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

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  1. Purelojik

    Purelojik New Member

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    So i made a thing. first try be nice lol

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    Starting the builds i've wanted to build finally! also bringing rogers build up to speed with Ganesh's. life got crazy so im back home taking care of the folks and now i have a huge driveway where i can woodwork! no more paying for shop time!

    The initial specs:

    KOA 6:

    Koa Top/African Mahogany body
    Ivoroid binding on body neck and headstock
    Indian Rosewood (the super purple and streaky kind (still need to order)
    Ziricote neck 26in scale
    Pickups TBD
    Hipshot Hardware
    Water Buffalo Horn Nut
    Jescar frets (jumbo)
    Brass side dots

    Macassar 6:

    Flamed Macassar Top/Black Limba body
    Ivoroid binding on everything
    Sabah Ebony FB w/Roasted maple neck

    Hipshot Hardware
    Water Buffalo Horn Nut
    Jescar frets (jumbo)
    Brass side dots
    Pickups: now these will be special. Ive been talking to Aaron from Blackwater for a while now and we geek out about guitars and whatnot. he made me a pair of awesome pickups for a build im doing for a senior from med school. Afterwards i was so impressed with that set i order a slightly different set for myself with some nice options.

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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful stuff, man.
     
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    Some more exciting posts to come I guess!
     
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    It took me twice the time to do the Ebony one. Mostly just cause i was so scared of screwing up. Honestly with sharp bits or blades, its really not all that daunting at all. Kinda worked it up hardcore. The koa topped one took minutes to do, the Ebony at least 45 minutes.

    I must have glued the koa on a few mm upward from the body so the front horns didnt route flush with the body. No biggie i just took the template back at touch and carefully routed deeper horns. Barely noticable and still looks awesome.

    then I routed the binding ledge and rounded the back. I need to buy a new roundover bit as well as three flute bit.

    lastly i sanded up to 220 just cause I wanted to put some spirits on to see the figure. and DAMN WAS IT WORTH IT :scream:



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    So I got back from a wedding in boston and i quickly bound these two bodies. I mitred the sharp corners and used superglue at the ends and sporadically throughout the application of Weld-on as well. This gave me such a headache. Remind me to wear a mask or something cause the fumes just are awful.

    Anyways the sun was out so i tossed on some spirits and took some pictures. Jesus man these look great. The koa just blows my mind. I'll sand flush and scrape the sides later but just look at that chatoyance. I gotta say the ebony is better in person vs. pictures because it throws off the exposure on my iphone too much.

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    OH YEAAAAA

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    Oh great gods of Amazon and Hawaiian woods, please make him stop :D This is top work man!
     
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    Really nice Alex!

    Anyway: Won't you kill these woods with the amount of mineral spirits?
     
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    man i hope not. but honestly it hasnt negatively impacted the finishing process at all in my previous builds. and lemme tell ya i used waaaay more in those. I usually just need to keep seeing how it'll look when its done in order to keep my motivation at a super peak for some reason
     
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    Haha yeah, I know what you mean! I was just curious as I thought mineral spirits detract the natural oil in the woods which makes them dry if that makes sence?

    But it's nice to keep the tension and to save the best for last also ;)
     
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    If you wipe it on and let it dry, the natural oils won't be going anywhere. Same with acetone and alcohol. But if you wipe it on and then scrub it off, you'll remove some of the resins. Still probably not a huge deal. I have personally found that cocobolo contains zillions of tiny wormholes into another universe filled entirely with cocobolo resin, and thus no amount of scrubbing will make it stop.
     
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    Yup.

    I clean and photograph frequently. Can't help it.
     
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    Incredible work! Checked out your site, love your use of veneers. I assume you use the clothes iron to steam the veneer so it is pliable enough to contour to the volute?
     
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    hey thanks man! it means a lot

    I use the iron and mist some water to de stress the really obnoxious burl veneers which can crack and stuff. some of the others arent all that problematic at all unless the grain is going against me.
     
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    Its been a while since i've updated this thread. But this Imbuya build is complete! its off to Joel Grant at Grants Guitars in Fountain Valley CA for the usual fretwork and stuff. I really like how the odies oil really popped the figure of this guitar. it also preserved the chatoyance much better than the watco oils i've been using before.

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    Wow! The wood and the finish looks phenomenal!
     
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    Another beautiful instrument you've built!!!! They seem to get better with every new build. Great work!
    Absolutely stunning and the difference once the oil was applied is night and day (bonus points for any usage of the word 'chatoyance' too :yesway:).
    Chatoyance is probably the thing that attracts me most to different figured woods. That's why i've got such a thing for Curly Redwood and why i've always loved Curly/Flamed Maple!

    Did you use any type of grain filler/Z-Poxy on the body before applying the oil ?
    Have you used this kind of oil on top of a stained wood and if so did it have much of an effect on the color of the stained wood.
    Would you have to use a spirit-based stain if you were going to use an oil finish on top of it ?
     
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    Hey ! thanks for all the kind words dude!

    to answer your questions

    I didnt use any grain filler, i just sanded with the oil to clog the pores with the oil dust slurry.

    As far as stains are concerned i havent used it with any type of stain or dye yet. I'd imagine it'd be pretty much the same but might add a yellow tinge as most oils would do.

    Aaron brown and Renk have oiled/poly'd over a stain and it works well. If there are any other questions please feel free to ask! Thanks again bud!
     
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    TruOil over stain was ok with my last build, didn't notice anything odd.
     

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