Wednesday, July 29, 2009

eb0 headstock and prep / back to the Bells!

Did some painting last night. Sprayed the headstock and then had to scrape away to the inlays underneath. I was quite a calming bit of work. There's something about scraping that lets you tune out the rest of the world as you focus on the job in front of you.

Also did the final 2 coats of clear before the black goes on. Oh, of course there's some sanding to do before we paint it, but that will have to wait until I'm back from vacation.

We have developed a new method for fusing the wood to the acrylic which will create a stronger bond and a much cleaner look. This took developing a vice-like tool for the CNC machine to simulate 3d cutting. Don's a visionary, for sure. So this means we are back to the Bells after a long stint of repair work. There's really no telling when the guitars will be ready, but it'll definately be before the next guitar show. We should be rolling out 4 models. A V, JazzBlaster, Tele, and Explorer. Then development begins on some original shapes of mine in the fall.

Here's the tool created to cut the new fusing system.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Prince Oz Guitar is complete and gone!

Oz came by and picked up the guitar on Tuesday evening. "Wow" was his first word, just as I told Don it would be. He arrived with bandmates Paul D. and Jon, and they were taken aback as well. Everyone played it and talked about the strange size of it (Prince size). Oz could not have been happier and we can't wait to see it live. Prince, come get you one...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Prince, eb0 and the future...

OK. Last night was fun. The Prince Cloud guitar is almost done and it's looking sharp! Waiting on the white 'bucker to arrive. Tick... Tock... Also need to put the truss rod cover on with the Bell logo. The neck pup is cool cause it's installed from below. No need for a mounting plate.

Well, exciting times for the oh, so slow eb0 transformation. Another sanding and coating. This is the second time and it'll require one more round of spraying and sanding before it's ready for paint. This finish should be smooth as glass...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Back in the saddle

Alright! I'm going back out to the shop tomorrow to resume a somewhat normal schedule of building the Bells!