With the main components of The Crow guitar completed, I spent some time getting the ancillary parts assembled. My Signature Guitars each have a singular theme and I want the parts of the guitar not only to be appropriate for the build, but to be unique as well. The binding on the guitar is an Italian cellulose "faux" tortoise shell, backed by an off-white ivoroid purfling, so I wanted something that would match. Off the shelf parts proved to be a disappointment so I decided to make my own. I'd located some Asian Buffalo horn pieces that were stained a deep amber brown, so I thought that making some of the parts from it was worth a try.
A lathe is on the shop wish list, so I had to use a drill press for the meantime. Here I'm using a file to rough out what will be a strap button. I started with a piece cut to approximate size and rounded enough to get into the chuck.
Once I get the shape, I cut off the button just under the flange and then sand everything smooth down to 2500 grit. The next step is to drill a hole for the mounting screw that will hold it onto the guitar.
The switch tip for the pickup selector should follow the theme, so I turned a shape I liked on my makeshift lathe, using finer files as I go.
Center drilling required the fabrication of another set of wooden "clamps", and after finishing that I used a bottoming tap to put the proper threads inside the hole.
The last step was to use a progression of buffing compounds to bring it to a finish that would compliment the rest of the hardware.
The tip really looks great on the switch and it adds to the exclusivity of the build.
The result is a matching set of buttons that are unique not only to this guitar, but cannot be bought from any supplier. That's all in keeping with the idea behind each signature guitar I build.