Friday, July 29, 2011

Little more work on the Purple Heart Guitar Build . I have been fitting the neck Tenon joint to the guitar body . I am very close at this point . Some minor adjustment and we will have a good fit.

The Picture above shows the finish pencil line marks for the fretboard , the tension rod slot and carbon fibre filler stiffeners.

A Little better picture showing the shape of the headstock . Taken from an Arrow Idea.

Couple of pics showing the fit at the body . This is very time consuming .

Thanks for stopping by , Have a wonderful week and stay cool out there !

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I have been shaping the neck for the Purple Heart Guitar . It is made from one piece Mahogany and is stiffened with Carbon Fibre rods . This is a 12th fret fit to the body and will have a 1-3/4" nut width . I have fashioned the heel to the shape I have used on all my mando's and if you notice the Headstock has a "Arrow" shape . Not sure how its gonna work , I think OK , at least it looks different .

You can tell better from the picture below that the head stock actual has an angle where the tuners are and is bowled out in back.

The Picture below really shows the " Arrow" angle that I was shooting for .

I hope you enjoyed your short look through my wood shop . Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great day.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Oscar Schmidtt , Not oscar the grouch !

Found this old Oscar Schmidtt AutoHarp at an antique store recently . It was in bad shape . Paid $35.00 for it and thought it was to much then . The back was falling off , the end pin bar was about pulled out ( where the strings attach on those lil pins ) and the bracing was all lose and warped. I didn't take pics of start , wish I had when I realize how well it turned out .

Picture from tuner end , they all appear orig.

Picture of end bar reglued in place and all the strings back on pins . Talk about a little pain in the butt to string .

4 hrs later , a bit of Hyde glue ( that's what was used originally ) and some preservation polish to clean it and still keep the patina , and there you have it . I didn't try and tune it those strings are old . I just tightened them slightly taut and let it go . Cant be played that way , but will look real nice as House decoration .

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Binding and Accent On Purple Heart Guitar

I have spent a bit of time working on the Purple Heart Guitar and have now completed the Binding and Accent strips as you will See in the accompanying pictures .

Double strip down the back with approx 1/4" of purple heart showing down the center .

I have used a Black plastic for the Binding and accent strips . I thought it would stand out nicely against the purple heart wood.

Side shot . For anyone who doesn't know , Binding is a PAIN ! LOL

I doubled the strips on the heel section to give a nice heel contrast at 3/4" wide .

It shows nicely in this top pic as well .

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my simple hobby . Have a wonderful day !