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by Chad McCormack
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chad McCormack's "Equator" #006 - Claro Walnut with Maple
Replies: 6
Views: 4126

Re: Chad McCormack's "Equator" #006 - Claro Walnut with Maple

Thanks, Jason. I wondered if you'd chime in regarding those proportions :)

Hi again, Pete! No CNC for me. It's all plywood templates and pattern bits in the router.
by Chad McCormack
Sun May 31, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chad McCormack's "Equator" #006 - Claro Walnut with Maple
Replies: 6
Views: 4126

Re: Chad McCormack's "Equator" #006 - Claro Walnut with Maple

Headstock/Neck:
Equator 006 - Headstock Side.jpeg
Equator 006 - Rear Headstock Volute.jpeg
Full-Length Front View:
Equator 006 - Full Front View.jpeg

As always, questions and comments and constructive criticisms are welcome.

-Chad 8^)
by Chad McCormack
Sun May 31, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chad McCormack's "Equator" #006 - Claro Walnut with Maple
Replies: 6
Views: 4126

Chad McCormack's "Equator" #006 - Claro Walnut with Maple

Hello all. Not much of a departure from Equator #004 since the claro walnut comes from the same set of boards. Roadhouse TripleCrown humbuckers in this one with a neck position coil cut per usual. Grover tuners, Gotoh bridge and tailpiece. 24 fret, 25" scale and 12" radius rosewood board. Typical "E...
by Chad McCormack
Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:20 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass
Replies: 32
Views: 34952

Re: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass

Absolutely killer piece of craftsmanship you got there, Dave!
by Chad McCormack
Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack
Replies: 26
Views: 12405

Re: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack

Hi again, Pete. I tinted the EM6000 at Mark Swanson's recommendation. His claim was that walnut tends to finish a bit "cold" with waterborne products and that a little amber tint in the clear would help to "warm" it up. He was certainly correct. Also, the curly maple neck benefited from that little ...
by Chad McCormack
Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack
Replies: 26
Views: 12405

Re: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack

Thanks, Jason. I wish I could find just 2 or 3 people per year to build for. Not looking to quit my day job or anything (high school AP calculus, personal finance and electric guitar building teacher), but it would be really nice to see (and hear!) my guitars get out into the world after refining th...
by Chad McCormack
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:10 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: figured top strat
Replies: 19
Views: 8456

Re: figured top strat

Really nice work, Robert! I for one really like the looks of a 6 in-line headstock that is angled. No need for string trees, which I always find clumsy and cluttered looking. John's post above has me wondering about that pick guard (or not?) on this guitar. Can you tell us a bit more about that? Aga...
by Chad McCormack
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Guitar Build
Replies: 7
Views: 4067

Re: New Guitar Build

That. Is. Awesome! Nice job, Gordon. Any reason in particular why you chose to go with a 3x3 headstock vs. a traditional 6 in-line for the tele style body? I really dig it! Again, excellent job!
by Chad McCormack
Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack
Replies: 26
Views: 12405

Re: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack

So, do tell! What happened that you needed the fancy cover-up plate between the pickups? I think it's just screaming for a third pickup! Hi Jason. I cracked the top while "tapping" the bridge bushings in. After a few choice words, a thrown mallet and a day or two to cool down, I purchased a little ...
by Chad McCormack
Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack
Replies: 26
Views: 12405

Re: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack

Chad--nice as always! What's been your experience with the EM6000? I have used on of their competitors in both a water-based lacquer and water-based spar varnish and have had nothing but trouble in getting it to spray decently. Way too much pebbly orange peel leading to sand-throughs when having to...
by Chad McCormack
Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack
Replies: 26
Views: 12405

Re: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack

I think it's because of the walnut binding in an equatorial fashion around the body - not real clear from the pics. Peter is right. Here's the scoop on that, only from a different guitar: 1. The two body halves are prepared as mirror images of one another: Chambering process 5.jpg 2. After glue up,...
by Chad McCormack
Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack
Replies: 26
Views: 12405

Re: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack

Good stuff! This is your "clamshell" design, yeah? I think you've got something going on here. The wood choices are particularly yummy on this unit. Think you could shift the neck out and get a couple more frets clear of the body? It looks like that would work and keep everything in good functional...
by Chad McCormack
Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack
Replies: 26
Views: 12405

Re: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack

Specs: Myrtlewood (Oregon) semi-hollow body with curly claro walnut "Equator" binding, f-holes trimmed with walnut veneer 3-piece curly maple set neck with walnut veneer between plys 24-fret, 25.5" scale rosewood fingerboard with maple/rosewood binding, MoP side markers and double at #12 3-ply (waln...
by Chad McCormack
Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack
Replies: 26
Views: 12405

Myrtlewood "Equator" Build by Chad McCormack

Hello all. Some firsts for me with this build: 1. Building with Myrtlewood (Lightweight, a bit soft, a bit funky smelling) Myrtlewood Equator 1 - Front Body Tilt.jpeg 1. Using Roadhouse pickups (TERRIFIC! Hand-wound to order by a super fellow out in Portland, OR) Myrtlewood Equator 2 - Body Rear.jpe...
by Chad McCormack
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chad McCormack's Newest: Equator Semi-Hollow #004
Replies: 9
Views: 4316

Re: Chad McCormack's Newest: Equator Semi-Hollow #004

Looks good! If you would like a suggestion, I think your finish could benefit from some amber tint. With walnut, the amber really warms it up a bit, walnut looks rather cold without it and it can take away that grayish look and the maple likes it too. Good job! Thanks, Mark! I'll try some tint on s...
by Chad McCormack
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chad McCormack's Newest: Equator Semi-Hollow #004
Replies: 9
Views: 4316

Re: Chad McCormack's Newest: Equator Semi-Hollow #004

Very nice work I still love the neck joint. It seems so smooth to the hand, On your first equator you did not take picks of how you joined the neck to the body do you have any this time around? Did you use a center block? Thanks, Art. I don't have any pics of the neck joint procedure on this one, b...
by Chad McCormack
Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Chad McCormack's Newest: Equator Semi-Hollow #004
Replies: 9
Views: 4316

Chad McCormack's Newest: Equator Semi-Hollow #004

Hello all. Here is an "Equator" model build that I just finished up this past week. 25" scale rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets and 12" radius, maple/rosewood binding MoP double-dot inlay at #12, pearloid side dot markers Claro walnut body, "clamshell" style construction with curly maple "equator" bind...
by Chad McCormack
Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Question about Laminate Neck wood
Replies: 11
Views: 5467

Re: Question about Laminate Neck wood

If you're doing your first ever laminated neck, keep in mind the grain orientation. When you carve it, you can end up with a neck having one flatsawn looking side and one quartersawn looking side if the wood grain on those outside pieces happens to be going in the same direction. For example, if the...