Friday, December 21, 2007

Another project under way!!

A doublecut les Paul (ish) sort of thing.

the body is cut from the bar top of the Ballylumford powerstation social club bar (they were finished with it, honest!!). given it's age, I'm 99% sure it's BRAZ mahogany.

top is maple that I got off Evil Bay about 9 months ago.

I've hollowed the body out to allow resonance as I'm going for a hybrid here.

The bridge will be a floating acoustic style bone saddle over a piezo under saddle pup.

the electric pups will be PAFs from GFS, split (obviously)

the maple will be stained blue like the 4th pic shows on an offcut.

Stereo output so I can process the electric & acoustic sounds seperately.

Sadly (!) school finished for the Christmas holidays two hours ago, so no more Lutherie until 7th Jan at the earliest!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007


no rambling, let the pics here, and the soundclip from the links to the right there speak for themselves.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hi folks, no progress as I've been off sick for a week.

nightmare of a tummy bug, but HOPEFULLY I'll be back at work tomorrow and get the strings on.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Mandola progress.

OK the first one is NEARLY done.

tuners are on, nut is cut and on, bridge is fitted and bridge pins holes are reamed to 5 degrees to accept the pins.

ball end strings are in the post so hopefully I'll get the fret dressing done and intonation sorted on the saddle by the end of next week.......


The OTHER mandola has gone slightly adrift.

I was trying to get a really smooth neck/cutaway join. Sadly it's TOO smooth and the neck would actually overhang.

I've fitted the neck anyway at a slight angle, and thrown on a few coats of lacquer. and I'll bung on a bridge to see how it sounds.

I COULD tell a pack of lies about how it was deliberate to allow more bass response........

but that's not my style......

It MIGHT be useable, and I'll ebay it for the cost of parts........ or maybe less :o(

Worst case scenario is I take off the neck and use it on a later build.

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Married with 4 kids, Christian, worship leader, luthier