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by Nathan Dodd
Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

Another day, more progress. The lacquer has been applied and the nice Lemon Drop finish has been achieved. this one was a sure case of flying by the seat of my pants but i'm happy with the result, even down to the 'un-burst' as i've seen them referred to. Now to wait for 3 odd weeks for another chan...
by Nathan Dodd
Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: 1000 Dollar Question
Replies: 15
Views: 7851

Re: 1000 Dollar Question

But it would be nice to have a tabletop drill press, a 12" tabletop bandsaw, a combo belt/disk sander Sage advice; these are exactly my bench top power tools. A nice 1/2" router and some surplus budget for the bits you will realise you need as you go along is not so important for acoustics but you'...
by Nathan Dodd
Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

Grain filled and sealer coat applied over the top of a rubbed down amber dye coat and the guitar is half way through it's finishing cycle. Here's a sneak peak. I'm really impressed with the depth and richness in the walnut as there's no tint or dye and it's a lovely chocolate brown. The top cap is s...
by Nathan Dodd
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:56 am
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My 10th Archtop
Replies: 8
Views: 5386

Re: My 10th Archtop

Very nice indeed mark! I like the Walnut 'accents' but then the use of the lighter wild cherry because it acts as a sort of tonal transition between the golden maple and very brown walnut. Your friend must be very pleased with what you've done with the donated wood :)
by Nathan Dodd
Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Adding a logo/insignia to a head
Replies: 3
Views: 1612

Re: Adding a logo/insignia to a head

The three common methods (although the last isn't exactly common these days) are Shell inlay such as Gibson, Waterslide Decals (available from many places and customisable) such as Fender or a separate logo cut, carved or engraved and attached to the headstock. pens and paints can react with your ch...
by Nathan Dodd
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Ageing a restoration sunburst
Replies: 16
Views: 7011

Re: Ageing a restoration sunburst

That looks lovely Keith! My friend has just picked up a beater '65 from a flea market for £45! They are lovely things :) Great job on the burst.
by Nathan Dodd
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Guitars and Toddlers
Replies: 12
Views: 7734

Re: Guitars and Toddlers

For what it is worth, my take on it is that unless you are only interested in the instrument as a financial investment, then they deserve to be seen and to be played. If they get a couple of knocks and scrapes, well that just adds a little character (the guitar in the photo has a few scratches wher...
by Nathan Dodd
Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: Guitars and Toddlers
Replies: 12
Views: 7734

Re: Guitars and Toddlers

My little boy is 2.5 and my guitars are in a stand in my man cave. He loves strumming them and can be a bit rough sometimes but i love watching him strum them and looking at me in awe saying "singing!!". I positively encourage contact from as early an age as possible! The only downside is that we fi...
by Nathan Dodd
Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck depth query....
Replies: 9
Views: 3638

Re: Neck depth query....

You could keep it as a bolt on neck for a future project (if it has the requisite heel joint) if you were worried, then again, it could be absolutely fine. It's a tough call but it is a call at the end of the day; no one so far has said 'halt - go no further, you've gone too far and it's now definit...
by Nathan Dodd
Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:36 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

I should point out that the product is a stopper that I loosened up in order to use it as a grain filler and applied it with a paint brush so the guitar was far from saturated. I'll do a patch sand this evening on one area and see if I get any glagging in my sandpaper. The guitar won't be receiving ...
by Nathan Dodd
Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:39 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Neck depth query....
Replies: 9
Views: 3638

Re: Neck depth query....

That is mighty thin! You're lucky that you've used maple for your neck because it's dense and should hold better than softer, wider grained woods. 2mm really is on the cusp of one step too far. I have 3-4mm behind my truss rod on a walnut neck and it seems to be standing up fine (touch wood). I woul...
by Nathan Dodd
Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:17 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

Thanks Greg, the filler will have until this evening in my warm house to set, that's almost 24 hours but I'll still check for signs of moisture while i sand the excess.
by Nathan Dodd
Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

I have as of today applied my grain filler in a watered down formula to the walnut of the guitar. Tomorrow I'll fine sand the whole thing and prepare for the finishing regime.
by Nathan Dodd
Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

I used this method but with varathane wood filler (dark walnut) http://youtu.be/NuQaLbZ9OTI It really pops the grain out to use a darker filler then just filling with clear. I actually have some medium brown water based wood filler I use with French polish I could water down and use on the walnut a...
by Nathan Dodd
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

Nathan, sounds like a good plan for finishing, but you won't need to grain fill the maple top (maple is a closed grain wood). Good luck! Thanks Greg, the walnut is very open grained so I may use a clear filler and go over the whole thing for peace of mind. Good to know I'm on the right track with t...
by Nathan Dodd
Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st Guitar build - father/son project
Replies: 77
Views: 35082

Re: 1st Guitar build - father/son project

Many Les Pauls have cavities actually, the 2008 had extensive cavities. It will make the guitar lighter. As it's quite a hot topic and many guys here know a lot more than me about how it would affect the sound if at all, I'll let someone else answer that one.
by Nathan Dodd
Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

Well I fought the final fight with the router today on this build and won, the back plate recess is cut and complete. All that remains now is fine sanding and a spraying regime. I'm thinking of carrying out some kind of burst on the top, just a duo colour with the back left quite natural. Possibly a...
by Nathan Dodd
Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 1st Guitar build - father/son project
Replies: 77
Views: 35082

Re: 1st Guitar build - father/son project

Hi Rob, I see that you're using a pre-made bold on neck with the idea (I guess) of gluing it in. remember to keep an eye on that scale length and adjust accordingly - distance from nut to 12th fret is equal to the 12th fret to the bridge. I'm sure you're already on it but I thought I'd highlight it ...
by Nathan Dodd
Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The 10 Year Project
Replies: 43
Views: 14086

Re: The 10 Year Project

To be honest Art, it wasn't really the router's fault in this instance - I had good control but my template was poor. despite it being clamped, it came apart at the area just below the bridge pickup. My router is a 1/2" variable speed router with a good level base. I'll chalk this one to experience ...