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Old 02-06-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Beardley Guitars 8 string build

Hello there! i am a newbie to this forum, so i'll start by saying "Hi, I'm Rick." now that the pleasantries are out of the way.... i'm an amateur luthier, at best, and i specialize mainly in basses. however i am currently building my first guitar and i feel this forum would be a good place to present my guitar build. now on to the good stuff... this project will be a 30" scale length 8 string with a poplar body and a set 5 piece (maple, red oak, curly maple) neck.

here are a few pics of the progress







please take a look and let me know your thoughts.

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Old 02-06-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
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Welcome!

After seeing your builds, I've got to ask... What bridge will you be using??

Best of luck with the build!

Is this... guitar?
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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Welcome!

After seeing your builds, I've got to ask... What bridge will you be using??

Best of luck with the build!
That i have yet to figure out. I may just go with a hipshot for this one.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:42 PM   #4
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What does a neck with curly maple (that's what quilts use right?) in it look like? I can't say I've ever seen that before.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:04 PM   #5
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What does a neck with curly maple (that's what quilts use right?) in it look like? I can't say I've ever seen that before.
The center section of the neck is curly maple. You'll see the ripples in it once the finish is applied.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #6
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... i'm an amateur luthier ... in the meantime, check out the basses i have built:
Bass Build #1 - TalkBass Forums
Beardley Basses #2 - TalkBass Forums
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Beardley EUB build - TalkBass Forums

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Old 02-06-2012, 10:14 PM   #7
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Nice builds! I'm curious about one thing though... some of your basses have "ramps" - a feature I've never seen before and am a bit confused as to their purpose. Is it a thumbrest? That's all I can think of, though I may be way off.

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What kind of wood are you gunna use on the fretboard?

Also welcome and that all maple bass you made looks killer!
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Nice builds! I'm curious about one thing though... some of your basses have "ramps" - a feature I've never seen before and am a bit confused as to their purpose. Is it a thumbrest? That's all I can think of, though I may be way off.
Its like a thumbrest that gives you an extended playing area. I have since removed them from those basses though. It was kind of a phase i went through.
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What kind of wood are you gunna use on the fretboard?

Also welcome and that all maple bass you made looks killer!
Thanks!!

I am going to use purpleheart for the fretboard.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:32 AM   #11
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hey man, welcome to the forum
looks like a pretty cool build.
we're not too far away, if you would ever want to work on a project together, let me know!

I like my guitar tone like I like my women, perfect rounded bottom end, cut in the mid section, heavy on the top end, and super tight.

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:15 PM   #12
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hey man, welcome to the forum
looks like a pretty cool build.
we're not too far away, if you would ever want to work on a project together, let me know!
thanks for having a look!

what all have you built?
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what all have you built?
http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/lut...pic-heavy.html

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Old 02-09-2012, 08:24 PM   #14
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this will be awesome men... long scale rules
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:13 PM   #15
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this will be awesome men... long scale rules
Thanks! And yes, long scale is the stuff. I have an OLP baritong 6 string that is 30". That guitar is tuned E to E, thats Bass E.
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Really cool body design dude! Your basses al looked really cool. Excited to see this progress!
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i am going to stain the body with this medium brown stain. here are a few pics of it before i got into the fine sanding.



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Old 02-12-2012, 06:33 AM   #18
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Welcome!

After seeing your builds, I've got to ask... What bridge will you be using??

Best of luck with the build!
i just got a Hipshot fixed bridge yesterday.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:51 AM   #19
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dat natural! What a nice finish...for some reason it harks back to the Ibanez ergodyne nat. finish basses. I'll be really interested to see how the grain pops after your final staining.

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Stoked level just doubled.
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slotting the fretboard.


this purpleheart is going compliment this piece nicely.
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I dig the hell out of that body shape, especially for an 8! I think 8 strings should shaped more like a bass than a traditional guitar, it just looks better with that wide fretboard.

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I dig the hell out of that body shape, especially for an 8! I think 8 strings should shaped more like a bass than a traditional guitar, it just looks better with that wide fretboard.
well.... i am a bass player.....

yeah, i agree. the "normal" 8s look too boring. this body is one part Fender Jazz Bass, one part Ibanez, and one part Me. I love the offset body shape.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:07 PM   #24
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progress!!!

here is the headstock

gluing on the fretboard

started drilling out the control cavity

the stain sanded off. the body is much smoother looking now
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Aw man. I liked the stain! I'm sure your going to do something really cool with it though. Fast progressing! Looking great!
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