Alex Myla's Guitars (A.K.M. GuitarWorks)

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  1. JTM45

    JTM45 New Member

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    Much thanks for the reply Alex. Your answers are appreciated!
    I'm still working on buying my tools before i can actually start my first proper full build.
    I've also been buying the odd bit of wood here and there when something nice has turned up at the right price and i'm gonna' keep doing that when i can afford to so i've got wood to hand for when i've eventually got all the tools i need.
    I bought a really nice 7 foot long x 6 inch wide piece of 5A Birdseye Maple a few weeks back that i should get at least 5 or 6 necks out of and i've got a nice piece of Honduras Rosewood here too that i'm gonna build a neck from.
    I just can't wait to get started now!!!!:agreed:

    I'll definitely be trying the TruOil at some point too Poro!
    It seems to be one of the most easily available oil finishes wherever you are and i've seen some lovely results that people have gotten using it on necks with and without using the Birchwood Casey Wax in combination.

    Being in the UK it isn't the easiest place to buy nice wood but there's some nice stuff available from elsewhere in Europe (Germany in particular) and it saves having to pay loads of VAT and stuff to Customs like we have to buying from the US. It's a real shame though because you guys in the US have got a phenomenal selection of wood available to you over there and also in Canada.

    Thanks again and i'm sure i'll have plenty more questions for you once i get going.:yesway:
     
  2. Purelojik

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    thats great dude!

    hey i started with a drill, a dremel, and a few handsaws and a buncha clamps. you'll need a jigsaw, a router with flush trim bits of all sizes. also a nice worktable or something you can clamp shit to.

    key is making perfect templates, i get mine laser cut from pololu.com as was recommended by people here.

    trace the template on your wood and jigsaw with a good margin to account for blade swing. then use high quality double stick tape to your wood and clamp in place, route around in small passes with a flush trim bit and once your done you'll have a perfect neck/body/headstock etc...

    slow and steady, dont get ahead of yourself. key is to ask questions and bug people here. I learned from lurking and posting in the sevenstring. org luthery section and furthered my knowledge here because its way more specific.

    this is a wonderful place to learn
     
  3. Purelojik

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    Here you go guys.

    Specs:
    Figured Imbuya Top
    Black Limba back
    Ziricote Fingerboard 26in Scale
    Roasted Maple Neck
    EVO Gold Med Fretwire
    Hipshot hardware
    Dimarzio Dominion Pickups
    Ebony Knurled Knobs
    Daddario 11-49's
    Tuned Standard half step down.
    Neck and body bound in Grained Ivoroid.
    Bone Nut
    Odie's Oil and Wax Finish on Body and Neck
    Fretwork and setup by Joel Grant of Grant Guitars in Fountain Valley Ca.
    (i've been going to him for everything guitar since i was in 8th grade, hes been kinda my mentor for lutherie inadvertently)


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    Wow! Amazing job!

    The satin look is wonderful!! Very flawless!
     
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    That looks amazing.
     
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    Truly truly stunning!
     
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  7. Purelojik

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    thank you guys!!

    alright guys! heres my first clip with the new guitar
    NO EQ or comp on guitars
    order is. Full mix, then gutiars and drums then guitars
    half step down drop D
    Pod HD pro Fball amp with a screamer and noise gate before

    http://soundcloud.com/shehatesmytie/imbuya-korina-demo-1

    tell me what you think! there will be more to come
     
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    That is some gorgeous wood and great tone too.
     
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  9. Purelojik

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    I’ve wanted to make a good fanned fret guitar since my first one attempted almost three years ago. Man has time flew. Anyways with more experience under my belt and some guidance from some of the great friends and builders I’ve met online, I’ve decided to give this another try.

    Aaron Brown from Blackwater guitars has blind slotted two boards for me which are made out of some roasted maple and Sabah ebony I’ve sent him.

    This will also be the first time I attemp an inlay. I’m doing a tribute to one of my favorite games growing up FF7 and will be inlaying Cloud Strife’s iconic Buster Sword.

    Cutting the compound angle scarf was tricky freehand, i'll have to get a template to make it easier next time.


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    Body: Clear alder

    Neck: Pucte/Bulletwood

    Fretboard: Sabah ebony 25-26 in Fan

    Pickups: BlackWater Prototype A8

    Hipshot hardware

    Daddario strings

    Jescar fretwire

    Finished with Odies oil and Wax

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    Exciting :) Very cool new project. Man there are so many cool projects going on here and over at SSO. Hope I can post some more soon as well.
     
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    Carved the body some. I'll go in with gouges and make it more of a traditional carve.

    The last picture is just everything laid out. I do that a lot cause its fun lol

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    I love the carve in the inner horns.
    Beautiful looking fretboard btw!
     
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    Such beautiful work!
     
  15. Purelojik

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    copying over from SSO:

     
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    Here's a big update. So i decided that im not going to inlay the buster sword. sadly this give the thread a falkse hope title lol. But good news is that inlay will be getting inlayed on an awesome piece of Green streaked ebony i found at Woodcraft. It might be a while until i get to that though given the fact i'll be moving to Uptown Chicago for a bit.

    No loss though, this guitar is shaping up pretty well if i do say so myself and should be ready for me to take with me to my new place (when i select one that is).

    Once Aaron Brown's done with the pickups he'll send em over with a routing template so i can complete this. My goals to get this done this week and route pickups as soon as i get them!

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    Just to get some perspective. gonna route the neck pocket soon!
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    Always joy for my sore eyes.
    And congratulations, doc! :thumb:
     
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  18. DRF

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    Beautiful style, very clean and elegant, fanned frets set it over the top. Love that major elbow grease goes into making them too.
     
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