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PostPosted: 12/02/2007 at 5:58 PM    Post subject: Bastin Guitar Completed

Hey, everybody. It's finished. And as soon as I do some soul-searching about prices, options, etc. they will be available for all to rock.


Give me some feedback. Thanks!

Rock on.

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PostPosted: 12/02/2007 at 8:23 PM    Post subject:

That is sweet. What are the specs?

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PostPosted: 12/03/2007 at 7:58 PM    Post subject:

Hey, man. Thanks for the interest. Here are some of the specs:

- Neck -
Material: 6061 Almuinum
Production: Fully CNC machined

- Body -
Material: "Butterboard"
Thickness: 1.625"

- Fretboard -
Material: Ebony
Scale: 25"
Frets: 22, Stainless Steel

- Hardware -
Tuners: Schaller
Bridge: Gotoh
Nut: Brass
Ferrules: Brass
Pickgaurd: Stainless Steel
Rear Cover: Stainless Steel
Fasteners: Stainless Steel

- Electronics -
Pickups: GFS Mean 90s
Pots: CTS
Toggle: Switchcraft
Output: Switchcraft

- Dimensions -
Width @ Nut: 1.625"
Width @ 12th: 1.995"

It all adds up to a pretty rockin' guitar. I will provide more measurements for the neck/fretboard very soon; I also need to weigh it.

Thanks again.

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PostPosted: 12/04/2007 at 10:32 AM    Post subject: bastin guitar

Nice! Beautiful guitar. You must be happy with the result. I love the clean straight forward shapes. Very original headstock (love it).
More Questions: How much finishing work after CNC machining on the neck and body?
How is the weight and balance? Butterboard, strong, heavy, painted????

How does she sound?????????????????????

Congradulations... well done!

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PostPosted: 12/04/2007 at 3:40 PM    Post subject:

What the hell is "butterboard"?

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PostPosted: 12/04/2007 at 5:53 PM    Post subject:

Butterboard is a machinable plastic. It's used a lot for modeling and prototyping in tool & dye education. I wanted a material that would be machinable with conventional metal tooling. And it turned out that Butterboard had the density properties that I was looking for; it's similarly dense to a medium/heavy piece of mahogany.

It machines really well, and it's characteristics are really consistent. I don't know how people will feel about it, but (much like an all aluminum guitar) each one of my guitars should be almost sonically identical - no variations for wood species, porosity, etc.

However, the next guitar that I build for myself will be made of wood. Then I'll have a fair basis for comparison.

The bottom line: the body is made of Butterboard and the guitar rocks. I hope that other people will agree because I would like to continue using it.



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PostPosted: 12/04/2007 at 6:06 PM    Post subject:


Sorry, man. I forgot some of your questions. The neck is pretty slick when it comes out of the mill. All of the contours are dialed in and don't need any attention. Naturally, I have to do quite a bit of work to get a good shine on it. It just amounts to a lot of sanding and polishing no matter what you do. But it's all really lightweight work. Ideally I would use a tumbler. It would be hands-off, and I could get satin finishes as well. I actually prefer a satin/brushed look on aluminum, but I find it hard to achieve a consistent finish (especially around radii, contours, etc.).

The balance is good. It's a tiny bit neck heavy, but it won't dive all the way to the floor. It's natural balance point, when strapped on, brings it no lower than parallel. I'm happy with it.

Soundwise, it's a beast. So far, with the Mean 90s, it think it is really well suited for high-gain applications. I play through a 90s model Rivera Knucklehead (hell of an amp) and a vintage Hiwatt 412. It gets really loud. I also have a '72 Bassman and an Orange 412. That gives the guitar a suberb clean tone. Anyway, the guitar suits my style very well. But I still really want to build one with humbuckers to get a good comparison. I love P90s though.

The butterboard is painted, but I intend to experiment with finishes as I go along.

Thank you very much for your interest and compliments. The metalneck community is awesome and I'm happy to be a part of it.


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PostPosted: 01/13/2008 at 08:40 AM    Post subject:


Any more updates on this? Are they in production yet?


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