearing the end of this build now. Minor finishing and polishing, some work on the frets, a setup and intonation coming up.
What a great day, exciting , scary, satisfying all at the same time. After much fitting the neck is glued on and is one with its body---whew !!! I imagined complicated jigs and clamps, but in the end 2 clamps a couple of cauls and a web clamp did the j
Author Greg Martin
I’m a self-taught guitar maker with 20+ years experience on top of a lifetime of woodworking knowledge. This blog documents the creation process of some of the guitars I have built.