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Old 01-16-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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I originally posted a build thread in May, but it turns out I jumped the gun, as I wasn't nearly ready for a build. My dad is going to co-build this, along with his woodworking friend.

FINAL SPECS (I think..):

Body:
-One piece black walnut body
-PRS Custom-esque body shape with lower horn cutout
-Hand-carved top

Neck:
-Either 5 piece flame maple/black walnut neck or just 1-piece flame maple neck
-25.5" scale
-24 fret flame maple fretboard
-Stainless steel gold frets (Xlarge/jumbo)
-Black walnut headstock veneer
-14" radius
-Miscellaneous other goodies

-Grover mini locking tuners
-Hipshot hardtail bridge
-BKP Aftermath pickups
-3 way pickup selector
-1 volume, 1 tone pot

The deadline I have for the build is to have it completely set up and finished by the end of May. (edit: Well, it didn't exactly make the deadline, but close enough )

Front w/ no flash and template for sizing:


Front w/flash:


Back w/flash and puppy:



FINAL EDIT: PICTURES OF IT COMPLETED ON PAGE 9
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:37 PM   #2
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Sweet dog!

Sweet wood too.
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:37 PM   #3
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nice! cant wait to see how it turns out! good luck!
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:37 PM   #4
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That walnut is lovely! You should find a way to work the dog into the build too - perhaps use his eyes for inlays, and make your own bone nut.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:46 PM   #5
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That is a gorgeous piece of lumber! I can't wait to see what becomes of it!
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:55 PM   #6
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The grain on that dog is awesome!
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:58 PM   #7
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The grain on that dog is awesome!


I wouldn't like to see it going through a planer though.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:58 PM   #8
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That is a great piece of walnut. Walnut usually doesnt get that big. How thick is it?
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:26 PM   #9
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@Explorerbuilder: The wood's at 1 15/16" currently. That would be fine for me to do a carved top, right?

Oh, I also did this:




Pictures are a bit drab and don't do it justice, but that's the pretty much the final body shape.

We cut it so it would have as little sapwood as possible. It was also the best cut since the grain pattern changes right down the middle. Towards the bottom right it's what my dad's friend referred to as a "fishbone" grain, similar to a pattern you'd see on tiger maple.

The area where the neck will be is uneven but we'll smooth that out on a later date.

Good news: There's enough wood for a second guitar . However, a second would be way over budget, unless somebody wants to order one
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I wouldn't like to see it going through a planer though.

I'm sure everyone's done something like that at some point, it's part of the process...
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Do you have any white spirit to wet it up with?
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:10 PM   #12
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Unfortunately I do not. I'll go out to the hardware store tomorrow and see if they carry any.
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Sweet!

Until then, don't be tempted to use water - it'll only warp the wood.
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No it wont, not that little of moisture.
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No it wont, not that little of moisture.


Doesn't it raise the grain on the surface and make it uneven?
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so little that like 400 grit paper will take it off instantly. A lot of builders will wet down a top of a figured wood before they dye it, to insure even application.
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In that case, I stand corrected.
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But i mean dont soak it or anything... But a little water wont hurt anything. Sorry, all these posts were pointless. Shouldnt have tried to make a point. Sorry everybody.
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Sprayed a little water on it and got some weird results:

Flash


No flash


The bottom right of the guitar gets much darker than any other part. Kinda weird/annoying, but I guess it will just add some character to the guitar.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:08 PM   #20
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im officially excited to be a part of this build! lookin good.

just, some words of advice:

you probbably shouldn't route the neck pocket or locate the bridge until you get the neck made for it. getting the bridge located properly can only be done after the neck is set in.
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