Guitar Project Part 2

By , On 21 March, 2014 17:20

Annnnywayyy… after a disastrous incident with the guitar after the last posting, I had to take everything back almost to the primer. Tip of the day: while waiting for lacquer to cure, do not leave the item in a place where it could fall onto heavy, immovable objects covered in muck and fluff.

So having stripped it all, I decided on a change of direction on the colour scheme. Still using the same colours (as they were already bought) just in a slightly different way. I went for a more defined border and contrast between the red and the black.

New Scheme

…… Nice Shine

Nice Shine

…. Neck bolted onto body and angles checked.


…. Pickups, scratch plate and electronics installed


…. Bridge and tail bar post inserts knocked into place

Nearly There

…. Bridge and tail bar posts screwed in, control knobs, jack and selector switch installed


…. Strings put on and she’s done. Nicely modeled by Alex


… Another view


…. One more


So, almost done now. Just need to check and adjust (if needed) neck relief, sort out the action and intonation and she should be ready to go. Incidentally, the headstock decoration is a Celtic design owl (my favourite bird).

Hmmm, now gotta decide on what the next project will be


By , On 16 March, 2014 13:38

I’ve just set up a Seaford Web cam, showing local conditions at Seaford Beach. Barring any technical downtime, this will be online from 0800-23.55 each day.

Can be accessed here Beach Cam or click on the link in the menu bar above.

The original idea was to have a live video feed but as it really is only for monitoring conditions, live video not really necessary. For the  time being, the image will update every 30 minutes, I may well either increase or decrease that period, once I’ve assessed it for a while.

When you first view this page, hit your page reload button to get the latest image. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated and will help decided whether this is a viable concept or not.

Interested in Guitars?

By , On 23 February, 2014 12:43

Recently, while browsing through the millions of sites about guitars and guitary related stuff (cos I can’t get out fishing), I stumbled across this gem of a site – Dave’s World of Fun Stuff. It’s a Youtube channel by Dave Reaume, a Canadian bassist and luthier. His sense of humour is dry, witty and very entertaining. Having said that, if his humour isn’t like yours, then you might not find it entertaining – tough!

I’ve included a short clip here as an example and because I wanted to test out the latest WordPress plugin for embedding video.

Cuckmere Beach Clean

Still being incapacitated as far as fishing, or any strenuous activity goes, I’m left feeling a bit like a desk warrior. This means I’ll also be missing out on the ‘Cuckmere Beach Clean’ event, taking place on 1st March. It has been organised by fellow WSF‘er and local ‘Fish whisperer’, Craig Gosling and in conjunction with the R.S.P.B. and Sussex Sea Angling Network (SSAN). Not being able to join in, I’ll just have to do my bit in trying to get the word out.

The event will see the guys clearing up all the crap that has accumulated on the beach at Cuckmere Haven after the recent storms and leaving it in a more habitable condition.

Sea anglers do occasionally, get a bad reputation (sometimes justified) for leaving venues in crap conditions, with discarded rubbish and the like. This event will hopefully, go a long way to showing that the great majority of us are responsible and caring folk who do care about the environment. We are not the same as the tossers who are just too idle or too fucking stupid to either use a litter bin, or take their crap home with them. We take our crap and usually the crap left by others, home or dispose of it in a sensible way. There is a world of difference between dedicated sea anglers and the other group, who are arseholes who just happen to fish a bit.

It also has to be said that crap leavers are not always people who are fishing, there are other culprits – like tourists, or locals having a day at the beach, or partying teens and adults, or flotsam and jetsam, negligent dog walkers who fail to clear up after Rover has emptied his bowels – the list is endless. We just happen to get it in the neck as we are more easily identifiable and therefore blameworthy.

Anyway, here’s the link to the event with times and meeting places etc. Cuckmere Haven Beach Clean

Have a great time and I will be there in spirit, not in body.

Non Fishy Project

By , On 1 February, 2014 14:35

Having taken up the guitar again, some thirty odd years after I put my last one down, I got my hands on a relatively cheap ESP Like this one from GAK in Brighton, which sounds the mutt’s nuts. I also needed a project to keep me busy in my spare time, as I’ve been unable to get out fishing regularly due to sever back problems (another story). I actually started this back towards the end of October but kept forgetting to update here on the progress. So this first installment includes everything from unpacking through, priming and painting.

I decided to build my own electric guitar, after having spoken to a work colleague who had done the same for a project for the students in his DT class.

After a bit of searching, I opted for an SG style flat top kit from Thomann’s which had all the components needed for a complete build. Apart from the rosewood fret board, the rest of the kit is blank pale natural bass wood.

I was originally going to go for a plain un-coloured wood finish, with maybe a dark lacquer but having seen that there was no particularly attractive grain pattern, I decided to go for paint. Anyway, here’s a step by step of how we got on.

As it is out of the box on unpacking:
Out of the box

After doing a test fit to make sure everything was there and all holes etc. lined up, I Prepared the surface with a light rub down with medium grade wet and dry. A couple of coats of primer were laid down all over, with a light rubbing in between. Primed surface then prepped with a finer wet and dry ready for first colour.


First colour – deep cherry red pearlescent applied to body front and headstock front:

Red Top

Second colour – black metal flake applied to back and edges of body:


In total, three coats of the black were applied to the back of the body with a fine sanding in between. A further two coats of the red were applied to the front of the body and headstock, with sanding in between. I’d made sure that there was plenty of overspray onto the black of the body edges.

Everything was then left in a warm environment for a couple of weeks to ensure that the paint had fully hardened. I then went over the body front with a very fine cutting compound taking particular time towards and over the edges to give a very faint worn and aged appearance in those areas.


I know that this would not be to everyone’s taste but I was quite pleased with the final result. The following picture doesn’t really show up the full effect, you’ll just have to trust me that it looks better in real life! The rear of the body and the headstock were also given the cutting compound treatment but without the blending.


Once happy that the paint was all nicely flatted, I set about with the lacquer to give a lovely lustrous deep shine. All has now been left for a while to ensure lacquer is completely dry, before buffing with a decent quality polish and onto final assembly.

The final chapters in the build will be updated as soon as I start work on the final assembly and set up.

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