Ep 1 – How to Build a Guitar – Choosing the timber



welcome to crimson guitars this is an intro to the PAF 25 build project now this project was effectively me seeing if I could build a really good guitar over a 24 hour working period ie 24 hours of work not in 24 hours and we didn't quite make it we ended up at 24 hours and 56 minutes so an utter failure and we had to call it the pay of 25 despite what the English says now we didn't stint on design it's a Les Paul type instrument through neck book-matched top chambered body half way through I had to make a fair few new templates for pickups and things because I changed my mind about how I wanted to do it and that is all in the purview of a custom maker I think if I decided to go for a standard tele or strapped type using standard templates etc it's a fairly easy job to to do however the idea was also to show the basic process behind how I tend to build instruments and this is one of the most common build types that we undergo now as a tutorial video this is not perfect this is 24 hours 25 hours of build compressed into a two hour video or 15 videos depending on how you want to watch it however it does give a very very good idea of how we go about it and we will be doing much more in-depth videos on each individual process of the coming years I hope that you enjoy watching the build and thank you for being here now we're going to start setting up for the basically getting all the word prep I've cheated a little bit by selecting some some timber beforehand the top is going to be a book matched chug off your bingo because I love it and not enough people order it and this is the template of our PAF model patent applied for its little digger to certain large companies you're like suing people it is obviously based on the less pull just slimmer and slightly sexier okay so obviously this is the chunk of wood all I use and I need to mark out what we need leaving just enough room to to play so white fence is always useful enough wood okay so that is going to be the book mesh top then the body made out of this chunk for Duke which is a rather well-known tonewood again not used very often it's fees in a little noggin II in tonal characteristics I say this loosely because you can never can really tell with would check how she's going now I see it through net instrument we're basically not cut out in a one-piece body and then remove the central section where the neck is it's not it's not the most economical way to do this but if you're looking at grain and wood etc it does tend to look just a little prettier and bridging this is what counts when you look at your custom get out okay so that's the body okay we're in the slightly untidy corner looking for some wood I really decided to play around with a single piece view bingo Nick but that's offends me slightly I'm thinking using this blank and it's two pieces of mahogany with a central bit of wench this is leftover from most recent guitar weebles actually and I love that instrument so much but I think I'm going to use this to turn shisha several very important things when building instruments there is aa protective gear and entertained some blues like with a piece of wood this big and heavy I'm not trying to be gentle I've got the bandsaw set up with blade which is about an inch deep and the teeth per inch is fairly low so it's literally ripping through this very hard paducah tone wood at this stage we're not trying to get the final outline I'm managing to cut to within about a mil to mil of the roughly drawn out template which is more than close enough we will then attack this with a router and get our final finish this is the boob Inga which is much harder than Paducah it's got a much closer grain and that is being cut for the book-matched top and of course the neck since recording this I invested in a roller support to go behind the band saw and the planer thickness or to support the wood as occurs through well setup plan the thickness ER is a joy to use but you have to be absolutely certain of where your hands are at every time you can see the guard is set up so that only the neck is able to go through and here it's got just enough clearance for the soon-to-be book-matched you Benga top keep the blades sharp and be aware of your fingers I know people who have shorter fingers than they should have because of these machines this is going through the thickness of section now and that is just to make sure that I have a uniform piece of wood to work with when I start book matching you you

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