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  1. Renkenstein

    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Thank you sir! Waiting on parts....again!
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    The Raze is pulling ahead of the Siren7.

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    That headstock looks badass! CNC'ed aluminium?
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    That's brass off a door kick-plate. I cut it with a dremel and a cutoff disk, ground it to rough shape on the belt sander, and flush trimmed it to a template on the router table.

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    I played a bit of bearing switcheroo and alternated between a 3/8" bearing and the 1/2" bearing, taking 1/16" off the size of the template. I did this twice and came up with a smaller sized template. I then stickied the brass to my new template and flush trimmed.
     
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    Man, I'm having a horrible string of bad luck in my shop. I bent 2 drill bits making the bridge for this guitar. My hand drill trigger broke, rendering it useless. The fkn best part is I knocked a corner tip off my brand new $70 Freud down-cut spiral bit setting up my pin router.

    At least I didn't jack up any of my builds, but that router bit cock-up hurts the wallet pretty hard.
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Lots going on. This gal's about wrapped up.

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    Is that some fancy asymmetric neck shape? The scarf looks crooked, so it makes sense. Looks great. I love the small bevel that doesn't go around all the way.
     
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    Hey Renk ;) I catch up ... finish sanded the neck of my headless and put on the first layer of oil today.

    I know you count hours as well. I'm at about 88 hours now.

    (I know building guitars isn't a race - just kidding here)
     
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    It's a multiscale. 25.5"-26.5". The asymmetric volute is due to the compound angle of the headstock. I'm going to adjust the design to give it a more traditional volute in future builds. This is the first multiscale I've built, so I'm figuring stuff out as she goes.

    Awesome! I'm only waiting on pickup cavities now. I just finished up the string thru ferrule plate and the neck screw ferrules today.

    Not keeping track of the time on this one. The clock stops for prototypes. After this one's complete and all templates are adjusted, I'll most definitely do a timed build. Myself, prototypes take me at least twice as long as the next build of the same model.
     
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    The headless is a prototype as well and features multiple features I've never done before. Anyway, tracking the time on everything I build helps me giving an overview so I know more about estimated building times and/or costs.
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    renkguitars.com

    Got my website up! Feel free to check it out. Social media links are broken, but the rest should be fully functional.

    Let me know what you think.
     
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    Looks good, now start taking orders!
     
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    And that's an order!
     
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    Site looks good, did the bridge plate work?
     
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    It did, but I must have measured wrong because the guitar wouldn't intonate. My placement was too far from the nut. I modified the saddles by filing the flat on the back of the saddle slot to a round shape that gave me about 1/8" extra travel. I took a bit of material from the bass side of the neck between the 5th fret and the nut. It was feeling a bit square in that position. I had to reapply finish to the neck after that, so I'm building up a few more layers of finish while I've got her apart.

    I also pulled the fkn lead wire off my custom Black Water Guitar Company single coil pickup when I was assembling the guitar. My gorilla hands need to learn a bit more finesse.
     
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    I've started on a set of pin router templates for the Raze model. While it is a versatile tool, I've found there is a learning curve, and I'm adjusting accordingly with increasingly better results. Here's the templates that will make the neck joints for the Raze.

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    Yes! I've saved your website into my favourites folder 'Pro Builders'
     
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    I've gotta live up to that favorites folder!
     
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    Nice website dude! Very professional!
    (were you in an avalanche recently or something?)
     
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    Renk, just a suggestion.

    On your website in the "guitars" section. Wouldn't it be better to show the new stuff on top and the old stuff on the bottom of the page?
     

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