Cutting the headstock scarf joint

Evo Pro Build Diary – Part 7

With the neck blank glued up and dimensioned to the appropriate size in Part 6 of the build diary, I can now cut the headstock section from the neck blank and glue on the headstock veneer. In the past I used neck blanks that were deep enough to cut the headstock out of in one piece. These days I prefer …

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Wenge neck blank glued and clamped

Evo Pro Build Diary – Part 6

In previous articles of the Evo Pro build diary I have concentrated on the body. Well, that is pretty well done apart from final polishing so it’s now time to concentrate on the neck. I am building two necks for this guitar, one Maple and one Wenge so, in the diary you may see me working on one and then …

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Staining the guitar front

Evo Pro Build Diary – Part 5

With the body fully sanded in Part 4 of the build diary, I now turn to staining the front and sealing in the colour with lacquer. As the back is not being coloured I start by masking the sides to ensure I don’t accidentally stain them. I mix the stains to the colour I want. In this case black but …

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Rounding over the back edge

Evo Pro Build Diary – Part 4

In Part 3 of the build diary I cut out the body, machined the cavities and installed the binding. The binding is finished off using a cabinet scraper, both on the sides and the top. Scraping the binding with a sharp cabinet scraper. Once the top has been scraped nearly flush, I put the body through the drum sander one …

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Play Music Evo Pro final setup

Evo Pro Goes for Review

The first of two Evo Pro guitars is now finished and being sent for review today. The guitar has been seen here before, it’s on the Available Now page but has now been modified. Originally the body was routed for humbucker/single/single configuration but, for increased flexibility, I have routed the neck position to take a humbucker. The change in pickup …

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Evo Pro Build Diary – Part 3

With the body blank prepared and glued, I can then move on to cutting out the shape and routing the pockets for pickups etc to suit the desired specification. First though the blank is marked out and roughly cut to shape with the bandsaw. Rough cutting the body shape with the bandsaw to just a few millimeters over size. When …

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Evo Pro Build Diary – Part 2

Having prepared the body and top blanks in Part 1 of the build it’s now time to finish the Mahogany blank preparation and glue the quilted Maple top to the blank. The process starts with the rough sawing and carving of the Mahogany blank  for the arm contour. The shape is rough cut on the bandsaw about 10mm oversize, it …

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Evo Pro Build Diary – Part 1

As an insight into how I work I have decided to post a build diary of an Evo Pro guitar. I won’t show every stage of the build but will try and include as much as I can. Feel free to ask questions as the build progresses and I’ll do my best to answer. I’ll kick off ‘Part 1’ with …

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Two Evo Pro Guitars Available from Stock

I now have two Evo Pro guitars available from stock. These are the two guitars that featured in a previous news article. Both guitars have hardware by Gotoh and pickups made by Sidewynder in Glasgow. These are the pickups that I mentioned previously and I have to say they are very good, well made, and offer a level of presence …

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Michael Chapman Drops In

Highly respected singer, songwriter, guitarist and more, Michael Chapman called at the workshop to have his trusty Larrivee evaluated. Michael has just got back from playing a series of gigs in the USA but unfortunately his main ‘live’ guitar was badly damaged in flight at the start of the tour. Luckily Michael was able to still use the guitar, despite …

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