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Hi guys,

I just wrapped up my first ever guitar builds and thought i'd share some pic's here as well showcasing a pictorial of the entire process.
For this build I used plan's I purchased from Bartlett guitar parts, along with close measurements of my '56 Junior, and fellow forum member Swervin55's '55 junior.

Hope you enjoy!










Using a granite countertop I flatten the back of the board. I found I was able to get the truest dead flat surface using a belt sander belt cut open, onto of the granite.

 

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Here are a few teasers of the finished products.
In the end I did 3 variations of a TV finish.
One relic'd with a Cocobolo board (because i've always wanted a TV junior), and two NOS jr's with ebony boards, with slight variations/approaches to the base coats.

I also cut my own pickgaurds for all 3 by templating my '56 Junior's pickguard. I made one from a faux tortoise shell like material just to change things up and then used black flat topped philips screws.
I spent way too long sanding and polishing the edges of the non-relic'd 2 guitars' pick guards, but in person, up close, the end result was worth it for me.
The relic'd one I stayed true to vintage accuracy and left the tooling marks around the perimeter, more on that when we get to that part of the build.









 

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I love these build threads because I am a klutz and have been know to draw blood changing strings on several occasions.
 

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Amazing. Saw your pics in the other thread and you've got some mad skills. Btw, what kind of camera/lens setup are you using?
 

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Absolutely beautiful, artistic, precise work. Congratulations!

In addition, your photography is amazing. You are a very talented fellow.

I'll bet you workshop is the envy of any woodworkers that see it (based on the pictures).

Cheers

Dave
 

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Amazing. Saw your pics in the other thread and you've got some mad skills. Btw, what kind of camera/lens setup are you using?
Thanks!
My camera setup is getting pretty long in the tooth; however, I've learned to use it to the fullest so it continues to serve me well. Its a Canon Rebel Xti, 9 years old now almost, and the lens I usually go to is a 50mm f1.8.
 

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Everything looks fantastic and Marvin has been keeping me updated on the progress, I'm excited to see it in person. Great job on the build and the photography.
 

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Absolutely beautiful, artistic, precise work. Congratulations!

In addition, your photography is amazing. You are a very talented fellow.

I'll bet you workshop is the envy of any woodworkers that see it (based on the pictures).

Cheers

Dave
You said everything I was thinking. I don't usually get jealous, but man, I would love to own some of those tools.
 
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