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6DgOfInTb
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#1
Hi UGers.

My school requires us to complete a graduation project in order to receive our diploma. I, like a lot of other UGers I've noticed, am building a guitar. It was originally going to start out as a 7-string PRS, but working with another guy in making the template, we soon discovered that trying to make a bolt on PRS SC wasn't going to allow for good fret access at all. Now the project has changed quite a bit. Here are the specs:

-Body shape like an Ernie Ball MM JP-7
-24 fret bolt-on maple neck w/ satin finish
-25'' scale
-Stainless steel jumbo frets
-Graphite nut
-Ebony fretboard
-Mahogany body
-Gotoh SG-38 tuners
-Flamed maple top
-Blaze 7 Neck in the neck
-D-Sonic 7 in the bridge
-2 volume controls, 1 master tone
-Push/Pull on the tone knob (for a coil split to activate the middle 2 coils when in the middle position)
-Recessed TonePros® Tune-O-Matic Bridge
-String thru body
-Natural finish


We bought the neck because this my first build and I don't want to screw up the most important part of having a playable guitar.
That about covers it...I'll put up anything that I forgot later.

My mom's friend knows some guys who are going to supply us with a free piece of mahogany as well as access to their shop. They've built guitars before, and are going to be helping us out quite a bit, since this is my first guitar build. Hopefully it'll be a good experience, because building guitars is something I've been interested in for a while, and want to continue doing it.

We've already ordered the neck, and it arrived a few weeks ago. Once I get the template, we're going to get the wood and begin building. BIG thanks to Jamie Unden who has been designing the template for me. Check out his site

On to pics...since I've only got the neck so far, that's all I've got pictures of (makes sense, right?)
Here it is:

Showing the headstock and the lack of nut so far.

Close-up of the stainless steel frets and the fretboard.

Tell me what you guys think!
-Joe

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Last edited by 6DgOfInTb at Oct 15, 2008,
MattCbassist
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#2
oooh sounds very cool, should look great when it's done, post pics when it all squeeky clean completed and i'll be like
Cygnus003
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#3
uber respect, this would probably be my fave build around. =O

love the jp's and all musicman guitars. it would be super super amazing if you could use a gunstock and wax finish on the neck like musicman does as standard, but it might be abit hard...

looks like its going to be great, keep it up!

in the thread on how to make a girl uncomfortable:

Quote by Angels Fighter
i saw this in another thread but it would work

Blow your load in your hand and slap the girl in the face while yelling "spiderman"


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#6
Quote by james4
sounds cool.

Has anyone else noticed there's been lots of 7-string build threads lately?

Yeah I did..I thought it was going to be a cool idea when the idea first came up, but then everybody started doing it

I only did the fancy font and color for an interesting first post..I'll probably do the same when there are updates with new pictures as well. Thanks for the support everybody.
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#8
Quote by james4
sounds cool.

Has anyone else noticed there's been lots of 7-string build threads lately?



I'm starting a 7 this summer too. But I've been planning it since last year...


Sounds nice, I always liked the look of those guitars. And oil and wax finish is alot easier then doing nitro, but it would have to be natural.
6DgOfInTb
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#9
^The neck's already got a satin finish on it, and it feels awesome
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#10
Quote by XibanezedgeX

I'm starting a 7 this summer too. But I've been planning it since last year...


ha ha + 1 I've been planning a seven build for a while, but I need to get through my first one yet

This build looks like it will be good, looking foward to it, no one usualy builds Ernie Balls




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#12
whatever you decide for the body top wood, i hope you put a veneer on the headstock and match the finish. and for what its worth, i vote for the purple burst over the trans red. i love red guitars, but that purple just looks too damn good.
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#13
Quote by rednwhiteblues
whatever you decide for the body top wood, i hope you put a veneer on the headstock and match the finish. and for what its worth, i vote for the purple burst over the trans red. i love red guitars, but that purple just looks too damn good.


Yeah, I'll probably try to do a veneer.

EDIT: On second thought, I'll definitely do one.
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#14
i like it alot, origional idea too.

don't mean to jump on the bandwagon but i've been thinking of doing a 7 too lol
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#15
Quote by Cygnus003
love the jp's and all musicman guitars.


Amen to that. Musicman designs are awesome, and so is the JP model. I personnaly like the Steve Morse one. Strat-ish but still very Musicman in its own right. Love the blue one.
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#16
Good luck with this thing, Joe. I'm trying to do a lap steel for my project. I have a feeling that yours will turn out much nicer, though. What was your research question? I'm having trouble getting mine.
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#17
Quote by Joel Rainville
Amen to that. Musicman designs are awesome, and so is the JP model. I personnaly like the Steve Morse one. Strat-ish but still very Musicman in its own right. Love the blue one.


I never really got the seemingly misplaced middle pup, but he seems to go alright with it
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#18
Quote by the_random_hero
I never really got the seemingly misplaced middle pup, but he seems to go alright with it


Yeah, that extra pickup is probably useless for about 99% of the guitar players out there, but as you say, if Steve wants it, I don't think anyone would have the nerve to tell him no : http://www.music-man.com/stevemorse.html

I just love the shape and that pickguard. It just works visually IMO.
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#19
For my senior project, I have to "reflect" upon my work and progress inEnlgish and present it to like 70 students. WHY couldn't I ahve done THIS instead!?!?
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#20
Quote by wholovesthesun
Good luck with this thing, Joe. I'm trying to do a lap steel for my project. I have a feeling that yours will turn out much nicer, though. What was your research question? I'm having trouble getting mine.


Haha, thanks. My research question was something along the lines of "How do different materials affect certain aspects of a guitar's tone?"
Why do you think mine will turn out nicer? At least yours will be a tad more original...I haven't seen any lap steel builds on here yet. Good luck as well.

EDIT: concerning the Steve Morse middle pickup...I watched the videos on www.ernieball.com and it seemed like he didn't even know why he had it.
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#21
sorry must have misread about the neck already being finished.

i think this is going to be totally amazing.

in the thread on how to make a girl uncomfortable:

Quote by Angels Fighter
i saw this in another thread but it would work

Blow your load in your hand and slap the girl in the face while yelling "spiderman"


^
6DgOfInTb
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#22
Thanks for all the support, I'm glad everybody thinks it's a good idea

The template has been finalized and shipped, and should be here in the next 3-5 days. Pictures will be soon after.
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#23
Alright, another update finally!
I got the template in the mail today. Now, hopefully this weekend we can go up to the guys' shop and get things started, and hopefully start ordering some hardware and electronics.

Not promising an update by this weekend because stuff usually comes up and my band is probably going to have practice, etc. No updates for the next 2 weeks or so DURING the week because I'm in the pit for our school's musical, and our practices are running after school until like 9:30. I can't wait till I get my license (Mid July..), then I won't be so dependant on having my parents take me places.

Anyway, enough about my life, on to some pictures. The lighting wasn't great so the quality isn't the best, but it was good enough for this. The light over the pool table makes everything all douchey-colored.

That shows the template by itself

That shows how the neck fits, kinda putting the body into proportion.


I wanted to take more than 2 pictures...Jamie Unden is the man. This picture really needs no description...it's pretty unnecessary.

Enjoy! Hopefully this will keep you occupied at least for a little while.

-Joe
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Last edited by 6DgOfInTb at Jun 18, 2008,
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#24
upload them on photo bucket, and then you can edit the picture size to what ever you want.

(you may be able to do that on image shack but I dont use that any more)




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#25
Thanks, I'll try that.

Edit: It worked, thanks!
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Last edited by 6DgOfInTb at Apr 14, 2008,
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#26
Make sure to use a Kahler locking trem system! You won't regret it! You can buy the flatmount hybrid bridge so you don't have to route anything at all!
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Quote by Leat
Make sure to use a Kahler locking trem system! You won't regret it! You can buy the flatmount hybrid bridge so you don't have to route anything at all!


Haha I decided not to go with a trem on this one... Too much trouble for something I don't use a whole lot, and the cost is QUICKLY adding up (around $1300 so far, trying to cut costs without cutting quality at the moment).

I'm looking into new tuners, the Sperzel TremLok ones only come in sets of 6, so I'd have to buy 2 sets, and I simply can't afford that. The gold colored Gotoh and Schaller tuners are like $150 for 6, so even more for 7, and I can't afford that either (set on gold hardware now, it just looks too awesome on purple and black). Has anybody had any experience with these
Grover locking tuners? For 10 bucks a tuner for gold ones, these seem like a good idea, and saving money. Since I'm not installing a tremolo, the tuners don't have to be SUPER tight, but I want something with good quality that locks.

Also, any other suggestions for how to save a little bit of money? I found out that i need a level and dressing done on the neck...thats an extra $125 :-\
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Last edited by 6DgOfInTb at Apr 16, 2008,
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#28
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7 string legion anyone?

ill be keeping close eye on this one!

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#29
Hey, looks good so far!


And Jamie is a really cool guy, VERY helpful with complete custom guitars
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#30
those plans are amazing!

where did you order them from?

and where did you order the neck from? (apologise if ive missed this)

in the thread on how to make a girl uncomfortable:

Quote by Angels Fighter
i saw this in another thread but it would work

Blow your load in your hand and slap the girl in the face while yelling "spiderman"


^
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#32
^Yeah, got them from guitarplansunlimited. I got the neck from warmoth.
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#33
thnx.^

in the thread on how to make a girl uncomfortable:

Quote by Angels Fighter
i saw this in another thread but it would work

Blow your load in your hand and slap the girl in the face while yelling "spiderman"


^
6DgOfInTb
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#35
Made an update to the first post (at the end, couldn't be arsed to change the first part just yet), and I need opinions please
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#36
^ DUDE!!!! north carolina and you say 'arsed' woooo,

paint job sounds awsome man
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Alright, then I'll probably end up going with the trans blue (actually called Bahama Blue). The reason I'm not doing trans black is because..well it simply doesn't look as good as the blue. But theres still time to decide, so I'm not making any final decisions yet.
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#40
was there a reason you didnt use warmoth to buy your tuners? you can buy them individually so theres no need to buy 2 whole sets, just what you need on each side.
(they only offer the schaller and the gotohs individually though - personally id go with schaller)


go here: http://www.warmoth.com/hardware/tuners/tuners.cfm?fuseaction=guitar_tuners


also very cool build - very interested to see progress!