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Unread 01-26-2012, 02:02 AM   #26
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You're in Marble Falls? Shit, man, I am in Bee Cave...I'd love a single cut 7 in 25.5" scale. Can't believe you are so close by. That is literally down the road.
That's awesome! My bank's in Lakeway (I'm stubborn and refuse to bank at a regional chain).

I'd be happy to make a seven-string single. Shoot me an idea on specs and I can get you a price worked up.

Also, once I get these prototypes rolled through a little further, feel free to drop in and check out the guitars if you'd like.
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Unread 01-26-2012, 09:03 AM   #27
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Got some more stuff done the past two days... not a lot, but it's progress.


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Applied color and sealer. Here's pics of the various stages of dying it:


1st Step - Base color (blue)








Second Step - Darkened edges (blue from the first step mixed with black and purple)









And finally in the first coats of sanding sealer:






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Fretted the six-string single cut last night. Here's a few pics of the process (eventually I'll slow down and really document stuff better).


Checking the fret depth and width prior to pressing frets in:



Nipping the frets to the width of the board.



Frets pressed in, and fret ends dressed. I'll snap a pic of the ends with my real camera eventually (instead of my phone). They're pretty slick.



Filling the ends of the fret slots with wenge dust and super glue.
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Are you sure you want to go with a name like "Blackwater?" I wouldn't personally want a guitar with a name identical to that of a notorious mercenary organization, regardless of whatever they're calling themselves now...
That being said, your instruments look great, and I'm dying over that hue of blue on the flametop.
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Huh, I'd never heard of them before... but then again, I live under a bit of a rock...

Truthfully, though, the name was more of a simultaneous nod to the Doobie Brothers and Opeth :P
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Huh, I'd never heard of them before... but then again, I live under a bit of a rock...

Truthfully, though, the name was more of a simultaneous nod to the Doobie Brothers and Opeth :P
Ahh, I've seen that type of water before.
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Those tops look really nice!



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Really nice work! What bridges are you using on the fanned fret 8?
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Really nice work! What bridges are you using on the fanned fret 8?
For this one, I'm using some baseplates I had cut out and some stainless strat-style saddles. Not particularly what I had wanted, but finding Wilkinson VS trem saddles has proven to be a pain in the ass...
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Made a bit more progress on the 8-string last night. Routed the control cavity, drilled the through-body string holes, and fretted the neck.













The two figured maple guitars are currently hanging in the closet waiting for the lacquer to cure, and the first coats of oil were applied to the FF8 (late) last night. Reaching the home stretch on the prototype builds...
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That blue guitar is looking sweet, dude.

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That headstock looks deadly.
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Not yet. Just hanging out in the closet giving the lacquer a couple weeks to cure up.
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Subscribing to this thread then. Really interested to see how that guitar comes together, i.e. I may wanna snag it if/when it's for sale.

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I'd love to come out and check out that single cut when you have it done if possible. Let me know!

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I'd love to come out and check out that single cut when you have it done if possible. Let me know!
The single cut has about one more week of curing before buffing and polishing and final setup. I'll let you know when it's done. I'd love to have you check it out.
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Finished up the 8-string this weekend. Just got a chance to snap some pictures.








































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Quick question... Why is one of the pups angled slightly more than the other? Just a style choice?

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Just following the fan with the pickup angle.
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Forgive me if this is silly, but is there no maker's mark or logo on this thing? Also, that's an intense fan. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic work.
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Forgive me if this is silly, but is there no maker's mark or logo on this thing? Also, that's an intense fan. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic work.
Still working on the marking issue...


Yeah, it's a 3" fan. I wanted to go pretty extreme on the prototype just to kind of feel the whole multi-scale thing out a bit. To be completely honest, though, the 3" fan feels perfectly natural. Not awkward at all. In fact, I'm thinking about building myself a guitar eventually with seven strings and a 3.5" fan with the 7th fret straight.
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