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Old 04-27-2012, 08:09 AM   #81
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i think a puzzle piece headstock would look tacky. id go for something nice and clean cut, and then inlay a big contrasting colour puzzle piece into the middle, in the same look as the 12th fret inlay.
whatcha doing with this when its finished?
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #82
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This build is awesome!
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:51 AM   #83
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For the headstock I would do something that is like strato style but the edges at the top are fading in pieces of puzzles (small ones)...I hope it's understandable what I mean.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:28 PM   #84
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My vote is for a simple, les paul-ish headstock. Don't do the puzzle piece thing, for the love of god!
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:49 PM   #85
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do a veneer of smaller puzzle pieces in the same types of wood on a normal headstock. NOT the puzzle-piece shaped headstock.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:15 PM   #86
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Very original build idea. I love it!
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:30 PM   #87
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wow, excellent! Love the body shape, and I love that you're sticking to the theme.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:09 AM   #88
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Decided to go for a simple headstock in the end, I think I might veneer it with some black ebony and inlay a single puzzle piece, basically just like the fretboard, but we'll see!

Made a template



Glued up some wings



Went at it with the handplane



Rough cut on the bandsaw



Routed to shape



Also made a new fret bender today as my last one was a bit rubbish, fretting and neck carving next week!
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:49 AM   #89
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Leave the headstock and put an ebony puzzle piece inlay instead.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:53 AM   #90
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Leave the headstock and put an ebony puzzle piece inlay instead.


Do this
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:32 AM   #91
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Leave the headstock and put an ebony puzzle piece inlay instead.


This. It would be a huge shame to cover up that wood.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:36 AM   #92
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It would be a huge shame to cover up that wood.


It'll still be seen from the back if I do that though, but I guess I'll see how I feel later in the week
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:25 PM   #93
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Awesome headstock shape, I can never seem to redesign a simple yet really clean and good looking shape...
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:44 PM   #94
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or instead of covering any of it up just put the puzzle piece on the TRC.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:59 PM   #95
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or instead of covering any of it up just put the puzzle piece on the TRC.


Unfortunately I will be inlaying my logo onto the trc. I think I will veneer it with ebony, you'll still see it from the back so I'm not concerned. Might even chamfer it slightly so the ebony flows into the neck timbers. I'm doing it because Im not happy with how far my truss rod slot comes up the headstock, not sure why I did that really, but regardless, I think it's ugly, so time to cover it up!
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #96
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Did some stuff today

Resawed my slots to full depth



Rolled up some wire



Did the old scatter lee treatment on the fret ends with the belt sander



So that they wont be seen



Tapped in with a nylon hammer. Getting there



Glued the ends and clamped them all down



Filed the ends flush



Filled the gaps left by belt sanding the fret tangs with black filler and ebony dust

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:24 PM   #97
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Also marked out the lines for the first facets for carving the neck, about 1/2 neck thickness on the side, and about 1/3 neck width across the back





I'll start roughing these out tomorrow
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:03 AM   #98
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Very nice. I think I'll have to try out the Scatter trick on my SG build, seems a good way to get a tidy finish without having to worry about binding.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:46 AM   #99
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What the purple-y wood? Purpleheart?
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:15 PM   #100
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Thanks Boysie, yeah works pretty well definitely worth a go

n1ckn1ce Yes indeed it's purpleheart, I love the stuff



Sorry ended up getting in the zone while carving the neck and consequently have a lack of pictures, but I did it through the facet method, starting with about a 38 degree angle down the length of the neck, then smaller angles to take off the edges, then scrape/sand smooth. Ended up with this







Also got some mail!

Ghost piezo bridge, I can't believe how light the bridge itself is it seems crazy since I usually associated weight with quality. It's very nice however



A couple more boxes; Pups, chrome rings, some ebony veneer, gotoh mini rotomatics in black, screws and springs etc



This is the preamp I'll be trying to use, a artec MB-1 blending preamp, should be interesting



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