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captivity 03-16-2012 11:04 AM

2nd build: Norse Baritone
 
Specs:
body - walnut
neck - 3 piece laminated walnut
fretboard - either rosewood or ebony
scale length - 675mm (27")
frets - 22
strings - 6
electrics - bridge humbucker, neck single coil, 1 volume control, 1 tone control, 3 way toggle switch
bridge - tune-o-matic

The shape will be a double cutaway, rather like a solid body ES-335

I intend to do a relief carving on the top based on the Norse carvings on the walls of Urnes Stave church in Norway.

I am aware that walnut is not an ideal neck wood. I had some left over from the body so, to keep the cost down I decided to see if it will work in a neck.

So here is what I have got done over the last few weeks

The body wood


Wood and the body template


The body glued together and roughly cut out and the neck pocket routed


The body shaped and the bridge pickup routed


Control cavity routed


Neck blank assembled and truss rod channel routed

barden1069 03-16-2012 11:35 AM

That looks sweet! A solid-body ES-335 style guitar has always interested me, but I can never find a production model. I'll be keeping an eye on this. What kind of finish are you thinking of?

whoomit 03-16-2012 12:27 PM

:lurk:

captivity 03-17-2012 07:29 PM

Here is the original that I am using as a reference for the carving style


Carving begins...



JCGGUITARS 03-17-2012 07:49 PM

that's sick!!

Wisthekiller 03-17-2012 08:57 PM

Can I like... borrow some talent for a bit?

Lightbluemk2 03-17-2012 09:13 PM

Man big job ahead of you there, great work!

R_Gallagher_Fan 03-18-2012 11:16 AM

That looks amazing!

IronMaiden76 03-19-2012 12:36 PM

that looks awesome! :eek:

nowa90 03-19-2012 09:50 PM

damn, if that carving idea turns out I may have to try it on my next build.

Flux'D 03-19-2012 10:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by captivity
The body shaped and the bridge pickup routed

That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar :p:

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?

nowa90 03-19-2012 10:34 PM

it shouldn't matter, its more of where his lumber is from :p:
Looks like nogal or peruvian walnut, while more people in the states seem to get black walnut.

LeviMan_2001 03-20-2012 02:01 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flux'D
That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar :p:

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?


I don't think the pickup is high, it's just the body is large. It's a 335 style shape. This is looking really cool, the carving will be quite the task!

captivity 03-23-2012 05:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flux'D
That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar :p:

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?



The photo angle makes the pickup look further forward than it is. The edge of it is about 21cm from the back of the body, which is about the same distance as on a les paul.

I am based in London. The wood is American walnut, though I agree that it is a bit lighter than some other pieces I've seen.

dkennedy88 03-24-2012 12:32 AM

Dude this is sick! I like very much!

C_Hart 03-24-2012 11:29 AM

This will be very cool

captivity 03-24-2012 02:03 PM

Wiring question:

I will be buying electrics for this soon and was wondering whether it is best to use 500k or 250k volume/tone potentiometers for a humbucker and single coil on the same circuit. Do any of you have any suggestions about this?

Some progress updates:

Neck roughly cut out


Carving continues

Wisthekiller 03-24-2012 02:15 PM

I'd either go for 500k, or the harder to find 300k.

Ippon 03-24-2012 03:06 PM

:lurk:

nowa90 03-24-2012 03:26 PM

I used a 500k on both of my humbucker/single coil tele's, it's probably the best idea. 250k would be pretty muddy on a humbucker.


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