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Old 02-09-2018, 06:04 PM
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Default Green Trim Line

It is dyed birch veneer, I use the same material undyed for the white lines in my usual style.
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:55 PM
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I love the green, and this build, and the other builds that I found on your website!

I don't normally like MOP BUT the girl's head on the headstock is awesome.

Please continue to post, I'm enjoying the journey.
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Old 02-17-2018, 02:10 PM
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Thanks Mr Fox,
always appreciate the extra effort to explore my work. I also usually steer clear of inlay, but I am enjoying this one a lot. Getting the lines of the face looking right was a challenge for sure.

Gluing the binding up

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This little mitre box was Ben Wilborn's idea. It makes it a snap to cut a square cut on your mark.
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Old 02-17-2018, 03:10 PM
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Default Alessi Tuners

We knew we wanted something really special for the tuners on this build, and when I saw the Square One tuners from Alessi I knew we had found it. I love the way the style of these works with my headstock design.
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Does anyone have any experience with this tuner?
I had to get custom drill bushings to drill for it, and a custom reamer to finish the holes.
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:40 PM
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Default Fill and seal

Here are a couple shots of the body with the first coat of filler/sealer. I use epoxy as a sealer.

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Old 02-20-2018, 09:33 PM
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Brilliant! I love the color scheme and the inlay.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:52 PM
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Default bridge details

Here is the bridge I made for this one. First flat wing bridge for a Big Hollow guitar.
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Old 02-23-2018, 09:13 PM
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Default Finish continues

JF requested that I tint the neck to match the body, so I made some test boards to make sure i got the color right. I can't get over how empowering it is to do tests first, it takes so much stress out of the equation. It has taken me waaayyy to long to come to this fairly basic realization.

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Also, I toned the top a bit

Then sprayed the first varnish coat

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Old 02-27-2018, 05:20 PM
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Wow! That looks awesome.

Somewhere in Valhalla the Larson Borthers just gave each other a high five.
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Default sanded and buffed

so the final coat of varnish is sprayed double thickness, with just enough time between coats for the first one to not be runny when the second goes on. Because the two coats dry together as one, this gives me a film thickness that can take some sanding without risking burn-throughs.

I sand up to 1500 and then buff on the wheel.
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Afterward:
side view varnish.jpg

back side view varnish.jpg

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Then it is time to unmask the bridge footprint and the fingerboard extension footprint, double check the fit and alignment, and glue the bridge and neck on

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Old 05-29-2018, 02:47 PM
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This is going to be a lovely guitar, Bevan. Thanks for the great build thread!
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Default Assembled and strung

Lately I have been sealing the edge of the bridge footprint by masking off the finish and brushing shellac right against the cut edge of the finish. This really cuts down on the glue seeping in and swelling the grain around the bridge and leaves a much flatter finish around the bridge.
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I set the neck a little high to take into account the warping and deflection that will occur over time. You can see the saddle is tallish.
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The satin finish on the neck is very popular, I can't remember the last time someone requested gloss. This is the bird's beak joint in it's finished glory. It provides quite an accent to the slotted headstock.
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Old 06-03-2018, 12:09 AM
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A very beautiful instrument! Your build quality and aesthetic choices are both excellent! I really like the look of the bridge.
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:36 PM
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Hi, Bevan,
I've been pretty scarce around this forum for about a year now, but now I'm back, and I have to say, it's great to see some of your new work. Your guitars are absolutely awesome, and you are one of the most talented builders I've ever met. Somehow, one of these days, I'm going to own a Big Hollow guitar. Your instruments have a unique and totally world-class sound. Pretty easy on the eyes, too. I'm glad you're doing well! Keep up the great work, my friend!
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:39 PM
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Wow that's an awesome looking guitar.. I really like the green!
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