Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Epiphone gets a lift...

Sometimes I just shake my head because I don’t want to know.  

Lonnie being the creative person he is, found a way to work on the front and back edges of the bass at the same time…by putting the bass on stilts.  Now I gasp (holy crap is what I thought!) when I first saw this contraption but upon a closer look, it is stable.  He tends to have crazy, non-traditional ideas but this one is pretty wild.  I don’t question why he does things the way he does because I know…if he screws up he will be the one fixing it.  I think a good future project will be to design and build a bass rotisserie so he can turn the bass around to work on all sides at the same time.  

The broken edges of the bass have been repaired and the first layers of color are drying.  Lonnie had hoped to have finished the bass this past weekend but a Momma squirrel in the attic had other plans for us.  Hearing scampering sounds at 4:00 a.m. tend to make for a short night and a long day of searching for holes in the attic. 

"Rough in" on the edge repairs

The edge all sanded down and first layer of color

Beautiful flamed neck.  The flame goes the entire way up into the scroll

Good shot of the serial number and placement

And another shot of the serial number...now you know where to look!

1 comment:

  1. Lonnie: I am doing same as you on 1940-41 B-5 blonde flamed maple and I do feel the need to pick your brain a bit before I repair a lower left and upper right rib section. I'm laying a new verneer over the old to cover damage. New wood is a pefect match .040 " thick. (nice). Hide glue? Or? How about repair technique on that large surface? Also, I need to send some more pics and have you register this one with you. I know you are busy but wish I had your phone no. Thanks, William Cushman mtnmusic_lee28@yahoo.com