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Unread 06-18-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Unicut Guitars Custom 8 String Build Thread

I've been a lurker ever since I became interested in extended range guitars, so I thought it would be nice to introduce myself by posting pics of my custom 8 string guitar that is currently being built by Florian Lüttke from Unicut Guitars. I wanted a guitar I could use for virtually any style of music despite it being an 8 string and I dislike black guitars and active pickups anyway, which left me with no options except Agile, but I didn't want to order from Rondo because of their lack of warranty for international buyers.

That's why I saved up and specced my dream guitar and also my first 8 string:

Scale length: 27 inches, 24 frets + zero fret
Body: RG style ash body
Neck: seven piece maple/walnut
Fretboard: maple, compound radius 16"-20"
Pickups: 2 passive Häussel humbuckers with split-coil option via 2 push-pull volume potis
Hardware: ETS custom bridge as suggested by Florian and Schaller M6 mini tuners

String spacing is slightly more narrow compared to the Ibanez 8 strings, nut width is 54 mm




The wood for the guitar, except for the walnut stripes. I was originally going for a swamp ash body, but Florian had a one piece body blank and a two piece body blank of ash that's been air-dried for 30 years in his stock. I chose the two piece because this guitar is supposed to last all eternity and I thought the figuring was rather interesting.



The body next to the neck blank, there's a thin stripe of rosewood in the middle



Detail shot of the headstock, it's got a nice ash veneer in order to match the body



The body + the neck with the fretboard on it - I just love how pronounced the grain of the maple is



The most recent one, showing the custom ETS 8 string bridge, which is looking pretty awesome in my opinion, and the ebony knobs I asked for. They're looking even better than I expected!
The Häussels are going to arrive in about a week and Florian says he's going to be finished in about a month. The build was started in April, so everything went smoothly and fast. On top of that, it's costing me around as much as a new RG2228 in Europe.

Concerning the natural finish, this is what's planned for the body and the headstock: http://www.conklinguitars.com/custom...in_3_large.jpg

That's it for my introduction. I am glad to be part of the biggest community for ERG guitars on the web.
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Unread 06-18-2011, 09:24 AM   #2
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Welcome to SSO and congrats on your first custom 8! That bridge looks very comfortable. It's really awesome that you are getting a custom guitar for the price of the Ibanez 8, and that finish is gonna be amazing!
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Unread 06-18-2011, 09:51 AM   #3
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Unread 06-18-2011, 10:07 AM   #4
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Ok, I need a bridge like that...

Is this... guitar?
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Really good... and that bridge 10+

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Not really an update, but all of you seem to be interested in the bridge and I've still got a closeup, so I figured you might want to see that as well



In my opinion it's definitely much nicer looking than a Hipshot.
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That is going to be amazing when it gets all finished.

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Not really an update, but all of you seem to be interested in the bridge and I've still got a closeup, so I figured you might want to see that as well

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/9505/stegy.jpg

In my opinion it's definitely much nicer looking than a Hipshot.
I agree with you, hipshot guitar bridges (at least the saddle on plate style) look inherently cheap. I know they are good ,but I like the look of these, which is closer to the bass bridges they make.
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really nice bridge!

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Really liking the bridge there... if I knew about that one earlier...

Oh well, I'm getting a fan-fretted guitar now, so I wouldn't need that bridge anymore, but still good to know! Maybe one day I'll wait to get a fixed scale 8, who knows?
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Bridge looks nice but no string through no care

Interested to see where this build goes though
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Mini Update:



Got a flight case for the guitar. Fits nicely

Flo made the body about 1 cm wider than that of a RG2228, so the proportions are closer to a regular six string. It's also taking care of possible neck dive issues along with the upper horn that has been made longer and the small headstock with non-locking tuners and light-weight ebony tuning pegs.

Right now I'm on the fence about getting an arm bevel or not. I don't like Ibanez-style bevels because they are too extreme for my liking, so my initial plan was to leave the body completely flat, however I might go with a more subtle Fender-style bevel.

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Bridge looks nice but no string through no care

Interested to see where this build goes though
That bridge can be bought either way actually, there's at least one six string Flo built with it in a string-through configuration.

It's going to be awesome unfortunately, there'll be no updates from now un until the häussels arive though
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Proper Update: Got new pics!



The back



Awesome neckjoint + almost finished neck
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That Bridge is Godlike, is it the Tuning fork or the Transmissions? Liking the build thus far anyways, and liking the sound of those Häussels

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That Bridge is Godlike, is it the Tuning fork or the Transmissions? Liking the build thus far anyways, and liking the sound of those Häussels

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It's the regular tuning fork.

I'm excited about the Häussels as well! Hoping for some great all around pickups.

Right now it's to think about the placement of the potis and the toggle. The great thing about having a custom instrument built is that you can spend literally days contemplating minor stuff instead of doing things you ought to.
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Right now it's to think about the placement of the potis and the toggle. The great thing about having a custom instrument built is that you can spend literally days contemplating minor stuff instead of doing things you ought to.
Except for the part where the instrument doesn't get built until you make a decision. =)
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Well, I got one new pic today, the back of the headstock:

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I'm well keen on the 5+3 headstock. It's what I've intended for when I start building stuff. Much less confusing to move from that to a 3+3 headstock on a 6 string.


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Small Update: Positioning of the potis and the toggle



My intention was to have the volume poti for the neck pickup in close reach in order to perform volume swells and to stay in control of volume during melodic playing in a band context.


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I'm well keen on the 5+3 headstock. It's what I've intended for when I start building stuff. Much less confusing to move from that to a 3+3 headstock on a 6 string.
To be honest, I just didn't find any existing 8 string headstocks I liked and I thought having a 5+3 headstock would be rather cool. I was right .
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Update: We're pretty close to completion now



control cavity + cover



the recessed input jack



the fretwork



Flo slapped the tuners on there to get an idea of the final look. The tuning pegs are ebony.



the back



The häussels were delayed quite a bit, however they finally arrived yesterday so the build is going to be completed in about a week.



Can't wait for the finish...
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is that a zero fret i see? what is the plan to guide the strings onto the zero fret?
this build is looking amazing mate, congrats

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