Plodding Along

What with near to and 40+ degrees it’s been way too hot to spend time in the shed, but I’ve caught up a bit now it’s cooled down. The V-Star Embossed is ready for final assembly, the neck is black with a transparent black fretboard and ebony fret markers, you can see the internal pup assembly in the photo. This’ll be the first and last tin I use unless I can find a thicker one as this one was just that tad too thin.

V-Star Embossed Tin CBG
V-Star Embossed Cigar Box GuitarLibro de los Muertos and Shovellin just need their necks and minor tweaking e.g. edge sanding and the speedo surround fitted and they’re ready to go too.
Libro de los Muertos and Shovellin


Four More Cigar Box Guitars

Yes, four ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seeing as I had a stack of marine ply I cut it all to CBG size so now I’ve got masses of tops, bottoms, ends and sides, with that said I started on one, then another and another to the point where I ended up with five body’s ready to go. Discarded one as the more I looked at it the more I disliked it and have ended up with the four as shown in the pic.

They are as follows:
From LtoR Rock On’ – Three string acoustic, Libro de los Muertos or Book of the Dead for non-Spanish speakers – Three string semi acoustic with humbucker, V-Star Embossed (cheers Con) – Three string semi-acoustic, Shovellin’ – Three string acoustic oh and the Shovelhead engraving is off centre on purpose, I didn’t want the bridge to cover it.
All need final tweakin’ but not gunna say what to which one ๐Ÿ˜‰

Four CBG's On The Go
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New Paint

Or part thereof ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just started respraying the bike, it’s now a deep blue metallic with the beginnings of a Gitana/Flamenco dancer on the tank, with the Cross of Asturias (Cruz de la Victoria) on the rear guard. I knew it wouldn’t take long before I decided to change the old paint job ๐Ÿ˜›

Didn’t like it – starting again 2-1-11

Just gotta add the faces and a few tiny touchups and this is done.


Part 1 FIN YIPPEE - I can finally (well tomorra) get the XVS1100 back together again!!

1999 Yamaha XVS1100

1999 Yamaha XVS1100


Surprise Surprise – well I am at least. . .

It just struck me as I sit here listening to Diva (Chilean prog/rock/folk band), that I’ve now owned the XVS1100 for 18 months, painted it four times, swapped the bars around so many times I’ve lost count, put the sissy bar on, take the sissy bar off you get the drift ๐Ÿ™‚

This is it in its current form, but thinking of NEW paint ๐Ÿ˜‰

1999 xvs1100 custom



5 months since I last wrote on here tsk tsk tsk – might start using it more, that’s why it’s here. Below is the new look for the bike, I was bored ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s yellow pearl over a custom green – the bars are Harley.

New Look


Photos and more of the Vulcan

Spent the last few days going through the Vulcan like a dose of the clap and to be honest it’s a little shabbier than first thought but in saying that it’s nothing I can’t fix providing my back don’t give out ๐Ÿ˜‰

Right so what have I done? Drained the oil and replaced it along with the oil screen and filter with new stuff, ripped off the “ears” but after pricing the necessary bits to set it up with K&N’s I decided to stick the “ears” back on (well I’ll do that tomorrow) – this is becoming a nightmare for spare parts costs.

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A new toy spelt TORTURE!! – Part Seven

Well this is the second last post on this little epic. It’s painted, buffed, wheels painted yada yada – just gotta get the exhaust’s level fit the exhaust covers,ย fit the painted panel set, oh and sit back n wait for the grips I ordered but apart from that oh and polish it it’s done.

Don’t look to bad for 1400 bux ๐Ÿ˜›

1988 CBR1000F Hondaย CBR1000F Honda Tank