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#1
This is going to be my High School graduation project. I made a thread about it last fall with a few questions. I submitted the proposal to my school, and they took about six months to approve it.

The SG is basically going to be Gibson specs:
24.75 Scale
490r & 498t pickups
T-O-M bridge
Etc.

Rough-sawn Honduran Mahogany:


Cut up:


Templates:


Gluing body blank:



Some hardware:


What I have so far (those are tuners in the bag)


This week I'm planning on planing the body then cutting out.
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#2
That mohog looks sexy man, Congrats. Also, good thing you went with the bigger SG pickguard, looks much better IMO.
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#3
wow looking good,

where did you get them templates from or did you make them yourselves as they look great?

more info also, do you know what finish your planning on yet etc...?
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#4
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wow looking good,

where did you get them templates from or did you make them yourselves as they look great?

more info also, do you know what finish your planning on yet etc...?


I got the SG template along with 3 others (Les paul, Jackson something, and a Gibson Thunderbird bass) from www.guitarbuildingtemplates.com

I'm going to paint it the classic SG red. I got Stewmac's finishing book which is really great.
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#5
eh. I think red is overdone on SG's. Why not like a darkish blue?

Wood looks pretty nice.
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yeah i agree with apak, it would be cool if you made it a color not seen too often on an sg.
#7
I disagree. Cherry Red is iconic of the SG, and it looks pretty badass.

As for the build, hella interesting. I'll be keepin an eye on this.
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#8
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I disagree. Cherry Red is iconic of the SG, and it looks pretty badass.

As for the build, hella interesting. I'll be keepin an eye on this.

I mean, it is iconic, but it's unoriginal, and it's bland. Every other SG is red. The guitar you make should be special, and red it not.. I don't know. Do whatever you want. I think dark blue on an SG looks freakin awesome with chrome or gold hardware.
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#9
I'd say do a silverburst, sunburst, or a cool green colour.

Red is classic, though, so good choice either way.
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#11
I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to do the neck pocket.



The left one is how Gibson does it (I think) and the right one is how I'm thinking about doing it, where the width of the neck joint is the same as the fretboard. Is there a problem with doing it that way? If it doesn't make sense, I can try redoing the pic.

Edit: As for color I'm either going to go with SG red:



Or some sort of transparent black (that's Metalhead_28's pic)

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#12
id go with trans black for a change from the normal SG colour personally, but without a cap it wont be as good as the metalhead_28 example, no offence ment but just compared to that beautiful maple very few guitars can compare.
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#13
Fill the grain with red then paint it black
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#14
It might be a little difficult, but in my opinion its more than worth it:

My idea for your finish:

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#17
With that nice grain, natural or amber finish would be luscious. I would go for true oil personally.
For neck joints, I like the narrow tenon because it makes the sides of the neck pocket thicker.
#19
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anything flame maple

i love flamed maple.


But sadly, I can't afford flame maple

I'm just not sure how a transparent finish is going to look on the piece of wood I have. They're usually for a guitar with a figured top.

Does anyone have any advice about the neck pocket?
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#20
Get a veneer. A good flamed maple veneer can be like $10
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#21
If you're still open to colors, I've yet to ever see a deep emerald SG. Think it'd look sexeh. But regardless of color, nice project.
#22


This is a rough drawing of the end grain on my neck piece. I know it probably isn't ideal, but could I get away with skipping the scarf joint and doing this:

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#23
Alright so I got the fingerboard tapered:



Next is the inlay and binding. I've discovered that I don't really have a good way of routing out for the inlays so I think I might save them for a Les Paul build or something. Instead I'm thinking of going with side dot inlays. Something like this:



What do you think? Also, could someone help me with my question in the previous post?
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Personally, I don't think SG's look right with dots.

+1.

But good for you man, I haven't ever seen an SG build.
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#26
there's nothing cooler than a white SG. but that things going to look awesome whatever color it ends up. very nice!

and i think the scarf joint is important for stability purposes, but i could be completely off...
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#27
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This is a rough drawing of the end grain on my neck piece. I know it probably isn't ideal, but could I get away with skipping the scarf joint and doing this

Thats rift sawn, its pretty much the worst you can get.

I would recommend you cut your neck blank in half and flip one peice by 90 degrees so the end grains face away from each other, like so...



and preferably put a middle peice of quarter sawn wood in for extra stability.




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#28
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there's nothing cooler than a white SG. but that things going to look awesome whatever color it ends up. very nice!



+1


and also, I think an SG doesn't look right with dots.
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#29
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That mohog looks sexy man, Congrats. Also, good thing you went with the bigger SG pickguard, looks much better IMO.

+1, it looks much more appropriate on the SG than the little one (looks waaay too much like an LP pickguard... it just doesn't fit on that guitar >.<
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#30
Do the narrow tenon for sure... Just look at your own sketch- the wide one will have very small glue surfaces which I wouldn't trust. The narrow one has plenty of surface area to grip.
#31
I know it's been a long time since I've had an update, but school has been really hectic.

I got the fretboard inlays routed out. They're not the best but it was pretty much the first time I've used a router for anything major.


State of the art routing jig



I went a little wide on some of the bottom inlays. Will the epoxy fill in all of that?


I guess the next step is to glue in the inlays, then glue on the binding. I've heard of people melting extra chunks of binding in something and using that as glue. Will that work better? What do I melt/dissolve them in?

-David
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#32
Epoxy and maybe some wood dust is what I've seen. It looks great so far.
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#33
I think a purple SG would be sexy. I want a purple Tele one day.
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#34
Alright, it's been a long time since I posted any progress pics but I kind of took the last few months off to work on my latest project, a 1970 Chevelle:




However, for some reason my high school wants our senior graduation projects to be turned in by the middle of junior year so now I'm motivated to finish the SG.

Inlay and binding glued in



Working on the neck





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#35
working on the neck cont.




Body planed to thickness


Rough cut with jigsaw


Mocking it up



Routing pickup cavities and shaping body

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#36
oops


routing neck pocket


At this point the neck is glued in and I am working on the transition





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#37
Another mockup (plus my feet )


So now I'm at the point where I have to sand the body to get rid of the dents and other imperfections.

Also, I have to rout out the control cavity. Does anybody know how thick the surface should be where the controls are mounted?

~David
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#38
some dents will come out with a towel and iron. To find out, get your pots, put on the knobs, and see how far the bottom of the knob is from the pot. It'll probably turn out somwhere around 3/8" to 1/4", although depends on the shaft height of the pot.


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#39
I used the old towel and iron trick and it worked great. I also got the control cavity routed out. I've been researching finish more and I have a few questions.
- How are the Colortone aerosol lacquer paints from Stewmac?
- It seems like some of the Gibson SGs have a rougher less glossy finish. Is this the result of no grain filler or a different type of paint?
- For those of you who have SGs, how are the edges without the bevels? Are the a sharp corner or rounded over? If so, how much?

Thanks
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#40
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It seems like some of the Gibson SGs have a rougher less glossy finish. Is this the result of no grain filler or a different type of paint?
You can buy satin lacquer, or you can just not sand the gloss lacquer to gloss levels, either works.




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