Deor 2019 Summer Build Challenge

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Deor, May 6, 2019.

  1. Deor

    Deor SS.org Regular

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    I thought I would take this challenge as opportunity to try something new, so I'm going to try a new shape and make my first attempt to spray a guitar.

    $200 comes to about £150, so keeping everything below that without it being awful will be quite difficult. Let's just say I'm thankful for the half price salvaged parts and delivery cost rules!

    Budget breakdown:

    Wood:
    Poplar body blank - £24.50
    Padauk neck blank - £12
    Maple fretboard - £2 (Salvaged from stain testing)
    Total = £38.50

    Hardware:
    Bridge - £13
    Tuners - £12.50 (from a previous project)
    Total = £25.50

    Electronics:
    Irongear Steam Hammer - £12.50 (from previous project)
    Pot - £2.50 (from previous project)
    Jack - £1.50 (from previous project)
    Total = £16.50

    Misc:
    Truss Rod - £14
    Fretwire - £15
    Knob - £1.50
    Jack plate - £5
    Inlay material - £1
    Bone nut - £3
    Total = £39.50

    Total so far = £120


    I'll keep the budget updated here if anything changes.
     
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  2. Deor

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    We started off with the neck blank, cut from a large plank with a circular saw and then scarfed.

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    The headstock shape was then cut.

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    I salvaged a fretboard I had used for stain practice and tried to plane it down until the stain was gone. Turns out water based stains penetrate pretty deep, so now I just have a very thin, slightly stained fretboard. Never mind!

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    Truss rod routed and fretboard slotted, inlaid and glued on.

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    I went with a budget version of luminlay in the end. Glow in the dark powder mixed into epoxy.

    I've also glued up and cut out the body.

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  3. Deor

    Deor SS.org Regular

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  4. Deor

    Deor SS.org Regular

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    I'm about an hour late but I hope that's ok! Timezone management is not my strong point. Budget remained the same, I don't think anything is missing.
     
  5. Anquished

    Anquished hhnice!

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    Nice work dude!
     
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  6. MoonJelly

    MoonJelly a subtle stinging sensation..

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    Oh wow, I somehow missed this one. Looks nice, dude!
     
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    BlackMastodon \m/ (゚Д゚) \m/ Contributor

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    I'm late to the party on all these builds but holy shit that blue turned out awesome! Great work, man!
     
  8. Deor

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    Thanks mate, I'm pretty happy with it. It took about 10 coats to get it opaque but it was worth it!

    Also, thanks to everyone that voted for me, I'm pretty chuffed with second place!
     

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