Thursday, November 26, 2009

Week 16

In week 16, I installed frets in my guitar neck, sprayed the neck and body with sealer, and sanded the sealer. After sanding the sealer, the black paint for the burst was sprayed around the edges of the body and headstock. I then sprayed six coats of lacquer on the body and neck, then left them for a week for the lacquer to harden before wet sanding. While I was waiting, I didn't have anything to do on my guitar so along with several other students, I wet sanded some of Joe's acoustic guitars that he had sprayed just before our class started.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Week 15

I made a bit of progress with the guitar this week and it is really starting to look like a guitar now. Starting on Monday, I removed the tape from the binding and filed it down to flush on the top, then contoured the back of the body with a nice rounded edge and a ribcage contour. I then sanded the complete body, trimmed out the neck pocket and fit the neck, drilled the holes through the body for the tele bridge, and drilled the holes/slotted the top for the blade style pickup selector switch. Today I stained the top with alcohol stain for the transparent black color that I'm going to have. Much to my disappointment, my inlay still has not shown up yet so I'm just going to go with a plain ebony neck as I'm not a big fan of dots.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Week 14

It finally feels like the guitar school is starting to wind down and I can head back to Amsterdam. This week seemed like I didn't make much progress, but I guess it wasn't too bad. I'm currently waiting for some precut mother of pearl inlay for my neck, but I'm hoping that will be here by Monday or Tuesday. I cut out the body shape, drilled the headstock for tuning machines, routed the body for the neck, two pickups, and control compartment, sanded the sides of the body, installed the side dots for the neck, routed for the binding and installed it. Next week I'll start sanding the body, install the inlay, install the frets, and start with finishing the guitar.