Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just a quick update

I have a great deal more going on than what these pictures suggest, but this is what I quickly lastly night before putting Bry to bed.  Basically it is Seth's Hollowbody ALS, his neck glue up, and Bry riding his neck glue up like a horse...great fun.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

General Update

Well,  here are a bunch of pictures of what I have been up to in the past couple of days.  The first is a shot of the roughed in body of the new ALS Hollowbody for Seth.  It is coming along nicely.  Not much more work can happen on the body until I finish and set the neck.  Then it is about sanding and incorporating my classic heel-less neck joint.
Now, Corey's inlay...I finished cutting all of the pieces late Friday night, and got them glued in place...the ugly duckling stage.

The ugly duckling stage of Stephen's ebony fretboard inlaid with a custom red-heart abalone design.

Re-cutting fret slots through the inlay....gritting my teeth, praying I do not blow through the pearl...

 Fret slots cut and ready to go...
 Stephen's ebony board mostly sanded....almost clear of the ugly duckling stage
 And Corey's inlay....the picture does not do it justice

 And finally a couple of pictures of how I do my FB purfling.  PITA.  I use a dremel router drill press with a custom jig to route a 0.032" line, the fill it with fishpaper veneer and CA it in place.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Inlay Work

I know these do not look like much as of yet, but they are two pieces of inlay that I have been working on solidly for the past several days.  The first is red hearted abalam laid into ebony.  I used the classic technique of 'smush and crack', using a spoon to smash straight strips in the appropriate pockets.  The cocobolo fretboard shown below are all the pockets for the clipper ship inlay that will adorn Corey's GA.  I will post update pictures as they come through the ugly duckling stage.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Brilliant October Skies

Well,  we will start today's post off with my friend Corey's back and sides.  This will be my 4th guitar headed to Australia, but the first to a friend like Corey.  Considering, I wanted to do something really special for him, and I thought this cocobolo captured the epicness that is Corey and the life and times he and so many others have given me the 2 times I have the privilege of being over there.
 Then, here are a couple of shots of Seth's ALS Hollowbody.  It is the first of its kind, so we shall see what it is made of.

 And finally, another picture of one of the reasons I smile so much when I go home after my day job...The specular highlights were included for Corey...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Starting off well

Well, here are a couple pictures of my life right now.  Leighton and Bryleigh.  They are both simply awesome.
I finished Stephen Feldman's bindings as well.  "finished is loose", as I still have to scrape sand and fill.

 While I was hanging out, I glue up Corey's Back...CHECK IT OUT!  Cocobolo is literally my favorite wood in the whole world.

And I glued up Dave's bridge.

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Babies!

This is the new addition to the Ziegenfuss family.  Leighton Shaw.  She was born 7 lb 15 oz, 21.5 inches long.
And these are a couple pictures of attaching Dave's neck to his body.  I am getting really close on this one, and am very excited to get it into Dave's hands.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Removing and Replacing Bloodwood Backstrap

Here are a couple of pictures of the R&R of Stephen's bloodwood backstrap.  I have literally taken years on this guitar, and the accents evolved from ready to the bloodwood had to go to match the honduran RW binding package.

Monday, October 3, 2011

First Weekend in October

Well, my wife has yet to go into labor.  So I have been biding some extra time in the shop with Bryleigh.  This is a smattering of pictures....Rob's sides, Seth's sanding and prepped plates for his hollowbody ALS....I did the top binding and purflings on Stephen's OM, glued Rob's back to his sides, and prepped Dave's neck for final touches.  I will try to be more detailed in my next post...but for now, enjoy the pictures.


Below is the ladder bracing on a very special project...I just could not walk away from it any longer....

 Rob's FB material and inlaid headstock overlay.