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Old 03-16-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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2nd build: Norse Baritone

Specs:
body - walnut
neck - 3 piece laminated walnut
fretboard - either rosewood or ebony
scale length - 675mm (27")
frets - 22
strings - 6
electrics - bridge humbucker, neck single coil, 1 volume control, 1 tone control, 3 way toggle switch
bridge - tune-o-matic

The shape will be a double cutaway, rather like a solid body ES-335

I intend to do a relief carving on the top based on the Norse carvings on the walls of Urnes Stave church in Norway.

I am aware that walnut is not an ideal neck wood. I had some left over from the body so, to keep the cost down I decided to see if it will work in a neck.

So here is what I have got done over the last few weeks

The body wood


Wood and the body template


The body glued together and roughly cut out and the neck pocket routed


The body shaped and the bridge pickup routed


Control cavity routed


Neck blank assembled and truss rod channel routed
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:35 AM   #2
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That looks sweet! A solid-body ES-335 style guitar has always interested me, but I can never find a production model. I'll be keeping an eye on this. What kind of finish are you thinking of?
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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Here is the original that I am using as a reference for the carving style


Carving begins...


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Old 03-17-2012, 07:49 PM   #5
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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Can I like... borrow some talent for a bit?
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:13 PM   #7
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Man big job ahead of you there, great work!
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:16 AM   #8
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That looks amazing!
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:36 PM   #9
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:50 PM   #10
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damn, if that carving idea turns out I may have to try it on my next build.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:31 PM   #11
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The body shaped and the bridge pickup routed

That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?
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it shouldn't matter, its more of where his lumber is from
Looks like nogal or peruvian walnut, while more people in the states seem to get black walnut.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:01 AM   #13
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That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?


I don't think the pickup is high, it's just the body is large. It's a 335 style shape. This is looking really cool, the carving will be quite the task!
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:54 PM   #14
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That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?



The photo angle makes the pickup look further forward than it is. The edge of it is about 21cm from the back of the body, which is about the same distance as on a les paul.

I am based in London. The wood is American walnut, though I agree that it is a bit lighter than some other pieces I've seen.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:32 AM   #15
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Dude this is sick! I like very much!
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:29 AM   #16
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This will be very cool
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:03 PM   #17
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Wiring question:

I will be buying electrics for this soon and was wondering whether it is best to use 500k or 250k volume/tone potentiometers for a humbucker and single coil on the same circuit. Do any of you have any suggestions about this?

Some progress updates:

Neck roughly cut out


Carving continues
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:15 PM   #18
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I'd either go for 500k, or the harder to find 300k.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #19
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:26 PM   #20
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I used a 500k on both of my humbucker/single coil tele's, it's probably the best idea. 250k would be pretty muddy on a humbucker.
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