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Old 05-23-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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Unlimited Challenge 2012 - "Modern Moderne"

Since I received so much positive feedback for my first completed guitar, I decided to post my second build and enter it into the Ultimate Challenge. This one is called the "Moderne Modern" Its roughly based on the Gibson Moderne, more focused on Billy Gibbons' custom moderne. The main differences between his and the original/reissue, is the original gumby headstock, the "G" logo instead of the gibson logo, the slightly bigger pickguard, and the input jack moved to the side of the guitar, instead of the front. Below are the specs and some pictures of the wood/templates. A big thank you to scatter lee from the MLP forums. He made the template that I am using to make his moderne.

Based on the Billy Gibbons Moderne(in lefty of course)

24.75 scale length
2 piece limba(korina) body
1 piece limba(korina) neck(scarf)
3x3 locking Klusion style locking tuners
gold hardware(tom/tail)
chechen fretboard with 22 frets
bone nut
Seymour Duncan Zebra pickups(Jazz/JB)
Tru-Oil finish(natural)

The reason why I call it the "Moderne Modern", is because it will have newer and modern features. The pickups, locking tuners, and the neck, etc. The neck heel is not going to be like how gibson does it. I like how other luthiers do the neck heel where the body comes out a little and becomes part of the heel when it joins the neck. I'm also going to add a volute.









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Old 05-23-2012, 09:22 PM   #2
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That's pretty far removed from your first build - not my cup of tea, but good on ya for going with something different. I've linked this thread in the main build challenge. Good luck!
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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Not my cup of tea either but going by your last build this is stickied and I'm sure it's going to be great!
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:06 PM   #4
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Maybe I should have named it "My cup of tea", lol.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #5
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Over the weekend I got alot done. The body has been cut, routed, and the control cavity has been completed. I also finished the pickguard and cavity cover. A slight change in the specs. Since the body has weird dimensions, I had to use a third piece of limba. You can see better in the pictures below.















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Old 05-27-2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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This is going to be badass.
I look forward seeing the progress.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:03 PM   #7
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Thanks THG. I didn't do much yesterday, I just routed the pickup cavities, drilled the wire channel, and rounded the edges with a 3/16" roundover bit. That is as much as I can do to the body, without a completed neck. I will say, this build is going much faster than I thought, and alot faster than my LP build. Maybe because its not a carve/drop top guitar and considered scaled down featurewise than the LP.









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Old 05-29-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
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Looking nice, this will definatly be an awesome guitar!
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:41 PM   #9
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This weekend, I worked on the fretboard and neck. For the neck, I glued the scarf yesterday and ears today. I also routed the truss rod and marked for the headstock and fretboard. I use the nail in the fret slot method so I can mark for the fretboard. This way, when I route for the truss rod, I don't lose my center line to attach the fretboard. Also, the nails in the fretboard will prevent the fretboard from moving when I glue it to the neck. The fretboard is radiused, slotted, tapered, and the front dots were drilled. I'm going to use something special for the inlays but I'll do that tomorrow.















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Old 06-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #10
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Just a quick update. I filled the holes with clear epoxy mixed with white pearl acrylic paint. I sanded the cured epoxy flush, and sanded the whole fretboard up to 2500 grit. The final result is the board with mineral spirits on it.











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Old 06-07-2012, 07:45 PM   #11
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This guitar is coming together very nicely, can't wait to see how it looks when you're finished!
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:21 PM   #12
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Everything looks great - beautiful design and amazing execution. My only nit to pick would be that a guitar this beautiful deserves better inlays that simple dots. Great work though!
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:27 PM   #13
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Everything looks great - beautiful design and amazing execution. My only nit to pick would be that a guitar this beautiful deserves better inlays that simple dots. Great work though!


Thanks. As for the inlays, I wanted the look to be vintage, while having modern pickups/tuners/hardware. On all modernes I've seen, I have seen dots. I'm not an inlay specialist yet so I can only do what I'm skilled at, until I take a stab at inlaying on separate pieces later down the road.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:34 PM   #14
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Making progress today. I mainly worked on the neck and fretboard today. I tapered the headstock and neck, drilled the pilot holes for the tuners, and I used my router to finish off the headstock. I drilled for the side dots and glued in the side dot material. I also planed down the back of the neck to the correct thickness. I also used my spindle sander for the volute area and the neck heel. I finished by gluing the fretboard to the neck.













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Old 06-10-2012, 01:21 PM   #15
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I'm a little new here, but I'm condering building a guitar soon and I was thinking of one of these. I call them the Gumby guitar.. I love it.. Good luck, and it's looking good.. I love it.. Korina rocks too! Let me know how she sounds.. Are you going to paint it any color?

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Old 06-10-2012, 02:25 PM   #16
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I'm a little new here, but I'm condering building a guitar soon and I was thinking of one of these. I call them the Gumby guitar.. I love it.. Good luck, and it's looking good.. I love it.. Korina rocks too! Let me know how she sounds.. Are you going to paint it any color?

Thanks in advance..
Tim


Thanks. I decided to build this guitar because I like things that you usually don't see. My last build was a lefty lp standard with an ambrosia maple top. I've only seen a few guitarists play a moderne, and I have not seen any player play a lefty and I don't think gibson makes a production moderne in lefty. I had some korina laying around for possible LPs, so I decided to make a moderne. I have never painted before and I don't have the room to make a makeshift paint booth, so I'm going to tru oil the whole guiltar. I have had success with tru oil on my last build and some other woodworking projects and the amber tint it gives, really turns the korina into that yellow hue that you are use to seeing on gibsons.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #17
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Today I worked a little on the neck. I routed the neck flush with the fretboard. I fretted the board and leveled/recrowned/dressed the frets. Instead of using a fret hammer, I made a 12" radius fret pressing caul. It worked well and pressed the frets in perfectly. I only had to do minor leveling.





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Old 06-11-2012, 12:53 PM   #18
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It looks great. I totally understand about the paint and not having a paint booth. Will look good tru oiled anyway I'm sure.. can't wait to see it finished. Great work.. May I ask something about finding the correct placement of the bridge if you don't mind? May I message you?
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:08 PM   #19
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It looks great. I totally understand about the paint and not having a paint booth. Will look good tru oiled anyway I'm sure.. can't wait to see it finished. Great work.. May I ask something about finding the correct placement of the bridge if you don't mind? May I message you?
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Sure you can message me. If you want I can IM you if you have aim/msn/yahoo/skype/icq. I have alot of IM clients, lol.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #20
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Another update today. I got home early today and some of the last parts came in today for this build. I picked up a roller bridge and locking klusion style tuners(remember, its "Modern"). I drilled for the tuners and test fitted them in. I also decided to shape the profile of the neck. I'm still going to do some more work on it, especially the volute. It looks to squarish right now so I'll round it more this weekend.













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