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Junia prototype

Graduation Present: Finished Product

Graduation Present, Junia prototypeRich Chaffins1 Comment
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I'm sure you've been sitting on the edge of your seats since yesterday's post to see how this Junia turned out. Well, dear readers, I am here to put your mind at ease. Come and revel in the awesome. As I mentioned yesterday, I decided to make this kind of a Beauty and the Beast theme. The ash was dyed brown to start:

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The maple top went through several instances of dyeing. First I added a layer of brown:

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Then I added a layer of amber:

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Then some red to the edges:

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Then finally another coat of amber to bring it all together into what I call Autumn Sunset:

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The control cover and the headstock went through the same dyeing process as the top:

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Once she was all oiled and joined up, it was time to start adding the bling:

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And now, to take her out into the sunlight and show her off in all her glory:

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autumnsunsetfront2As you can probably tell from my expression in that last picture, I hate to give this one to her rightful owner.

If you have any questions, be sure to leave me a comment. Or you can use the contact me page to order your own custom Junia!

Graduation Present: Assembly

Graduation Present, Junia prototypeRich Chaffins1 Comment
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So lately I've been showing you some of my refinish work, but today you get to see my own creations: the Junia. I love this body shape, so I was happy to get this commission. The lucky owner still doesn't know that it's being delivered soon, but my client has authorized pics, so let's get to it! Today I'm going to share with you the assembly process, and tomorrow you'll get to see the fully finished product.

Specs: 

Ash body, flamed maple top, flamed maple control cavity cover Cherry set neck, ziricote fretboard, maple headplate gold hardware Zexcoil Guitar Pickups Signature Set Planet Waves Locking tuners Hipshot Baby Grand bridge

Roughing out the body and top:

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thinning

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Bringing the pieces together:

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Routing out the spaces for all of the goodies:

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Carving:

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I think that should give you enough to salivate over for today. Check back tomorrow for the reveal of the Beauty and the Beast (but mostly Beauty!). And if you absolutely CANNOT WAIT until tomorrow, check out my Facebook page to see more pictures of the process as well as the finished product!

Snow, setbacks, and steps forward

Alec's Revelator, Junia prototypeRich Chaffins1 Comment

Man, too much snow sucks. Watching it come down today through the window in my shop gave me mixed feelings. First, I was bumming due to the probability of getting stuck around the house. This turned out to be true, since our 4-wheel-drive couldn't get out of our driveway. Sigh. However, I also knew my guitar students would probably all cancel, which meant more time in the shop. I yearn for more time in the shop most days, and would love more opportunity to be in there cranking out guitars. So, took advantage of the extra time I was given in the shop. Want a recounting of events and even pics? Read on!

You heard about the snow, and here is the setback.  The neck of Alec's Revelator had bowed back, and the truss rod couldn't even budge the grenadillo/cocobolo combination. A buddy of mine has cooler tools than me, so he took the neck to straighten it. Well, he straightened it, and a day or two later it was bowed again. This went on three times. Second sigh. This piece of grenadillo just decided it was gonna turn itself into a wagon wheel. Grrrr. However, the fretboard and truss rod were still good, so I had to salvage them. I went through the back of the neck (props for my lovely wife pointing out I was about to do it in a very, very dumb way), slicing thin layers off until I hit paydirt. Used a chisel to extricate it and put a nice ding in my thumb. I also cut off the headstock to hang somewhere in my shop, cuz I just l-o-v-e the way that turned out. New neck, this time of walnut, underway today. Worked on the scarf joint, almost there with it and ready for glue up.

Now, as far as the steps forward, I cut a LOT of wood today. Did strips for a 5-piece neck I'm doing for the Junia prototype. There will be wenge on the outside, followed by 2 strips of rock maple, and bloodwood in the center. The maple and wenge (one side, anyway) are gluing up as we speak, and the bloodwood is also being glued. Also cut were some strips for a couple other necks with the wenge and maple, as well as another walnut neck.

Pics of the excavation process, as well as the 5-piece neck mockup and some glueup, are below for your viewing pleasure. So, go ahead! Gain pleasure from checking out the pics. Have a great day. Comment. Etc.[gallery]

Quick 'un

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Just figured I'd throw this pic on here before I leave to go teach. Got the wenge in, glued up, and routed to shape. Think I'm gonna be lovin' this guitar. :) Let me know what you thoughts you have, if you're the kind of person whom thoughts occur to. Take care!

Introducing: Junia

Junia prototype, UncategorizedRich Chaffins3 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Glad to be back in the shop lately. Ben's Protos bass has been delivered and is adjusting to its new home. Currently working on a replacement neck for an older guitar of mine, a 5-string Logos bass that has a cuh-RAY-zee history that I'll be writing about soon, waiting around on a part for Alec's Revelator, and working up a prototype of a new, singlecut guitar shape. Meet Junia.[gallery] This one is made of poplar, and it's going to have a 3-piece top on it. You can see the quilted maple pieces on the second pic. The middle will be bookmatched Indian rosewood. I really like the contrast of light vs. dark wood in this one. It's a concept I'll be playing with a bit more in upcoming instruments. While I'm at it, I'm also going to try out a concept on this one that's been rattling around in my skull for a good while now...fitting two traditional electronics setups into one instrument. Assuming I can make it work ( :) ), this Junia will feature a full 2 humbucker/3-way switch and 3 single-coil/5-way switch. I'm keeping the switching as simple as possible...no overabundance of knobs/switches. Also, depending upon client preference, I can make the systems either an either/or (being able to switch between the two) or as a dual output configuration (imagine being able to run S-type controls to a Fender-style amp and an LP-type setup into a Marshall-type amp simultaneously. Hoo boy. :D

Also debating making a steampunk version of this guitar. *insert maniacal laughter here*

So, what do you think of the new body shape? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!