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james4 04-18-2007 09:39 PM

james4's 7-string project- yay!
Well, the title pretty much describes it... I'm building the body for a 7-string based on the Ibanez RG's, then I'm gonna buy the neck because a) I'm building it in woodshop, so there isn't enough time left in the semester to build the neck as well, and
b) I'd rather buy a neck than take a shot at building one in a short time with a lack of knowledge on how to do so.
The body's mahogany with a flame maple top, the neck will be maple with an ebony fretboard, and the pickups are probably going to be either a Seymour Duncan Custom or DiMarzio tone zone in the bridge, and DiMarzio Airnorton 7 in the neck. It's going to be a regular hardtail bridge, as I would barely use a trem.
Here's the pics so far:

templates for the body (there's a huge one because the printer at my dad's work screwed up and printed it huge):

and this is where I am so far, the maple has been glued together, and now it's being glued and clamped to the mahogany:

That's it so far, I'll update whenever I can (probably tomorrow)

edit: wow, bigger pics than I expected...

Will_Minus 04-18-2007 09:42 PM

Do you have any pictures of the neck?

Doodleface 04-18-2007 09:44 PM

Looking good.

I would definitly go the Dimarzio Tone Zone/Air Norton combo.. those pickups were made for each other.

james4 04-19-2007 11:45 AM

Originally Posted by Will_Minus
Do you have any pictures of the neck?

no, not yet, since I don't have it yet, but I'll post it when I get it.

xX_JIMI_Xx 04-19-2007 11:58 AM


ill be following this :)

godofshred 04-19-2007 12:04 PM

hey, my next built will be a 7 string too, hope it turns out as well as the frst :)

ill be keeping an eye o this ;)

-MintSauce- 04-19-2007 12:09 PM

Dude.. you should totally make the HUGE version too!

hmmm_de_hum 04-19-2007 01:25 PM

Hey looking good man, ill be sure to follow this through.

james4 04-19-2007 03:52 PM

cool, people are actually interested... :)
I couldn't get much done today 'cause there's LOTS of people in my shop class, plus grade nines are also in the shop to make CO2cars, and I had to plane off a crap load of wood, so here's where I am at the end of today, near the final thickness and shape is traced out:

godofshred 04-19-2007 04:04 PM

very nice :)

Ghost_bass 04-19-2007 07:51 PM

lookin good

minixmin 04-19-2007 07:54 PM

good luck...i hope this goes well :D

walker-rose 04-19-2007 08:01 PM

i want to build one

JamMan* 04-20-2007 06:29 AM

Your school looks like my school.

I'm also building a guitar in tech classes, but just a normal 6 string fender copy shit peice basically.

Hope it goes well!


james4 04-20-2007 03:27 PM

here's the update for today, I cut out the shape on the bandsaw, but the sandpaper on the belt sander is ripped, so I can't use that until Monday, so right now the edges are rough. I also left the spot for the neck pocket longer than I'm going to need it, incase you're wondering about that.
here's pics:

I'll update again on Monday if all goes well, and thanks for the nice comments, guys :)

minixmin 04-20-2007 03:29 PM

thats looks beautiful...keep em coming :D

woodenbandman 04-21-2007 10:29 AM

I played a 7 string yesterday for the first time. It isn't really that different. It felt pretty good.

XibanezedgeX 04-21-2007 11:26 AM

looking really good
i wish my school had a shop class so i could make a guitar....
i would defintally go for he dimarzios
what thes the plan so far for staining?

james4 04-21-2007 11:51 AM

yeah, I decided on the DiMarzios, and as far as finishing goes, I'm not quite sure yet.. I was thinking maybe a blue like this:

or maybe greyish/black like this.

although I'm leaning towards the blue. Anyone have any other suggestions or comments on colours?

binjajer 04-21-2007 12:11 PM

The trans black is simply the most beautiful finish ever. Go for it.

Blue? One thing that I don't understand is why people like to have weird colors on their guitars... Well, blue is alright, but if you'll post that you are contemplating pink or purple, I'm gonna find you and stab you in the face. This build is going in a too good direction to be ruined by a bad finish.

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