Winner (s) of the Project of the month: September 2017

Winner (s) of the Project of the month: September 2017

This month we have two winners and this is just awesome !

Two people, two projects, two stories, but one goal: Music

 

And here they are :

 

Background story by Gero

First in German, further down in English

 

 

Einfach mal ´ne Gitarre bauen, kann ja nicht so schwer sein… 😉 …und so startete das Abenteuer.

Der Korpus besteht aus Ahorn mit aufgeleimtem Bubingafurnier, mit der Stichsäge grob zurechtgesägt und mit der Oberfräse und allerlei Schleifgerätschaften in Form gebracht. Für die Aussparungen der Halsaufnahme, Tonabnehmer und Elektronikfach fertigte ich eine Schablone und probierte einfach mal aus wie so ein Kopierring für die Oberfräse funktioniert… aufregend…aber es hat geklappt 🙂

Die Rückseite und die Kanten lackierte ich mit verschiedenen braunen Candy-Lasuren und verpasste dem Ganzen eine schöne Schicht 2K Klarlack.
Das Pickguard und die Abdeckungen der Tonabnehmer wollte ich ursprünglich auch aus Holz fertigen, entschied mich dann aber aus Stabilitätsgründen für Kunststoffteile, auf die ich mit Hilfe der Airbrushtechnik eine Wurzelholzoptik lackierte.

Den Hals hatte ich noch von einer ausgeschlachteten Billiggitarre, liegt angenehm in der Hand und ist super bespielbar. Also… Kopfplatte umgearbeitet, mit Bubinga furniert, lackiert, Bünde abgerichtet, neuer Sattel… zack fertig.

Dann konnte zusammengebaut, verlötet und justiert werden. Ich finde es immer super spannend wenn aus Einzelteilen ein großes Ganzes wird… Die vergoldete Hardware in Kombination mit der hellen Wurzel und dem rotbraunen Body… schon ein Bisschen sexy. Ich muss gestehen das ich recht überrascht war das alles halbwegs passt und funktioniert und nur wenige Nacharbeiten nötig waren.

Zur Elektronik: Die Tonabnehmer sind von Fender und die Schaltung ist Standard Stratocaster, also 5-Wegeschalter, Volumen-Poti und 2x Tone-Poti .

Fazit: Einiges würde ich mittlerweile anders machen aber alles in allem bin ich mit dem Ergebnis zufrieden. Viel gelernt, Spiel, Spaß & Spannung beim Werken gehabt und eine Gitarre mit herrlichem Blues/Rock-Sound gab es auch noch.

Beste Grüße
Gero

 

 

 

 

Simply building a guitar, that can´t be too hard 😉 and so the adventure started.
The corpus is out of maple with bubinga veneer glued on, cutted out with the jigsaw and with the router and all sorts of sanding equipment brought into form. For the cutouts of the neck, pickup and the electronics I made a template and just tried how a cam ring for the router works … exciting … but it worked well 🙂
I painted the back and the edges with different brown candy-glazes and gave it a nice finish with 2K clearcoat. In the beginning, I wanted to make the pickguard and the cover for the pickups out of wood, but for stability reasons I decided to use plastic pieces that I finished with airbrush techniques so it looks like root wood.
I had the neck from a exploited cheap guitar, it feels very comfy and is nice to play with. So, headplate adjusted, veneered with bubinga, painted, set everything … and done.
Then everything could be sticked together, soldet and adjusted. I always find it very tensioning when single pieces combine to a big whole. The golden hardware in combination with the bright root and the redbrown body … kind of sexy. I have to admit that I was very surprised that everything worked well and I only had to make a few adjustments.
Regarding the electronics: the pickups are from Fender and the gearing is Standard Stratocaster, so 5-way-switch, volume-poti and 2x tone-poti.
Conclusion: Something I would have made differently now but all in all I am satisfied with the result. Learned a lot, had fun and tension building it and got a nice guitar with Blues/Rock-Sound.

Best Regards
Gero

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Background story by Luca

 

 

Building violins is my job.

For violins the materials are quite standard: red Italian spruce for the top, Curly maple for the back, ribs and neck+scroll, normal maple for the bridge, ebony for all the other parts (fingerboard, pegs, tailpiece, endpin, nut and saddle).
You can find violin backs and ribs made of poplar or other wood as well. Boxwood and rosewood is also frequently used for the parts I made of ebony, except for the fingerboard, which is always ebony.

No machines were used for this project. I just used the bandsaw to cut out the most of the waste before start carving the top and the back. All the tools are manual: little planes with arched and flat bottom, rasps, files, chisels and gouges. Not many tools really. For the bending of the ribs I use a hot iron and water. The joint of the two pieces of the top and the back are always hand planed to perfection, so that you can’t see it and there’s no gap, so the glue won’t fail in hundreds of years.

I started with carving the scroll, you basically draw the outline on a block of maple that you (hand) planed square and carve with a saw, gauges and files.
Than you join two bookmatched pieces for the back and the top (sometimes the back is one piece), draw the outline of the violin with a model, cut out the waste with a coping saw or bandsaw or watever saw that can cut curves. After you cut out the waste you get to the line with rasps and files and start carving the top and bottom with planes. Some use gouges. Than you cut a little groove (1,3mm usually) near the borders to install the purfling, and you start carving on the inside. The thickness you leave will affect the sound.
Then you shape the ribs with water and a hot iron, glue them together, glue the bottom to the ribs and the top on the other side.
To join the body and the neck a sliding dovetail is used, and it has to be cut by hand because every neck will be different and the angle you put the neck in is important, and can variate on every instrument.

I’m very satisfied as the violin sounds great and i quite like the slightly used look it has.

For photos of the building of my violins you can visit my website: http://www.lucazerilli.com

Link to this particular violin:
http://www.lucazerilli.com/index.php/en/12-violins/15-violin-3.html

Luca Zerilli

One Reply to “Winner (s) of the Project of the month: September 2017”

  1. Wundervolles Instrument. Erinnert mich an meine Jugend, da hatte ich eine Fender Stratocaster. Original gekauft. Hätte niemals gedacht, dass man sich sowas einmal selbst bauen könnte. Respekt vor Deiner Leistung.

    Lieben Gruß Michael

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