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andymrush
Apr 09, 2021
In General Discussions
My video shooting schedule has been slowed down considerably by an outside issue that I have no control over: My next door neighbours have decided that this week is the perfect time to have their old driveway replaced. This has involved five hours per day this week of cowboys with jackhammers tearing up the old one. 😵 The builders poured the concrete for the new one yesterday, so I'm hoping to have a quiet weekend of shooting, except the weather looks like I'm going to get zero natural light for it. Fun, fun, fun... I can't be the only one whose shooting schedule has been disrupted by outside events, So I figured I'd start a vent thread. Share your disruptions below.
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andymrush
Mar 17, 2021
In General Discussions
Ok, after a couple of false starts, I'm almost ready to post my first video. I know Crimson have a playlist of posted videos so far, so I was wondering if, aside from the obvious (GGBO '21in the title and tags,) if there is anything to put in the video to make sure it gets noted by the folks at Crimson?
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andymrush
Mar 09, 2021
In General Discussions
Ok. So, despite being of the generation that grew up with social media, I never really "got" instagram (or twitter, either). Last time I looked at it (circa 2012), it was all hipsters taking "artsy" pictures with polaroid filters, and it had zero appeal to me. I set up an account to talk to family who weren't on facebook, but that's about it. I linked that account when the contest form asked for it, but have really no idea how to use Instagram. Anyone got any tips?
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andymrush
Feb 22, 2021
In Design Ideas
After a few weeks scratching my head, I think I have a design in mind that I can live with. My goal for the GGBO '21 is to focus on making my own hardware from scratch. this will be my 5th scratchbuild, and I'm feeling confident enough in my woodworking abilities to want to try and expand somewhere else. To that end, I wanted the woodworking side to be relatively simple, yet effective. Something where I wouldn't be spending weeks working on getting curves done right, but that would also be memorable. I thought about it for a while. I went through all my notebooks and piles of doodled guitars. There were some frontrunners, but then, I had a thought. An unshakeable, daft, downright stoopid, 100% pure fanboy thought. And I just had to go with it: "You know what would make for a good guitar? An Imperial Star Destroyer!" I've spent the weekend refining the design, to a point where I'm near satisfied. So, here's the rundown of the axe, as stands in my mind right now: The axe will be based off a 1/3000 scale Imperial Star Destroyer. It won't be one of those godawful Millennium Falcon guitar horrors you see on the internet, where someone has stuck a neck on a toy. Nor, will it be a 100% faithful to scale or design (or otherwise, I'm looking at a 72mm thick body with some easy to break undercuts.) It'll be a solid body electric, multiscale, bolt-on with a modified Stephens' Extended Cutaway-style neck joint, homebuilt custom headless hardware and handmade pickups. t The body will most likely be Ash, with a Beech neck. No particular reason, other than the fact that of all the woods I've got available at my local wood shop, those are the woods I find best for weight/strength balance. As I want my hardware to be the main feature, I'm not going to go for a "boutique" finish -ie, no highly figured woods and stains. Besides, I haven't managed to find a local source of fancy woods that won't cost me an arm and a leg. I have a figured maple fretboard blank on hand, but I think I want to save that for another project, maybe go with something darker. For a finish, I'm thinking rattlecan paint and 2-part catalized clear coat, mainly because that's something where I've not had great results in the past, so I figure I should put some practice in and get right. So, yeah. that's all for me for now. I haven't started building yet. currently focusing on jury rigging some camera stands/tripods out of scrap pine offcuts from my local wood shop's scrap bin. Did I mention I'm on a kinda horribly restricted budget and improvising left, right and centre? Still, that's never stopped me before. Good luck, everyone!
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