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Explorerbuilder
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Join date: Aug 2010
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#1
I was so pleased with the way the last one came out, I decided to make another one.
Surprisingly there were'nt any problems or design flaws with it, which is unusual for a prototype.

So i decided to go a little bit more fancy on this one.

I finally got a chamfer bit. It looks SO much better with a thick bevel around it instead of a roundover.

Ash, walnut and curly maple top:










The neck will be a 5 piece Mahogany, walnut and rosewood laminate. Its already glued up and done, just havnt had pics of it yet.
whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#2
Your last build has really made me want to build explorers.
R45VT
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#6
Glad to see you still building them. Love the new design!

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Viban
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#7
Love the shape, the new bevel, and the body material. I love following your builds.
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W4RP1G
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#8
Quote by Viban
Love the shape, the new bevel, and the body material. I love following your builds.

+1
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#10
If Adrian Vandenberg played an Explorer, I'm certain this is what it would look like (in hot pink, of course.)
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jas1308
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#11
That's so sick dude. I'm actually working on an explorer myself and can totally appreciate the process. Shoot me a message when you get the final product, good luck!
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#12
Diggin the headstock...actually the whole guitar!
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#13
That's sick bro!
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#14
Loving all the little hooks and the chamfer on the body, looks great!
Was lacking a decent sig. Still is.
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#15
It's only a prototype you say?!?!

I pride myself on my humility.
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#16
I'm almost positive that I would overpay for just that body if it were for sale...

It's beautiful, the shape, wood grain, chamfer , everything on it.
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#17
This looks like the start of something beautiful.

I.....may need a minute to myself.
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KrymsinViking
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Join date: Nov 2010
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#19
I enjoyed your last build a lot and this one is off to a great start. I'v thought about Explorers off and on in the past and always come up with reasons not to get one, but yours are all win.
R45VT
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#22
Thats really badass. Love the beveling.
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See, it's important that people clarify when they say "metal", because I pretty much always assume they are a Cannibal Corpse fanboi.
KrymsinViking
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#24
Wow, I love that head stock. I want one of your explorers so bad. Do you take orders?
KrymsinViking
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#27
Quote by Explorerbuilder
Thanks.
I no longer take orders and dont plan on ever going back to it. Too many bad experiences.



Yeah, after I posted I combed through some of your past threads and saw the one where you said you were quitting. Understandable but a shame. That body and with the headstock flipped the other way would be sick looking.

Great work nonetheless.
whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#29
Quote by Explorerbuilder
Just a lot of things, Woomit. People changing what they want last second, stuff like that.

It just puts so much pressure on me when i did commission builds. I will never do it again.

That's a fair enough reason to retire from it. Probably the biggest downside I would guess. Can I just ask what other downsides there as to building as a living?
J_W
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#30
Quote by Explorerbuilder
Just a lot of things, Woomit. People changing what they want last second, stuff like that.

It just puts so much pressure on me when i did commission builds. I will never do it again.


You should just build em how you want and sell them. I'm not the biggest fan of explorers, but I would rock the shit out of one of yours. They're awesome. Keep it up man.
Explorerbuilder
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#31
Quote by whoomit
That's a fair enough reason to retire from it. Probably the biggest downside I would guess. Can I just ask what other downsides there as to building as a living?


Well, there are quite a few.
Biggest one is that if you arnt building a guitar that is already sold or commissioned, there is no guarantee that it will sell or that you will make a profit.

Then, there is time to profit ratio.
I build probably 10 times faster than 99% of builders. But even then, 2-3 guitars a month at most is still not that much of a profit to do it for a living. around 400$ profit per guitar at most, IF they sell. So there is no way i could rely on it for a living.

JW,
That is what i mainly do and have done for the past 7 years. It worked quite well for a long time, but recently even my best guitars i have made are taking forever to sell or arnt selling at all.
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whoomit
Join date: Jul 2006
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#32
Quote by Explorerbuilder
Well, there are quite a few.
Biggest one is that if you arnt building a guitar that is already sold or commissioned, there is no guarantee that it will sell or that you will make a profit.

Then, there is time to profit ratio.
I build probably 10 times faster than 99% of builders. But even then, 2-3 guitars a month at most is still not that much of a profit to do it for a living. around 400$ profit per guitar at most, IF they sell. So there is no way i could rely on it for a living.


This is true. I think once I'm into building properly then I've got potential customers my first load of builds, could be an issue in the future though.

I'd like to get up to your speed, and will probably end up focusing on one or two designs (I feel like Explorers will be one of them, mainly because of you ) and I'm hoping that focusing on a small amount of designs will help me get speed up.

Although I'm not ready yet, I hope I can make this work in the near future. I've got money in the bank from my last job, and a small part-time job to keep me going for the moment.

Thanks for the info, much appreciated.
W4RP1G
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#33
Quote by Explorerbuilder
Well, there are quite a few.
Biggest one is that if you arnt building a guitar that is already sold or commissioned, there is no guarantee that it will sell or that you will make a profit.

Then, there is time to profit ratio.
I build probably 10 times faster than 99% of builders. But even then, 2-3 guitars a month at most is still not that much of a profit to do it for a living. around 400$ profit per guitar at most, IF they sell. So there is no way i could rely on it for a living.

JW,
That is what i mainly do and have done for the past 7 years. It worked quite well for a long time, but recently even my best guitars i have made are taking forever to sell or arnt selling at all.

It's kind of sad to hear stuff like that. But at the same time, it says a lot about luthiers who stick with their trade, despite not making enough money to survive from it. It's probably best for the end product to do it for the joy of building, rather than money.

Question(that you've probably been asked before), why Explorers? Do you like them so much that you can't get building them out of your system?
Explorerbuilder
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#34
Quote by W4RP1G
It's kind of sad to hear stuff like that. But at the same time, it says a lot about luthiers who stick with their trade, despite not making enough money to survive from it. It's probably best for the end product to do it for the joy of building, rather than money.

Question(that you've probably been asked before), why Explorers? Do you like them so much that you can't get building them out of your system?


Well, mainly because explorers sell the best. There is a huge market for them in the metal playing crowed. Mainly ESP and KL style explorers (which i am not allowed to make anymore)
James Het made the KL explorer and ESP explorer so popular, and there arnt really very many makers of GOOD explorers. So that is why they sell so well and i have always had great success selling them.
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#35
Oh wow.. Mouth watering!
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#37
What kind of wood is the gray-ish one on the back of the neck? Is that walnut?
Speckled_Hen
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#39
Where do you sell your guitars? Do you just do it through word of mouth and ebay or is there somewhere else?

Also, that (zebrano?) fretboard looks amazing. The whole thing looks amazing really. Walnut's a beautiful wood, but I'm allergic to it and it gives me massive headaches
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#40
Nice touch with the black grain fill on fb.,.,will you be doing that on the ash on body too?