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Old 01-11-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Unlimited Challenge 2012- The Squid

Hey guys,

this is my first build for Unlimited. (im hoping to get another in) Its i sick shape and i hope ill be able to do it. It is my own design and im proud of it. If not then tough luck 4 me. here's the CARDBOARD template on ply wood:



Crazy. . . Maybe. Epic. . . Definatly!

After cut out:





This is my template so far. just got to get the pickups routed out.

Some specs:

Custom Body
24 Fret Neck
6 Strings (i was thinking of doing 7 but to costly )
1 Volume
1 Tone
5 Way Lever Switch
Fixed Bridge
(all black hardware)
Brown and Yellow Dye, or maybe something else, just throwing that out there)

and best of all

3 Humbuckers

Thats all for Now!

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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BTW

Started: 1/10/12
Ended: (In Progress)

Template: Done
Body Wood: Done
Body Rough Cut: Done
Body Cut: Done
Glue Together: Done
Neck Pocket: Done
Pickup Cavities: Done
Carving: Done
Neck: In Process
Finish: Not Done
Electronics: Not Done

Oh, and a little late:




i hope thats what you mean by materials
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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i can definitely see why you're calling it the squid

but unless you chamber that body, it'll be heavy as all hell...
just something to keep in mind
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
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I see what you mean. . .

Actually i might do that but remember i will be doing three pickups so some wood will be missing. . . . like that'll do anything.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
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But that wood will be replaced by pickups. Not really losing much weight there.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:23 PM   #6
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:45 PM   #7
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i would spend a little more time designing your guitars.. this looks really awkward.. good luck though
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:15 AM   #8
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^ The only real areas you need to watch are the points at which you touch the guitar (ie. where your knee and arm make contact) - looks fine to me!

Also JCG, make sure you post a pic of your raw materials with the cover page filled out before you start cutting it out for reals.
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:42 AM   #9
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how can anyone say this will be heavy when he hasn't stated what wood it will be?????
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:12 AM   #10
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Make sure you spend a lot of time sanding that template so theres no bumps or high spots, it will save you a huge amount of time in sanding the body once it's routed
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:11 AM   #11
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i would spend a little more time designing your guitars.. this looks really awkward.. good luck though


Well it did take a while to make this and so far im proud of it.


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Also JCG, make sure you post a pic of your raw materials with the cover page filled out before you start cutting it out for reals.


as in wood and hardware? ill was planning to buy those as i go.


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Make sure you spend a lot of time sanding that template so theres no bumps or high spots, it will save you a huge amount of time in sanding the body once it's routed


Yes i will. as i said im not done with it yet.
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:25 PM   #12
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where will your straplocks/buttons be?, the upper horn looks not that sturdy,
im looking forward to see if you can pull this of
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as in wood and hardware? ill was planning to buy those as i go.


Yes, just your raw materials (ie. wood for the body and neck). It's all in the rules.
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is it ok if i do it as i go? i dodn't have all the money on me now.

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where will your straplocks/buttons be?, the upper horn looks not that sturdy,
im looking forward to see if you can pull this of


ill have to see. i have thought of it but not 100% sure where yet
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:09 PM   #15
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k not really an update but im pretty much done with the template. just a little sanding to do. i will be doing a chambered maple body so yes it will be heavey!
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i can definitely see why you're calling it the squid

but unless you chamber that body, it'll be heavy as all hell...
just something to keep in mind


Heavy? looks like less than a pound with such thin wood as that. I would be more worried about the bridge pulling off. <grin>

I think its a cool shape.
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where will your straplocks/buttons be?, the upper horn looks not that sturdy,
im looking forward to see if you can pull this of


for the strap lock button, put in a 4 inch screw. (drill first, of course)
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Odd shape, but! Good job moving to templates! Your life will be sooo much easier.
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Heavy? looks like less than a pound with such thin wood as that. I would be more worried about the bridge pulling off. <grin>

I think its a cool shape.


thats just the template. XP

templates. . . yes i believe they will!
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #20
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well im planning ahead (wahoo!) and im looking at some pickups. Since im doing 3 Humbuckers and a five way switch, do the pickups have to have more than 2 wires coming from it?
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