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  • mikem8634mikem8634 Frets: 240
    My word there is some fine stuff there -  the flame roasted maple Jazzmaster neck and the top for the chambered tele in particular, Plus there is something very special about a tele with a P90 in the neck. Great to see you back in the workshop.
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  • uksaint7uksaint7 Frets: 39
    Glad you're back doing your thing Graham! I remember a while back you mentioned you had a bad reaction to working with roasted maple, has that now eased off?
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  • Great to see you back at it Graham! (@gspbasses) Fingers X'd for the meds ...
    MY tele is down with Rich atm so will be posting NGD pics when its finished =)
    Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    uksaint7 said:
    Glad you're back doing your thing Graham! I remember a while back you mentioned you had a bad reaction to working with roasted maple, has that now eased off?
    Yes, you're absolutely right, I still have a reaction to the dust from Roasted Maple. However I do have a new 3M facemask that seems to be working very well, but once I've used up my stock of Roasted Maple I doubt if I will buy any more. I should add that I might not be able to buy any more anyway, as the European suppliers of Roasted Maple are unable to do so any more. Bringing Roasted Maple in from America is just far too expensive, I've been quoted 2 to 3 times the cost of the European Roasted Maple.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 2182
    Have you considered selling off some of the roasted maple, rather than working it yourself?
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    edited February 21
    Roland said:
    Have you considered selling off some of the roasted maple, rather than working it yourself?
    I've only got 7 roasted maple neck blanks left, they are all ordered, when they've gone I should think that be the end of the Roasted Maple for me. Although I have got at least 6 Roasted Maple necks part finished, but all the shaping is done, so it really is just drilling the tuner holes plus fretted.

      I mentioned earlier on in this post about some dark Rosewood I found, will I made a couple necks with it now and it really is nice. As a consequence, I decided to go and buy some more. What I did find out  about this Rosewood it's 60 to 70 years old most likely a lot older, as the date on the packing case apparently was the late sixties. It was imported into the Liverpool docks, along with several large logs at half a ton each. Not long after this date the original ban on Rosewood come in to affect. This was not like the current problems with Rosewood, this was the banding of importing and exporting logs. I believe this was called the Lucy ruling, which  basically meant that in the case of Rosewood it had to be worked in the country where the tree was cut down to add value to the wood, so instead of exporting logs of Rosewood they were cut up into some kind of product, like fingerboard. I believe this is what Gibson got into trouble with a few years ago with a container full of logs instead of fingerboard's.

     This Rosewood is nothing like the plantation Rosewood that is available now, this Rosewood is naturally forest grown. It's much denser, much darker and the grain tends to be a bit wiggly wobbly, unlike plantation grown rosewood with tends to be very straight grained. I don't think this rosewood was imported for guitar making, as it's 25mm thick by 66mm wide, and 700mm long.

    I purchased 10 of these blocks in the hope I could slice it up to get 3 fingerboard's out of the block, I did in fact manage this, although a few of them are a bit thin, but should still be usable. 



    The blocks before I slice them up.




    I did manage to get 30 fingerboard's out of these blocks, a couple are a bit thin but still over 6mm thick, so still usable. 




    As you can see really pretty grain patterns, and lovely colour, although this will go much darker in time.



    The Jazzmaster neck on the right shows how dark this Rosewood will go.
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    GSPBASSES said:

    Much to my better judgement I've agreed to make a Les Paul custom, I will make two of them in case I cock one up. I only decided to do these because @WezV told us where to get the multicoloured binding, so if it all goes pear-shaped I know to blame. The photos show how I've chambered the bodies and glued on the caps, the caps are plain maple as the guitars are going to be black.
    Sorry to hear you've been unwell Graham - glad to see you're back in action though, I always love these threads!

    Is it too much to hope the LP build we'd talked about could be the second LPC please - assuming the first one comes out fine and this stays "spare"?
    I don't see why not, rough carving of the tops was completed today, so hopefully early next week I will get stuck into making the necks finishing the bodies.
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  • That is just fantasic:



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  • guitargeek62guitargeek62 Frets: 1628
    edited February 24
    Superb - thanks Graham, I’m not planning any more guitar purchases for quite a while so it’ll be nice to round out the collection with a second one from you.

    *edit* feel free to leave that second neck as chunky as you like btw!
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    edited February 24

    It's been a odd week, I had 3 mahogany Jazzmaster builds to complete by Friday, failed miserably, although I should say not strictly my fault. One mahogany Jazzmaster that was almost finished last week was completed on time and sent out. The other two were disasters, both suffering from cracks in the mahogany. The first one is not too bad. It has some very fine cracks on the edge of the body. It is repairable, I can either inject glue into the cracks, or cut the cracks out and glue it a new piece of wood. The other body has some cracks at the end of the body. I can't see how deep or how far the cracks go into the body, I could inject glue into these cracks and it would be fine. When I've have time I will most likely do these repairs and sell them off as B grade.

    I did manage to finish off 4 necks, 2 Strats and 2 T/C’s.

       I did get very distracted on a visit out to David Dykes when I purchased the very old rosewood. Anyone who's ever been to David Dykes will know what I mean, even though I go there a couple of times a week. I waste so much time rummaging through his vast stocks of wood. Normally coming away with lots of wood that I haven't got orders for. I also went there to buy Alder for builds that are coming up. Alder seems to be the wood of choice for Jazzmaster's and late 50's and early 60's Stratocaster's.

    The old Rosewood I purchased is now is all sliced up ready to use, although this won't be used in the foreseeable future as I already have a lot of Rosewood ready to use.

     

    The Les Paul's I started last week have now had their tops roughly carved, I will try and get the carving finished next week and start the builds.

     

    I'm now off for a short weekend away with my friends at the Chickenshed, we are going to a Joe Collins night at the shed Sunday evening.



    This one did go out on time.





    You can just see the very small cracks, I'll most likely machine the corner off and glue a piece of mahogany.



    One of the cracks on the end of the body, I think injecting glue into them will solve the problem. If not a piece of very expensive firewood.


    I forgot to mentioned I've almost completed two TC bodies.


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  • rexterrexter Frets: 202
    Hey Graham, great work as always! Do you make any SG-style guitars?
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    rexter said:
    Hey Graham, great work as always! Do you make any SG-style guitars?
    Yes I do make SG's, have none in stock I'm at the moment.  
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    edited February 28
    Been away for a few days my short weekend away turned into a long one, so not much done in the workshop. However, what I have done today is to sort out a loads of necks that I'm going to put into my next Black Friday sale. Some of the necks in the photo below are already sold. But most of them have no homes to go to yet. If I have time I will try to match up some bodies to go with the necks.


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  • PVO_DavePVO_Dave Frets: 1768
    GSPBASSES said:
    Been away for a few days my short weekend away turned into a long one, so not much done in the workshop. However, what I have done today is to sort out a loads of necks that I'm going to put into my next Black Friday sale. Some of the necks in the photo below are already sold. But most of them have no homes to go to yet. If I have time I will try to match up some bodies to go with the necks.


    You're going to make us wait until November? :)
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  • DrBobDrBob Frets: 1851
    PVO_Dave said:
    GSPBASSES said:
    Been away for a few days my short weekend away turned into a long one, so not much done in the workshop. However, what I have done today is to sort out a loads of necks that I'm going to put into my next Black Friday sale. Some of the necks in the photo below are already sold. But most of them have no homes to go to yet. If I have time I will try to match up some bodies to go with the necks.


    You're going to make us wait until November? :)
    Ha ha, agreed, we want quality necks at discount prices, and we want them NOW !
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  • FlametopFlametop Frets: 49
    GSPBASSES said:
    Been away for a few days my short weekend away turned into a long one, so not much done in the workshop. However, what I have done today is to sort out a loads of necks that I'm going to put into my next Black Friday sale. Some of the necks in the photo below are already sold. But most of them have no homes to go to yet. If I have time I will try to match up some bodies to go with the necks.



    If any of the telecaster necks are available (with or without body) I'd be interested please.

    Missed out on the last Black Friday due to dithering :)

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  • rexterrexter Frets: 202
    GSPBASSES said:
    rexter said:
    Hey Graham, great work as always! Do you make any SG-style guitars?
    Yes I do make SG's, have none in stock I'm at the moment.  
    Cheers! It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few years. Really like them but the standard Gibson models don’t excite me much. Good to know you’re there when I’m should have some funds for a build!
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  • sawyersawyer Frets: 190
    edited March 1
    I'be always fancied building a 54ish Gold Top with wraparound bridge and humbucker routes? Is this something you would consider Graham? Would make good company for the DC Junior you did for me?
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    PVO_Dave said:
    GSPBASSES said:
    Been away for a few days my short weekend away turned into a long one, so not much done in the workshop. However, what I have done today is to sort out a loads of necks that I'm going to put into my next Black Friday sale. Some of the necks in the photo below are already sold. But most of them have no homes to go to yet. If I have time I will try to match up some bodies to go with the necks.


    You're going to make us wait until November? :)
    No, as soon as I sorted out the necks that are already sold, I will then photograph the ones that are left and put an ad up with all the specifications Very few of these if any are "B" grade so not going to be ultra cheap, I will discount them, but not as much as my last black Friday sale. What I would say is if there's anything in particular, you're looking at, then PM me as I've already sold a couple of the necks in the photo. 
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    Flametop said:
    GSPBASSES said:
    Been away for a few days my short weekend away turned into a long one, so not much done in the workshop. However, what I have done today is to sort out a loads of necks that I'm going to put into my next Black Friday sale. Some of the necks in the photo below are already sold. But most of them have no homes to go to yet. If I have time I will try to match up some bodies to go with the necks.



    If any of the telecaster necks are available (with or without body) I'd be interested please.

    Missed out on the last Black Friday due to dithering :)

    The T/C neck front row second from the left roasted maple has a small repair. If you look where the A tuner will be I chipped it when I drilled it, so this neck will go for a good price. It will be matched up to a thin line "F" hole T/C. The T/C body is Swamp that with a flamed maple cap with white binding. Unfortunately I can't do much in the workshop at the moment because of the low temperatures, the main workshop where the overhead router is, that I do most my work on, has no heating and as is -2 in there today and yesterday so not much is going happen until it warms up a bit. If this is the sort of thing you're interested in PM me and we will sort it out.
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    edited March 6
    Well that cold snap certainly slowed us down last week, didn't really get anything done. My main workshop that the overhead router is in only has a electric heater, as it's too small to have a gas heater in, unfortunately I can't run the heater and the overhead router same time tends to pop a fuse. 

    I have managed to finish the thin line tele with the Brazilian Rosewood cap.




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  • mikem8634mikem8634 Frets: 240
    Wow, that is a thing of beauty - marvellous work.
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  • MtBMtB Frets: 433
    Yes, you get a proper WOW!! from me on rosewood capped thinline - great work Graham.
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  • normula1normula1 Frets: 263
    That' s lovely
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  • LebarqueLebarque Frets: 939
    So glad you're back in business, @GSPBASSES ;. I'm really looking forward to my Jazzmaster. If you fancy slipping some of that dark, old rosewood onto it, be my guest!
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    edited March 11

    Didn't get a huge amount done this week, the Telecaster with the Brazilian Rosewood cap is now gone off the customer, and two necks, one Strat one Tele goes off to forum member tomorrow. Did manage to spend huge amounts of money on Rosewood for necks, also purchased 10 planks of rock maple, hoping to get about 40 necks out them, this Maple will not be used till next year.

     Workshops will be close now for about five days, a friend of mine comes out of hospital tomorrow. I will be going to pick them up. They have't got any relatives who live nearby, so I will stay with them for at least a week, or until I'm sure they can look after their self and they got over their operation

     Forum members who have orders with me, I will try to get them out as soon as I can when I'm back in the workshop in a weeks time.



    I've mentioned several times about buying some very old rosewood that's about 70 years old, but most likely much older.  I've now purchased a fingerboard that's considerably older than that 3200 years old. It's bog oak, has been carbon dated. Is very black but also very pretty, unfortunately, it doesn't photograph very well because is quite shiny, not too sure what I'm going to with it yet. 


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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 890
    i'd be really interesred in bog oak for fretboard s, let me know what that's like 

    I know someone that made a table out of it and back and side sets etc but not fretboards 
    www.danielsguitars.co.uk
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210
    A couple of jobs finished this week, a Jazzmaster made from American red Alder, with a Birdseye Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, plus one Strat neck and one Telecaster neck, both Maple/Rosewood.


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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14754
    GSPBASSES said:
    Been away for a few days my short weekend away turned into a long one, so not much done in the workshop. However, what I have done today is to sort out a loads of necks that I'm going to put into my next Black Friday sale. Some of the necks in the photo below are already sold. But most of them have no homes to go to yet. If I have time I will try to match up some bodies to go with the necks.


    That one at the bottom right is particularly lovely. 
    Parachutes are great, for dogs and Frenchmen. 
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1210

    Few photos of what I've made recently.

    Custom T/C made from Swamp Ash with a roasted Maple neck, this is slightly different to the norm, as the body is fully chambered as per a F hole T/C. The body weighs just over 2lb.


     Stratocaster made from lightweight American red Alder with a Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard. Jazzmaster made from lightweight American red Alder, neck made from Maple with Ebony fingerboard.


     

    Two custom Swamp Ash T/C's as the first picture these are fully chambered and only weigh 2lb.. Both the bodies have white banding  back and front. One neck is made from flame Maple with a flame Maple fingerboard, the other is roasted Maple with roasted Maple fingerboard.



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