Elysian Guitars - The Thread.

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  1. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

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    It's stuck right this moment, I need to get more fret slotting bits in.

    More neck work:

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    This is after I did the rough carve and finishing pass for the neck carve. It's within .002" of what I programmed it to, pretty excellent for my first time.

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    Heel after the finishing pass, so smooth.

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    Truss rod routed. First time I've used my actual router in ages.

    Tomorrow I'm going to make a negative of the neck carve so I'll be able to clamp the neck up with the fretboard on. Also need to make a negative of the fretboard, both for a clamping caul and as a fret clamping caul. Need to get some more plexiglass as well so I can make more fret slotting templates. Still plan to do most of my fret slotting manually, it's quicker than CNC'ing, and cheaper to use my saw blade than those little bits.
     
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    My first headless build is coming to a close.

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    Also slotted a fretboard with my new fully CNC'd jig and template. Very high precision stuff.

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    Small glimpse of what I did today... Got the neck in for the carved top body project, so I started doing the work on the neck and routing the body...

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    There's going to be a neck pickup but I'm waiting to hear back on whether it's a single or not.

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    I stripped the finish off the neck, pulled the frets, and chiseled/routed a recess in the headstock between the binding for the headstock veneer.

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    Also routed the carbon reinforcement rods and truss rod for Hal's build. The carbon rods have also been glued in.
     
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    The single cut headless is done besides the cavity cover and a general polish, man does is jam. Those BWGC pickups are fantastic (neo modern bridge and vintage wind neck), just crushing tone from the bridge pickup, yet roll the volume and tone back and it cleans up beautifully, and the neck pickup just sounds so full and clear and incredible. Really like what Aaron is doing with his pickups. I'll have pics of the single cut soon enough, it's looking great.

    Have a new 6 in progress. Started working on the body blank:

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    Figured black limba back.

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    Wenge center, about 1/4".

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    Myrtlewood top, 5/8" thick.
     
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    The 6 string Espada is well on its' way...

    Also got news that the people who are supposed to be moving out who are also keeping the spray booth from being online will be out by the end of the month... Hopefully that's true, or I'll bust in their door and start moving them out. It's been several months now, yet they're still here. I need the booth up ASAP.

    Roasted this maple in the oven tonight, 3hrs at 360 degrees. Nothing to it, came out beautifully.

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    CNC carving is done on the 6 string Espada's body. It's rough sanded to 80 grit. Neck should begin this weekend.
     
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    That's a really nice guitar body Adam!

    One day I'll be competitive with a CNC machine :p
     
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    Wow! You super-quickly learned how to use the CNC equipment. Very nice!
     
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    It's all I've been doing since moving to this shop :lol: I've been doing everything I can to get my processes down, or learn better way to do things. Still working on it, but results are good for now.
     
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    Hmm. Feel like cutting some plastic bits?
     
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    No :lol: Plexi is a pain, what little bit I've done. I've got a special bit for it, but even then it's still tough.
     
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    I was thinking more along the lines of abs for cavity covers and truss rod access covers.
     
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    How many? Would have to be a decent quantity to make it really worth my while.
     
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    A lot got done on the carved top RGish body build.

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    Routed the belly carve, the heel and lower horn carve, and all the back cavities.

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    Took a rasp to the heel carve to finish it up. Took less time than fixing the model, sometimes a little hand work is a good thing.

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    Quick mock-up. Don't have the gold switch in yet, so the black is just a stand-in.

    Oh, and those people moved out, meaning we can move the spray booth now! The walls to the room they were in are coming down this weekend, then we'll move the spray booth on Monday or Tuesday. Can't wait. That spray booth is like my home away from home
     
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    WHOAAAA...look at that heel/horn carve. Fkn wicked!
     
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    That carve is wild looking! Very creative. The fine tip of the horn brings back bad memories of when one of mine tore out while routing. Live and learn...

    What has been the most difficult part of learning the CNC?
     
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    Figuring out how to mount everything to the CNC :lol: I spend more time making jigs than I do routing the bodies.
     
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    Seriously cool!
     
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    Glued Hal's fretboard on.

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    Sanded this body to 80 grit, with exception of the lower horn carve, I've got a plan for a block for that area, just need some CNC time to make it happen.
     
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    Carved a second neck today as well as the personal build one...

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    Been working on my modeling skills, so my neck carves are more true to the hand carved necks I've made in the past. This is pretty much bang on, couldn't be happier.
     

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