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New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by WJ Guitars » Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:03 pm

I have started a new guitar build in February 2019 and this will be a slower stage project. (I need to provide additional care and support for my wife who is having ongoing medical treatment over the next 6 months. At this stage the treatment is progressing well). As time permits I will continue the GS model guitar build.

I had stored in my timber stash an Amazon Rosewood Back and Sides set that I purchased from LMI before the 'CITES' problem created overseas shipping issues with rosewoods. I am also using a German Spruce Top, refer to pdf photo attachment. As the guitar build progresses I will provide some progress updates.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by lamanoditrento » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:11 am

Good luck with your wife's health!
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Post by WJ Guitars » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:20 pm

Thanks Trent for your comments. Yes, we hope all will go well with the medical treatment.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by rocket » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:05 am

Nice work on the build Wayne, best wishes for the missus.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by blackalex1952 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:21 pm

I totally relate to your wife's situation if her ailments are indeed that serious...I confront a similar thing personally and am on my own with it...too late for a caring commitment from a caring partner, in my case. My interest in luthierie is a good way to keep my mind off my worldly problems along with meditaton. So much respect from me to you as a carer.
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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by Petecane » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:14 pm

Those were lovely words Ross.
Yeah I guess there are a good many of us riddled with ailments, myself included but don't want to go there.
I share wholeheartedly your views that getting on with some Lutherie and discussing it all here is a great great form of medication.
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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by WJ Guitars » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:24 pm

I have been able to make further progress with the Steel String GS Guitar build.

A small split on the the German Spruce occurred while working on the top and I had to make a small patch on the top (refer to attachment pdf photos). I have now closed the box and installed the purflings and side binding. I had some minor issues installing the the black walnut veneer on the streamline bevel that required some touch ups. All now is good and now looking forward to making the guitar neck next as time permits.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by 56nortondomy » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:42 pm

Looking good Wayne nice ,neat and clean inside the box, looks like it'll be a winner when it's finished. What's the tape you use for the bindings?
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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by WJ Guitars » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:30 pm

What's the tape you use for the bindings?/quote]

I used the Scotch 3M Green Masking tape purchased from Bunnings for binding and it does the job. However, I think it would be better to use a stronger type of binding tape as recommended in the 'Gore / Gilet' Build Book.

Thanks Wayne for the positive comments on the guitar build.

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Post by 56nortondomy » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:45 pm

Thanks Wayne, I was just wondering what it was, RC tonewoods sell a green binding tape and I thought that might be the one. Wayne

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by WJ Guitars » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:02 pm

I have made some further progress with the GS Guitar build and will be making the bridge saddle slot soon. (Refer to pdf photo attachment).

The next stage will involve checking for any marks or minor gaps that need to be fixed and then grain filling the Amazon Rosewood ready for spraying the sealer coats / nitro lacquer coats. When the guitar is completed I will put a posting in the 'Gallery'.



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Post by 56nortondomy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:28 pm

Looking good Wayne, nice touch on the end of the f/b. Do you cut the inlay cavities by hand too ( dremel ? )?
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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by WJ Guitars » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:45 pm

Thanks Wayne for your good comments. Yes, I use the Dremel tool to cut the inlay cavities and I make up a clear epoxy mix with Macassar Ebony dust to glue the pearl inlay and fill up gaps that occur when cutting the cavities out freehand. I generally do the inlay work over a two three day period.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by Lillian » Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:26 pm

Its coming together nicely. I like your choices. The fret makers made me smile.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by Mark McLean » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:08 pm

Hi Wayne
Thanks for showing us your work. I like the little details like the symmetry of the headstock and bridge shapes. It is looking really good.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by Dave M » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:51 am

I don't know about a slow build Wayne it seems to be going pretty fast to me! And jolly nice looking too.

It is probably not of any significance but Microsoft's SmartScreen filter doesn't like your photo site for some reason - had to turn it off to look at your PDF's.
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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by McCreed » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:53 am

Nice work Wayne.
I haven't (and probably never will) graduate from solid body electrics. I certainly appreciate the skill it takes to build acoustics. I don't play much acoustic so I suppose it narrows my focus. Not to mention I'm still expanding my skillset within my own realm.
All the best to you & your wife too.

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brace carving chisel

Post by blackalex1952 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:20 am

Lovely! I just checked out some build pix and noticed your brace carving chisel..I have had one of these on my wish list for too long now, so what is a good brand to get?
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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by WJ Guitars » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:27 pm

Thanks all for the good comments on the guitar build progress.
It is probably not of any significance but Microsoft's SmartScreen filter doesn't like your photo site for some reason - had to turn it off to look at your PDF's/quote]

I have a Mac computer and an external drive that I can switch to that runs Windows 10. In Windows 10, I set up a file to arrange the jpeg photos on a page and then convert the file to pdf. I'm not sure either what is the problem with the SmartScreen filter. However, I just find it easy to format the photos together and hopefully making it easy to view more photos. I'm glad to he hear that you found a way to view the pdf photos.

Lovely! I just checked out some build pix and noticed your brace carving chisel..I have had one of these on my wish list for too long now, so what is a good brand to get?/quote]

I purchased my curved bracing chisel about 3 years ago from 'Stewmac' and 'Stewart Macdonald' Brand is stamped on this Chisel.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by WJ Guitars » Tue May 07, 2019 4:20 pm

I have now been able to make the bridge, grain fill the rosewood with 'Timber mate' and spray 5 wet coats. The final 6th coat (50:50) is yet to be added and then wait 3 weeks for the the Nitro Lacquer to harder before wet sanding from 600, 1200, 1500, & finally up to 2000 grade ready for the buffing and polishing stage.

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Re: New GS Guitar Build Started

Post by WJ Guitars » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:15 pm

I have now been able to finish the guitar and after a few days of settling in the relief and intonation has been set up, refer to pdf photo attachment. I will post in the 'Gallery' a series of photos with a video sound track soon.

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