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Unread 05-08-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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7 string ibanez-like project

Hello guys! I'm new here =) Just decided to show you my actual 7-string project for the guitarist of Weaksaw, french metal band.

SO here we go! This will be ibanez/dinky inspired flattop solidbody, cuban mahogany for the body with flamed maple top and plain maple neck with ebony fingerboard. Also we have all black hardware : tonepros tom bridge, sperzels, some gotoh hardware, cts pot for just one volume etc...

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Unread 05-08-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Test for the tint :


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Very important part for beer-belly =)





faor the hand too =)



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neck...





some graphite :


Sorry for the long post and have a nice day!
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Unread 05-08-2012, 11:18 AM   #4
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Excellent work!

Did you make those templates yourself?
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Looks great!
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Thanx to all! Templates - no i know some guys who make it with laser using the .dwg you send them, this set cost me 45 euros =)
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Love the look of the guitar. although, i looked at his pictures and he plays ESP Horizons...


Still, i like this model, did you come up with it or is it a copy of a guitar he plays?
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Thank you! =) Actually he plays a cheap LTD SC207, I just brought my second handmade 6-string to him, he said that he loved the look of it and he wanna the same but 7 strings, ebony fretboard and black see-thru finish on the top... Esp horizon is the other guy's. Now he have ltd sc607...

This is my second one I made with my old jackson's neck, the sound is good... =) The shape is basicly jackson soloist/ran crusher's with some little changes

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well i really like your design
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Welcome aboard and yeah! Looks nice!
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Thanx ppl! I will make some more this friday =)
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Wow, really good work! Also, I am extremely curious about the top. did you use heat to bend it to conform to the contours on the main body piece? I have wanted to curve thick pieces like that but wasn't sure what the best way to do it would be. It looks really awesome!
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Thanx man, both tops are 7mm thick so it's still quite thin, I think you can make it with like 1cm thick tops but not shure about it, think it's possible! =) Firsly you must make it slowly like 3 steps of 15 minutes between each, on the both tops i bended i just put some hot water on it and heat with hair-dryer when bending, it comes on very nicely, but the body shape must be perfect for perfect feat (thanks cap!), the joins are not perfect everywhere, but acceptable, all is my fault - not enough of clamps, anyway you have this method too :

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in this case joints will be just perfect =D
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Looking very clean so far, awesome work! I'm really liking that cut away on the lower horn for fret access. I also think that I would prefer to use your method of heat + water to bend the top rather than screwing it down like in that link you posted; seems much more safe to me, but then again I can't read Russian so I'm sure there is more to it than just that.
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Thanx for your comment! The result is better in his way, but this is a professional and i'm just an amateur =) He put some water before binding the wood too
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Thanks for the info on bending, I would love to try that sometime!
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Very nice work, love the lower horn cutaways and the electronics cavity!
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Man, I would kill for something like this (no I wouldn't, but I do like it a whole lot). Very inspirationally clean work.

What does it say under the tuners on the back of the neck?

Also, I love that screw-down bending method shown on that other forum. A little question- you say to put warm water on the top, but how warm, and do you just pour liberal amounts of it on the outside of the top, or what?
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Also on the top bending, do you get it all bent, let it dry, then take it off and apply glue? Or do you glue it while you're bending it? If it takes a while to bend, it seems like you would have to wait to apply glue.
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Hello guys!

Pikka Bird : Thanx man! It says made in france by alexander combarelle =D It's just the hottest tap water, liberal amounts, yes, i cant tell you exactly how much, just enough to wet the wood

Munch : I bend it just for see if it can bends when the glue applied, so i make this, wait 1 day, the top takes the form (not firmly, but a half bended) and then i apply the glue etc =)

BUT! Some awful work i made here =/ It was the fretboard job, my first one by the way... My old chunky saw was incapable to going through the fretboard, at the same time ruining ebony around the slots, and also i had some fret slots not deep enough, so i had some frets just so much high compared to normals... A lot of leveling, the "high" frets a half ....ed up and here the result =/ Now all the frets are leveled, but i will try to fix the fretboard chips with some epoxy and the ebony dust. Damn it, i hope it will works!





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I really like the cut out on the lower horn.

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Thanx man! some little reparations and works for today : some epoxy + ebony to the fretboard chips and unwanted holes, also i glued up the head maple and made a hole in it for the truss rod access =)





More bigger works on the neck tomorrow (hope i could make some shaping)
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