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Utah Plate Build Pictorial

This is an interesting licence plate i've had for a while and finally managed to make something with it.

Started off with some 2x2 bubinga and english yew which i cut into strips for making the box. Also have some sonokeling cut for a fretboard.…


Added by c# merle on July 30, 2013 at 5:25am — 4 Comments

How To Swirl Paint A Cbg

How to Swirl-Paint a CBG Part1


At the suggestion of ted, here's an amateur guide to swirl painting a guitar. this will be my 1st double neck build

When i painted the swirl reso, i 'dipped' the whole box - this time thought i try a different approach.

this is the swirl reso which i sanded to 600 grit then used red yellow and blue auto spray paint to build up the purple base coat.

using the spray i discovered the swirl…


Added by c# merle on February 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Lap Steel Build

always wanted to try a lap steel guitar and finally got a nice piece of 3 1/3 by 2 1/2 iroko.

so, here goes

decided on an 8 string setup. first to route out the basic shape

always take extra care when using a router - too many 3 fingered carpenters around already :)

still to decide… Continue

Added by c# merle on September 29, 2010 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Veneer Build

So, iv'e got some 5mm plywood and a length of oak - time to go to work!

Most cigarboxes are just cheap ply boxes covered in paper, so i knocked up a straight forward 9x10 box and cut some sound holes.

Then i start thinking how plain it looks. not really wanting to slap labels on it (nothing wrong with that),

i thought... how about some veneer!

  1. After some searching on ebay, found this- Kevasinga 0.5mm…

Added by c# merle on September 8, 2010 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

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