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Got to borrow a nicer than usual camera last night so I took some pics. I also figured I'd combine all my new guitar/build threads into one, so I'll be regularly updating this one.



















#3


dude, who do you think you are?

PRINCE????????
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#5
Quote by Jason Jillard
sweet, must ask one thing tho,

why make the wooden pickgaurds so thick? i jsut want to know your reasoning behind it.. is it a visual thing for you?


Thanks Jason. The answer is in the question - they're wood. The thinner they are the more easily they will warp.
#7
These are ~3/16", so they're not much thicker than 1/8". You're probably right to say we could go under 1/8" but I feel that I might not like the look of that as much. So going back to the original question I suppose it's fair to say there's an aesthetic reason for the thicker guards as well.
#11
oh lord, so pretty. Is building a semi-hollow just like building a solid body except you route some parts away before you glue the top on? I like your ring inlays a lot!
#12
Quote by michaelbot9000
oh lord, so pretty. Is building a semi-hollow just like building a solid body except you route some parts away before you glue the top on? I like your ring inlays a lot!


It depends - there are a few different ways to approach semihollow construction. We usually do it by the method you described though. Here's a shot of a semihollow before the top was applied. This one is almost more chambered than semihollow, but same principle.



Thanks Michael!
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Quote by Jason Jillard
i really hope that seahorse one is getting a trans teal stain.


It'll be something along these lines:



#17
Quote by Jason Jillard
woah, ash fretboard?


also, the top pic stain would be awesome.


Thanks man! And yeah, ash. We haven't done it often but it has always worked when we've tried it.

Some more of what is going on:





#18
Dude! I need new pants! I need one of these guitars >.<
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I wish I could learn from you considering I'm close(ish) by (I live just northwest of boston, about 10 miles out)... but alas I'm too busy.
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Quote by Vendetta V



I want one of your guitars man! O____O


Hahaha nice pic, and thanks!

Quote by oneblackened
I wish I could learn from you considering I'm close(ish) by (I live just northwest of boston, about 10 miles out)... but alas I'm too busy.


That's a bit of a hike, but not too far. You should come by some time!
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My god I love the amazing craftsmanship on these but I just cannot get over how ugly I think they look. Everything from the body shape to the headstock is just horrific. And its such a shame because it looks like so much work was put into these and you clearly care about building guitars and doing them right. The finishes look amazing but those shapes make me want to blow my brains out.

That blue finish with the grain is one of the most beautiful finishes I have ever seen, I'd kill to have that on a Telecaster.
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#27
Quote by Jettski1
My god I love the amazing craftsmanship on these but I just cannot get over how ugly I think they look. Everything from the body shape to the headstock is just horrific. And its such a shame because it looks like so much work was put into these and you clearly care about building guitars and doing them right. The finishes look amazing but those shapes make me want to blow my brains out.

That blue finish with the grain is one of the most beautiful finishes I have ever seen, I'd kill to have that on a Telecaster.


Sorry?

Quote by Jason Jillard
obviously you are in a minority jettski.. since hes making enough money to keep doing this obviously, someone must like them. =P

that finish would look killer on a tele tho.. lol


anyways. thats one chunky neck!

and i'll probably steal that angle of picture one day. be forewarned =P


Thanks man! I didn't take this shot but I thought the angle was pretty badass as well so I figured I would post it. I don't think the neck is super chunky but it's definitely a bit meatier than our standard. Anyway, go ahead and use that angle, it's a cool view that you don't usually get for guitar pics!
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Quote by Jason Jillard
diggin the color scheme on the one on the right.


how many do you build a year? are they msotly custom orders or do you build and then sell them afetrwards.. ro do you have some sort of contract with a retailer?


The number varies, but if I had to ballpark I'd say at least 25 per year. We build to customer's specs about 80-90% of the time, the rest would be stuff that we spec out and then sell. Usually a customer will order a model done in one of our series, but even then there are a number of custom options that make each one different. We do full custom work as well, but those orders aren't as common. We have no retail contracts or anything of the sort. We are in the early stages of working with a boutique retailer in NC but they aren't selling any of our stuff yet.

Thanks Jason!
#31
Woohoo! Finished one of these builds and our photographer stopped by:





also sprayed color on this one:





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#34
Love me them finishes, are they just poly? I love the burst fretboard idea!
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#35
Quote by nowa90
Love me them finishes, are they just poly? I love the burst fretboard idea!


We use poly and nitro - it depends on the application and customer's preferences. This last one I just posted is nitro. Thanks nowa!
#36
Incredible craftsmanship, the shapes bring to mind many of the boutique basses I've seen.
#37
:O

These designs would make amazing 7 stringers. Why have you not done that yet?
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#38
Quote by mattocaster99
Incredible craftsmanship, the shapes bring to mind many of the boutique basses I've seen.


Thanks Matt! We build plenty of basses as well

Quote by shaggydogJV
:O

These designs would make amazing 7 stringers. Why have you not done that yet?


Funny you say that. We've heard from a lot of 7 string players that feel the same way, but no one has ever ordered one. We are branching out a good bit, (lefties, a 12 string, etc) and I think that would be an excellent concept to explore. Who knows?
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#40
Professionals like showing off too :p Besides, if the professionals didn't use the forums there wouldn't be half as much good advice going round.
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