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Old 06-30-2012, 05:43 AM   #1
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Build #2! Extended scale 6 string

At it again. I enjoyed building my first guitar so much (which can be seen here) that I literally started on this the next day.

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6 strings
27 frets
26.22" scale (666mm )
Superstrat shape
Black Walnut body
Indian Rosewood bookmatched top
Wenge/Flame Maple 5 piece neck
Flame Maple fretboard w/ piranha tooth inlays (indian rosewood) and a cool 12th fret inlay
Schaller Hannes bridge
Schaller non locking tuners (3+3)
Seymour Duncan Distortions
Cream or white plastic binding on body and headstock (help me decide!)
Black fretboard binding
34mm body thickness (potentially thinner)


Here's what I have so far!

Indian Rosewood top, Black Walnut body


Planed the Walnut to thickness (that dust almost filled pictured garbage can )


Top glued. There was a couple more clamps put after this.


Neck laminate glued. Love this combo!


After glue!


I have a drawn out plan that I'll post in a few days. I have a couple changes to make to it. Let me know what you think of my specs!
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:19 AM   #2
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26.22" scale (666mm )

Is it hard to calculate the fret spaces with a scale like that?
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Flame Maple fretboard w/ piranha tooth inlays (indian rosewood) and a cool 12th fret inlay

The inlays are going to be made from rosewood? Or am I reading that wrong??
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Schaller Hannes bridge

That's freakin' awesome. Would love to hear your opinion on it. One of the coolest looking fixed bridges I've ever seen, as an avid floyd lover myself.
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Cream or white plastic binding on body and headstock (help me decide!)

If possible you should totally do the binding with flame maple or something like that (like an ibby j-custom). That would be unreal.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:16 AM   #3
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looks sweet =]
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:34 AM   #4
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Looks great so far! DAT NECK
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:30 AM   #5
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Nice wood, should be a nice build.

Looking forward to this build.

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Old 06-30-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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Is it hard to calculate the fret spaces with a scale like that?

The inlays are going to be made from rosewood? Or am I reading that wrong??

That's freakin' awesome. Would love to hear your opinion on it. One of the coolest looking fixed bridges I've ever seen, as an avid floyd lover myself.

If possible you should totally do the binding with flame maple or something like that (like an ibby j-custom). That would be unreal.

Naw - http://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/

You're right! Wood inlays aren't done often and I don't know why. I think it's alot more tasteful that plastic.

Ever since I've laid eyes on it, the Hannes has always interested me alot. I'm really stoked to try it out.

I thought about it, but I want to keep this guitar relatively simple and that binding just isn't really what I'm going for on this build. My next build after this is going to be super decked out with stuff like that though.

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looks sweet =]

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Looks great so far! DAT NECK

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Nice wood, should be a nice build.

Looking forward to this build.


Thanks dudes! I'm stoked about it!
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:48 AM   #7
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So this is my plan. I changed my mind a little bit on the body. I just traced out an RG on my plan but made the shape a little different in the end. I'm awful at drawing, and the bridge pickup won't be that close to the bridge, but it gets the main idea across.


Tentative headstock design.


Scarf joint glued up.


I was going to put this maple veneer between the neck and headstock in the scarf joint. It was on my bench and everything, but I totally forgot


Body cut out on my new bandsaw Another new toy is pictured here as well. Rigid sander. Loving it so far!


Did a little drilling with a forstner bit to lighten the body up a bit. Even though it's only going to be 33mm thick haha.


Indian Rosewood top planed and cut out. Ready to glue.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:48 AM   #8
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Lotsa glue!


All clamped up. I learned two lessons while clamping this top on.
1) I need to buy some more clamps
2) Be careful with your pressure, especially on thin woods and especially when that thin wood is over a chamber. I didn't even think about this when clamping (very stupid of me) and I cracked the top a bit. Thankfully not too badly and I don't think it's going to be an issue. Also, different style clamps all have their uses. Going to be getting some more quick grip style clamps in the near future.


My new (used) Delta Bandsaw. Got this for $300 on Kijiji. Put a new blade on it today and it runs like new! I'm really happy with it. Makes things go so much easier for me. You can see my little workspace in the garage in the background.


Things are definitely going alot easier the second time around now that I have a grip on the basics and have a little experience. And the fact that I've equipped myself pretty well for tools. Basically all my money has been going towards tools and parts since February haha. Taking advantage of living with the parents while I can. I want to move to the city now that I'm graduated, but I could only afford a shitty apartment. Can't make guitars in an apartment

Edit: Also use clamping cauls from now on. Dummy.
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:59 AM   #9
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It was insanely hot outside this week, even hotter inside the garage somehow, so I didn't do as much work as I should have. But I did do some stuff.

Top all trimmed up.


Anyone else think that's gonna look cool?


12th fret inlay. Going to be made of Paua Abalone. Straight class.


I made a fret slotting box!


But after cutting a couple slots with it I decided I like the old ghetto method a little better.


All slotted!


Truss Rod cavity routed. I really really need a router table. This was done very carefully with a router free hand and cleaned up to fit with a chisel and some sandpaper. Came out pretty decent I think. Took me along ass time though, especially comparing that it would have taken like 5 minutes with a proper router table and fence. Going to be making a router table out of an old cabinet in my basement quite soon.


Stewmac order! Pretty small one this time. Got a few switches, a nut blank, a fret eraser, a router bit, some extra inlay saw blades and a pickup routing template.


Sorry about all the bad pics.
That's all for now folks.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:06 AM   #10
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Half of your pictures are gone! Get that shit back on here! lol
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:14 AM   #11
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Half of your pictures are gone! Get that shit back on here! lol

I noticed that as well. I just use Facebook as a photo host and it seems to be having trouble right now Maybe it's just bugging out right now or something.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:10 AM   #12
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:42 PM   #13
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Very small update. Unfortunately I haven't been doing much work on this in the past couple weeks, which really sucks. I was hoping to have it approaching the finish line by this time. I've been waiting for my Abalone to come in for the inlay! I want to do the inlay before attaching the fretboard to the neck just because I haven't done inlay before and if I were to put the fretboard on, then inlay and mess up it would be much harder to correct. I could do some of the body work, but I'd just like to have the neck done first before I go there.

Anyways, pics.
Truss Rod installed


I made a little mod to my fret slotting miter box. Works alot better now.


Headstock veneer glued.


An awful picture and a sneak peak of Build #3.


Practicing inlay.


Inlay glued in with epoxy + maple dust.


How my very first inlay came out. Not very good, but I know how to do better next time.


However I have a question for anyone who might know. I know that the best way to not see any filler/glue in an inlay is to route it more accurately. I used to big of a bit on some of it while routing and will be doing that differently, but I'm just curious why it's all grey in the gaps. I used epoxy and maple dust. What's the best way to get the glue to blend in well with the fretboard color? More maple dust?
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:07 PM   #14
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After tonnes of time in practice, guess what I did?

Inlay material


Inlay cut out


Last practice route. Time to go onto the real fretboard.


Actual fretboard with the inlay. Pretty damn snug fit. now to glue it in. Pretty proud of that.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:45 PM   #15
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Inlay looks great man. Can't wait to see this build through.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:53 PM   #16
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Inlay looks great man. Can't wait to see this build through.

Shouldn't be too long. I'm hoping to have woodwork finished before I go on a week long holiday on the 6th.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:15 PM   #17
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Looks good man. Great scale length. Although it is slightly arbitrary, it is similar to that of my schecter guitar which I must say I have never really thought was very different to play than a standard scale guitar but does sound nice and tight on the string front.
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wow, nice job on the inlay! not to mention the other things. I guess practice really pays.
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Cool inlay, fits very nice. Although, for next time, I suggest considering leaving a small strip of wood on either side of the fret slot, rather than having the inlay go all the way through the slot. Abalone is not a desirable material for holding a fret, and there's the possibility that the inlay could crack when hammering in the fret.
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Thanks for the kind words guys. And thanks for the tip Warpig, that makes total sense.
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