The forum jam on the Rob Chapman Forum is now quite a long-standing tradition. Every quarter a backing track is chosen, of around 45-60 seconds, and anybody who wants to take part can record a solo piece over the backing track. Some poor soul (often me, though not this time) then has to laboriously glue them all together and produce a video which is published on YouTube.
The 2017 Summer Jam video has just been published. I took the opportunity to give my new Crimson build guitar its first real public outing and my jam is the first one in the video (not my choice!).
I hope you enjoy it, and maybe one or two of you will join us for the next one!
I went mad this week. Inspiration struck, with the evolution of an idea I’ve had in mind for some time, and I drew a design for a rather ornate bass guitar top using several types of wood and several techniques to put them all together.
Since returning from my second, and more successful, Crimson Guitars course, I’ve been mulling over what to do next. This idea has made the decision for me, and I’m going to at least start working on this build at home. I could return to Crimson to finish the build, but I’ll take that decision later and at the moment I’m thinking that I should be able to do it all at home.
I’m going to start documenting this build with a series of pages on this website very soon, but for the moment I’ll just leave you with a couple of pictures of the woods that I’ve ordered. These pictures were taken from the websites, and post my own pictures when the pieces arrive. They are in two batches, because I found different wood suppliers with strengths in different areas.
I bought the main body and neck woods from Espen, a German supplier that has a great selection of blanks.
Then I bought some other pieces from Edelholzverkauf, also in Germany.
Because I have never done much woodworking before my Crimson builds, I don’t have a lot of equipment at home and so I’ve also ordered a number of tools, such as a router, making this a rather expensive build, but hopefully the first of many!
Based on my experience of my two guitar building courses, I have compiled some tips on how to approach your first guitar build with a luthier. This is based on a course where you have a limited time for your build, such as a week, which may force you to make some compromises.
There is also a second page discussing some design considerations and their complexity and amount of time required. You probably won’t be able to include all possible elements, so it’s worth thinking about which ones to include in your first build.
I hope that these pages will be useful!
Finally, Day Six of our Crimson Guitars build has been posted! Take a look and see if we managed to finish our guitars on time.
Below you can see the machine room in Crimson Guitars, where a lot of the heavier and dustier work was performed. This was taken sneakily from the window next to Ben’s desk, when he wasn’t around!
Thanks again to Crimson Guitars for a great experience – I can certainly recommend going there for a course. More on this subject, possibly, in a future article…