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Elias Graves
05-29-2013, 08:30 PM
Apart from writing fiction, I also write songs, which lead me to play guitar, which led me to build guitars. It's a sickness.
Anyway, this first one is only a refinish job. The guitar came from a giant Korean factory and had this nasty dipped in plastic finish. I stripped it down and sprayed it with lacquer.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/25E017CE-6BB6-4DC2-B842-F4CC5FD3AC59-14877-0000136894F7A155.jpg


I built the next two from American black walnut. The first is a telecaster style and the other is an original hollow body design of my own.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/IMG_7289.jpg

It's currently undergoing a facelift.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/0E649274-4F45-41FF-8D65-B64ABA7DB9B9-6052-000008FFDC6870A1_zpsc9bb36ac.jpg




http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/16AEB6B0-DE2B-4332-B785-E2DC42F88A74-3895-00000606371EA93C_zpsaa3eec40.jpg

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/9039F73D-4866-4142-A5FC-1E23B86DA278-3895-0000060677D4DA31_zps8bdded41.jpg

dpaterso
05-29-2013, 08:59 PM
Cool pics! It pains me to remind you that the advised image size limit is 400 x 400 pixels.

Please see: FAQ: Don't Hotlink to Images and Image Size Info (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258870)

Please do not link to very large images; keep them to within about 400 x 400 pixels, and small files, please. Images from high resolution cameras (5 or more megapixels) may need to have their resolution (the dpi) changed to 72 dpi.

Can you edit 'em so they're within these limits, please.

-Derek

Elias Graves
05-29-2013, 09:17 PM
Sorry. I honestly don't know how to do that.
I could switch em to just links if you like.

Raindrop
05-29-2013, 09:51 PM
Gorgeous. Love the shade of the first one, love the superb walnut patterns of the second one, and ooooboy the white one's nice too!

AngieDixon
05-29-2013, 10:08 PM
I love the hollow body. Love to own that one.

AngieDixon
05-29-2013, 10:09 PM
If you need help with your images, PM me and I'll be glad to help.

benbradley
05-29-2013, 10:18 PM
Hi, Elias! I've built a couple of guitars too. Here's the 'nice' one:
http://wayback.archive.org/web/20010405042659/http://www.mindspring.com/~benbradley/

onesecondglance
05-29-2013, 10:37 PM
Awesome work!

dpaterso
05-29-2013, 11:00 PM
Sorry. I honestly don't know how to do that.
I could switch em to just links if you like.
Photobucket's edit options have improved from what I remember, it's kinda easy now to edit and shrink pics.

When you view your Photobucket album, hover your mouse arrow over the thumbnail you want to edit. The "cogwheel" will display, hover your mouse arrow over this and options will pop down:

Share
Copy
Edit
Move
Get Links
Delete

I selected Edit

When the image displayed, I selected Resize from the toolbar.

The pic I chose was Width 764 and Height 1023 which displayed in editable fields.

I changed the larger 1023 number to 400, and the width automatically changed to 298

I selected the Apply button.

I then selected the Save button -- note that you have the option to tick "Replace original" to overwrite the existing file, or if you don't tick this, a new (smaller) image file will be saved.

The smaller image I saved has its own URL, as you'd expect, which can be copy/pasted in place of the original URL, e.g.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u62/dpat57/379b7077-9471-452d-817a-e50ba0abd1b0_zps6cb01c60.jpg

Still big enough to see details, but less load on the server!

Hope that helps! Shout if any problems.

-Derek

Elias Graves
05-29-2013, 11:11 PM
Mobile photobucket doesn't offer those options.

Elias Graves
05-29-2013, 11:14 PM
Hi, Elias! I've built a couple of guitars too. Here's the 'nice' one:
http://wayback.archive.org/web/20010405042659/http://www.mindspring.com/~benbradley/

Nice. I haven't been brave enough to go acoustic yet!

benbradley
05-30-2013, 01:50 AM
I mostly followed this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Guitarmaking-Tradition-Technology-Construction-Steel-String/dp/0811806405

Opty
05-30-2013, 05:51 AM
Apart from writing fiction, I also write songs, which lead me to play guitar, which led me to build guitars. It's a sickness.
Anyway, this first one is only a refinish job. The guitar came from a giant Korean factory and had this nasty dipped in plastic finish. I stripped it down and sprayed it with lacquer.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/25E017CE-6BB6-4DC2-B842-F4CC5FD3AC59-14877-0000136894F7A155.jpg


I built the next two from American black walnut. The first is a telecaster style and the other is an original hollow body design of my own.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/IMG_7289.jpg

It's currently undergoing a facelift.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/0E649274-4F45-41FF-8D65-B64ABA7DB9B9-6052-000008FFDC6870A1_zpsc9bb36ac.jpg




http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/16AEB6B0-DE2B-4332-B785-E2DC42F88A74-3895-00000606371EA93C_zpsaa3eec40.jpg

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/9039F73D-4866-4142-A5FC-1E23B86DA278-3895-0000060677D4DA31_zps8bdded41.jpg
Very nice work! The first one's body looks like it has some Les Paul mixed with PRS influences.

I like the white one, too. Is that a custom made tail piece? Looks like one from an archtop/hollow body, but it has a really cool shape to it like on some Gretsch models. Very cool.

Elias Graves
05-31-2013, 05:59 AM
The first one is a PRS SE Soapbar model. It was cherry red to begin with and much abused when it came to me. It's a PRS version of a Les Paul Special.

The tailpiece is one I ordered from a guitar parts supplier. Yes, it's similar to a Gretsch tailpiece. The guitar is completely hollow inside, but without the traditional F holes. I built this one for live performances where a traditional hollowbody struggles with feedback issues.

kkbe
05-31-2013, 02:48 PM
I made a sandwich yesterday. Grilled cheese. Work of art.
:)

You guys are so talented. I can't believe you actually made guitars. Very, very cool.

Elias Graves
06-20-2013, 03:53 AM
I made a sandwich yesterday. Grilled cheese. Work of art.
:)

You guys are so talented. I can't believe you actually made guitars. Very, very cool.

My dad lived on a farm as a boy and spent some time as a homebuilder so I grew up with a shop full of tools.
It's no different than learning to write; the correct tools, some good instruction and many hours (literally) in the woodshed practicing. For me, finish work has been the hardest to learn. Evil witches, I believe, place a hex on every can of paint. For guitars specifically, the fretboard and fretwork present the biggest challenge. There's zero room for error there.

This is one of my favorite details on the white one. I like the transition from neck to headstock.

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z352/ElijahGardener/96E1112C-0066-4695-85B8-226C61854BDC-5989-000007535D9C1F51_zps62e382f7.jpg