Taylor's Consolidated Projects Thread

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Taylor, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Taylor

    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Got the chamber routed but goofed on the bridge pickup cavity and had to glue a piece of mahogany back on for the pickup tab to screw into. 1026191406.jpg

    Got the maple top bookmatched and glued on 1027192053.jpg 1028191342.jpg

    Instead of my usual 45° chamfer the gf wanted a more "classic" round-over on the backside 1028191405.jpg


    A pic looking down the fretboard of the #3. Sanded to 2000 grit, and it reflects like a mirror 1028191440.jpg 1028191442.jpg
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Some caveman fret slotting action
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    Still waiting on inlay ideas from the "client"
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    You can see the chamber from the bridge pickup route, which is neat I think, but it obviously still needs some cleaning up.
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    Decided to change up my original plans for the X shape guitar (I need to come up with a cool model name for it), instead of swamp ash and a flame maple top I'm doing a mahogany body with a flame maple syrup down the center with some ebony veneers for that extra bit of fancy.
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    Fancy!
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    One of the inspirations for this change, besides not being able to find any decently priced and dimensioned swamp ash, is Oli Herbert's LACS Xiphos (RIP). I've always drooled over his Xiphos so I thought I'd do my X shape in a similar vein. df7e2546-d6de-47e5-8f7f-9f426f7fa21c.JPG
     
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    Defyantly Aspiring Builder

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    Thats a beautiful fretboard.
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Don't like to spam with small updates but need some opinions. I originally drew the design up with my kind of "go-to" headstock (top), but drew up the bottom one too. Which one do you guys think works better?


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    The body blank when all glued up didn't have enough material for the back upper horn, so I used it as an opportunity to drill access to the output jack cavity. I drilled the wiring hole for the jack using a 16" long bit. Then glued up a piece of mahogany over the hole for the horn.

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    Got the neck blank glued up for this build. Wenge with flamed maple fillets.

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    bottom headstock works better for that particular body.
     
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    BigViolin JEFF LOOMIS SOLOIST!

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    Yup, bottom one.
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Just going to dump a few more pics for you guys.
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    BigViolin JEFF LOOMIS SOLOIST!

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    Really looking forward to seeing these when they are done.

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    Got some contouring done on the X. Honestly one of my favorite parts of the process. 1125191323.jpg
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    With the pretty also came the ugly, as I was reminded to always check my router guides for any wobble or movement before making any routes :wallbash:. The cavity plate will cover it up, but I shouldn't have made the mistake in the first place.
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    Got the X build's body finished pretty much how I want it with the Danish Oil.

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    Also drew up/modified my super strat shape, incorporating the "swoop" from my gf's singlecut build.

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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Home isolation has fueled productivity! Got some work done on the neck of the X build.


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    Needs tuner holes and truss rod access bored out.

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    Can pick up the body by the neck without anything but friction holding it on!

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    Had some chip out at the end of the neck, easy little fix though.

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    Looking killer!
     
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    *edit* wrong thread ;)

    But since I'm here - does the Danish oil always come up a little glossy or is there a technique to keep it more matte like tung oil? The protection of the varnishes is attractive but I like the dull natural finish...
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    I did quite a few light coats, probably around 30 or so, and it gradually built up to a little gloss when dried. I liked the duller natural look too, but it definitely doesn't have any protection from little bumps and dents very easily.
     
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    Got this beautiful streaky piece of ebony that I'm going to use for the X ferretboard.


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    Got a little bit of checking on the side that I'd prefer to use. Hopefully it isn't too deep. Thankfully the piece is quite thick and I have quite a bit of material to remove, so hopefully the checking goes away during thicknessing. If not I'll probably epoxy it instead of working around it as the checking is in the best part of the grain (of course).

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    Also just wanted to show off this gorgeous piece of Cocobolo :fawk:

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    Well, I thicknessed the piece of ebony. Sadly the checking was not removed, and in fact more was revealed. The good news is that they are all very small and should be stabilized easily with epoxy. 0322201320_HDR.jpg

    They should be nearly invisible once everything is sanded up to 2000 grit.
     
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    Been busy. Got some threaded inserts installed on the BC Rich neck. The body still needs some work, but it looks like I'm about to have plenty of free time.


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    Broke a clamp today. Cheap old Harbor Freight squeeze clamp. Lasted me five years so I guess I can't complain too much.

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    Some more work on the X. Got the ferretboard on.

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    Great work, but I gotta laugh at the fact that the BC Rich headstock is nearly half the size of the V body.

    I'd say about 1/4 of my squeeze clamps have all gone to shit too, the plastic panel on the side of the handle pops out and you can only squeeze so much pressure out of them before the spring pushes the plastic aside and does nothing for the actual clamping. I'm slowly upgrading my clamps to pipe clamps though and absolutely love them.
     
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    The BC Rich headstock is THICC haha. Doesn't help that the body is a little bit smaller than say a Jackson V. And I'm slowly phasing out all of the squeeze clamps. When they die I buy parallel jaw clamps.


    I started shaping the neck, and I have to say I am in love with the Shinto saw rasp. 0324202137.jpg 0325201542.jpg
     
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