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#1
Hey I'm about to finish my Tele build ( Just oiling the fret board which takes a few days) but I have started a new build in the meantime.

Seven string
Port Orford Cedar body
Western maple top
Black locust neck
Black and white ebony fret board
25.5 scale with 24 jumbo frets
Black tusk Nut
Custom wound Robbins Humbuckers with ebony bobbins
Black hardware
Hipshot hardtail and locking tuners
To be finished of with a lagoon burst!

Heres the boring start up pics


Getting the body down to about 1 1/4"




Jointed body


gluing up


gluing the top
#4
I like that black and white fretboard.

If you have a drill press, you might want to look into a "safety planer". It's essentially the same thing you're doing with the router, but loads safer and much faster.
#5
Quote by W4RP1G
I like that black and white fretboard.

If you have a drill press, you might want to look into a "safety planer". It's essentially the same thing you're doing with the router, but loads safer and much faster.


Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into it. It took 20mins to take the entire body blank down from 2" thick to 1 1/4in and gave a really smooth surface, if the planers faster ill give it a try.
#6
The Safe-T Planer would probably be quicker, but it depends how fast your pillar drill spins. We bought a Safe-T Planer a year ago but couldn't use it as our drill was too slow.
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#7
Today's Progress:

I'm leaving everything rough as far as the body goes so that after I dye the top I can come in a shape the body and get nice clean lines. This way I wont have to worry about taping everything off or getting color in places where it is not wanted.







Cavity cover (not sanded flush yet)








Like I said before I will be making wooden bobbins for these custom buckers. The flares will be ebony and the core of the bobbin will be maple.

Starting block


Cut down to the top and bottom of four bobbins


And taken down to their final thickness
#10
Do you think gluing the bobbins together and then drilling all of the holes for the pole pieces would work?

I'm going to make my own humbuckers soon, and I was thinking of doing it that way?
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Do you think gluing the bobbins together and then drilling all of the holes for the pole pieces would work?

I'm going to make my own humbuckers soon, and I was thinking of doing it that way?


You could do it that way but the core is so thin that your drill bit would have to be dead straight going through. I can see the bit easily going through the side of the core and ruining all the work you just put into the bobbin. I drilled my holes first then cut up to them with my table saw to avoid any blow outs.

Neck progress:

This black locust is tough stuff, took a little longer to rough cut this thing


Going with a layered headstock on this one

#14
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Very unique, are you going to blend the layers together? Looks wicked


The top layer has a little bit of a bevel on it but the neck wood is going to stay flat on this one.

Figured MOP Raven on this one







Fret board glue up




Lovin they way this ones coming out so far! Possibly adding some color to the mix tomorrow so stay tuned guys!
#15
Your killing it man

Nice job so far!
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#17
Everything so far itself looks really nice, especially the headstock. But, no offence, I find the fretboard really damn ugly =S If the white ebony would've had a black ebony figure (a "real" figure that is xD) it might look nice, but right now it looks like someone (you) accidentally an entire pot of black paint over the wood =< Kinda ruins the entire guitar in my eyes...
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Everything so far itself looks really nice, especially the headstock. But, no offence, I find the fretboard really damn ugly =S If the white ebony would've had a black ebony figure (a "real" figure that is xD) it might look nice, but right now it looks like someone (you) accidentally an entire pot of black paint over the wood =< Kinda ruins the entire guitar in my eyes...


To each his own sir. I have receicved multiple coments praising the fretboard but its to be expected that not every one will like everything that I do. What is important to me is that my customer who selected the lumber is the one completely satisfied in the end.
#19
Loving the fretboard!
It's different, unique. Exactly what I think a custom-made guitar should be. Gonna make the guitar, and the player by extension, stand out.
Is there a tiny bit of a Mustang vibe to the body though? As in, to me the lower part of the body is the little bit bigger. Could be the camera angle though as well. Like it either way great work so far, nice and clean!
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To each his own sir. I have receicved multiple coments praising the fretboard but its to be expected that not every one will like everything that I do. What is important to me is that my customer who selected the lumber is the one completely satisfied in the end.


True that, tastes differ and if the customer is satisfied that's all that matters. I absolutely didn't mean to belittle the guitar at all though, everything looks really good except for the fretboard imo
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#21
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True that, tastes differ and if the customer is satisfied that's all that matters. I absolutely didn't mean to belittle the guitar at all though, everything looks really good except for the fretboard imo


I have to agree. With some proper figuring, that fretboard would look immense, but the piece you're using really does look like an accident with a can of stain...

But, as said, if the customer is happy then
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Quote by Wesbanez
I have to agree. With some proper figuring, that fretboard would look immense, but the piece you're using really does look like an accident with a can of stain...


Black and white/pale moon ebony is just a bit like that a lot of the time. If I remember correctly, it's pretty rare and it's difficult to get pieces in decent sizes without defects.

Here are a few examples of some really nice looking black and white ebony.
http://www.musicianscentre.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/london-acoustic-guitar-show-10-e1315918128798.jpg
http://williamsguitars.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Evo-Mun-Ebony-featured.jpg
http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/LG3006_Ebony_files/LG6Top.jpg

That said, personally I love how this fretboard looks - Black and white ebony is by far my favourite looking wood. On this guitar, it's a brilliant contrast to the blue.
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#25
Intrigued by your decision to put the side dots on the neck/fretboard joint and not just the fretboard. Is that how you usually do it?
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Quote by W4RP1G
Intrigued by your decision to put the side dots on the neck/fretboard joint and not just the fretboard. Is that how you usually do it?


Just trying something different. I have a strat with that layout and thought id give it a shot. Plus the joint helps make lining them up alittle easier.
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This thing is awesome. Id never seen ebony like that before, looks great man
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#31
Great looking guitar. Fretboard is different. Nice to see something unusual.

Very nice photos as well. Can't wait to see more.

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#32
Dude you are my guitar building hero. That's gorgeous. I love the fretboard and that blue. I'm not a huge fan of the head stock, but seriously amazing guitars.
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#35
man you make some of the coolest guitars......
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Ditto. Looking real sharp, what kind of strap locks are you using on this build?
#38
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Your work is impeccable!
Once I get my new job you'll probably be hearing from me!


That's an interesting heel carve how did you come up with that design?
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Your work is impeccable!
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That's an interesting heel carve how did you come up with that design?


Awesome, thanks for the compliments and I look forward to workin with you in the future!

The whole back is beveled with a 45 degree angle bit at the request of the customer and it gives the heel that shape. He is basing it off a few different designs and its actually quite comfortable!
#40
How to open the electronics cavity on a Robbins custom.

Step one: locate cavity cover


Step two: Insert pick til snug but do not force it


Step three: Press down ward on the pick (It will want to push back out of the slot but keeping light pressure on the wider side of the pick will keep it in place while it lifts the cover.)


Step four: Once the cover is raised use your other hand to grab and remove the cover


The cover is plenty secure and will not move even when shaking the guitar with all your strength. If you hit the guitar hard enough to make the cover come off then you have bigger repair issues to worry about. No more screws to strip or lose and its a much cleaner look.

Neck bolt anchors


My decals came in a little larger then I had expected and wont look right with this head stock design, but no worries, the back of the headstock works fine too


Every thing is sealed, sanded, and ready for finish
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