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by Hans Bezemer
Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:29 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My latest build completed!
Replies: 13
Views: 5647

Re: My latest build completed!

I like it a lot! Good work.
How thick is the topplate?
Do you have some more work-in-progress-photo's?

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 2 WIP
Replies: 24
Views: 10313

Re: 2 WIP

Looking good!

I always like work in progress pictures.
Did you chamber the semi-hollow body or did you bend the sides?

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:25 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Denser neck wood than body wood
Replies: 6
Views: 3066

Re: Denser neck wood than body wood

I'm not an expert but as far as I know the denser wood for the neck is used to give the right strength to withhold the string tension. "Lighter" (= lower density) wood is used for a body to reduce the weight. But this should not be a revelation for the most of you... My first build was from one kind...
by Hans Bezemer
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:29 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Looking back

When looking back on the process I've have the following conclusions: - In general I'm satisfied with working with plywood: * The neck is holding up fine and the birch plywood is easy to work with and wood dye and oil are easily applied, so I will use this for a future build; * The pine is also easy...
by Hans Bezemer
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:02 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Finished!

I've finished the guitar!

I've applied an extra coat of danish oil on the body to get a more shiny result.

I will evaluate the process / materials in the next post.

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Re: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools

I've also put 2 layers of oil on the neck and installed the tuners and the nut.

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:10 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Re: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools

I've applied the wood dye and 2 layers of Danish Oil. I had some trouble getting the right colour. I wanted a brown / red colour but after drying it turned to pink (which didn't happen on the scrap piece I used). But after adding some more brown and black dye the problem was solved. Another thing is...
by Hans Bezemer
Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Re: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools

Made little progress, due to my work and family. I've put masking tape on the frets and started sanding the neck and body. I need some advice on that. I'm planning to use (wood dye and) danish oil as a finish and want to sand up to 800 grit. Is this all right? To much? To little? Is dry sanding ok o...
by Hans Bezemer
Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:03 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Imperatrix Tobacco Burst solid body
Replies: 5
Views: 2984

Re: Imperatrix Tobacco Burst solid body

Nice work Markku, I love the body design and colour!

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My first build: Solid electric to electric resonator conversion
Replies: 25
Views: 14904

Re: My first build: Solid electric to electric resonator conversion

Ouch.... :(
Sorry to hear about the accident...

Good luck with installing the electronics (and hopefully the dent will not return).

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Re: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools

I've made the neckplate and coverplate out of a 4 mm aluminium plate.
I've drilled the holes for the jack input with a 20 mm forester drill. The plywood splintered a little bit, so I have to glue some pieces back in place.

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hardware-store "tuning machine" ideas for ultra-budget lap steel
Replies: 17
Views: 17383

Re: Hardware-store "tuning machine" ideas for ultra-budget lap steel

RD, Your right they are the same. Someone told me once that the type you have are used for industrial "heavier" use, to hold thicker wire (maybe that's the reason it doesn't goes all the way down). As an alternative you can drill a hole in a big(ger) bolt (like a zither pin) and use that to pull the...
by Hans Bezemer
Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hardware-store "tuning machine" ideas for ultra-budget lap steel
Replies: 17
Views: 17383

Re: Hardware-store "tuning machine" ideas for ultra-budget lap steel

RD,

It is hard to make a knot in the string. What I do is making a loop of the string by putting the string through the "eye" of the ball end. Then I put the loop around the wingnut and fasten the string end with a "kroonsteen". I don't know the English word for it, but I've attached a picture.

Hans
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Re: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools

I've glued in the frets with epoxy and trimmed the frets. I've applied the epoxy in the slots with a toothpick, hammered in the frets and wiped the excess of glue with a cloth, finally I used a long piece of plywood and clamps to hold the frets in place while drying. A little while back I dyed a pie...
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Re: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools

Barry and RD thank you for your feedback, Barry, I've checked it, and I think it will be (just) fine. Because of the fanned frets the position of the hand is different than with parallel frets, but it is on the "next build"-list. I'm a bit more worried about the nut because I have to "reach" over it...
by Hans Bezemer
Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Hardware-store "tuning machine" ideas for ultra-budget lap steel
Replies: 17
Views: 17383

Re: Hardware-store "tuning machine" ideas for ultra-budget lap steel

You can use a wingnut and a bolt.
I've used this method for a simple cigarboxguitar and it worked fine.
http://www.cyberferal.com/

You can also check http://windworld.com/, they sell medium size tuners in any quantity you want.
by Hans Bezemer
Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Re: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools

Made some more progress: I shaped the neck using rasps, files and a small nose plane (I've tried to use a spoke shave but this didn't work on the plywood because of the cross-grained layers) and sanded it up to 180 grit. The neck is about a inch thick (27 mm). After that I drilled the tuner holes an...
by Hans Bezemer
Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Mistakes made while building early guitars
Replies: 59
Views: 41643

Re: Mistakes made while building early guitars

I've glued a fretboard on a neck using epoxy instead of woodglue, forgetting that epoxy also glues truss rods... :?
by Hans Bezemer
Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools
Replies: 31
Views: 17448

Re: 7-string guitar: All plywood and using simple handtools

I've cut the fret slots using a small tenon saw. The layers of the plywood are a good guide for the depth. Although I've used this saw with another build with good result, this time the fret slots are a little bit to wide (the frets hold on the sides but pop up in the middle), so I'm afraid I have t...