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Old 12-07-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Custom Maple/ Cedar/ Black locust 7 String

Hey I'm about to finish my Tele build ( Just oiling the fret board which takes a few days) but I have started a new build in the meantime.

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Port Orford Cedar body
Western maple top
Black locust neck
Black and white ebony fret board
25.5 scale with 24 jumbo frets
Black tusk Nut
Custom wound Robbins Humbuckers with ebony bobbins
Black hardware
Hipshot hardtail and locking tuners
To be finished of with a lagoon burst!

Heres the boring start up pics


Getting the body down to about 1 1/4"




Jointed body


gluing up


gluing the top
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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Split the black and white ebony into two fret board blanks



Clean scarf cut




The body un-clamped
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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I like that black and white fretboard.

If you have a drill press, you might want to look into a "safety planer". It's essentially the same thing you're doing with the router, but loads safer and much faster.
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I like that black and white fretboard.

If you have a drill press, you might want to look into a "safety planer". It's essentially the same thing you're doing with the router, but loads safer and much faster.


Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into it. It took 20mins to take the entire body blank down from 2" thick to 1 1/4in and gave a really smooth surface, if the planers faster ill give it a try.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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The Safe-T Planer would probably be quicker, but it depends how fast your pillar drill spins. We bought a Safe-T Planer a year ago but couldn't use it as our drill was too slow.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:45 PM   #7
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Today's Progress:

I'm leaving everything rough as far as the body goes so that after I dye the top I can come in a shape the body and get nice clean lines. This way I wont have to worry about taping everything off or getting color in places where it is not wanted.







Cavity cover (not sanded flush yet)








Like I said before I will be making wooden bobbins for these custom buckers. The flares will be ebony and the core of the bobbin will be maple.

Starting block


Cut down to the top and bottom of four bobbins


And taken down to their final thickness
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:26 PM   #8
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Little blemish in the fret board, Filled it with epoxy and ebony dust




More work on the bobbins. They were a bit tricky but I think they will work nicely.




Trying to get the more tedious stuff out of the way first, more interesting pics are coming soon!
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:32 PM   #9
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woah. thats awesome!
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:24 PM   #10
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Do you think gluing the bobbins together and then drilling all of the holes for the pole pieces would work?

I'm going to make my own humbuckers soon, and I was thinking of doing it that way?
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Do you think gluing the bobbins together and then drilling all of the holes for the pole pieces would work?

I'm going to make my own humbuckers soon, and I was thinking of doing it that way?


You could do it that way but the core is so thin that your drill bit would have to be dead straight going through. I can see the bit easily going through the side of the core and ruining all the work you just put into the bobbin. I drilled my holes first then cut up to them with my table saw to avoid any blow outs.

Neck progress:

This black locust is tough stuff, took a little longer to rough cut this thing


Going with a layered headstock on this one

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Very unique, are you going to blend the layers together? Looks wicked
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That headstock is just awesome.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:57 PM   #14
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Very unique, are you going to blend the layers together? Looks wicked


The top layer has a little bit of a bevel on it but the neck wood is going to stay flat on this one.

Figured MOP Raven on this one







Fret board glue up




Lovin they way this ones coming out so far! Possibly adding some color to the mix tomorrow so stay tuned guys!
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Your killing it man

Nice job so far!
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Color time







The colors been sealed in to protect it. The next step is to cut the neck pocket then I'll finally be ready to cut out the body so it will actually look like a guitar!
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Everything so far itself looks really nice, especially the headstock. But, no offence, I find the fretboard really damn ugly =S If the white ebony would've had a black ebony figure (a "real" figure that is xD) it might look nice, but right now it looks like someone (you) accidentally an entire pot of black paint over the wood =< Kinda ruins the entire guitar in my eyes...
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Everything so far itself looks really nice, especially the headstock. But, no offence, I find the fretboard really damn ugly =S If the white ebony would've had a black ebony figure (a "real" figure that is xD) it might look nice, but right now it looks like someone (you) accidentally an entire pot of black paint over the wood =< Kinda ruins the entire guitar in my eyes...


To each his own sir. I have receicved multiple coments praising the fretboard but its to be expected that not every one will like everything that I do. What is important to me is that my customer who selected the lumber is the one completely satisfied in the end.
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Loving the fretboard!
It's different, unique. Exactly what I think a custom-made guitar should be. Gonna make the guitar, and the player by extension, stand out.
Is there a tiny bit of a Mustang vibe to the body though? As in, to me the lower part of the body is the little bit bigger. Could be the camera angle though as well. Like it either way great work so far, nice and clean!
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To each his own sir. I have receicved multiple coments praising the fretboard but its to be expected that not every one will like everything that I do. What is important to me is that my customer who selected the lumber is the one completely satisfied in the end.


True that, tastes differ and if the customer is satisfied that's all that matters. I absolutely didn't mean to belittle the guitar at all though, everything looks really good except for the fretboard imo
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