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Swamp witch guitar Helltainium for GD

"That is one mean looking guitar, gonna steal some of those ideas for my next project. Cheers kiddo"
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"Hi Shawn, like the guitar, what are the scratch plates made from?"
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T-Gripped commented on Philip Hopper's blog post CBG project
"Do a web search on Ed Stilley. There is some info here in the nation also. I think. Couldn't find much just now https://cigarboxnation.com/photo/ed-stilley-book-2"
Oct 23
Kigar commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"I suppose it could look that way but it also can look clean. "
Oct 23
Philip Hopper commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"Hey Kigar that is an idea I like, reckon that method will make it look like it has been to hell and back. Cheers Phil"
Oct 22
Kigar commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"You can get a similar effect by either staining first then cutting to expose the raw wood, or cutting slots and coloring with paint then sanding the flat surface to clean it up."
Oct 22
Bob Johnston commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"Awesome!  Let me know how it turns out.  I'm thinking about somthing similar using purple heart and maple."
Oct 22
Philip Hopper commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"Good morning Bob, I have decided to try something very similar using a dark wood veneer laminated into the neck and then sanded back and polished up.  Thanks Phil"
Oct 22
Bob Johnston commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"I made a maple fretboard, cut the frets with a Japanese saw a little larger than my fret saw.  I then used putty made with walnut sawdust mixed with dark Titebond glue to fill the slots.  After sanding and varnish it turned out pretty…"
Oct 21
Philip Hopper commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"Thanks for the ideas, I reckon I I'll try the burning idea. Cheers phil"
Oct 20
Kigar commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"Couple ideas - try them on scrap first if you can. use a stain that makes the darker part of the grain black. lightly go over the neck with a torch for a similar effect. Try burning it after a light coat of finish is applied and dried."
Oct 20
BrianQ. commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"I’m guessing it doesn’t have a temperature control? Maybe you just need a little more practice? I had that problem too when I first started with woodburning? Good luck "
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Philip Hopper commented on Philip Hopper's blog post fret marker ideas
"Thanks for the suggestion Brian, I have a pyrograph burning machine of which I have tried various species of wood and they all leave an untidy scorch mark, I guess I will just have to keep researching. Cheers Phil"
Oct 18

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fret marker ideas

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 4:06am 11 Comments

Good morning all, I have started working on my next 3 string guitar and I have decided on a fretless neck, the last fretless neck I constructed I scorched the fret markers with a hot wire but found the scorch marks spread into the grain making the finished article look a bit untidy. Has any other members got any ideas they would like to share on method and materials used.  Cheers Phil

CBG project

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 3:45pm 4 Comments

Planning my next cbg project any cool design ideas out there, do springs make a difference inside the box, art work, embellishments etc etc. Cheers and keep chugging.

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