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Old 06-10-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Thezephyrson's semihollow/chambered first build

I decided to go for it, and build my own guitar. I have some experience building other projects, and I have most of the tools (those that I don't, a guy I know does). So far I've got all the wood, and hopefully will be ordering the parts soonish. Could be a few weeks though.

It's gonna be a single cutaway, chambered (a lot) guitar, sort of similar in shape to a les paul.

So, yeah. Hopefully will lay the whole thing out next week-ish, maybe work on the neck a little?

Specs:
Body wood: spanish cedar
Top wood: figured myrtle
Neck wood: hard maple
Fingerboard: bocote
Frets: 22 stainless steel
Pickups: GFS P90 for the bridge, GFS mini humbucker in the neck.
Wiring: 1 volume, 1 tone, coil split on the mini humbucker
Bridge: Either a Hipshot baby grand, or a GFS sg-style wraparound
Tuners: Some GFS ones. Probably locking, maybe not.
Nut: Graphite
Finish: Some sort of stain.

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Body wood (spanish cedar)

Top wood (myrtle)

Neck blank (hard maple)

Fretboard (bocote)

Peghead veneer (flame maple)
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:18 PM   #2
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Cool, would you be willing to documentate the process?
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:57 PM   #3
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You mean document as in post pictures of the process? Cause I'm planning on doing that. I'll be posting plenty of pictures, believe me
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:12 AM   #4
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Got some work done.

Soundhole template:


My headstock template (Based on an ESP design):


Rough cut the body and routed out the inside


Made a little mistake with the side, cut it a little close. Should be fine as long as I'm careful with the drum sander
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:24 AM   #5
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That is a rough cut! 8O I love semi hollows though so I'll be watching this!
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:43 PM   #6
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Yeah haha, I didn't want to cut it too close, most of the shaping will be with sanding/possibly routing.

And me too, I saw some of the single-cutaway carvin semis and it inspired me to get off my ass and build one.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:14 PM   #7
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Updates, yo

Control cavity and hollow cutouts routed, basically in the shape I want (other than more sanding I'll be doing to smooth it out)

Top glued on, clamped (I wish I had more real clamps, I don't like having to tighten these every few hours cause I'm worried they won't stay)

A couple finish tests. The blue for the top looks darker in person (and it's only one coat, Ill be sanding it back to let the grain show better as well) and the clearcoat on the cedar is more prominent too.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:58 AM   #8
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Nice dude! I like the not so standard array of woods. As for the clamps, hit up Harbor Freight. They have dirt ass cheap clamps and sure they bend under load, but they get the job done IMHO. You can order them online and have them shipped too, if there isn't one near you. When I was getting C clamps for laminate necks I looked at Home Depot, something like $4-5 per 3" clamp. Harbor Freight? I think they were $1.75. Done and done.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:50 AM   #9
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That tele on the calender is soo cool! Oh and cool build, I love the semi-hollows/chambereds. I've got two guitars with hollow bits. Neither of them I build though
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:14 AM   #10
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Ooooh. The cedar and bocote are way sexy.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:46 AM   #11
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Dat fretboard.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:10 PM   #12
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Nice dude! I like the not so standard array of woods. As for the clamps, hit up Harbor Freight. They have dirt ass cheap clamps and sure they bend under load, but they get the job done IMHO. You can order them online and have them shipped too, if there isn't one near you. When I was getting C clamps for laminate necks I looked at Home Depot, something like $4-5 per 3" clamp. Harbor Freight? I think they were $1.75. Done and done.

Thanks for that dude, I'll have to check that out
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Dat fretboard.

I think the cedar and bocote are my two favorite parts of this build at least so far.

I'll be hopefully working on the neck this week. I gotta figure out a way to cut a clean, straight cut without having a tablesaw to cut the neck in two pieces...Maybe my squirrel saw.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:19 PM   #13
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that fretboard....


I want it
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:27 PM   #14
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Thanks for that dude, I'll have to check that out


I think the cedar and bocote are my two favorite parts of this build at least so far.

I'll be hopefully working on the neck this week. I gotta figure out a way to cut a clean, straight cut without having a tablesaw to cut the neck in two pieces...Maybe my squirrel saw.


Circular saw with a fence.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:28 PM   #15
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It looks even nicer in person
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:50 PM   #16
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Circular saw with a fence.

I think I'm gonna use this guy I know's table saw actually. So that should happen sometime this week.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:17 PM   #17
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Updates!

Cut the soundhole (roughly, it's still being sanded/filed), sanded back the edges of the top a bit...Still a lot of that to do, and then i gotta get the body smoothed out and in the final shape...That'll probably happen this next week.
And I gotta sand back the glue smears on the top a bit too.


Cut and glued the scarf joint.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:35 PM   #18
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Is it possible for a fretboard to turn someone on? Cuz I gots me a chubby. XP

Nice build though. I'm jealous. I love that shade of blue you have, I've always wanted a guitar that color.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:53 AM   #19
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Is it possible for a fretboard to turn someone on? Cuz I gots me a chubby. XP

Nice build though. I'm jealous. I love that shade of blue you have, I've always wanted a guitar that color.

You're not the only one

Yeah, I was kinda torn between this and a really sweet red...Seeing the sample, I'm glad I went with this though. And I can always use red for the next build

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Old 08-09-2010, 09:51 AM   #20
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Yeah, I'm actually in the process of switching from red to a shade of blue similar to what you have there, so fancy that. :P

Any update by the way???
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