The last couple of weeks, as time has permitted, I have mostly been focussing on the bodywork of the guitar. After cruising the guitar builder forums, I decided to finish the body in a product called tru-oil, which is a linseed oil based varnish intended for gun stocks; but makes a nice smooth and breathable finish for guitars. I also took the trouble to line the pickup pockets with a special conductive paint I got from stewmac. I was going to use copper foil, but this seems a lot neater.
After about 5 or 6 rounds of sanding, and rubbing on the varnish, the body looks pretty splendid, and smells like an old school desk. Hopefully the smell will wear off!
I didnt go to a really high gloss shine, although apparently the tru oil will do that, because I wanted it to look and feel like a piece of wood.
In this second picture I angled it so you can see it catching the light, which shows of the finish a little better.
here is a closeup of the pockets with a couple of coats of the conducting paint applied.
After assembling the guitar and a fair bit of fiddling with the little screws on the nut and bridge, it was finally set up and in tune.
And here she is in all her glory. Not quite done yet, still have the electrics to sort out, and the pickguard is roughly cut out of a bit of mounting card (and not the final shape either). But it does sound quite good, the card acts as a little sound board and it really holds a sustain well.
So. its official, I’ve built a guitar.
Next up is the electrics, where I’ve had a bit of a brainwave. So hold tight for that. Also in terms of practice, the black water side piece is coming together fairly well now, although I’m not going to be rivalling Bert any time soon, so I’ve added a new piece to the schedule. its called Andante in C by Mauro Giuliani; better known to the over 30’s in the audience as the “Tales of the Riverbank” Theme Music, the score is available here if you want to have a go, its fairly straightforward although there are a couple of tricky middle bits.
So thats it twang fans, until next time.