Elysian Guitars - The Thread.

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  1. Knarbens

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    :shock: THIS is so good looking! :yesway:
     
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    Dat Shape!
     
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    Thanks :yesway:

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    Finally got the right bolts in.

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    Got the roof on my soon to be spray booth.

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    This is the brass I’ll be using to make head pieces.

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    Action shot. Drilling string holes on the headless head piece.

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    While making the first headless head piece, drilling the first string lock hole, my bit disintegrated. Luckily I got it out of the piece.

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    My apprentice has been learning how to sand things flat. He sanded this fretboard to thickness (and this one doesn't get a radius, so it's done). He's also properly thicknessed a pair of shedua neck stringers and flattened an ebony fretboard in preparation for radiusing. I'll be doing the radiusing of course.
     
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    Nice! Is Eli helping you out?
     
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    Yeah, he's doing pretty well so far. Has come out two days now. He's also helped me tidy the shop and put the roof on the spray booth.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Got more finish in the Thresher. Silk screening the logos on proved to be a difficult task. I think next time I’ll silk screen then onto decal paper instead of directly on the headstock.

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    Also routed channels in the bridge for the low and high strong saddles to ride in.

    I'm also starting the search for a new shop in earnest. I've got a lead on one that should be opening up soon, a friend of mine has a shop there, and it includes access to a spray booth, a CNC machine, their break room, and they even have A/C (which my current shop lacks). Would be a major upgrade, though it also costs nearly double what I pay now. Business is picking up enough though that it's not only affordable, it's a necessity. I've already outgrown my current shop!
     
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    Heyyyyy, looks like that name stuck huh? That thing is flippin wicked, dude.
     
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    Started a new neck project. Texas ebony for the fretboard. On the next, I'm doing a bit of a variation on the traditional 5 piece neck. This is still a 1 piece neck, but it has dual stringers, kind of like you see on a Strat neck, only there's two of them. He's sending me a RG7 body he got from Area 51 to do clear on as well.

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    The lacquer in this one cracked on me, so I had to sand a few coats off. The lacquer I spray on it next will be thinned down and retarded so that it melts everything underneath it, including any remaining cracks.

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    Routed the pickups in this one, and started laying out the bridge. I’ll complete the layout of the bridge in Rhino. Also drilled the side dot holes, though I don't have any abalone side dots in stock, so I had to order them today.
     
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    Radiused the fingerboard on this one (12-16" compound), fretted it, made the bridge plate, and drilled a bunch of holes. The frets are stainless steel.
     
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    Got some stuff into finish today.

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    Finished this one's fret job today. Stainless shines up so well.

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    Made a Texas ebony headcap for the granadillo neck, also rough cut its taper and glued a shedua piece to the heel. You can see the dual stringers peeking through by the heel, they'll show all the way to the headstock when I carve the neck.
     
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    The dual neck stringers really turned out well. Granadillo is such a joy to carve.

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    Fitted the neck to the body.

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    Sealed the body with vinyl sealer. This body was made by Area 51 out of the UK.
     
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    I worked on a lot of things today, but this was the most post-worthy:

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    Getting this one ready to play-test tomorrow. The customer is driving in from Houston to give it a whirl.
     
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    Joe stopped in from Houston to play test his guitar before it hits finish.

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    He really enjoyed it, nothing but good to say about the guitar. Going to let it sit for a bit with strings on, then it's off to finish.

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    Here's a closeup of Joe's bridge. This guitar set the standard for my 7 string fixed bridge design.

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    On these bridges I either use Hipshot steel saddles or Graphtech String Saver Classics, customer's choice. The base plate on this one is a stand-in, as Joe's is already at the chrome platers. Standardizing the bridge design was helpful for that, as this stand-in baseplate will surely go to a build in the future.
     
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    Love the bridge posts in steel. Vurry shiny!
     
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    This body got its first day of lacquer.

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    Routed the Floyd Rose nut shelf, and radiused the fingerboard to match the Floyd Rose radiuses (12-16 compound, as the nut is 12" and the bridge is roughly 20").

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    Side dots installed. Noticed the sap wood while drilling them, so decided to do 24 in black for best visibility. I cut the frets for this one today, but stopped there.

    Also sanded the walnut/flamed maple body, hopefully will have it ready for finish by the weekend.
     
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    I don't have a move in date yet (they actually said move in whenever I can, need to work it out with the current shop), but Elysian Guitars will be moving to a new, fully featured shop very soon! The new shop has a large CNC, a really nice very large spray booth, all the power tools I could ever need, and tons of space. Very exciting!
     
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  18. tone57

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    WOW!
    Congratulations on your move.
     
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    Awesome! Congrats dude!
     
  20. Knarbens

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    Congrats! That's awesome! At least I rearrange my "shop" these days :p
     

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