Just finished Guitar #11 "Nigel" (fans of the movie "This is Spinal Tap" will get the reference/joke):
This is the first guitar to benefit significantly from the use of the CNC machine, which was my justification for building the CNC in the first place:
- All inlays done by me (on the CNC) for the first time
- Neck was done 95% on the CNC (finger board profiling and fret slotting, Neck inlay of the carbon fiber truss rod, Full carving of the neck and heel shapes)
- adjustable heel hardware (threaded insert and brass pivot points) were done on the CNC
- Body redesigned in CAD and used to:
- CNC bending forms and body molds
- CNC the head and tail blocks (including pre-threading for threaded inserts)
- CNC of the internal blocking (beveled armrest) for a perfect fit to the sides
- Offset, oval shaped Rosette done entirely on the CNC
I can post construction pics and vids if people are interested.
I probably put in 1000 hours on the CNC learning curve and build, which if I remain a hobbyist I will never recover, but the lids off not as far as cool stuff I can do on inlays etc.
- body: Sitka spruce and Curly Myrtle from oregonwildwoods.com
- fretboard, bridge, headstock, binding: Indian rosewood
- rosette: spalted maple
- D-tube "truss rod", axial brace: carbon fiber