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Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by PW214, Jun 3, 2015.
Thanks! Great idea on different colored leds. I always enjoy seeing the work you’ve been doing.
Took a bit of thinking and a failed idea to come up with it. My original plan was to scrap the Tornipulator since it doesn’t see much use and put a couple of windows that would be illuminated by the leds. Spent several hours going down that rabbit hole only to conclude I hated how it looked.
While pondering things, the idea to house the leds in the shaker mic came to me. I machined a couple of slots in the pg and inlaid two pieces of plexi to transmit the light. Worked great, and I decided to keep the nipulator just cuz it looks cool.
Still needs some work regarding power. It’s currently powered by a single 2032 cell. I have a feeling if the leds are on for a long period of time the battery will drain quickly. Changing it involves removing the pg, and then removing the neck pup. Impractical to say the least. That’s the next and final phase of this guitar.
I built it for myself after purchasing one of Ronin’s luthier kits a while back. Couldn’t afford a Mirari at the time so I built the closest approximation I could.
Very cool. You could try bigger resistors to limit the current draw of the LEDs, but even so, I can understand why you'd want a solution that's easier to access. Looking forward to see where you go with this.
The last couple of weeks have meant I had time to finish off a bunch of guitars that had been hanging around in purgatory for too long.
Bit the bullet and excavated a cavity for a proper 9V battery, added a 330ohm resistor to each led. Done!
This is about to come off the bench:
Staying home with plenty to do...
Hey, it was great talking with you at NAMM. I still hold my little fuzzybear at night and pretend it's that amazing little deer guitar you built !!
Some better shots of the finished guitar from my previous post. On my kitchen floor.
I'm loving the Descendant, and the dualfoils are spectacular. Push/Pull pots for coil taps.
Thanks Frank, always a good time at NAMM!
I really like the dark brown Tele!
That one is a B-Bender, with top shelf fittings.
Sorry, I meant the one with the really dark fretboard.
Oh, yeah, that one. I call her "Shitbrowne," and that's an ebony Musikraft neck. Another guitar with top-shelf fittings.
Sometimes people bring me stuff to make a guitar out of. This was too short, lot's of checking, some pitch pockets, and really heavy.
Not sure what it is. It's from Sonoma County. Maybe Acacia? It took a long time to get it flat.
And then even longer to get it round.
I used an anti microbial finish.
Very nice. While we’re sharing non-guitar projects, I decided to give my girls something to occupy them besides screen time:
Awesome! It looks like you are getting the hang of your little machine.
Put a bridge, pickup, and neck on that thing!
I’d love to see full pics of this guitar!
The world's gone to hell, everybody gone broke... or broke-r.
Time for a new direction:
Otherwise just keep plugging away at it-
carving a neck: