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Old 12-07-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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NGD: Finished my first build!

Some of you may have seen this thread already. I recently finished my first electric build.

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Basswood Body w/ quilted maple cap
5-piece Maple/walnut "wizard" neck
Birdseye maple fretboard w/ 20" radius
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Nitrocellulose Lacquer on the body
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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It's hard to review a guitar that I built to my liking, but I'll try. The neck turned out great. Easily as thin as the Wizard neck on my RG770DX. It's pretty scary shaving it to that thickness because I was paranoid that I'd hit the truss rod. I wanted to try a flatter radius than 16", and I do like it. 20" will probably be the radius I use from now on for shredder guitars.

The guitar is a little lighter than my RG770DX. The chamfer I added to make resting the forearm more comfortable came out pretty great. I think I'll use it again. My only gripe with the body was a design oversight, the cut-away for the high-frets is a little too tight. It took some getting used to, but in the future I will make sure I have more room to breath when playing the high frets.

The Blackouts are beastly. I honestly didn't think I would like them because I wasn't too fond of my old guitar with EMGs, but they are great pickups. I've had them in a box for years, so I'm glad I was able to use them. They don't sound lifeless like my old 81/85s did. I swear it's not in my head.

Came out pretty good. And I only spent around $410 building it. The only are where I went cheap was the bridge, but if I would have bought a Gotoh bridge instead, it would have been about $430 total(but honestly, the Guitar Jones bridge feels pretty solid).

I'll be starting on my next build in a month, a fanned fret 7-string, so stay tuned!

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Old 12-07-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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Looks very nice pig! Great job!!!
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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Dude, that is amazing! Now build me one!! (: ........seriously.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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That's astounding for a first build.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:04 PM   #7
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That is one beautiful guitar, you sir are talented! I would buy one like that!
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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Thanks guys!

It definitely turned out better than I thought it would be. I expected my first electric to barely be playable, but it plays, looks, and feels great. Previous wood working experience and a ridiculous amount of research helped me quite a bit.

But this was still a major learning experience, and there's no doubt that future builds will be better in many ways because of that.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:09 PM   #9
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I'm a sucker for Tele style bodies, and that finish is tight.

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Old 12-07-2012, 07:11 PM   #10
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That looks absolutely amazing. If I could make guitars like that they'd be all I played.

I've been making my own guitar body for a while (I don't have the tools for making a neck, but I may give it a bash in the future) and the painting phase has me stuck in development hell, Duke Nukem Forever development hell.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:12 PM   #11
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That is one sexy axe!

Congrats! That's a piece to be proud of for sure.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:27 PM   #12
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:30 PM   #13
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I only saw your first post and this and omg.


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Old 12-07-2012, 07:31 PM   #14
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Holy poop. I'm not a fan of the body shape but damn, the finish is gorgeous. Looks awesome.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:38 PM   #15
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Build me one like it? Same specs?! =D HNGD man and congrats on the first build!
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:39 PM   #16
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Thats a seriously nice telecaster.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:40 PM   #17
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:41 PM   #18
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Awesome job. I'm actually working on my first build right now.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:43 PM   #19
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"He steps up to the plate..."

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Nice work, there!

I design jewelry as another one of my hobbies, so i have to work woth color a lot. That is not my favorite color green, but when partnered with black and light sand/tan/wood tones like that, it is a truly stunning combo. (I once saw it used on a prototype car- best looking thing at the show except the models.)

I'd buy that. And your use of that combo on your #1 indicates that you probably have a good, strong color sense. I'm expecting future good things from you, sir!
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:51 PM   #20
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I've been waiting for you to finish it and post more pictures on your original thread. It looks bad ass
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:55 PM   #21
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Nice. The world needs more green guitars. You did a great job, looking forward to seeing your future builds!
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:56 PM   #22
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HOLY FAWK!!! Dude, that is NICE!! Question: how the heck do you not buzz or fret out with such low action? Thats insane!
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:16 PM   #23
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Geezus, thanks for all the positive feedback, everyone!

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I design jewelry as another one of my hobbies, so i have to work woth color a lot. That is not my favorite color green, but when partnered with black and light sand/tan/wood tones like that, it is a truly stunning combo. (I once saw it used on a prototype car- best looking thing at the show except the models.)

I'd buy that. And your use of that combo on your #1 indicates that you probably have a good, strong color sense. I'm expecting future good things from you, sir!

It's funny that you should say that, I colored it specifically to work with the maple fretboard and black hardware/binding. However, if I were to do it again I'd lighten the green up a bit because I suspect that it might work better with the black hardware if it were lighter.

But honestly, after the weeks I spent experimenting with stains, shooting lacquer, and sanding, I think my next build will be all natural wood with an oil finish. 3 days of finishing sounds very nice compared to 3+ weeks.

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HOLY FAWK!!! Dude, that is NICE!! Question: how the heck do you not buzz or fret out with such low action? Thats insane!

Thanks! I use D'Addario light top/heavy bottom 10-52s. I'm getting a bit too much buzz on the G string though, but I'm about go pick up some larger .18 wound strings to replace it, and I suspect that will help the situation.
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what the shit...?!?!?


that's amazing! So very cool man, well done.
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It's funny that you should say that, I colored it specifically to work with the maple fretboard and black hardware/binding. However, if I were to do it again I'd lighten the green up a bit because I suspect that it might work better with the black hardware if it were lighter.

But honestly, after the weeks I spent experimenting with stains, shooting lacquer, and sanding, I think my next build will be all natural wood with an oil finish. 3 days of finishing sounds very nice compared to 3+ weeks.


Then flip the script- instead of coloring the wood, use anodized guitar parts:

http://www.toone-townsend.com/colors.html

http://www.sperzel.com/Models_Colors.html

You get to use the same kinds of color combos, but without as much of a headache.
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That's astounding for a first build.


+1

that looks "badass full stop/period", not merely "pretty good for a first attempt".

Awesome job there.
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Damn, guy, that's beautiful. Really. Wow.
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Then flip the script- instead of coloring the wood, use anodized guitar parts:

http://www.toone-townsend.com/colors.html

http://www.sperzel.com/Models_Colors.html

You get to use the same kinds of color combos, but without as much of a headache.

Oh wow, that's definitely something to consider. Is this something anyone can do, or does it require expensive equipment? It's looking like I'll be making my own bridge on the next build, so I'm open to alternatives to painting.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:53 PM   #30
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That's so nice Mr. P1G. I'm just researching my first build and am preparing to strip and restore a squire strat I got for £30 as practice and if this is your first proper go, I've a lot to aspire to!

It looks awesome. Great job. :-)
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Oh wow, that's definitely something to consider. Is this something anyone can do, or does it require expensive equipment? It's looking like I'll be making my own bridge on the next build, so I'm open to alternatives to painting.


Anodizing does require some special equipment, but I'm not sure how pricey or big it is. However, if you live in or near a major metropolitan area, I wouldn't be surprised to find someone who does anodizing of small lots.
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It looks like anodizing gear may be undergoing a bit of a downscaling revolution: http://www.caswellplating.com/elect...izing-kits.html
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@ phil, rooster, woad_yurt Thanks you guys!

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Wow, $400 is still a bit steep. I think I'll look around for someone who might be able to do it locally. But I don't know if I'll do it for this bridge I'm building, I don't think aluminum is strong enough for this base plate, and i don't think titanium is cheap enough.
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Beautiful build! Only constructive criticism I'd offer is it seems the string ferrules on the back aren't quite lined up but I'm a stickler for detail. FWIW, try out the EMG Het Set or 57/66 set on your next build...easy installation and IMO better than the Blackouts. I know there's always something better on the market but the new EMG offerings are amazing. Well done bro!
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Beautiful build! Only constructive criticism I'd offer is it seems the string ferrules on the back aren't quite lined up but I'm a stickler for detail. FWIW, try out the EMG Het Set or 57/66 set on your next build...easy installation and IMO better than the Blackouts. I know there's always something better on the market but the new EMG offerings are amazing. Well done bro!

Yeah, that was one of those mistakes I learned from. Although, part of the issue with that was that I used the bridge holes as a template for drilling, and for some reason both E string holes were offset on the bridge itself. I didn't notice until it was too late. But that's not the only reason it's messed up, I should have made a template, it would have stopped the brad-point bit from wandering on me.

I'll definitely look into the those EMGs if I do another build with actives, but I'll actually be making my own pickups on the next build. Thanks for the suggestion, I'd never even heard of EMG 57/66s before.
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Yeah, that was one of those mistakes I learned from. Although, part of the issue with that was that I used the bridge holes as a template for drilling, and for some reason both E string holes were offset on the bridge itself. I didn't notice until it was too late. But that's not the only reason it's messed up, I should have made a template, it would have stopped the brad-point bit from wandering on me.

I'll definitely look into the those EMGs if I do another build with actives, but I'll actually be making my own pickups on the next build. Thanks for the suggestion, I'd never even heard of EMG 57/66s before.

Looking forward to it, happy building!
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