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#42
I haven't seen a lot of wenge bodies. It looks so cool though. Your work looks great.
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#44
I am stunned by the quality of your carving mate!

How long did it take to get to that point and can you explain your technique and tools for this part of the job, I'm defo gonna build another - your inspiring me!!
#45
That is very good carving.
Do you have a bandsdaw? That would save you a massive amount of time instead of carving off the huge amount of wood on the back. I cut mine at a taper from 3/4"at the nut to 7/8" a couple inches above where the heel will be. This leaves a minimal amount to be carved off the back.
#47
Quote by Silord1
I am stunned by the quality of your carving mate!

How long did it take to get to that point and can you explain your technique and tools for this part of the job, I'm defo gonna build another - your inspiring me!!


Thanks, man! I honestly don't remember, but it wasn't too long considering. Like Explorerbuilder has said, the key is a bandsaw... if you have one available.

I'm still figuring this out, so I'm just trying to copy the thin U from an ESP. I started by marking out the profile, then carved it to thickness (sideways profile of the volute and heel only). If you then carve a thin 45° bevel onto each edge, you can start chasing that around to meet the binding edge and centre. Focus on getting a round, fat profile and the volute will take care of itself. It comes out pretty rough with a rasp, but you can clean it up really easily with a cabinet scraper and sandpaper (80-120 grit works great, especially if you have some cloth-backed strip). The volute and heel can be joined-up with a spokeshave.

Rough shaping: Rasp and spokeshave
Cleaning-up: Cabinet scraper, sandpaper
Spot levelling or smoothing contours: Sanding drum on a drill press

Then it's a case of adjusting the profile with a scraper and sandpaper, until you're perfectly happy.

Get on it!

Quote by Explorerbuilder
That is very good carving.
Do you have a bandsdaw? That would save you a massive amount of time instead of carving off the huge amount of wood on the back. I cut mine at a taper from 3/4"at the nut to 7/8" a couple inches above where the heel will be. This leaves a minimal amount to be carved off the back.


I still don't have a bandsaw, which obviously makes me a massive rookie It's my next purchase though, if this ends up being a success!

Quote by Ippon
So sexy!

Couldn't you have built another neck from that piece?


I probably could have, if I'd blocked the heel and tenon instead! I really wanted to play it safe though. None of it was really wasted either, because it was made from offcuts anyway
#48
Okay seriously. How much do you want for it?
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#51
Quote by -MintSauce-
Are you posting drunk again?


Possibly did.. BUT if you were to sell it ever, id be very interested in buying.

Im gonna start saving just in case
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Engl Powerball
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#53
I figured it was worth doing some fretting practice before working on the wenge neck. The maple/purpleheart neck has now been fretted, levelled, crowned, dressed and polished:



I also did a level, crown, dress and polish on the fretwork from the green SS, because it was awful to play:




The process seems good, so it can be applied to the wenge one now!
#54
Lots of sanding and general tidying up:



I've also roughed the profile on the sapele neck for this one, so I can get cracking on the neck pocket.


Grain filling the zebrano and wenge guitar after staining:



I wanted to get it stained, filled and levelled before getting glue anywhere near it. Fretting next, then I need to get the neck in. Oh, and I forgot to stain the headstock!
#56
Hey man, how much would you charge for just a neck?
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#57
Quote by Ippon
So sexy! Would've been sexier if it had the Tele shape.


Haha, I'd be disappointed if you didn't mention a Tele I should try one, complete with a bolt-on neck and flat headstock.

Quote by Kyleisthename
Hey man, how much would you charge for just a neck?


I have no idea! I don't sell anything and won't for a while. Oh, and I'm in England.
#59
Please let us know hen you start selling necks. I want a purple fretboard on a wenge neck so bad now, thanks to you.
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#60
Just... take...my....money.....now....
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#61
Wow, I've done some building, acoustic and an oak violin. I guess its time to try an electric now. Just hope its half as nice as yours. It looks great.
#62
I'd love to start building guitars from scratch. I'm much too clumsy though, it's a wonder how I haven't mucked up what I've done to my guitars already.


Actually, dont ask about the binding on one of my guitars after trying to learn how to file down frets.
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#63
I keep looking at this.
Waiting for the day its finished...

Le sigh
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#64
Quote by Carrot
I keep looking at this.
Waiting for the day its finished...

Le sigh


It will be finished! I've been ignoring anything guitar-related for the past month, whilst I fix my career and recover from redundancy. My projects were becoming a form of procrastination.
#65
Quote by -MintSauce-
It will be finished! I've been ignoring anything guitar-related for the past month, whilst I fix my career and recover from redundancy. My projects were becoming a form of procrastination.



Ahh my apologies!
Hope everything works out well for you and your career is fixed!!
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#66
Can't help but think your focusing on the wrong career man, your builds rock!
#68
Quote by Ippon
The waiting would be too long.


This ^^. Nobody would ever get their guitars and I'd make no money.

I made some rough progress today though:






Lots of sanding, scraping and fine-tuning to come.
#69
I swapped my bench planer blades today and worked on the neck. The heel is probably going to need another 1-2mm taken off, but I want to deal with that after I fret the neck. Anyway, I'll look at carving the heel closer to the joint now, then fix the volute and smooth the entire profile.









I've also realised that this thing is almost a copy of an Ibanez I wanted when I first started playing.

Edit: Only because it's blue, no other reason.
#71
Quote by R_Gallagher_Fan
I literally get a hard on when I see people making things like this, awesome!


People like you make me SICK.

Please excuse me whilst I accidently drop this picture...



Edit: I moved the heel closer to the body today, blended the rest of the neck, planed the tenon down and generally sanded a lot. The heel and volute will still probably be trimmed down further, and I'll check for blending issues tonight. Also, for giggles, hardware dry fit/dressing up:

#73
Looking great! The finish is really nice.
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#74
Thanks guys!

I've given micro mesh a try this morning - it appears to make things quite shiny:

#75
Im not proud of the noises i just made looking at that guitar.

I dont mind waiting a year for you to make me one...
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Squier std tele (modded to hell)

Engl Powerball
Laney Ironheart 60h
Zilla Superfatboy 2x12 v30's

Pedals
#77
Pressed some frets in (24 of them to be precise),
Leveled some frets,
Dressed and crowned some frets,
Polished some frets.

Slow and steady wins the race!





#78
God damn, Mint! That fretboard is so damn shiny.

I want one. Build me one.

Also, have you considered putting a hipshot on instead of the flatmount Fender style? I think it'd look better.
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#79
Quote by oneblackened
God damn, Mint! That fretboard is so damn shiny.

I want one. Build me one.

Also, have you considered putting a hipshot on instead of the flatmount Fender style? I think it'd look better.


Thanks, fella!

I did think about a Hipshot or Schaller Hannes bridge, but those things are expensive and don't come in cosmo black You're absolutely right though - it would look better!
#80
Neck glued in. Bridge pitch and alignment checked.

Everything seems to be in order so far! Next steps: finish neck profile and heel, seal/fill neck, oil everything, conductive paint in cavities, make coers and assemble...







Edit: I've also been given a rescued piece of sapele. It's 1320x135x30mm, so enough for a body blank or neck through.