We have a fully ducted, 1,000 micron filtered and exhaust filtered Spray Room of 15 sq. metres (150 sq. feet) which allows us to produce exceptional finishes on guitar bodies and necks.
We can reproduce the traditional “Nitrocellulose” finishes or the more modern and hard wearing 2 Pack finishes which allows us to achieve those startling and vibrant candy and pearl colours.
Check out the “house of colour website” to see the amazing range of colours available.
We have three (3) belt sanders; each used for their specific purpose.
One used for sanding of fret boards to attain a perfectly level surface and accurate fretboard radius to enable accurate re-fretting.
Sorry; near enough is not good enough. Perfection is acceptable.
The second is used primarily to sand the bottom of bridge saddles for adjusting action heights and to make new saddles when, once again, accuracy is paramount.
The third sander is a general use sander. Metal belts for obtaining flat surfaces in metal parts.
Once again, we have three (3). The first is a lower revving double headed machine for polishing lacquer and 2 pack finishes to a smooth perfectly finished gloss.
The second and third are solely used for polishing fret boards and frets after Fret re-leveling, Crowning and sanding to obtain that absolute blemish and scratch free mirror finish necessary for perfect note clarity that accomplished players demand.
A real monster. This machine is perfectly suited to the rigors of production manufacture but can also be effective in supremely accurately routing a bridge saddle slot by a minute amount. It is also very useful for routing cavities for over size pick up installation. Unusual shaped pick guards can be accurately reproduced though one offs can take a considerable amount of set up time.
Certainly a most important machine in an engineering workshop but I am amazed at how often the Lathe is used to make some small part that is unavailable or even to turn a hard maple plug to fill a screw hole that has stripped the thread. A relatively simple job that when it is done correctly, lasts a life time. Simple message: do the job right; do it once.
Similar to the Lathe. You only miss it when you do not have it. Recently, I had to fret a fretless neck. No Problem; I have a Fret slotting machine. (Not just a thin hand saw but a real 100 kg machine with a rotary blade and spring tensioned arm and height adjustable roller to cut slots to a perfect depth and parallel to the fret board radius) BUT, I needed to drill perfect ¼ inch diameter holes in the face and side of the neck for the fret board dots and side dots. This had to be done absolutely perfectly; to be equidistant from the side and perfectly central between the frets. Well, with the milling machine and its digital read out, this could be accomplished without any guess work.
And more jigs and templates than you can point your guitar at.
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