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Tagged With: electric guitar

Digital Abalone

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Sapele Tele




This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Sapele TeleFor this guitar I wanted to do something a bit different for the fret markers. Though I considered a somewhat elaborate inlay like the previous two, for this one I was thinking of something a bit simpler and unique. As I’m in software engineering … Continue reading »






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My First CNC Guitar: a Sapele Telecaster

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Sapele Tele




This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Sapele TeleWith the CNC up and running it was time to try it out on my first guitar. I’d already decided the next would be a Telecaster thinline out of Sapele with a Maple cap. A “Sapele Tele.” I found a PDF online of a … Continue reading »






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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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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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Wiring the Wishcaster’s Electronics

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterA primary difference between this guitar and the previous two is the electronics wiring and installation. The Surfcaster is wired like a Stratocaster — with the pickups and controls attached to the pickguard instead of directly to the body. This greatly simplifies installation and … Continue reading »






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Dyeing the Wishcaster Blue

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterWith the neck now attached, it was time for a quick trip to quality control – my eldest son Sean – for a check. Thankfully it passed and so the project moved forward to making the pick guard. Pickguard construction began, as usual, with … Continue reading »






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Carving the Wish-caster Neck

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterAfter a couple weeks away, I was finally able to spend a weekend in the shop. Returning to the fretboard, I gave it a bit of thought and ultimately decided rather than try and fix the bad frets (there were probably 8-10) and paint … Continue reading »






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The “Wish-caster” Fingerboard

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterThe Design The first two electrics I built were constructed with factory-made necks. Having never fretted an instrument before, I was apprehensive about taking on that part of the project with a hard deadline. For this design I wanted a custom inlay on the … Continue reading »






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Make-A-Wish Surfcaster: Capping the Body

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterWith the Ash blank shaped, it’s time to prepare the figured top. I made a “top cap” template including holes for the sound hole and electronics pockets. Two of these were cut: one in MDF and another in acrylic. I wanted a clear version to allow … Continue reading »






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