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

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  1. evolved_insanity

    evolved_insanity Active Member

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    Thank you for the kind words Alex. All of the materials I send out is stuff I would personally use on any of my builds. It has all been chosen by myself only. So I appreciate the comments.

    Thanks!

    Jon
     
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    i've been really putting this burl maple beast aside for the commissions but it was bugging me how close i was so i wanted to finish the neck carving as much as i can. Its all rough and will need to be smoothed before its all done

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    some amazing work mate.
     
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    Love that volute. Did you scooch the headstock further away from the nut so the volute doesn't get into thumb territory? What'd you do there?
     
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    yep thats exactly what i did!
     
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    Sometimes I schooch the volute down the neck so that it can act as a sort of positive stop for the thumb for that 1st fret position.
     
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    so this is long overdue. I finally finished this one lol.


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    It already plays very well despite zero fretwork or an actual nut. i'll be taking it to joel grant of Grant guitars in fountain valley for that. Im gonna see if i can find a taker first.
     
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    That looks awesome.
     
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    Is that the Odie's Oil? That stuff looks bitchin. I'm out of Tru-Oil, and I think I'd rather try what you've got.
     
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    The body is tru oil with Odie's wax. The headstock is Odie's oil and wax sanded to 3000. Gets a super nice shine
     
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    Is the Odie's less sticky than Tru-Oil? I hate the stickiness of it. Oil should be nice and smooth, IMO.
     
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    Tru-Oil gets there, but sometimes does take longer than I think it should. The aerosol stuff seems worse than the rub-on stuff in that regard.
     
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    I really think that's where I went wrong. I'm going to get a bottle of Tru and cut it with some mineral spirits for a final coat on my fretboard and see if that doesn't polish up better.

    I thought the spray would be a better option, since it's a closed system, but the aerosol ran out before the oil did. I also sprayed the first couple coats without wiping, and I think that caused some problems with an irregular surface.

    Sorry for the thread hijack, I'm just trying to figure this shit out. I'm a complete n00b as far as finishing is concerned
     
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    the difference between tru oil vs all others is that tru oil builds up on the surface faster. next comes odies. it wont build like tru oil but whatever the hell it does works faster and better than watco danish or watco teak.

    i think its because theres wax in there too. my theory is that since the order of products is the Oil, then the wood butter, then the wax. you're basically starting with more oil and a tad of wax, then equal parts oil and wax, then ALL wax. so by the end you've built up a really nice finish that the other thin oils cant compete with.

    this instrument is my best tru oil finish yet. no burn throughs no halos or witness lines. but i think its my last for tru oil. the stuff is just too tempermental for me to actually enjoy the finishing process. i think for builds that need lacquer i'll jsut factor in the cost of finishing from Adam, since that guy just kills it with lacquer. its just so damn sexy.
     
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    Jealousy here! I'd do that as well if I could ... in a heartbeat!
     
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    Alex, your work is amazing! Wow!
     
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    HQ shots round 1
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    I googled images for Tru-Oil. Your guitars are pretty high in the results. I thought that was pree kew.
     
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    Assuming you use Chrome, Google also ranks the search based on what you look at, so if you look at a lot of Alex's images then you'll see them in Image Search. I get my own images all the time in Image Search :lol:
     
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    Ohhhhhh...yeah, that could be it. Big brother watchin' my surfin' habits!
     

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