Turned into a very acceptable instrument with little fuss.
Posted October 11, 2014
I am amazed at how good the final product looks and works, and how easily it went together. I am a long-time guitar player (and luthier) who has played many high dollar guitars and this kit produces a product is very acceptable in comparison. Based on some of the other reviews, I initially assumed that I would not use the hardware that came with the kit. Turns out that was silly as all components in the kit are satisfactory. The Paulownia body wood is soft and light, but is somewhat comparable to swamp ash. Lightness is a good thing for sound, but does dent easily. The machine work on the body (neck pocket, pickup routs) and neck, and the pre-drilled holes for pickguard, rear cavity, etc., are dead on. The neck has a two-way truss rod so acceptable playability should be attainable, theoretically, in every case. Fortunately, I had previously acquired some additional luthier tools that were necessary for the final set-up (nut files, fret leveler, fret crowning file, etc.) However, everything was surprisingly close out of the box. The reviewer who claimed the guitar won't hold a tune did something wrong and needs to reference the internet for help!
I purchased this as a Christmas...
Posted July 16, 2013
I purchased this as a Christmas present for my son, thought we would build it together, which turned out to be me doing most of the work. I did extra sanding on this, working my way thru the grits until it was smooth as glass. I then sprayed 1/2 dozen coats of nice metallic lacquer, then a couple coats of a pearl clear lacquer, and then a couple coats of clear lacquer. Wet sanded and polished with supplies from an online guitar store. Came out beautiful. Then had a local person do the setup making sure everything was adjusted just right. This has become the "go to" guitar with my son. It really has a nice sound and feel to it.
Always been a big fan of...
Posted February 19, 2013
Always been a big fan of Pink Floyd and guitars. Also after years of painting cars and furniture I wanted to take it to a new level and try out some airbrushing and this is what I came up with. This project took me about 200 hours to complete. The artwork of the Schoolmaster was painted time and time again on paper until I was confident enough to spray it on the guitar. The finish on the base is a water base urethane and the neck is the traditional lacquer. Hope you enjoy the post.