Kalliope 001 :: cutting the neck dovetail.

This finishes up cutting a batch of five neck dovetails including Kalliope 001 and Rogue 005.

Top crack :: to splint or not to splint?

This guitar has a top center crack caused by low humidity and I’ve been battling with it for most of the summer.  The top was dried to the point of concavity (lower in the center than the edges).  Normally acoustic guitar tops have an arch or are at least flat.  I have had good luck in the past by humidifying guitars to close small cracks before gluing and cleating them.  This crack repair however keeps wanting to pull itself apart, even in my climate controlled shop.  I’ve gone through two iterations of structural / finish repairs and both times tiny checks developed in parts of the repair.  Having to wait 3-4 weeks for the finish repairs to cure before rubbing and buffing only to find unsatisfactory results was frustrating.  The repairs didn’t look terrible, but I knew it could be better. 

So I decided that this crack needed to be cut open and the top allowed to work out it’s internal stresses.  After the crack was reopened, I fit a splint that will be glued in, scraped flush and the area’s finish repaired (again).

This guitar’s crack appeared borderline at first but I wanted to try closing the crack before using the splint method.  Thankfully the owner has been extremely patient, but this will be best for the guitar in the long run.

2012 Fender Precision Bass Special Deluxe [9.3 lbs] :: late night setup.

The truss rod was tightened to straighten the neck and the string height lowered to electric guitar action.

Chubbuck Guitars :: fingerboards slotted, tapered and ready for binding.

2008 Epiphone Dot Studio WB :: headstock repair (front).

The headstock was broken cleanly off so it had to be realigned and glued.  There was a significant void that needed to be filled in the face before blacking it out, scraping back the logo and then continuing with the clear coats.  The original finish was matte but I opted to do a glossy repair on the face of the headstock.

Original break here.

2008 Epiphone Dot Studio WB :: headstock repair (rear).

The rear of the neck was finished at the factory with the color in the topcoat.  Usually color is the base coat with top clear coats.  I selectively sanded through the color layer for aesthetics while blending in the finish fills so the neck feels smooth.  There is still the original finish in this area although it may appear to look like bare wood.

Original break here.

2008 Epiphone Dot Studio WB [7.5] lbs :: headstock repair.

This headstock was broken in two pieces as seen here.  The face’s finish was touched up and the rear filled and smoothed.  Photos of the headstock repairs will be posted soon.

Headplates :: Chubbuck Guitars next five builds.

Finishing up binding and laminating headplates for the next five Chubbuck builds.  Kalliope 001 and Rogue 005 bodies on the bench are both sanded and awaiting rough neck fits.


*Note Rogue 005 is not spoken for yet.  Please contact me if interested for more info.

Kalliope 001 :: arm bevel.

The Macassar ebony arm bevel piece is fit and ready to glue on Kalliope 001.

Kalliope 001 :: top purfling

Routing the top purfling channel for Chubbuck Kalliope 001.

1987 Carvin DC-150 :: belly carve.

This is being stripped and refinished with light transparent nitro burst.  The player decided that since it was stripped, we should add a comfort carve to the back where it contacts your ribs.  Here it is roughed out with my new Lie-Nielsen spokeshaves.