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Unread 01-06-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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Baritone V Build

Whats up guys? Here is my second build.

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Maple neckthrough w/ maple fretboard
Basswood wings
27.5 in scale
27 frets
6 string
POS (pessimistic) or upgradable (optimistic) hardware and pickups

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This is definitely going to be interesting since I have no experience working with necks or fretting. The idea here was to use cheap materials for practice though, so if it turns out a little sub-par, its not a huge deal. I don't think it will be a problem, since between some practice on scrap and all the info on the internet I should be able to do just fine.

Also, clamping triangles was interesting.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 02:01 PM   #2
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Looking good, I'll be keeping an eye on this one!
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really lookinf forward to see it finished!

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Sweet, another baritone build. I'll be keeping an eye on this!

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As you now know you could have saved a buttload of work by cutting the wings afterwards!

I made this V out of off cuts from another V I'd made a couple years ago, you can see how I got around the problem you encountered by cutting clamping points into the edge before doing the profile cut. Another way to stop wood from slipping is to use a couple of dowel locating pins in an area you know won't be routed or carved later on.




Otherwise, so far so good! I hope you don't regret not having a neck angle after it's finished.
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I don't think the lack of a neck angle should be a problem. Just get a regular fixed bridge, or recess it if you want a TOM. Either way this is looking good so far, happy building!

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Unread 01-09-2012, 10:40 PM   #7
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Neck angle shouldn't be a problem with the fixed bridge that I have. And clamping the triangles wasn't that bad really. Just took a few minutes to put together some pieces of scrap, and it allowed me to run the sides through a jointer.

Anyhow, I am back at school now, so the only work I'll be doing is figuring out how to make a fretboard. That will be the only update material until March, sorry.

Also, who has cool paint ideas? I was thinking of something white, maybe metallic white. Of course details are an option over top of that.
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Interesting bevels, I must say. A metallic paint would set the entire guitar off nicely, good call on that!

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So here is a little update.
I built a fret sawing jig. I'm sure some of you have seen it before as the idea came off the internet.








It utilizes the mystical power of magnets! These little guys are 1/8 in diameter, but man are they strong.



I'll be doing practicing, as well as getting some radiusing equipment, for a while here. My apologies for the lack of interesting material.
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That is a pretty cool fret sawing jig. Nice work!

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Here's a little update.

Got some radius blocks




Here is fretwire bender, version 1




Turns out that the spacing was too wide, and the wire deformed elastically. So we went on to version two.




Great success! except I need more exact tools to achieve more exact radii. There is a good amount of guess and check here. Those are just washer sandwiches btw, no fancy bearings or anything here.
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Sooo...

Eight months since the last update. Really sorry about that.

Anyway, construction is just about done. Just need to do the fretting.

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As you can see, fretboard is maple with figuring and some kind of crazy grain. I really dig the whacky look it has.

Control cavity is just a cutout for one of those strat style recessed jack things with a hole for a volume pot on the other side.

Only problem I've encountered thus far is that when I went to trim down the end of the fretboard, I wasn't careful about the grain direction and got a little splintering action, resulting in the fretboard being slightly too narrow. The strings will probably be on the fret ends at the highest frets, but I guess I'll just have to live with that.

More updates soon as I do the frets and try out finishes.

Also, I'm thinking about putting in a D-Activator. Comments, other suggestions? It will be tuned to A or B.
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Looks awesome, dude! A D-Activator would work perfectly I think although it may be a little bright.

DEFINITELY go with some kind of metallic finish though. It would look so killer with that shape and those bevels.

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Looks awesome, dude! A D-Activator would work perfectly I think although it may be a little bright.

DEFINITELY go with some kind of metallic finish though. It would look so killer with that shape and those bevels.
Yeah I'm gonna do a metallic sparkly white on the body, and natural neck, maybe with a hint of amber. Only thing I am undecided about because I haven't really thought about it is the headstock.
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Unread 10-13-2012, 01:35 PM   #15
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Frets are in!








I'm working on filing edges, leveling, etc. now.

Later on I will be getting the paint, excited to see what that looks like.

Also, I ordered an used D-Activator in black and cream for cheap, and subsequently got a white plastic cover so that everything matches.

P.S. I apologize for my lack of good photography skills and crappy camera. I know the pics are lacking.
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