Sunday, April 17, 2011

more sketches

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

more sketches

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

re-refinishing the Televangelist

You may remember, last year I refinished my Televangelist with a glossy varnish that was right away abused in a performance (you can see how on this video).

I thought first that I would  slightly sand this varnish by hand and put a mate one, but the layer was so thin that it lightened the black paint, so I decided to remove everything and refinish it with wood stain and oil...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Microfret neck and Sitarcaster

Just bought on eBay this MicroFrets neck - from a 1968 Calibra - at a fair price, but missing its trademark MicroNut. Before I received it, I had planed to use it for my Butcher Block Sitarcaster project, so I wouldn't have to wait until I've saved enough money to buy a baritone neck for the Doppelcaster and recycle one of its necks for the new project (is it clear?) 

But then I found out that the Calibra has a super short scale, and that it doesn't fit at all for a tele - and on top of that, Ikea has discontinued its famous massive birch butcher block of 48x38 cm in which you could cut a tele body, so the project goes back to limbos - not for too long I hope... 

Here you can see a cardboard model of the  Sitarcaster body with its double lower horn - I'm quite proud of it, a classic design with a killer detail (the MicroFrets headstock would have looked terrific with it, with its Starcaster look)... 

Now I have to figure out what to do with this neck, my best idea so far is to make quickly a total junk guitar out of a battered plank I picked up in the street and the left over gear that lays around on my desk for month... But the frets are really micro and this guitar would require super low action, something you don't improvise!

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