IceKelly build

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  1. foreright

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    Yes that would be good and would certainly look better with the angled pickup also however the fingerboard blank is not quite long enough to allow it unless I start playing around with the length of the neck. That would break my self imposed rule as to not making major design changes after I started cutting - learnt that the hard way!
     
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    Decided to go with the angled fretboard end and go to 27 frets instead of 29. Anyway - glued the fretboard last night and trimmed the edges today and started on the fingerboard to headstock transition - my first time attempting this with an angle like this - I think it kinda works although I might hit it with the normal 2" sanding drum instead of the 2.5" that I used to make the radius a little tighter. I do need to fill / redrill one of the tuner holes which is a little annoying but pretty please with it so far :)

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    Nice love the mash up of styles, Did you put any reinforcement rods in the neck?

    i had got a Flat top Ash loomis kelly all planed in CAD for the start of this new year myself but well as they say the best laid plans ;)
     
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    Yep there’s a LOT of carbon in the neck - I tend to like them with very little / no relief so I’m hoping that with pretty light strings it will be sufficient:)
     
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    Searls guitars from Australia had a similar shape headstock as well
     
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    Did a little bit of experimenting with inlay dots today - these are 4mm OD brass tubes filled with glow powder and CA glue. Would go with 3mm tubes for side dots if I try this for real. The glow powder is really bright at first but doesn’t last as long as luminlay unfortunately - it is a hell of a lot cheaper though!

    pics are of a purple heart offcut. Dots are sanded to 120 so pretty rough :)

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    Managed to get the fingerboard slotted and bound. Acetone is magic stuff :)

    Side dots tomorrow - tried out some more luminous dots today but not satisfied with it. Will likely go with blue or similar which should be a decent contrast to the white binding.

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    Fuck you, man. That build is beautiful, and I’m jealous of your design AND craftsmanship skills. :lol:

    But seriously, that FB with the bit of heartwood is glorious!
     
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    Little bit of progress today - side dots installed and sanded flush and body shape routed out. Had a little bit of tear out on the lower horn so had to make the point a little rounder but I’m pleased so far :)

    The side dots especially are pretty cool - ended up using a sparkly purple-red-blue mica powder which doesn’t really seem to come out in photos. The stuff gets absolutely *everywhere* though. I made the mistake of touching my face with some on my hands and now have sparkly makeup on which is going to look great on the video conf call I have with work in 20 mins.

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    Looks a bit like a guitar now :)

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    Started neck shaping today - got a very rough carve going. Unfortunately kid duties stopped me finishing it today haha.

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    Looks great! Totally understand the kid duties, but that's still good progress. I'm lucky to get 4 hours a week for building until maybe I can start putting the kid to work on less critical tasks.
     
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    Little bit of progress - twins are at nursery and eldest at school so a bit of free time between meetings :)

    So we have frets installed and body has a radius on the back. Also managed to route out the pocket for the jack. Test fitted the tuners too.

    Decided to go with no controls except a kill switch. I rarely use volume or tone anyway and have never had a guitar with a kill switch. Built some custom arcade sticks for Street Fighter back in the day and have some Sanwa buttons left over. It means drilling a 24mm hole in the top though.

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    That ash is looking N I C E! You going with a natural finish? Be a shame to cover up that gorgeous grain.
     
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    I'll definitely be going natural for the back and sides and either some kind of stain (black or blue probably) for the top or I was thinking about trying a ceruse type finish - never tried that before though!
     
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    Got some laser cut templates in the post this morning for cavities and a slanted pickup base. I have a cheap 7 string Wilkinson pickup that I thought I’d try slanting- seems to have worked pretty well albeit it wasn’t the easiest to get apart!

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    Got the pickup cavity and 90% of the rear cavity routed before my router conked out and stopped :( I’m hopeful it’s just motor brushes or something relatively cheap and easy to get to! Annoying as I still have to route the cavity cover and I don’t fancy trying it with the dremel.

    Was experimenting with stain today as well. This is 3 coats of Royal Blue on a surface I just scraped smooth and then cleaned up slightly with 320 grit paper. The colour varies pretty drastically depending on angle and lighting. Quite a nice colour though.

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    Decided to start with some sanding whilst I'm waiting for my router to be repaired. I only have the control cavity to finish routing now and then all major carving / routing is finished.

    I forgot how much I *hate* sanding Ash endgrain :( Anyone have any tips? I'm doing it by hand right now - might get some finer sleeves for my drill press drum sander to do the interior curves but holy crap - getting all the scratches out of the endgrain is a pain in the butt.
     

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