Friday, August 28, 2009

guitar school, week 4

We continued working hard this week, mainly on the following:

a- making a nut and saddle for an acoustic guitar, then slotting the nut for good string location and action.
b- wiring pickups, switches and jacks.
c- making control panel covers by hand for non-typical, custom control panels.
d- how to make a dowel and repair a pulled or mislocated stud insert.
e- finish work and buffing

Next week, we will start on bending sides for acoustic guitars.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Les Paul, R.I.P.

Rest in peace, Les Paul. An amazing talent that touched anybody that ever played rock 'n roll, not only through the amazing Gibson Les Paul (I have 2!), but with all his inventions- multi track recording being the most important. He played amazing guitar until the very end. We'll miss you, Les.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

guitar school

I didn't mention in the first post, but I signed up for 20 weeks in the Lado Luthiery School in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada and have just finished the first week. I was familiar with Joe Kovacic's guitars from seeing Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden and Voivod playing them, so that tipped my decision over a couple of other schools that I had been looking at. I have been playing since I was 15 and always wanted to build and repair guitars, so better late than never! We really did a lot the first week, mainly working on necks but we put together some neck through body guitars as well. I'm really looking forward to completing the school and opening my own shop in Amsterdam.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Couldn't stand the weather...

Up until yesterday the weather had been pretty good since I've been in Canada but we had a killer thunderstorm yesterday. It appeared to have rained at least 3 inches in an hour or less, mostly while I was in doing some grocery shopping.

On the guitar building front, we've jumped right in and have been working on building bolt on and neck through guitar necks this week, and also started with frets and side/fingerboard dots. It has been really cool so far and I've learned a ton already.