Jimmy Page replica “Dragoncaster”. Clearcoating – Progress update 2.

This week’s update from the long, “Dragoncaster” finishing saga might seem like little progress – but it’s another step on the way. That’s the nature of the process – small steps. … More Jimmy Page replica “Dragoncaster”. Clearcoating – Progress update 2.

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12″ Ported Bass Cabinet. Planning, drawing and adapting a Celestion design.

I’m new to making my own speaker enclosures – and the more I read up, the more I discover that it’s not, necessarily, an easy subject to dive into unprepared. There’s a lot of technical information to absorb. A lot of individual performance specifications and a whole load of mathematical formulas to work through and consider. It’s not just as simple as keeping it “small and punchy”, or making it nice to look at. … More 12″ Ported Bass Cabinet. Planning, drawing and adapting a Celestion design.

Joe Strummer Replica Telecaster. Final adjustments to detail.

I built this Joe Strummer relic project, partly for the hell of it – but also as a gift to a close mate, and lifelong Strummer fan. I’ve had a good deal of fun playing the guitar in, and I’m pleased with the bite of the sound, and the general feel and look of the thing. Maybe it’s, perhaps, a little sharp and “new” in a few places – but it’s quite difficult to relic an object consistently and evenly overall. The guitar will be moving on soon – so I’ve got a last chance to look it over, and make any final tweaks and adjustments before I hand it over.
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Jimmy Page replica “Dragoncaster”. Clearcoating – Progress update 1.

Beautiful weather in Garageland this morning. And that coincides perfectly with the clearcoating schedule for the “Dragoncaster”. It’s still a little chilly in the workshop first thing in the morning – but a quick blast with the heater brings it up to a comfortable working temperature. With another can of clearcoat loosening in some hot water, it’s time to push on with the, (long), process of clearcoating the design. … More Jimmy Page replica “Dragoncaster”. Clearcoating – Progress update 1.

Guitar cases. Restoring some G&G quality with a little TLC, and a bit of brute force.

No-one really gets too excited about guitar cases. Sure – they’re practical and, ideally, every guitar should have a decent case – to live in, and call its’ own. It’s also the ideal finishing touch to any self-build project, But good cases can be hugely expensive. Quality comes at a cost. It seems – here … More Guitar cases. Restoring some G&G quality with a little TLC, and a bit of brute force.

Jimmy Page replica “Dragoncaster”. Clearcoating – First stages.

As I learned last year – clear coating can take ages to get right. Especially if it’s at all damp or cold, and drying conditions aren’t ideal. It’s still pretty cold in the workshop – but, since the clearcoat will take ages to cure and shrink back, I want to get the first coats onto the Dragoncaster body. … More Jimmy Page replica “Dragoncaster”. Clearcoating – First stages.

The Black Stratocaster. First practical steps, and a little ground work.

The first parts for the Black Strat. project are starting to arrive. This is going to be a long project, since many of the parts are pricey, and some have to come from abroad. But it’s possible to push things along and do a little ground work to save time later on. This time – it’s with the body. I can do the copper shielding and get the grounding side started early. … More The Black Stratocaster. First practical steps, and a little ground work.