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Old 09-22-2012, 02:14 AM   #1
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New custom design *explorer type*

After i was sure i was going to be done with guitars, I gave it a couple months of not building.

One day a design came to my mind though, and i just had to make a template. I based it off an explorer, but made it much more agressive. I dont know what to call it just yet. But i am loving it.




So with a bit more motivation, i picked up some body wood, and got started on it.





Then i got the neck cut out:



Thats all i have done for now, until i replace the bearings on my bandsaw.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:23 AM   #2
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it's a snakebyterazorbackexplorerthing. I love it. and that body is sexy, what is it? Stripe is cool looking.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:31 AM   #3
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That is actually a good way to describe it.
The body is mahogany, paduak and walnut in the middle.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:10 AM   #4
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i really like that body shape. its freaking awesome.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:46 AM   #5
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I have huge respect for luthiers. Love the design.
I'd lose the little curl on the horn, but other than that it's a really cool take on a classic design. Thats just me though. I'm not trying to tell you to change it.
Well done.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:24 AM   #6
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somewhat resembles that exlorer that Peavey make
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:49 AM   #7
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that's awesome; I made a fairly basic explorer about a year ago, but that design is heaps better. love it
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:23 AM   #8
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Looks great man. Reminds me of the ESP snakebyte.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:24 AM   #9
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Well, if you want a name that suggests aggressive exploring, how about Conquistador?
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:33 AM   #10
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:53 AM   #11
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lower horn is to long i think, but if that were shorter i think you would have a pretty well balanced guitar design.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:55 AM   #12
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Annoyingly, none of the online Klingon dictionaries I could find had a word for 'explorer' in Klingon. The closest I could find was chIjwI' , meaning 'navigator'.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:20 AM   #13
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looks awesome, not over designed or too jaggedy like most of the the ugly guitars people make to try and look original
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:22 AM   #14
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I like everything but the lower horn. It's a bit too long and curved for my tastes.

I really missed seeing your Explorers while you were on a building break.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:11 AM   #15
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I like everything but the lower horn. It's a bit too long and curved for my tastes.

These are a fantastic couple of sentences out of context.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:15 AM   #16
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I think the lower horn would look fine if the headstock had that extra upward curve to balance it. Maybe something that can be glued in place?
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:00 AM   #17
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Awesome snakebyterazorbackexplorerthing! love the body shape
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:11 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the replies everybody!

I experimented with different angles and lengths with the lower horn. The whole body is a little bit smaller than an explorer already. The horn isnt all that long, its just the cutaway that makes it look longer than it is.

This is mainly a prototype anyway. If i end up liking it, I am going to make a 28" sclale baritone one, with a super figured top.
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Thanks for all the replies everybody!

I experimented with different angles and lengths with the lower horn. The whole body is a little bit smaller than an explorer already. The horn isnt all that long, its just the cutaway that makes it look longer than it is.

This is mainly a prototype anyway. If i end up liking it, I am going to make a 28" sclale baritone one, with a super figured top.

I'm not sure about the reverse headstock with it, though. Just my opinion, but maybe it would look better the other way round?
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:51 PM   #20
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I tried it both ways. It looks better reverse, because its pointing the same way as the horn.
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