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Old 02-10-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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Hey guys I have decided to put all my stuff in one place rather then creating a new build thread for each guitar since I have a bunch of cool projects in the works. Just trying to avoid cluttering up the forum.

Unfortunately I had an accident with the blue seven string I was building and have decided to start over and make it even better. I will be building this alongside a 6 sting Vik duality based guitar which I'm pretty excited about. Here's some pics of the lumber going into those

7 string's Lumber

top, nicely figured curly maple


Fretboard (Number 1)


Duality's Lumber

top (before surfacing) quilted maple


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Rosewood neck, Black limba body, zircote FB
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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Two other builds I have also been working on. The one with the laminated body is particularly special to me because it is being built for my dad. It will include a 58 piece inlay on the back of his snake tattoo that he got in memory of his own father.

sappelli body with curly maple cross laminations!








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Old 02-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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Korina body with myrtle wood top and Padauk FB










I have made humbucker bobbins out of padauk as well but I guess I forgot to get a picture. I wouldn't mind some opinions on this, should I use the wood bobbins to have orange humbuckers that match the fretboard or with that be two much? Also I'm thinking black hardware but am open to other suggestions. Id love to hear your thoughts!
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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best thread ever. I love your builds
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:09 PM   #5
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #6
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looks good, but im not sure how i feel about a VIK build.

i just don't think hes a big enough company to warrant someone else using his designs, which are freaking amazing, and all credit should go to him for it. i have even taken style cues from him that i implement in other ways in my builds.

however,

I would feel pretty ripped of myself if a builder made their own Empress instead of getting me to build one for them to whatever specs they wanted.

Vik is probably a better guy than me tho, so if hes cool with it...
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:16 PM   #7
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The Vik is a customer request and since he's not calling it his design I think it's cool in the end.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:58 PM   #8
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my only point is, if he wants a vik.. get a vik.

its what i tell customers who come to me and say they want a gibson or a fender.

im like "ok.. ill come with you and help pick one out?"

unless they want something that they specifically can't get outside of custom built, theres no need for them to get it from me, nor should they.

anyways, i don't want to get into it much, these are just my thoughts, i figured id share my concern.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:21 AM   #10
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Since the Vik inspired guitar is for me, I figured I'd chime in on the subject.

First off, it's not like Tyler is selling the design as his nor is he counterfeiting anything. There will be a Robbins logo and decal on the guitar, and credit is being given where it's due. The guitar is not going to be a 100% copy, headstock design is different.

Second, ViK's waitlist is closed and there's no way to get on it at the moment (I'll own a Vik one day though). Tyler has been a stand up guy while building my original 7 string that unfortunately suffered an accident and is now being rebuilt. The experience in dealing with Tyler throughout the build and the accommodations he has offered were above and beyond my experience with any other luthier to date (and this includes some well known names and brands). Because of the great experience, I asked Tyler if he would build me a 6 string as well. I personally wanted it based based off a Vik guitar, but with some changes (e.g. the headstock) because I thought it'd be wrong to make an exact replica. I don't think there is anything wrong with styling a guitar after another one as long as it's acknowledged that it is different (e.g. not creating a fake logo and declaring it as an original)...how many different companies do you see building similar single cut designs or RG styled guitars?

What it boils down to is this: I want a guitar built by Tyler. I also like the styling on Vik's guitars, so I asked Tyler to build a similarly styled guitar. I am not trying to pass the guitar off as a Vik, and when people see the guitar, I will explicitly say that its a Vik inspired Robbins' guitar. Credit will be given where due.

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Regarding the Duality shape, I will only say that this is a one-off build that I am doing for a friend. I have no intention to build any more as I want to establish and be know for my own designs, specifically my acoustic guitars. I made no claim to this shape and gave credit to its creator by stating it was based on his model. If this bothers people let me know I will withhold pics of this particular build as I do not wish to cause problems.

That being said here's some more progress

Bookmatched one-piece maple bobbins for a set of custom buckers


Paduak bobbins (white streaks are grainfiller and will be much more subtle when the finish is applied) still looking for opinions on whether to use these on the Myrtle wood build


Sanded to 220, still a little rough


Joined quilted top


Seven string reboot lumber(ceder, black locust, curly maple, Munn ebony)
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I personally love the Paduak bobbins, awesome looking build so far.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:52 PM   #13
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I say leave the paduak bobbins with the grain filler visible, they look beautiful as they are.
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Got some clear on these things!


Taking away the need for some of the scarier holes that need to be drilled by running a trench to connect the cavities before the tops are glued on


rough cut tops


Thickness comparison, 33mm vs 45mm


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Old 02-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #15
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walnut top for another single cut I'm building




still very rough but the tops a glued on. (my new bandsaw blade came in the mail about an hour after I cut these, please excuse the burns)




Newest single cut lumber: Ash body, walnut top, maple neck, cocobolo fretboard
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Doin the same shape on the seven string as last time but the decision was made to drop the curly maple to the same level as the rest of the headstock by inlaying it.



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This is a blemish in the wood that will be carved out for the most part but I thought it was neat because it looks like an italicized apple, haha








Headstock plate glued to match the body
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Carve Around The Apple!!!!! That Is The Coolest Wood Mistake Ever.
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