Thursday, July 10, 2014

Caught in a mosh...

Solving the back of the guitar.

Clean up the neck and get it ready for oil

Decent upper fret access

Getting everything lined up. Regular pickups are not going to fit. Concious decision to keep the guitar thin. The 65 year old design is not the only way to build a pickup.

Much thinner designed pickup fits fine. I have several designs that are very thin enough for this design.

Mounting screws are tapped in to the plate. Long screws are not going to work well. The plate is .25" though so plenty of adjustment room without sticking out the back.

Shorter screws

Tuners installed

Closer. I did not get the string pull perfectly straight and there is a bit of fan in the strings after the nut. Good thing is it is realatively easy to make a new head piece. Heck of a lot easier than on an S9 set neck.

Quick Hits...

Archetype Part V
Covering some bits with left over wood.

This looks dangerous.

This looks cool

Got it now?

With the wood additions it is a bit more comfortable and I think the input jack is out of the way for now.

So with that solved I have to get something on the back to make it sit right against the body (belly).

Pickups for Carl.


How small can I make a control cavity? Pretty small. This one is 3.75" x 1.15". The idea is to move the input jack out of the cavity and run a 3-way and a push/pull volume knob. Of course since this is all modular we could swap it out with a bigger one. But since the rules of this build are scraps we need to make it small. Routing small things is dangerous so I used the CNC.

Mounting system is just like the rest. Slots and bolts. I will work on slicker things once the initial designs are done. I am already working on the plans for version 2 of this guitar. Building it in metal and wood has made designing it in CAD much easier.

Of course I didn't make it deep enough on the CNC so I had to use a router to make it deeper. Not real fun routing something so small. So I clamped it in the vise level with the wood jaws and used them to support the router.

Ok so flash forward past a huge gash on my thumb from drilling the mounting hole in the small aluminum bracket. Aluminum will grab a drill bit and sling your piece free. If the piece is small and is still sharp on the edges you will get hurt. After being reminded of this I started using clamps to hold the small pieces I was drilling in. Again... Safety First.

Carved the arm support and rounded the edges on control pod. Then hit them with a quick shot of shellac. Of course shellac has alcohol which makes the bloodwood color run.

The pod is tiny but big enough to be comfortable on the spacing. Also manages to serve as a nice part of the leg rest. Finally getting enough weight to the body to balance out the neck.