Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
So here I am with my DIY telecaster... First the mate transparent black finish I want is not something you can just get from a shop apparently... It seems that I have to combine a pigment and a varnish - so I will meet an art carpenter in the coming days who should explain me how to do it... Also I realized that since I'm not a telecaster fan - I don't despise the old lady of course but have no hero playing on it - I'm quite free to let my fantasy loose - in the frame on what I can do... So I will exhaust my bad taste by making it dark psychedelic, with a baroque headstock (I'm trying to avoid the can opener curse, it's very hard) and an engraved aluminium pick-guard if I can make one (I found out that there is an engraver in my neighborhood and will pay him a visit soon). Like this I can be sober on my real projects - and still make this telecaster a special guitar...
Hey, if anybody has a tip, an advice, an essential information, please don't hesitate to leave a comment!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
So I've been postponing the making of my guitar projects probably also because, well, I just have to start from zero... Drawing and designing I can do easily but about guitar technics, the further I've been so far is restringing - and not as often as I should I must confess... But I want these guitars made, and more later if it works, so I decided to give myself a good teaching by getting a Telecaster kit from DIY Guitar Shop and observe carefully all the elements apart (I did it 6 months ago when I customized my Aquarius but I learned much since and also the Tele is simpler - and I have a user's manual together with it!) and assemble and disassemble until I'm filled with guitar sapience (I should end up doing it blindfolded as real men do with guns in movies).
Also I will test this transparent mate black finish I want for my serious projects (didn't find the right product yet), design and make a headstock (it's already in the previous post), make an aluminium scratchplate and instal a Bigsby clone (a real one would be more expensive than the guitar itself). All this should happen in the coming days - wish me luck.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Lately on the Guitarz blog I saw several interesting metal frame guitars, such as the Stonehenge III, the Weston Rail Bass, the Sardonix, and got inspired for this series of sketches. I learned from the wonderful Teuffel Birfish - the best of its kind - that aluminium is a perfect conductor for sound vibration, so fragmenting the wooden body should not be a problem for the acoustics. Have to admit that these guitars look a little too arty for my personal taste but it might interest someone !
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