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by Mr K
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Weird finishing problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: Weird finishing problem

Hi Ray, I'm no expert, I see that it's a re fret so I assume the guitar is a clients. Is it possible that they have used a polish containing silicone? I remember way back when you could add Anti Silicone drops to the paint to aid in levelling not real sure of this approach today , maybe someone with...
by Mr K
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lord Vader
Replies: 5
Views: 1205

Re: Lord Vader

Hi Mark, Looks great! How is the tremolo? It looks like it's integrated with the bridge - which looks like it has roller saddles? Very neat and tidy looking! Nice short scale - bet it's easy to do bends. Thanks, GregL. Hi Greg, the Trem is a drop in replacement for a Les Paul. I've got one of these...
by Mr K
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Lord Vader
Replies: 5
Views: 1205

Lord Vader

Something a bit different again, This is meant to be an everyday player. You now the one that just sits by the amp and get picked up in the spare time. It may look different but it's still just a guitar. Specs; All Fijian plantation mahogany body and neck Body covered in a Carbon / kevlar mix. neck ...
by Mr K
Sat May 26, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Graveyard II - build video
Replies: 11
Views: 3288

Re: Graveyard II - build video

Enjoyed the clip Allan, the cnc work was quite interesting to watch. and a great end result.
I think I have read in past posts that you use PPG 2 pack, Is this still the case? I use the D800 range here myself on a few projects.

Cheers Mark
by Mr K
Sun May 20, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood
Replies: 7
Views: 2051

Re: Tenor Uke in Master Grade Australian Blackwood

Stunning. Beautifully crafted Allen.
by Mr K
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs
Replies: 21
Views: 9445

Re: Donations drive to help cover forum running costs

Thanks for the forum guys , (insert thumbs up smiley here)
by Mr K
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Les Paul Style Electric Guitar
Replies: 13
Views: 3919

Re: Les Paul Style Electric Guitar

Very nice Alan, and great work on the tail piece.

cheers Mark
by Mr K
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Custom Amp
Replies: 6
Views: 1794

Re: Custom Amp

Very nice and great balance of timers on the rising sun, fantastic .
by Mr K
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My take on the Red Special
Replies: 13
Views: 6549

Re: My take on the Red Special

This is one of my favourite guitars, I’ve been studying it for quite a while and years of research has got me to this stage.I finished this one late 2014 and was about a two year project. A brief back ground for those not familiar with the guitar. The Red Special was Brian May from Queen’s guitar b...
by Mr K
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A strat with a twist?
Replies: 13
Views: 4811

Re: A strat with a twist?

Very impressive. Nice application of your professional skills and training to a totally different application. So the obvious question from the luthier community - is it totally a one-off, or could you do "bespoke bridge designs" for other interested guitar builders? I see your next career taking o...
by Mr K
Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A strat with a twist?
Replies: 13
Views: 4811

Re: A strat with a twist?

Thanks Mark, Yes Gotoh stealth, the short ones. I'm a Dental tech by trade and make and cast things every day. Our trade is changing and is now done with a lot more digital milling and rather than metal high strength ceramics are being used. I originally wanted to mill the bridge from Zirconium, but...
by Mr K
Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: A strat with a twist?
Replies: 13
Views: 4811

A strat with a twist?

I had this Idea of making an electric with a top that only connects to the body at the very end and under the Bridge. All the controls and P/u's are only attached to the body leaving the 6 mm thick top to act as a bit of an acoustic panel. It was a bit of an experiment and has certainly shown a lot ...
by Mr K
Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red Special build
Replies: 8
Views: 3865

Re: Red Special build

Thanks Pete , Been away on holidays . Time for the continuation . This is a close copy of the original bridge . six aluminium blocks machined at different heights to cater for the 7.25" radius , and the slots for the intonation. http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa165/agghmrkermit/IMG_6279-2rs_zps2...
by Mr K
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red Special build
Replies: 8
Views: 3865

Re: Red Special build

So the body top was trimmed, A veneer was added to the sides with the grain in the vertical direction . The white binding done and the neck pocket routed. http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa165/agghmrkermit/IMG_6217rs_zps4dfc2060.jpg http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa165/agghmrkermit/IMG_6220rs...
by Mr K
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red Special build
Replies: 8
Views: 3865

Re: Red Special build

The fret board and neck were also being done . Fret board is made from Oak http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa165/agghmrkermit/IMG_9771rs_zpse1371975.jpg This was shaped and radiused in the usual manner and the painted black http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa165/agghmrkermit/file_zpsa5073f98.jp...
by Mr K
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red Special build
Replies: 8
Views: 3865

Re: Red Special build

A bit more of the build, With the top oak block in place it sits proud of the other layers , this is because the pivot point has to sit just under the top veneer layer to be in the correct spot . The layer of ply was routed away from the area and only leaves the veneer http://i199.photobucket.com/al...
by Mr K
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red Special build
Replies: 8
Views: 3865

Re: Red Special build

Certainly a bit of a challenge in this one Mark, love the trem but had to phone a friend to get a grip on how it worked, think I have it now. Yer it does look a bit daunting at first but if you think of it as a normal trem and then take the springs that are normally in tension, and put them on the ...
by Mr K
Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My take on the Red Special
Replies: 13
Views: 6549

Re: My take on the Red Special

Very nice! Interesting that such a famous guitar was a 'homer'. Personally, I'm interested in what motorcycle the trem springs come from....if it's a copy of a Brit icon guitar it should really be Triumph or BSA but I can't see any oil so maybe I'm wrong. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: And welcome to the madh...
by Mr K
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red Special build
Replies: 8
Views: 3865

Red Special build

The RS is a guitar that was built by Brian and his father with no previous experience of how a guitar should be built . It was also built with what ever could be scrounged to do the job . The materials used may not have been ideal or well suited to the job but what was clear is that they took a skil...
by Mr K
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My take on the Red Special
Replies: 13
Views: 6549

Re: My take on the Red Special

Thanks so much for the positive comments all.
I was fortunate to meet up with Jeff recently and see some of his lovely guitars as well.

Regarding the build photos, I'll put up a thread in the build section

Cheers Mark
by Mr K
Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My take on the Red Special
Replies: 13
Views: 6549

My take on the Red Special

This is one of my favourite guitars, I’ve been studying it for quite a while and years of research has got me to this stage.I finished this one late 2014 and was about a two year project. A brief back ground for those not familiar with the guitar. The Red Special was Brian May from Queen’s guitar bu...
by Mr K
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: All Lurkers Please Read
Replies: 12
Views: 5833

Re: All Lurkers Please Read

Hi guys , well with only 5 posts since 2009 I spose I'd be a lurker too.
I build the odd electric maybe one a year , I'd like to do an acoustic but don't have the space for a decent setup .
I will put one of my builds up in the gallery section if that's ok .

Cheers Mark
by Mr K
Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Spraying - what gear is everyone using?
Replies: 19
Views: 5512

Re: Spraying - what gear is everyone using?

Iwata LPH-80-124G with a 250 ml pot . Seems to be the perfect size for guitar work and being LPHV the is not much mist coming of. I use it for both 2pac and Nitro

A link if needed
http://www.anest-iwata.com.au/products/ ... lastic-pot
by Mr K
Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:02 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Red box
Replies: 14
Views: 6004

Well I'm using some Red Box at the moment although not on guitars , To me it seems like a brittle wood more so than Red gum . Its about 1024 kg/m3 This Board was 32mm which I re sawed down the middle. The top board , the lower one is cinnamon wood http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa165/agghmrkermi...
by Mr K
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Guess the wood?
Replies: 25
Views: 7263

Hi all , I've visited here a few times and vastly improved my knowledge of guitar making by doing so .I should thank you all for sharing .
This is my first post here and my guess is 'Silver Ash"
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