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by demonx
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrush advice
Replies: 10
Views: 702

Re: Airbrush advice

Before Searls Guitars existed, when I used to do guitar refurbs/resprays etc I used touch up (detail guns) for bursts. Then I learned how to use an airbrush. The thing is, “airbrush” is a broad term, they’re not all created equal. I’ve used some cheapies that there’s no way I’d use for a burst, and ...
by demonx
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Airbrush advice
Replies: 10
Views: 702

Re: Airbrush advice

Contrary to Steve’s advice, airbrush is my weapon of choice for bursts. I use an Iwata Eclipse. Any burst you see on any of my guitars has been airbrushed. When I did an airbrushing course years ago I got to use several styles, the Iwata is by far my favourite. I also would never just use a tank, I’...
by demonx
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stunning wood
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: Stunning wood

Kamusur wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:38 pm
That's insane Allan aka "please pass the sunnies".

Stev
Thanks.

It was just a mobile snap shot for the customer.
by demonx
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stunning wood
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: Stunning wood

kiwigeo wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:21 am
I like it...but can you make it a bit more Glossy?? :mrgreen:
demonx wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:54 am
I don’t mind a nice piece of flame from time to time:

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Hangs head in shame... I’ll try better next time!
by demonx
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay
Replies: 8
Views: 803

Re: Blackwood Concert with Cherry Blossome inlay

Stunning, simply stunning.

I’ve wanted do do a similar inlay themed build myself for quite a while, just haven’t had the right customer come along.

Great work!
by demonx
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Stunning wood
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: Stunning wood

I don’t mind a nice piece of flame from time to time:
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by demonx
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: low E string BUZZ on compound radius fingerboard
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: low E string BUZZ on compound radius fingerboard

I’d have to see it in person to test how level it really is, as often when people “try” to level, the neck isn’t tensioned and supported properly and the fretwork can be turned into a banana. That aside, could simply be a bad setup. Too much relief and bridge too low? Do you own a fret rocker to tes...
by demonx
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 50's inspired Mahogany carve top
Replies: 0
Views: 333

50's inspired Mahogany carve top

This is a fair bit different from the typical build to come out of my workshop however I've been getting requests for more vintage styled models and this is a little something I came up with: http://searlsguitars.com.au/gallery/editIMG_2503.jpg http://searlsguitars.com.au/gallery/editIMG_2508.jpg ht...
by demonx
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bending creases
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Side bending creases

I had this happenin when I first started experimenting with timber I was flat sawing for practice/test bends.

The advice I was given was to use quarter sawn. I've never had a creased/buckled bend since.
by demonx
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mask the bridge glueing area
Replies: 11
Views: 817

Re: Mask the bridge glueing area

As a really quite poor sprayer (of nitro) I have to do a lot of sanding and I can see that having that obstruction in the middle of the soundboard is going to be annoying. Sanding around anything is annoying and with guitars there's plenty to sand around, however maybe some painting tips may be in ...
by demonx
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mask the bridge glueing area
Replies: 11
Views: 817

Re: Mask the bridge glueing area

simso wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:31 pm
Noiiiice

Thanks, I felt like a genius when I thought that up!
by demonx
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Mask the bridge glueing area
Replies: 11
Views: 817

Re: Mask the bridge glueing area

What Steve said, however to take it a step further, rather than just mask, I have stickers I make up with two holes which help me with alignment. I position the bridge pre paint which has the two holes in it and then I drill the holes into the top ready for post paint mounting. After paint I razor b...
by demonx
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 16 inch jazzbox
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: 16 inch jazzbox

That looks great, nice work!
by demonx
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Western Red Cedar & Indian Rosewood dread
Replies: 8
Views: 705

Re: Western Red Cedar & Indian Rosewood dread

Thanks guys.


Fisherman wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:54 pm
Looks fantastic, especially that neck. What finish have you used? Wish mine ended up that shiny...
Sprayed with Mirotone 2k, polished with 3M perfect it.
by demonx
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: FE17 inspired classical
Replies: 9
Views: 976

Re: FE17 inspired classical

Looks fantastic, nice work!
by demonx
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Western Red Cedar & Indian Rosewood dread
Replies: 8
Views: 705

Re: Western Red Cedar & Indian Rosewood dread

Thanks! 20" radius feels natural. I guess it feels right to me as my all my other acoustic builds are 20" and my other Acoustic made by someone else which I use as a benchmark to try teach towards is also 20", so it just feels standard to me. The Black Limba wasn't actually planned, I wanted Mahogan...
by demonx
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Western Red Cedar & Indian Rosewood dread
Replies: 8
Views: 705

Western Red Cedar & Indian Rosewood dread

This one is easily the best sounding acoustic I've made to date. There's still a few little things which I'm still fine tuning and getting the hang of with acoustic building, however each one just gets better and better! Specs: Western Red Cedar top with Indian Rosewood back & sides Macassar Ebony F...
by demonx
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Binding The only way out?
Replies: 21
Views: 2277

Re: Binding The only way out?

I've avoided commenting on this since it sounds like your process is much different to mine, however here's my 2c. I would never have used a plane on a fingerboard edge to start with, and if I had it definitely wouldn't have been after fret slots were cut as it's an invitation for this to happen. So...
by demonx
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I stuffed up putting frets in a new neck I made - Is it salvageable?
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: I stuffed up putting frets in a new neck I made - Is it salvageable?

There's more to it than just the softness, there are several variables which must be considered, however now you have something to read about and research so you can make your own decisions etc. You asked how I learned. Reading, being in luthiers workshops. More reading. Lots of trial and error and ...
by demonx
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I stuffed up putting frets in a new neck I made - Is it salvageable?
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: I stuffed up putting frets in a new neck I made - Is it salvageable?

Just because one builder is using certain timbers doesn't mean it's a good idea. I've seen well known builders using totally unsuitable timbers and all they're doing is proving is either lack of knowledge or that they'd rather take someone's money than build a stable & suitable guitar. There's also ...
by demonx
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: I stuffed up putting frets in a new neck I made - Is it salvageable?
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: I stuffed up putting frets in a new neck I made - Is it salvageable?

Hard to tell from the pics, but it's possible a bad radius job will have considerable contribution to the fret issue. Before you fret, you need a good foundation to fret on, this means as perfect radius as you can achieve, good fretslots and a suitable timber. My advice, scrap both these necks and m...
by demonx
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting fret slots
Replies: 10
Views: 1171

Re: Cutting fret slots

Filmed this today on my mobile, however you can still see how solid the setup is. https://www.facebook.com/searlsguitars/videos/1562990453782783/ Definitely a solid looking saw....more solid than most of the saws Ive looked at. Being that I attempted a sliding mitre saw setup first, I knew what wou...
by demonx
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting fret slots
Replies: 10
Views: 1171

Re: Cutting fret slots

Filmed this today on my mobile, however you can still see how solid the setup is.

https://www.facebook.com/searlsguitars/ ... 453782783/
by demonx
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cutting fret slots
Replies: 10
Views: 1171

Re: Cutting fret slots

I just remembered to take a photo:
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by demonx
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Some ideas just don't work
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Some ideas just don't work

They're a bit flimsy when you first hold them, I wasn't sure if they were going to be any good, however they do the job quite well hence why I never felt the need to upgrade them. I don't wven use the centre clamp part on them anymore, it doesn't need it.
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