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A New Workspace

November 25th, 2008

Workbench

I’m still planning on building the guitars I’ve designed–slowly.  Today I hung lights in the basement of a friend’s house.

I was going to post the plans I drew up, but then progress ceased.  Anyway, above is my eventually-to-be-cluttered workbench.


I remember what this was like…

June 16th, 2008

I now have my laptop back and glass in my passenger side window.  Such simple things, but what an effect.  Now I can get back to work on my life.  Wait, do I want to do that?

I got a neck in the mail today.  $25 of Ebay.  A slightly strat-style design, but not looking too standard as far as fit.  (I lined the holes up to my Jackson and they’re off.)  Perfect for a new build, though.  I have to keep an eye on these.  Necks can go pretty cheap because they can all have slight differences.  But it seems that if you’re building from scratch, you just start with the neck and work around the differences.   New necks of standard dimensions are rarely seen under $100.

I have a show tomorrow.   As far as I know, they’re still looking for people to fill in the night.

Oh yeah.  I designed another guitar last night, after looking at Telecaster Thinline forum threads.  I designed a PRS-type body with a drip-shaped f-hole, that can be built hollow with a wood frame and masonite.  I really want to make it a 12-string, if possible.


All this falling apart

June 9th, 2008

The last month has been a disaster. I’m trying to dig myself out of so much negativity, my body feels completely drained. It probably doesn’t help that I only sleep 4 hours a night, or that sometimes I forget to eat, or that I never forget to drink. I trudge my way through the day and reclaim myself at night, tending to overextend my schedule. Now I have a new job I’m not quite sure of and I’m as far as ever from realizing any of my goals. Somehow I’m in good spirits today. Maybe that’s because my downstairs neighbor was home all morning, meaning I didn’t have to wake up to the sounds of tortured animals. (see below)

I have a lot of stuff to work on, once my laptop is actually in my hands again. Geek Squad is my #1 source of stress right now. There’s a lot of stuff I can do to try and make some progress, but it’s all in the air for now.

I designed a guitar. I’m ditching the idea of making a Jazzmaster copy. Seems a little pointless to build from scratch and not design it yourself. So I took some hints from the Jazzmaster, Telecaster, Les Paul flat top and my Washburn, and successively traced draft after draft of my own design on translucent graphics bond until I was happy with it. The body is a single-cutaway design that’s offset like a Jazzmaster, but with a more standard body size. (I tried to match my Washburn’s basic dimensions.) I designed the pickguard as sort of a cross between a Jazzmaster and a Telecaster Deluxe that I’ve seen pictures of. The hardware and pickups are laid out like a Les Paul or SG, with a Tune-O-Matic bridge and two humbuckers (to match the more Gibson-style short scale and Mahogany body.) The real weird touch is that I’ve incorporated a Strat-style jack plate as a continuation of the pickguard design, in the same way that the Jaguar’s control plate is set. The controls will be simple: one master volume and one master tone, but instead of a switch I want to have some sort of a balance control. Still have to figure that out.

I post pictures you know when.