Knarbens' Guitars

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  1. Knarbens

    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone. I'm really excited about this forum. I wrote a short story how I came in touch with building in the introductions section. Haven't mentioned that it was pretty much the so called Luthiers-Corner in the MyLesPaul forum that is blameworthy and the reason I started working in my 'shop'.

    I have two build threads going over at mylespaul that I won't repost here. I posted my #1 and #2 in this thread http://www.luthiertalk.com/forums/guitar-building/105-post-pics-your-finished-work-here-3.html and will go on with the final work of #3, #4 and the #5 that I started a while back.

    This is not a typical build thread, but more a place for me to show my work and have a plattform for specific questions I'll definitely have now and then.
     
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    Hell yes, dude! Love your work, and looking forward to seeing more!
     
  3. Knarbens

    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Let me add this so you know which side my bread is butterd on. As some of you may know my drop-in center for guitarbuilding has been/is the computer. I don't have a long woodworking history. It actually started back when I begann to build my first instrument.

    To end my introduction details I'd like you to know that I do quite a lot of 3D work and that I draw my own designs and plans in Rhinoceros 3D. Even tough I don't have a CNC machine it's really beneficial to have the digital drawings. I can read out a lot of useful information and get the required measurements and dimensions for building.

    For example here's the body of #1 and the current #5 in the digital and crafted version.

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    I've used Illustrator, CAD & Sketchup on projects, not just guitars. I agree, they are very useful. Even to the hand tool guys, as most of us here are. Nice work, BTW! I thought about starting up a forum like this. I didn't think it would be any more successful than the other, more acoustic oriented, luthier sites. Well, looks like I was wrong. They are off to a great start here! Even though I'm only a passenger, I'm excited!
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    While the lacquer on my current project cures I go on with the Ash model.
    Already got the fretboard cut to size.

    Here's a quick/dirty photoshop mockup ... can't decide whether I should leave the board blank or not.
    I like the tidy look of a naked board, but with inlays it looks more "complete"?

    What do you think?

    [​IMG]
     
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    What about smaller dots, offset towards the bass side?
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, thought about that too. Personally I prefer the offset dot patterns on a 6L headstock though.
    Centered for a 3L 3R headstock for me.

    Well, I have taken some more subtle patterns into consideration as well.
    The body and headstock have some really nice details and mixed hardware,
    and most of the times I feel like the subtle inlays are a little too much?

    I thought some bigger 10 mm dots are a better match to the perloid top knobs.
     
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    Maybe something else than dots?
     
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    Or go with uniform size like 1/4" would be my vote. Looks good!
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    I don't have a Dremel tool nor do I really have the money atm to get all the stuff I'd need to do proper custom inlays.
    Dot's are easy to install and I was looking for a special dot pattern.

    Fretboard inlays are more for looks. All the player really needs are the sidedots.
    So for me it's not about orientation, more about the look!

    Actually I'm leaning more towards a naked board,
    but I fear to end up thinking I could have beefed it up some more?
     
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    Personally, I think either a single inlay at the 12th fret or a blank board. :hmm:

    Stunning design, too! :yesway:
     
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    i think anything on the board would distract from the rest of it. i think it looks better naked
     
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    Sweet guitar! Are you going to leave it natural?
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your opinions!

    Thank you jonny.
    Yeah, just some Tru Oil on this one.
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Made up my mind!
    I combined a revision of the perloid top knobs with an otherwise blank board.
    This way I won't have the feeling to skip one step and I got this real simple visual detail
    on the fretboard that ain't in competition with all the body and headstock subtleties.

    So here's my custom inlay :lol:

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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Progress on my most current build.

    Sprayed the last coats of lacquer today. Let's wait for it to cure ...

    [​IMG]
     
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    Really digging that color!
     
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    man that color looks delicious. i want pumpkin pie now
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    The fretboard is finished. Decided to do the sidedots now, too. Also beveled the fretslots slightly.
    In the background you see the headstock (sadly not from the same piece of Ash as the body) I made with my handrouter and the TRC.

    [​IMG]
     
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    That single big dot is awesome! :D
     

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