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#41
I've also been looking at Iron Gear pickups so I'll be interested in how they sound.
captivity
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#42
I've finally gotten round to doing some more work on this build

The carving on the body is about 95% done now. Its currently mostly a matter of (a massive amount of) sanding


The Fretboard binding and inlay is done, as is the radiusing, though I will go over it again with some fine grade sandpaper prior to putting in the frets


Carving the back of the neck.




A mock up with the neck and body together
ma_tt11
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#43
That thing looks sexy. Can't wait to see it finished!
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captivity
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#45
Some more progress!

The frets are now in


Neck joint glued


Sanding the neck and carving / rounding off the heel


The whole guitar still needs a fair bit more sanding
baumaxx1
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#48
Wow... that's amazing. A very unique and inspired design.

I've also heard good things about Irongear pickups, so will be interested in hearing that combo. I've been looking into some to drop into my Pacifica.
MaaZeus
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#49
Oh. My. God. I want viking/norse mythology themed guitar sooo bad! You take commissions?

Any idea what the color is going to be? Matte black/grey like the reference carving in the picture?

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KrymsinViking
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#51
This would be twice as awesome (but also twice the work) if you were going to fill in the carved out parts with a darker wood. That would look amazing.
J_W
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#52
I love it, very nice carving!
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#53
Quote by KrymsinViking
This would be twice as awesome (but also twice the work) if you were going to fill in the carved out parts with a darker wood. That would look amazing.


That would be alot more than twice as awesome. It would me so cool.
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captivity
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#54
Made some pickup rings!





I also drilled mounting holes for the bridge and the jack socket and did some more sanding on the body and neck

What still needs doing:

Yet more sanding
Getting rid of file marks/sharp edges on the fret ends
Making a truss rod cover
Applying finish
Fitting the nut
Fitting hardware/electrics


Quote by KrymsinViking
This would be twice as awesome (but also twice the work) if you were going to fill in the carved out parts with a darker wood. That would look amazing.


That could look amazing but...
1. It would take a lot of very precise veneer cutting (and this build has really dragged on long enough already)
2. I am currently planning on using an oil finish and want to keep the amount of glue on the front to a minimum (any glue left on the surface of the wood stops the oil soaking in properly and causes patches in the finish)

With hindsight the ideal way to have done something like that would have been to make the body with a top layer of light coloured wood 6-7mm thick and to carve though it in the recessed areas to a darker layer behind.
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#56
Sexy! If I were you I may consider inlaying three dots, like the fretboard, into (what I'm guessing is) the horse's mane, one dot in the centre of each curling end of it. I'm typically not fond of inlays, but I feel that it would tie everything together nicely. Apart from that I would also do as Explorerbuilder suggested with the rings.

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KrymsinViking
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#57
Quote by captivity
That could look amazing but...
1. It would take a lot of very precise veneer cutting (and this build has really dragged on long enough already)
2. I am currently planning on using an oil finish and want to keep the amount of glue on the front to a minimum (any glue left on the surface of the wood stops the oil soaking in properly and causes patches in the finish)

With hindsight the ideal way to have done something like that would have been to make the body with a top layer of light coloured wood 6-7mm thick and to carve though it in the recessed areas to a darker layer behind.


Yeah like I said it would be a lot more work for something that's just cosmetic. Plus it looks awesome as is.
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#58
Quote by Explorerbuilder
It all looks good except for those rings. They look terrible with glue joints.
You should cut the middles out of some solid pieces.

This is exactly what I thought. You could probably cut out the center with a chisel in no time at all.
captivity
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#59
I started applying finish this week.





My camera makes the finish in the front photo look patchier than it actually is.

Pictures are after the 1st coat of tung oil. The walnut has darkened a lot, its coming up as dark as some of the rosewood on my other guitars.

Quote by Explorerbuilder
It all looks good except for those rings. They look terrible with glue joints.
You should cut the middles out of some solid pieces.


Quote by W4RP1G
This is exactly what I thought. You could probably cut out the center with a chisel in no time at all.


I agree they would look nicer cut from single pieces but the only leftover walnut section I have wide enough for the bridge ring has knots in it. However I do have quite a bit of ebony veneer left over from doing the headstock and am currently thinking about putting a layer of that on top of the rings. Also seeing how dark the body is finishing I decided that the black plastic cover that came with the neck pickup is going to look a bit wrong, so I've been looking for a gold one to match the rest of the hardware. After a lot of rummaging online I found that allparts do sell gold start pickup covers, so I think I will delay further work on the rings until I get one of those and check that it fits.
captivity
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#60
Its finally playable!









It still needs a cover for the electrics cavity and the truss rod cover is not quite finished yet



It turns out that the pole piece spacing on the Iron Gear single coil is slightly narrower than standard so aftermarket replacement gold covers didn't fit. So in the end I just left it uncovered.

The electrics work, intonation worked out ok and the action is decent though might need some more adjustment. I currently have it tuned B E A D F# B with 0.011 to 0.054 strings.
BirdRiverCustom
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#62
Absolutely gorgeous man, you should be proud. The carving looks amazing, how does it sound?
captivity
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#63
Quote by BirdRiverCustom
how does it sound?


The neck pickup is great, quite clean, bright and with good note definition. Pretty much what you would expect from a low output, vintage voiced single coil and definitely well worth the £18 I paid for it.

When setting up the guitar I had to raise the bridge quite high to get a reasonable action (I made the neck angle very slightly too large). As a result, even when fully raised the bridge pickup doesn't come as close to the strings as I want it to. So at some point I'm going to build a taller mount for it. I can't really give a proper verdict on its tone until then.