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captivity
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Specs:
body - walnut
neck - 3 piece laminated walnut
fretboard - either rosewood or ebony
scale length - 675mm (27")
frets - 22
strings - 6
electrics - bridge humbucker, neck single coil, 1 volume control, 1 tone control, 3 way toggle switch
bridge - tune-o-matic

The shape will be a double cutaway, rather like a solid body ES-335

I intend to do a relief carving on the top based on the Norse carvings on the walls of Urnes Stave church in Norway.

I am aware that walnut is not an ideal neck wood. I had some left over from the body so, to keep the cost down I decided to see if it will work in a neck.

So here is what I have got done over the last few weeks

The body wood


Wood and the body template


The body glued together and roughly cut out and the neck pocket routed


The body shaped and the bridge pickup routed


Control cavity routed


Neck blank assembled and truss rod channel routed
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That looks sweet! A solid-body ES-335 style guitar has always interested me, but I can never find a production model. I'll be keeping an eye on this. What kind of finish are you thinking of?
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captivity
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Here is the original that I am using as a reference for the carving style


Carving begins...


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Man big job ahead of you there, great work!
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that looks awesome!
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damn, if that carving idea turns out I may have to try it on my next build.
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Quote by captivity

The body shaped and the bridge pickup routed

That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?
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nowa90
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it shouldn't matter, its more of where his lumber is from
Looks like nogal or peruvian walnut, while more people in the states seem to get black walnut.
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#13
Quote by Flux'D
That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?


I don't think the pickup is high, it's just the body is large. It's a 335 style shape. This is looking really cool, the carving will be quite the task!
captivity
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Quote by Flux'D
That bridge pickup looks really high up on the guitar

Interesting build, Walnut was a good choice for carving like that. And a walnut neck is totally fine, its plenty strong for such things. I wouldn't use it for a fretboard as its not super hard though. Your walnut looks a lot lighter than what comes from around here, where are you located out of curiosity?



The photo angle makes the pickup look further forward than it is. The edge of it is about 21cm from the back of the body, which is about the same distance as on a les paul.

I am based in London. The wood is American walnut, though I agree that it is a bit lighter than some other pieces I've seen.
captivity
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Wiring question:

I will be buying electrics for this soon and was wondering whether it is best to use 500k or 250k volume/tone potentiometers for a humbucker and single coil on the same circuit. Do any of you have any suggestions about this?

Some progress updates:

Neck roughly cut out


Carving continues
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I used a 500k on both of my humbucker/single coil tele's, it's probably the best idea. 250k would be pretty muddy on a humbucker.
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Quote by nowa90
I used a 500k on both of my humbucker/single coil tele's, it's probably the best idea. 250k would be pretty shrill on a humbucker.


Wrong way round. Higher impedance pots give you more treble. Humbuckers don't have as much treble as single coil pickups. I would go with 500k pots though.
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I thought i may have had it the other way around. Fixed now
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captivity
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#23
Thanks for the pot suggestions, I will order 500ks. If I decide that I don't like them I can always change them latter on.
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I have been rather busy working over the last 2 weeks so carving progress has been slow.
Some parts I ordered turned up today.

The pickups are relatively cheap ones by Iron Gear, I'm interested to see how they compare to the more expensive brands.


The bridge and some electrical bits
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looking good...that carving looks awesome alreayd, and I'm sure your not done..
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captivity
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I got some more work done on this over the last few days

Neck tennon shaped


Neck test fitted


Ormsby test passed


Truss rod test fitted


Headstock ears glued


Headstock face planed/sanded


A progress update on the body carving
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captivity
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Quote by michaelbot9000
the carving is looking really good! is it going to be a little more 3d(rounded?) like the one you posted in the OP?


It will be rounded once I get all the lowered areas to a consistent depth.
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#33
Its been slow progress over the last few weeks due to bad weather but I have managed to get some work done.

Some parts arrived


and some ebony for the fretboard


and a fret slotting saw and radius sanding block


Headstock shape cut out


Tuner holes drilled


Neck sides roughly cut to shape


Fretboard surface leveled and radiused
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#34

Fretboard surface leveled and radiused

You radius before you slot? Regardless, looking good! I've been lurking this thread a while now.
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captivity
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More updates

Fretboard marked out and cut to the right length


I put together a slotting jig




Board slotted


Ebony veneer put on the headstock and binding channels cut


Many hours of messing around with tiny pieces of veneer


Headstock binding done (though it still needs sanding/some tidying up)
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#36
That looks awesome. And I was thinking of doing something like this on an Explorer, and was wondering what are you using for the carving, just a chisel?
captivity
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Quote by BornToLooze
That looks awesome. And I was thinking of doing something like this on an Explorer, and was wondering what are you using for the carving, just a chisel?


Yes, I have just been using a few gouges and chisels for the relief carving.
captivity
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Progress:

Fretboard glued on, sides trimmed down and inlay holes drilled


The main recessed areas on the body carving are now roughly at their final depth so I have started rounding over the edges of the carving / sorting out the details. The holes for the controls are also now drilled.


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Quote by captivity
I have been rather busy working over the last 2 weeks so carving progress has been slow.
Some parts I ordered turned up today.

The pickups are relatively cheap ones by Iron Gear, I'm interested to see how they compare to the more expensive brands.



Those are the same pickups I've got lined up for my next build. I have a Pig Iron in the cupboard, and I need to order the Dirty Torque. IronGear pickups are very good for the money.
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