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Taking a Great Kit Guitar and making it Awesome! - Episode 1

Feb 27, 2020
Welcome to Chrome, the

guitar

s. Welcome to the EMF kit bill. Taking a

great

guitar

kit. Dad please enjoy building, welcome to crimson guitars and welcome to a new building series. I'm going to take a KITT guitar and make it

awesome

. kids guitar and

making

it

great

and many, many thousands of people have seen that series even though it's very, very dated now, but we've since started

making

our own kids guitars and they're really, really, really good. I'm a little biased. I want you to buy them of course, but they are and I've wanted to make this video for a while and wasn't sure what I was going to do.
taking a great kit guitar and making it awesome   episode 1
This is the simple MF kids guitar cutaway inspired by well you know what it's inspired by and despite the fact that I absolutely love the instruments in this design. Well, the point of this video is to take this rather traditional instrument and show how crazy I am. either i go and make a complete custom shop or a master build instrument from scratch using all these ideas and you know just do it but it's more challenging and more fun and more interesting i think doing this with a kit and i I'm currently feeling a bit cyberpunk oh okay first of all I'm going to show you the base instrument of the guitar kit that I'm going to try to create something amazing with and I need to stop saying that sounds a bit arrogant okay.
taking a great kit guitar and making it awesome   episode 1

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I'm going to try to create something amazing and then we're going to have a little design session. This is how one of our children's guitars comes to you, at least of this model. Emily fingerboard. this one has a has a little bit of flames the mother of pearl inlays are about 2 mil thick everything is exactly as you would expect and although we do have an F style pocket on the neck and it comes it could set the scene as is to get some stains get some spots in there we're going to focus and put our fish oil etc. and you have an instrument or you could be a bit adventurous and use this as a base from which to just have fun. it's going to change this is going to morph and move and adjust a little bit as the build goes on but there are some things that it's not so we're talking cyberpunk we're talking circuitry and diagrams and lights and you know cool stuff but something that really annoys me is when people do thru table top steampunk guitar to no purpose and well i feel i feel the need for sound holes the problem is it frees up a bit of weight this isn't particularly heavy for a guitar like this but if a l needs some weight relief so I'm going to cut it in half now he knows exactly where my bridge is going to be so we have a bridge the break angle and all It is already integrated, we have two or three thousand to spare, which is ideal and I am moving.
taking a great kit guitar and making it awesome   episode 1
I'm looking at the string line and double checking it goes right where I really need it and that's kind of in the middle as the line helps too yeah that will do so we're hit on the scale of six there to eight with room to go back and forth a little bit this is at 630 which is a couple MIL longer because obviously because the 632 offset scale bins actually hone another bit that is the same size as the bridge holes that goes right into down and delete the position and that's where my bridge will go and now that I've made permanent holes in the top and that's my bridge in the pickup cavity I'm going to double check a fifth time so our scale length It is from six to eight.
taking a great kit guitar and making it awesome   episode 1
I'm here from six to nine with a bit of b. it's movement back and a lot of movement needed forward and then a lot of movement back the center of the chair which is where the rope will be lined up nicely by the necks and nothing moves on the other side in the center at half past six it's back two thousandths of nominal scale length and the center of the saddle is also missing. I'm not measuring this but that's a bit because I have in this is the center of the string so a thicker string and yeah that works and starts pretty good so here we go.
I am happy with what is marked. I don't have pre-drilled bridge holes on these kits because, well, folks like you and me don't necessarily want two standard tires, in fact what is a standard geomatic? They all differ slightly if not in space then accessories and Ferrell and stuff so we left it blank so you can dial it yourself and do whatever you want if you want big speed go for a big B if you want a hoe tuna and a tail piece or a cinematic and through the body, which is what I'm going to do in this one, the option is there for you. so choose to never assume I know what Fairless is.
I've installed them before, but I just got confirmed seven millimeters, so I'm going to go with six and a half million now. Drill presses are better and more stable, especially when doing this type of work but not absolutely essential along with this construction as much as possible. I'm going to avoid using the bigger machines if I can help but I'm going to use hand drills and I'm not even sure if I'm going to need to use a router, actually hand drills, chisels and the like, other than a path from where I cut the guitar in the middle because I'm going to need bands all for that anyway this is a relatively short or shallow hole. it's a short hole and I'm pretty good at drilling straight so I'm back in the right place pl as or not I triple checked five times I'm sure that's definitely deep enough quick dive stop put in a bit there i put my finger in the bottom and that's how deep it is and i have i have Now when you start a cut they are slow to keep it from breaking.
That's very deep. The nets are flat we need to have enough clearance for all the thread and that's the little hand countersinking which will probably be sanded down at a later date anyway but yeah now that it's all in the right place what I need to do is work and draw where I want the three-body string to go, which will actually need a drill which I'm not doing with hand calipers, the center of each of these is also the position where the fairway should be and that's pretty cool. it has a center line that is barely visible so it will be set on the center line, this guitar is already sanded to a pretty good finish if not final it's pretty close so I don't want to get it too wet.
I'm going to do the same thing later because I want it to be parallel to my center line. and then join very slightly mods ok so we have I want the three body rocker to be longer on the bass side, shorter on the treble side and traditionally also have the B in the e, kind of a twist that I think we're going to do as well and basically I can actually observe this so let's go back and go back ten thousand so the space between the string and the string is ten thousand so go back ten thousand and then essentially we will have Farrell's they're going through the whole process double check triple check absolutely make sure you're happy with all the things before you drill a hole or make a mark that's going to be there forever so once that I found the bridge, place it and then I'm seeing that everything looks good now that this edge of the ruler is pretending to be a string. i have roughly the right position for the stud strike in the center of the saddle there the bridges in the right place and those two should line up and they look beautiful before i do any drilling here i'm going to keep marking the rest of the rest of the design is very good.
I'm not entirely sure where I want to go. Now that we have this little knot here I want to go right through the center to get rid of it so it's parallel to the center line we're going to have circuit diagram style angles look now this is the problem I've marked it as if it were just a regular guitar I could have set it up to be parallel to that so less extreme angle but I would like to have a little more tension on the bass than I would have however now I want to draw an angle from here to here, that angle is 15 degrees or something that looks a little weird if it's next to a 45 degree angle so I need to change that this is a computer and computers are precise and d would be 45 degrees because that's easy well we'll actually do this first bridge.
I'll use it as my center point. I'll see what this looks like because the design is part of it. The design is definitely part of it but the functionality is another so it would go there and then and now you see why I didn't drill these you see the space there now looks completely wrong it has to be back here really so you see I did it yo eyeball she hasn't done that she needs to be back there and that gives us a 45 here we go alright so if this was just a guitar that would look kind of weird just a guitar if it was if that was all we had there that would look a bit strange, but now that's fine, precision and all things, let's take a sharp pencil. what's happening is that at a later date we're going to run a c circuit diagram so the switch for example has a ground and then a bunch of wires going to those wires there will be a visual representation of those wires that run down the front of the guitar to the potentiometers and the whole wiring diagram is going to be on the top of the guitar essentially like it's a circuit board so I need when I'm laying out this cutaway I need to make sure i have room for those wires to go where i want them to be the midpoint here i do so they're going to do doom doom doom so i'll have wires on that side and yeah everything will be nice and attractive ok no i want that line to go through because i want my wires to go here i also want to end that there yes i think that was too much ok sir yes we have a line there ok and then what i want to do is have one second line ca if parallel but continue to here scaling as we go we'll make it 15K and then double it to 30K yeah I'm happy with that I don't want the hard edges here.
I want to put a bevel and that bevel I want to make it light. I will be using it essentially to adjust the shape of the guitar. Now we might have sound holes here. This is going to be cut. away and then hollowed out and then I want to have hexagonal sound holes that go down and not go into square I want them to go in at an angle like pointing yeah so what am I going to do yeah play around with this so I'm moving my finger making it wider as I go along and this is going to cut trying to lift it up by a neck that wasn't glued right this is going to cut the mahogany and maple in half and then I'm going to carve that out now this line doesn't want go up there for one we have a cavity back there that we don't really want to go into for two by two that's 30 thousand let's go in another 30 thousand there we go so carving is going to be a physical carving and then it will stop at a angle there and maybe cut it in half again make a fourth to make it a seven mile metal same kind of thing and we're going good now something I'm also going to play around with or change or modify is the pickup frames Or the pill covers at least I'll ha cer I'm probably going to do a couple of custom pickup covers and those are going to wrap the end of the pickups somehow, I think essentially this area is off limits.
I can't get that car into his kind of cookie. Done that okay I'm looking I like the look of this sofa I think this bevel I think this Bibble is too big because it's going to cut pretty deep into the mahogany so let's get rid of that and make it a little bit smaller, yeah that's a much more subtle subtle car there okay these lines here are going to be physical they're going to be a physical neon kind of light on the edge yeah it's pretty close to halfway actually i don't move that line where those points that point should be mid line so we'll move it move all over a couple of milk this kind of thing is pretty subliminal to be frank but together they work really well what don't i know what i'm going to do is cut that bandsaw it's not going to be able to turn the pencils clean enough it won't be able to turn the bandsaw it won't be able to do that this is almost enough to go ahead to be honest thanks for watching the build of this kit i'm treat I'm trying to take a pretty generic if well made guitar kit and I'm trying to make it phenomenal and at the same time entertain you and enlighten you the epistemological law of guitar construction is huge and huge and I want to share with you as much as humanly possible through the Dance come back to this video soon like and subscribe and support our patreon because we need liquid soda that's what I need now see you later bye

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