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  • Great book.
  • I tried naked Faith when I was looking to buy my Larrivée, and was suitably impressed. A lot of guitar for the money.
  • I suggested Vintage, going on your previous recommendations. I'll push him in that direction.
  • Having a bit of problems with the Tru-oil. previous builds we didn't have a cat. Now we have two! Another issue I have had this morning is I decided to do a bit of rubbing back using 1200 grit and Tru-oil as a lubricant. And I managed to rub thro…
  • Couple of shots of the blue back (two piece Swamp Ash). This is after 4 coats of Tru-oil.
  • So why do we hanker after the top-end stuff, and pay so much more money?A good question after our Shine purchases!
  • Have not got any images of the blue at this stage but here is one of the purple, after about 5 coats of oil.
  • We have started oiling the body using my old favourite, Tru-oil. It really brings out the pattern of the grain. Unlike previous bodies I have prepared, this one has not had grain filler applied.
  • Think that is me finished with the back. About time to start the Tru-oil.
  • Just ordered "Chernobyl" on DVD (I don't have Sky). It is out on the 8th July, just a few days after my birthday, so a late gift from my missus.
  • "Years and Years", on BBC, is turning out an excellent drama.
  • Why Ghastly Astley?
  • Not my choice of colour, but it is coming along!
  • Almost there with the staining on the front. Still wet bits when this was taken.
  • This is an artists impression on where we are heading with the new build. What actually happens once Liam gets properly involved is anyone's guess. He works away all week, and as a young man with a girl on his arm doesn't have a lot of spare tim…
  • Nice guitar. I have a thing for Teles.
  • Been practising with Crimson Guitar's "Stunning Stains". Biggest problem is getting a durable paper towel to apply the stuff. Going to lash out and by some "Plenty".
  • As promised. Here are the photographs of the body, as delivered. The front is Flame Maple laminate. The main-part of the body is two piece Swamp Ash.
  • Body arrived today. It is gorgeous. Beautifully finished. The Swamp Ash base is extremely well figured. The Flame Maple is very pale but quite well marked. They supplied four test pieces for colour testing. We have blue and purple stain. I had thoug…
  • So sad to hear Lester. I will pray for you.
  • I have an 85 Gordon-Smith, which I seldom play. Action is nice, and the thin neck has a lovely feel. I do like the coil tap options.
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko May 11
  • Stain arrived today. The body should ship within the fortnight.
  • Liam has pretty well settled on the configuration for the guitar he wants us to build. He is going for a Telemaster body. He has ordered a two piece Swamp Ash body with a Flame Maple laminate top, from . He has decided he …
  • They are Steinberger, but unfortunately they have been discontinued.
    in [No longer]WTB Comment by Jocko May 7
  • These guitars are awesome. I would love one. My first home build used gearless tuners (albeit on a conventional headstock) and I swear by them. They give tremendous tuning accuracy. Fan frets are great. My grandson bought a 7 string fan fret guitar …
    in [No longer]WTB Comment by Jocko May 6
  • Once I got to grip with the Floyd Rose I found it easy to work with. As a tremolo system it is better than those on the Strat and such. The fact you have to cut the ball end off the strings is a worry and getting the strings to grip was a bit hit or…
  • Starter guitars are great for learning the skills as you can buy a battered Squier for £30, take it entirely to pieces, rebuild it, set it up and if at the end of the day it is bu**ered, you are only £30 down. That is how I started. Later I bought o…
  • Thanks. That was taken back when I was into photography. Still have the cameras, just don't have the inclination.
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 24
  • Only difference between the two guitars is the truss rod cover. This one says Les Paul Custom, mine just says Gibson. Mine is a Samick 2002. This one is Un Sung 2005.
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 23
  • What a disappointment. Checked nut relief and it was a little low, but once I set the string height (bridge and fittings had been removed for cleaning), it was spot on. Neck relief was where I would have set it. I raised the pickups slightly then ha…
    in Epi Les Paul Comment by Jocko March 23