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I've got several new guitars on the bench, one of which is the Space Invaders themed guitar (which I'm covering in a different thread). In this thread I'll be posting progress pics of a new quilt top C6 neck thru that's going to get a bright orange dye job and a gloss nitro finish.

Specs:

Maple / mahogany / wenge / mahogany / maple thru neck
Mahogany body wings
Quilt maple top & headstock cap
Seymour Duncan P-Rails pickups (cream)
Hipshot Hardtail bridge (chrome)
Sperzel locking tuners (chrome)

Here is the neck blank about to be glued up (the one in the middle)



And the top, dampened with mineral spirits in this shot:

#4
I like it, now you are doing it so you can still see the grain, but it would look orange and be glossy, how are you doing that, because I'd like to do that in green. I ask because I've heard of people doing a tinted lacquer to "preserve the grain" or something like that, which I don't know what it is exactly.


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I like it, now you are doing it so you can still see the grain, but it would look orange and be glossy, how are you doing that, because I'd like to do that in green. I ask because I've heard of people doing a tinted lacquer to "preserve the grain" or something like that, which I don't know what it is exactly.



I'm using a wipe on dye. It brings out the figuring, it doesn't obscure it.
#7
Very nice so far. Awesome top wood.

I'm assuming your usual body shape?
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#8
That is some sexy maple.

Can't wait to see progress

EDIT: ^ Will has the models on his website.
This is the one:
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#9
I nearly nutted when I saw the prices for these. A custom guitar that is affordable. You are teh shizz Will.
#10
I jizzed.

Wil, whats the difference between dampening the wood with mineral spirits to show the grain as opposed to water?
And what is mineral spirits?


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#12
Water will raise the grain, and warp thin wood.

Cant wait for this guitar, your stuff is awesome!




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That is some sexy maple.

Can't wait to see progress

EDIT: ^ Will has the models on his website....


Thanks!


And actually, it's a C6 Signature based on the website info, and of course it's going to be a carve top. It's a 5/8" slab of maple.
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I jizzed.

Wil, whats the difference between dampening the wood with mineral spirits to show the grain as opposed to water?
And what is mineral spirits?



Absent Mind said it, mineral spirits is a solvent and doesn't raise the grain. It evaporates almost instantly.

You can't be too careful with your wood.
#15
Oh sht.
That would explain why my flamed top got all bumpy when I dampened it.
I just evaporated that shit with a blow dryer

Need to get me some mineral spirits now.. how much does it cost about?


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A couple bucks for a bottle.
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#17
The top after flattening it out, gluing it up and machining it smooth. It's 5/8" final thickness.

Looks a little blotchy because I just wiped some mineral spirits across it real fast.

#18
Looks good... I like how the quilt is angled backwards, not just straight like it usually is, if that makes sense
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#19
I wish there was a way to have all your threads automatically stickied for me. Looking forward to the build, that figure is intense!
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#21
^I think he meant that he wants all Will's threads to be automatically stickied upon creation. I'd lean towards that too...
#23
i believe i saw in one of his previous threads, that he uses those to screw it into the main piece of the body when gluing the top on. Then of course he takes the screws out, and the holes are where the pups will be routed out anyway.
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i believe i saw in one of his previous threads, that he uses those to screw it into the main piece of the body when gluing the top on. Then of course he takes the screws out, and the holes are where the pups will be routed out anyway.


that's plain genius
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i believe i saw in one of his previous threads, that he uses those to screw it into the main piece of the body when gluing the top on. Then of course he takes the screws out, and the holes are where the pups will be routed out anyway.



Yeah, that's it.

I also use the holes to fix the top to my router levelling jig to flatten boards that are a little warped. This was one of those tops.
#26
This one is in line after the space invaders guitar - but most of the parts are shaped up. I hope to be a lot further along in the next couple weeks.

#27
I'm actually building 2 very similar guitars right now, and since I'm working on them at the same time, I guess I'll post pics of them both.

Here's my headstock flattening jig:






Gluing on the headstock caps:

#28
I swear I've never seen this before, but now I'm super glad I have.
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#30
Been busy this weekend, and I just snapped a picture here and there, missing a lot of steps, but I think you guys know what's going on!

Planing off the truss rod filler strip:


Fretboard attached:
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#32
You don't see many orange guitars as it is and this thing looks amazing. How are you going to finish the back of the neck, and you have the best ideas, screws through the top and a headstock leveling jig!


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#35
I mixed it up a bit this time. Decided to carve the top before attaching it.

I start with a relief cut around the perimeter to determine the depth:

A few passes with the angle grinder:

I sort of do it in three sections, the back, and then either side:


Same thing in the cutaways:

Then I go after it with a RO sander & 60 grit paper:


Here the shape is just about there (haven't hit the lower cutaway yet)
#39
Me too.

I'm sure I'll be bleaching it first as it's got a little but of color streaking through it. I want to get as white a base as possible.
#40
Loving that carve, Will.

Whats the thinnest top you would reccomend for doing a carve?


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