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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Inlaying My New Logo!

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterNow that I’ve a new logo, time to get it inlaid into the headstock. I again used the “iron on” trick to transfer the laser-printed logo line art to a pearl blank and then cut it out by hand with a jeweler’s saw … Continue reading »



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My New (Not-So-)Secret Identity

Building guitars is becoming a bit of an obsession. Funnily enough I know two other guys in my software engineering group who are also luthiers – perhaps it’s contagious? In order to support this habit without going broke I’ve decided I need to begin offering my guitars for sale. And for that, I’d need an … Continue reading »



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Mahogany and Padauk Neck

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterBefore routing the neck pocket in the body, we need a neck. This guitar again features a Gibson-style angled headstock made with a scarf joint. The bulk of this neck will be African Mahogany like the body. For this guitar I decided to … Continue reading »



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Atomic Age Surfcaster

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterWith the charity guitar (the “Wishcaster”) complete, it’s time to start the next build. Though I still haven’t completed the acoustic, I really want to build another Surfcaster – this time for me. A few weeks ago I acquired three burl Maple bookmatched … Continue reading »



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Final Assembly and Setup

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterOnce the finish cured, I sanded with wet/dry paper starting with 400 grit and then working up to 2000. After than, I polished it with brown jeweler’s rougue and buffed it out to a high-gloss near-mirror sheen. I attached the neck, installed the pickguard … Continue reading »



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