Vince Ray's Kustom Korner

Metal Fab Round 2- finished-ish

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I appreciate all the advice given for the double cut les Paul I was making but there were too many small mistakes and I would rather start fresh. It wasnt just the edges it was also a little warped

But I’m back at it this time making a 335 with both top and back arched!

The point of this project was metal shaping not mistake fixing anyway... who knows I might fix that one later but for now I’m back at hammering!

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I was thinking that “Metal Fab” was a heavy metal band playing Beatles. This is cool too.

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Progress on this one...

I’ve made the top- I had to remake it because the one pictured above is 24 gauge which turns out is way too flimsy... I remade one out of 22 gauge which has plenty of strength

I also made the sides and clamped them to the top

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I’m also going a step further on this one than the Les Paul... even tho the Les Paul had a flat back the tension of the arched top bent the back slightly concave.... so to avoid that on this one I made bracing out of the same 22 gauge.

Here is the start I f the bracing

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Here it is bent in a c shape

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I then made it even stronger and lighter by drilling holes and putting dimples in the holes. Note that one strip has bigger holes than the other... that was because I found the smaller holes to dimple better but I had already made the large hole strip.

I still need to arch the back and make the neck pocket and then put it all together

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Progress pics

This one shows a good contrast between a started panel and one hammered to shape

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I clamped the top with the sides to some 2x4s to get the bracing and sides flat

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The bracing on but not finished

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Because I also put some bracing across... maybe call it ladder bracing?

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And here is a rough mock up

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Great update RC. Your bracing looks like aircraft construction with the perforations.

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Really enjoying this thread and looking forward to more updates!

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Great update RC. Your bracing looks like aircraft construction with the perforations.

– JW

Ha! Thanks

Even tho nobody’s going to see it I went ahead and added a little flavor to the cross braces by making the outer holes smaller than the center holes. Just because!

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I started welding the back on but before I welded the front I put in the bridge anchors.

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I also made a small plate to help hold the anchors in place more. I noticed on the other body I was making that the anchors were a little loose.

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And here is the same shot I took of the other one at this point of the build

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So then I decided that to see if it was working I needed to string it up. I also wanted to make a custom tailpiece so I looked in my scrap pile and here is what I came up with

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And with close almost parallel rods

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I finished the tailpiece and strung it up.

I gotta say this thing has a BIG sound! It’s very twangy and has some resonator qualities to it. For now I see that I’m going to have to shim the neck because the bridge is at its lowest and the action is a bit high. But overall I’m excited to continue working on this!

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Wow you are a man of many talents. Looks like fun.


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