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Old 06-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Cane Custom Guitars (Formerly RoyalT) Presents: Guitar #3 Neck-Thru SG Style

Greetings fellow luthiers both young and old, to my second build thread!

This time, I will be taking a modern spin on an old classic: A neck-thru style SG shape.

As it is my first build for a customer, I shall spare no expense in documenting this formidable task, for I wish to inspire and amaze(and perhaps get another job or two out of this)!

And now, Luthiers and Luthiettes, the moment you have been waiting for:

SPECS

Body Shape: SG
Hardware Colour: Chrome

Neck
Construction: Neck-thru
Tuners: Grover Locking 2 x 3
Nut size/material: Graphtech
String Spacing: 42mm
#of frets: 24
Neck wood: 5 piece maple/purpleheart/maple/purpleheart/maple
Fretboard: striped ebony
Scale: 24 3/4
Radius: 12" - 16"
Headstock shape: Cane Custom
Headstock Veneer: Ebony
Bindings: Fretboard and headstock - White
Finish: Tru-oil

Body
Wood: Mahogany wings w/ Wenge accent
Contours: SG
Bridge: Schaller roller TOM
Tailpiece: Schaller Fine tune
Strap Buttons: Chrome
Finish: Tru-oil

Electronics
Pickup Config: 2 Humbucker
Bridge: Bill Lawrence
Neck: Bill Lawrence
Switch: 3 way
Controls: 2 Vol
Control Cavity Material: Mahogany
Knobs: Black Metal Cap

...Okay, no one was actually waiting for that. But now the moment that you have really all been waiting for!

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Initial Mockup


Maple and Purpleheart


Gluing


Mock-up with wings
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:40 AM   #2
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That looks sweet. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this build
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:33 PM   #3
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like the neck lams! What program did you use to make the mockup?
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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Gotta love neck trhu... Do you think having it neck thru will help the balance problem of SGs?
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:21 PM   #5
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Progress!

Mahogany wings cut.


In order to account for the neck angle, Instead of trying to plane the neck down, I've decided to angle the wings of the body.


In order to keep the wings in place on the angle, I've inserted dowels into the wings...


...which fit into the core thusly.


I messed up on my original fingerboard, only allowing for 22 frets instead of 24 despite lining it up several times, so I had to go with another one.


The first one is still usable though, and will definitely go into another project.

The whole thing so far.


Next steps will be to route the channel for the pickup wires, and once it arrives, route out the truss rod channel.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:30 PM   #6
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This is going to be a freaking sweet build man. Definitely following this.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:26 PM   #7
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Sweet headstock shape!
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:44 AM   #8
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Thanks a lot guys!

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Originally Posted by n1ckn1ce
Do you think having it neck thru will help the balance problem of SGs?

I'm curious about this myself. I'm also keeping the body a bit thicker than the standard SG, so that should contribute to the balance as well.

About to rout the Truss rod slot


And after


Wiring slot.


Headstock angle cut and planed flush.


Neck thickness rough cut.


Fretboard bound!


More sexy binding.


I really like how the fretboard has turned out so far.

More updates soon!
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:50 PM   #9
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I love me some SG body style, so I will be keeping an eye on this.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:40 PM   #10
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looks good
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:17 PM   #11
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:17 AM   #12
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Thanks Guys!

It appears I am terrible at remembering to keep this updated, so I have a large amount of pictures.

I hope thats okay with everyone...

Neck rough cut.


Fretboard being glued. Enough clamps?


Result!


The headstock shape and binding.


Wings gluing up!



Wait... I making a guitar? Never really looks like one till this step.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:20 AM   #13
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Since I glued the wings on an angle, i was left with the middle strip sitting high.



So I've planed it flush.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #14
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so I have a large amount of pictures.

I hope thats okay with everyone...

It's always okay!

This looks great, reminds me of my Adam Black Apollo:

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:39 AM   #15
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More work, Finally!

Headstock bound and gluing.


Glued on and shaped.


Starting the neck.


Work it.






What I'm trying to do with the heel.


Waiting on a new router bit to come in so I can get the pickups routed. Once those, the bridge posts and control cavity are done, I'll finish the heel and start beveling.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:18 AM   #16
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that looks awesome! It would look awesome with a Veneer on top but that would hide the neck thru. But then again you can see it from the back. Great Job so far!
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:41 PM   #17
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Looks cool man. I am not sure the neck-thru aspect would affect the balance, unless the neck woods were more dense than the body woods.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:17 PM   #18
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regarding balance, one thing that I've heard a lot is that it's somewhat the fault of the placement of the top strap button. If you move it up a bit, it reduces the problem, if you put it into the top horn (a la stratocaster, and also Tony Iommi's SGs), it gets rid of it almost entirely. the other thing is the headstock weight. that being said, neck woods very often are harder than body woods, so that might do something as well.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:49 AM   #19
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The only thing I would say is that it might possibly put stress on the neck if you have the strap button on the headstock because of the weight of the body.
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Yeah, I'm not expecting any drastic change in the balance, but I will be placing the strap pin in the top horn instead of at the heel.
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