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#1
Managed to find a Bubinga top to do a Ken Lawrence Explorer like James Hetfields.

I've done a mock up, heres the pic with the actual wood-


The wood is a more uniform colout than in the pic as the flash made it brighter at one end.
#2
looks real good man....
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#3
Whats the inlays gunna be?




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#6
What's the difference between a normal Explorer and a Ken Lawrence Explorer?They both look pretty much the same to me,except the lovely headstock design and the inlays on the Ken Lawrence.
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#7
do a headstock similar to the real Ken Lawrence explorer! Do it!
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#8
The K/L explorer is the same shape as the old ESP ones I think, they have slightly more angular edges than the Gibson ones.

Yes its gonna have the K/L headstock
#9
You had better post pics of this.
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#18
Wasn't this the one that had the spalted maple that crapped out on you?
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#19
Good choice of copy. Its a beautiful guitar.
It was the inspiration for my yr 12 major project for woodwork back in 2003. i was gunna write up a thread about it when i found the process pics.

This is the only pic ive got of it at the moment.



It was my first and only build... im sure urs will be a much higher quality.
#21
ha ha... its just the picture...
I was young and foolish.
Made a few mistakes and little misjudgments.

Lets just say... its pretty though.


Cant wait to see another!
#22
Cant really do much nore accept carve the neck till I get the bubinga top.

The headstock needs a bit of neatening up and the veneer putting over the raised piece in the middle.





#25
JS, you never answered me. Is this the same one that had that crappy spalt maple?
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#26
^ I think he sold that

Looks great though! I LOVE the Ken Lawrence headstock.




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#27
I was pretty sure he just scrapped the spalt maple, and kept the body.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#28
Quote by oneblackened
JS, you never answered me. Is this the same one that had that crappy spalt maple?


No, the body from the spalted maple one was a 3 piece one and I did glue the top to it. Its a different body. This is a one piece body.

This ones got a laminated 3 piece mahogany neck.
#30
Epic.

ive always loved those explorers
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#31
Quote by jscustomguitars
No, the body from the spalted maple one was a 3 piece one and I did glue the top to it. Its a different body. This is a one piece body.

This ones got a laminated 3 piece mahogany neck.

oh. Thanks for clarifying that.
EDIT: who had that avatar first?
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#32
me, i made it from www.tinypic.com

but oh well, great band

EDIT: yours seems slighty darker then mine, so theyre different
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#33
Quote by Dust_to_Dust
me, i made it from www.tinypic.com

but oh well, great band

EDIT: yours seems slighty darker then mine, so theyre different

Ha, sweet! Machine Head Rocks!
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#34
I've been talking to the guy who directs MH's vids, hes a cool guy. He's building a couple of V's at the minute.
#35
Quote by thedonutman
That headstock is looking great, how did you carve it? Router?


Used a router, if you look up close its messy as hell but it'll be ok after I've neateded it up.
#37
^ That. Looks. Awesome. Period.

JS, you put your nuts on before you install your frets? I'm assuming you press and/or dont have to level your frets much?
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#38
Quote by jscustomguitars
The top has arrived. WOW!


ZOMGBBQ that is sex in wood form.
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#39
pure awesomeness
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#40
Quote by nuthinbuttrubl8
^ That. Looks. Awesome. Period.

JS, you put your nuts on before you install your frets? I'm assuming you press and/or dont have to level your frets much?


No, I just put it on there for the pics. I fret first then puth the nut on then do the sanding.
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