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Old 07-08-2008, 09:11 PM   #1
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First Build: LP Double Cut neck-thru build!

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Well this is my first build, and hopefully it'll go well!

Anyway here is what I am thinking.

-3 piece neck (padouk and flamed maple)
- Mahogany wings
-Rosewood Fretboard possibly 24 frets
-Hard tail
-2 Humbuckers Possibly Tonerider Alnico IV Classics
-2 Tones 2 volumes with coil split and maybe phasing and maybe a kill


Here are some pictures to hold you guys over.








I'll have more pictures up with hardware once it gets here, which will probably be tomorrow. The great thing about Stew Mac is it is only about 3-4 hours from here so shipping is quick!


Also, on the fretboard, about how much higher than the body should it be? I noticed on my strat and tele it's only about a 1/4", or the thickness of the fretboard. I was just wondering!

I was going to possibly experiment with a piezo somewhere in this body, probably in the middle position between the pickups. I was thinking of mounting an acoustic type piezo under the body, routed from the back. It was just a small idea, but I don't see how it wouldn't work, as long as I keep a very thin layer of mahogany between it, it would be invisible to the naked eye.

Thoughts are appreciated!

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Old 07-09-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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I got some more hardware in and more pictures of the body layout and such.










I got in the Schaller Bridge, Grover Mid sized tuners and the rosewood fretboard. I still have to chop off the end of the neck, and glue it to give it some depth for the headstock length.

Anyway, for headstocks, think I should go with something like a les paul? I don't know if I want something like that, or a more seagull ish headstock...
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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looks awesome! i think a really deep red color would look great on that, and if you had a creamy whitish binding it would be incredible.

as for the headstock, I'd keep it like the normal LP's, but that's just me.

it's almost like what I want my signature guitar to be!
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:07 PM   #4
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looks good so far, i'll be watching it
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:10 PM   #5
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Sounds very nice! Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:30 PM   #6
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that'll be kickASS
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:42 PM   #7
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looks pretty well thought out...
you know that's not allowed, right?

just kidding; keep up the good work.
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:49 PM   #8
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Looks great!

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Also, on the fretboard, about how much higher than the body should it be?


It can be as high as you want, generally though, it should be a certain height above to give you a good action, which would all be calculated along with neck angle bridge height etc by the designer, so its up to you.
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Old 07-10-2008, 01:26 PM   #9
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Well I wasn't going to use a neck angle, it just seemed like too much work! I think I'll keep the fretboard as the height and just recess the bridge to keep everything right.

As for having it thought out... I thought I was behind on it all! There is just no reason to try and rush this, it's a lot of money. I still am going to try a test run on a neck on some honduran mahogany that I have sitting around. I was thinking a lefty strat headstock to throw on my telecaster.

As for inlays, I don't know if I will do any. My grandpa is a great operator of a scroll saw, I wish I had some work here to post, but I could always have him cut out something really sweet and inlay maybe in the headstock or fretboard. I am not conceded enough to have my initials in the fretboard, but that would be kind of cool... Maybe a headstock inlay would be cool, I'll have to brainstorm some sweet ideas. I could use some mahogany for the inlay...


Now I have a real question, I saw this in one of Ormsby's builds, but I forget the answer. When placing the bridge, isn't it right that I want to put each saddle as far forward as they will go at 25.5"? I am pretty sure I read to put them exactly at 25.5 because to adjust for intonation, you just move the saddles back, to compensate for extra tension when fretting.
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Old 07-10-2008, 03:20 PM   #10
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dont put the saddles all the forward at 25.5, give yourself just a little bit of room to move them forward as you never know what'll happen, you could for some reason have to move it forward
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Old 07-10-2008, 03:32 PM   #11
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I have quite the bit of adjustment in that bridge, so I should be alright. I really don't like sloppy recessed bridge routs... I want something fairly clean, I might do it on the Vertical mill. I was also thinking of just getting a piece of either bloodwood,zebra wood, maple or something and putting it under the fretboard, it would give it another contrast point and bring the bridge up a little higher. That way I wouldn't really need to recess it maybe... but then my pickups would stick real high out of the body.... Recessing it seems to be the way to go.


Anybody think putting a different wood on the tops of the wings would be sweet? Maybe Koa, or a dark redish wood, possibly more padouk? I'll have to plain them more, but thats no biggy, and it would make the guitar sweet. I am going with a natural finish anyway, and paduok would be sweet.
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:07 PM   #12
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I'd make the top wing a little taller than the bottom one... more like a les paul DC or a hamer... that looks like the ibanez DC design...

but that's my preference... that neck looks marvelous

want some custom hand wound pups to put in there?
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Old 07-10-2008, 05:37 PM   #13
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I like how the body is layed out. I might make the wings meet the neck at the horns at a more 90 degree angle and do away with the flow... maybe.


About these custom wound pickups, details? I'll PM you!
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:56 PM   #14
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I picked up some 1/4" paduok today, and I'll glue it into the wings, hopefully it'll look pretty slick. I like how it's coming out now.

I plan to buy a router this weekend with my paycheck, then start to cut this baby out and start routing channels and such.

Now that I am thinking about it, I could do a semi hollow design. Think it would be worth it to rout it out?

I am almost nervous to start cutting into this wood!
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:41 PM   #15
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i love the wood choices... semi hollow would mean you'd have to either cap the front or cap the back... i think the wood looks great the way it is... semi-hollow the next one .

yea, i'd bring the cuts down a little in the low parts... looks great though . I say black/cream zebra humbuckers in that bad boy
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:18 PM   #16
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looks like this is coming along nicely, I really like the wood choices and the thickness of the laminates the only problem I can see is that the maple laminates on the ends run out half way through the neck. If I were to do laminates of those thicknesses I would angle them so that the thin maple strip runs all the way down the neck. That is the only thing I see wrong with your design, I think that you should makes the cutaways deeper to improve fret access but make them flow similarly to how they flow now but you already caught that one. you really don't have to fix the laminates but I think it would make it look nicer. A

Again, this is coming along nicely and it looks like you've planned pretty good.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:36 PM   #17
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The maple laminates are meant to be there. When I shape the neck, they will be shaved off an flow into the neck. The neck alone with out the laminates is fairly wide. The fretboard sits in between it, so no need to worry about that.

The thing right now is I could cap the top with these pieces of paduok.... but good idea, the next one!

As for the headstock, I might add some width to it with some VERY flamed maple and a few pieces of paduok, that would look great. I'll have to get pictures of this piece of flame maple I bought for $1.88. It is 4 pieces about 1.5" width and about an inch deep all glued side to side, I can rip it and use it as wings on the headstock.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:24 PM   #18
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More pictures!

I did the scarf joint with my router and a jig I made up real quick, it worked pretty darned good I must say!







As for the headstock, I think I am going to use this flamed maple and a few small pieces of paduok glued together, it should be really nice. I'll probably have more maple than paduok, but I am not exactly sure yet. The great thing is, I got this flamed maple for a $1.88 in a bargain bin. There are 4 pieces laminated together, with extremely high flame. I'll just cut them apart and put some paduok strips in them and call it a headstock!







This should come out really well! And I am getting custom pickups wound!
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cool router jig for the scarf, did you cut the wood off before routing it? the body looks ****ing sexy, too bad paduak turns an ugly poop-brown color huh? i wish it didnt.
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hmm I'm just wondering this, why doe padauk turn brown, if its for the same reason as purple heart its the UV rays. If it is the UV rays then you could just put an additive in your clear the blocks the UV rays, and it will make the padauk keep its color. of course thats just speculation, but it might be something you should ask one of the pros at project guitar.com. I'm not experienced with padauk so i cant be of much assistance.
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