Sunday, October 25, 2009

Few more

More photos.

Side views

Last Few.


Bevels rough carved. I am still not sure about the top. I want to do a Les Paul like carve BUT the Ziricote pattern changes as you cut into it. I am afraid 3/8" cutfrom the edges could seriously change the pattern on the top. I think it might be too risky for the Cloaked Figure...


Backstrap trimmed out. I used a bevel on it to match the bevels on the top.


Built the baseplate out of Fiberboard. Originally I went with a non-magnetic metal baseplate but in this style pickup I wanted to reduce the eddy currents.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Allright already...

Headstock shaping. This thing still needs a headplate. Not sure what I am going to do yet. I have some flame maple running around that might make for a nice plate.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Why did we ever think this would be fun...

Winding bobbins is no fun. If you are not careful you can split the bobbin that you spent hours working on.

In the end we ended up with 4 finished bobbin sets and some blury eyes. We were actually able to wind the purple heart bobbin from the split cocobolo bobbin so we didn't lose the wire. Worked out this time. The trick was to let the other bobbin spin horizontally on a small spindle while winding it onto the other bobbin. Not easy.

Wound up a zebra, a custom cocobolo for a multiscale, a purple heart neck pickup, and wired up some previously wound pickups for some other projects.

Custom cocobolo bobbins

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Moving in red

Neck rough cut using the bandsaw... I really need a larger belt sander. It would make this part easier. I never like trusting the jointer... it it it well it tears-out!

After I get it close with the jointer I usually sand it on the belt sander and then make sure it is true by hand.

Slotting the fretboard on the old radial arm saw. Bloodwood actually just burns... every slot was accompanied by a little puff of smoke. Also ruined more than one piece of paper on the thickness sander. It just clogs and burns. Really have to be careful and feed pieces through at an angle so they don't build up too much heat. That works for about 2 passes then it manages to clog and burn anyway. Bloodwood clogs the hand sanding block.

Trussrod routed and glued in with a little silicon. Add a couple of clamps to make sure it stays down. I also wax the threads and moving pieces on the rod to make sure no glue sticks to it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sick of making bobbins


Purple Heart

Flame Maple

Cocobolo Bobbins

Making cocobolo bobbins

Cocobolo (special spacing for multiscale) in triplicate.