Roberto's Builds

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Rattlehead83, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. MSS

    MSS SS.org Regular

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    Just found this thread. Darn nice work!
     
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  2. Rattlehead83

    Rattlehead83 SS.org Regular

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    Thanks, man!
     
  3. Defyantly

    Defyantly Aspiring Builder

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    Those pickup covers look sick! Do you plan on selling them?
     
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    Merrekof SS.org Regular

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    As far as my knowledge of pickups and magnets go, these wooden covers might lower the output but I wouldn't worry about it. I dont think the difference will be audible. The wood itself won't stop the magnetic field, but the distance between the magnets/coils and the strings is a bit higher. That will probably be the only difference. So, the thinner the covers, the better.. :)

    But then I remember that active pickups have a smaller magnetic field than passive pickups. So the string height shouldn't be too high with active pups.

    Why don't you test it yourself? You have the resources. :D
     
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    atracksler SS.org Regular

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    Crimson guitars has a build on YouTube with wooden pickup covers....

     
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  6. Rattlehead83

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    I should have mentioned I didn't make them. Who makes that many prototype covers then asks if they're good for something? :)))

    There's some vital information about the active pickups, thank you for clarifying it! It's actually the first time I'm going to put a battery in my guitar. I was thinking doing the cover 2 mm thick at the top.

    Yes, I've seen the whole progress of this one, but the pickup there has open coils, so it doesn't count :))
     
  7. Rattlehead83

    Rattlehead83 SS.org Regular

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    I've just tested the idea with some 2,5 mm piece of glued veneer and it literally has no impact to the output and sustain.
     
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  8. Rattlehead83

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    Made a bit of progress with the neck: IMG_20190822_095823.jpg
    MDF template.
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    I'm selling padouk sawdust if you're interested.
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    Went for this odd method of natural binding, where padouk meets the maple at the 3rd fret on the bass side.
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    Inlays done.
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    Some nice 40 grit sandpaper brushed-like feel. This is a 12" radius.
     
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  9. Rattlehead83

    Rattlehead83 SS.org Regular

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    Binding glued.
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    Some epoxy with phosphorescent blue pigment poweder.
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    neun Arme SS.org Regular

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    This neck is gorgeous!
     
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  11. Xk6m6m5X

    Xk6m6m5X SS.org Regular

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    You do great work for someone so young! Keep it up sir
     
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  12. Rattlehead83

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    Thank you! :)
     
  13. KR250

    KR250 Build addict

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    Looking cool! Becoming a big fan of padauk lately. I'm curious how the epoxy inlay's turn out. I tried some Zpoxy and glow powder and it came out quite porous though I've mixed both a high concentration of epoxy on a previous build, and a high concentration of powder in the second.
     
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    That's a really unique and cool way to do binding, looks awesome!
     
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  15. Rattlehead83

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    Ideed, it gets porous with epoxy too, but I managed to get minimal bubbles:
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    Got the 9th fret in (which is the neutral one) just for test. They will have hemispherical fret ends.
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    Sanded all the way to P7000 grit.
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    The inlays are blue in reality, but the photo makes them look greyish :)
     

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  16. Albake21

    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Your builds are so damn clean! Did you have any wood working experience before guitar building? Also what did you use to make your fret ends?
     
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  17. Rattlehead83

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    Thanks! I just used a grinder and a regular fret crowning file for rounding the edge.

    At 12 I went to some sculpture lessons taught by a priest, with whom I'm still friend this day and I plane my woods in his workshop :)

    In rest, my dad had a lot of traditional and power tools, and I got to use them from time to time. Before entering high school, at 15, I was contemplating about building my own guitar on which I'd hopefully play the songs I was listening to that time.

    First 3 of them were a fail, or just prototypes, how I like to call them, and to mention I never held an actual electric guitar until I made one later: IMG_20161005_184933.jpg
    The one in the left is my 1st, the other is the second.
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    Please observe my way of thinking those metal nuts will actually hold the strings tension in place. And also I was using just spruce :)
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    The third and the most ambitious of these ones, never had at least some strings attached because I didn't even have a proper bridge and scale length at was still an unknown concept for me.

    After I wanted something more special, so I made an acoustic flying-v, a Jackson Kelly inspired one, and some kind of Hetfield's Iron Cross. They're all on my YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBk3IPVwJeRjnHuyst1fJ1g/
     
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  18. Albake21

    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Thank you for the background! Very interesting to see how well you've progressed. I need to realize that things take time as my first two builds didn't come out how I wanted them to.
     
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  19. Rattlehead83

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    Don't worry, man, you have the capability of working with wood and transforming it into a guitar now, you may need some more knowledge about luthiery to avoid mistakes. I actually take a lot of time to think when I do something and then what if it goes wrong and how can I fix it; experience just makes you build them more easlily and without anxiety.
    For 3 years I've been learning almost every day from FB groups, luthiers on YT and forums like this one :)
     
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  20. Rattlehead83

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    Here is how I hammer in frets:
     
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