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Old 02-23-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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New Axe in the Making... (7 String Baritone Explorer Content)

Well...

Some of you may have seen my 27" conversion neck thread for my RG7620. I was thoroughly pleased with the neck despite some minor complications we ran into in the middle of the build and decided I wanted a full axe this time.

Before I continue babbling, here's the mockup...



Yes... I know the color scheme is loud as hell. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now on to the specs...

-5pc Maple/Wenge neckthru
-27" scale
-27 frets
-Mahogany wings with quilted maple cap (wings only)
-Birdseye maple fretboard
-Ibanez Lo Pro Edge 7
-Sperzel Locking Tuners
-H/S config (Blaze Custom/Blaze Single) w/ two-way toggle and momentary killswitch
-Jem style input jack along the rear edge of the body
-Orange top with natural bevels and back

I just got an email from the guy building this the other day... Here are the supplies...



My top...



Wet top...



Neck blank pieces...




Clamping the neck...

The neck blank is now ready for shaping...



I'll keep this bad boy updated as regularly as I can. I'm very excited to see how this one turns out!



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Old 02-23-2012, 01:49 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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I know, I can't wait!

In his last email he said he'd be shaping the neck as far as possible before working on the body so it may be a little while before there are updates on the body.



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Old 02-23-2012, 01:56 PM   #4
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Whos doing the work?
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:57 PM   #5
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are you building everything in your new flat? that's ballsy man!!!
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:00 PM   #6
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are you building everything in your new flat? that's ballsy man!!!
I'm not building it. DJohns74 is. He's also the one that built my conversion neck for my 7620.



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Old 02-23-2012, 02:05 PM   #7
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I've actually got a lot of updates on the neck that I've neglected to send so far as it's been a bit of a hell week. That being said, everything is going rather smoothly so far. I can only hope that the finished product lives up to the promise of the design!
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:08 PM   #8
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:25 PM   #9
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Can't wait to see it done!

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Old 02-23-2012, 03:28 PM   #10
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Oh yes! I like where this is going!

Is this... guitar?
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:58 PM   #11
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Whoa. Bright as hell man. Hope the finished product is that vibrant. I'm really diggin' the explorer idea!
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:49 PM   #12
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This is a build of win.

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Old 02-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #13
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:49 PM   #14
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You stick that wood together, Kj >

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Old 02-24-2012, 07:09 AM   #15
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I love me some clamp action.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:20 AM   #16
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So... I received a zip file last night w/ about 50 pics in it...

I'm going to slowly be adding them...

FYI - I'm probably NOT going to be posting all 50 of them. I feel like that might draw some attention from the mod/admin level...



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Old 02-24-2012, 12:38 PM   #17
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Rough neck profile...



I believe this is where he's about to cut the scarf joint...



Gluing the ears onto the headstock...



Ears attached!



Let's put a top on that headstock, eh?







Rough heel



Truss rod...







Probably gonna need a fingerboard too, eh?





Got a finger board and some rough shaping of the neck/headstock...







I know you're like me and probably dying to see this with at least a body template, right? Well, son... You will not be disappoint...







It's late in the thread for a 56k joke, but I'm pretty sure 56k hates me as much as I hate it right now.



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Old 02-24-2012, 01:15 PM   #18
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That's a Kelly, not an explorer! ;P

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Old 02-24-2012, 01:18 PM   #19
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I didn't know if Jackson trademarked the Kelly name and I really don't want to get anyone in trouble.



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Old 02-24-2012, 01:30 PM   #20
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I also added the radius (430mm to match the Edge7) to the fingerboard last night and began the process of shaping the back of the neck.

Frankly, my new oscillating belt/spindle sander is just about the coolest tool ever. I bought it on Monday and have already used it to smooth out the portion of the neck that will be visible along the back of the body, create the rough heel shown above, partially smooth out the area behind the headstock, take the neck down to near its final width and get the neck shaping started by sanding each end of the cut to an appropriate depth (pictures of this to come later).

I believe this form of sanding is ultimately going to replace my router for a lot of final shaping operations, which is good since I've had some minor issues shaping with the router in the past and don't really need the stress of worrying that at some random point, the router is going to just decide to tear a giant chunk of wood out of the instrument. Both methods create a gigantic mess of either shavings or sawdust or both, but there's really not much that can be done about that. I'm far past the point of being terribly concerned about how much of a mess building guitars is making out of my basement really.

If anyone has any questions about the build process, I'd be happy to share my (possibly odd) methods in more detail.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:41 PM   #21
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awesome dude! very like my build xD only mine is going way slower in progress. money money money... ugh! love your build!


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Old 02-26-2012, 11:41 AM   #22
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #23
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Here we go with the carving of the neck. I started out by measuring the thicknesses I wanted near the nut and the heel then used the spindle sander to carve grooves that deep into the back of the neck.



Then I used a rasp to rough the neck profile into these grooves on one side.



From there, my trusty spokeshave and sanding block combined to connect and smooth the shapes at either end.




Then it's just a matter of flipping it around, repeating for the other side and smoothing everything out as much as possible. From there, there was still some excess wood behind the nut and at the heel, so the spindle sander was again instrumental in smoothing those areas out (have I mentioned that I love that thing?)



Here, the heel is essentially done. It might still get a little more shaping and sanding later, but this is good enough until the body wings are attached, at which point I'll know better what the true final shape needs to be.




One interesting aspect of using the spindle sander is that it was trivial to leave a shape in the wood that lent itself to making a nicely rounded volute behind the nut. This isn't something I normally do, but the extra wood was there so I thought I'd take a stab at it.




In the meantime around all this neck carving, the headstock was also sanded to its final shape. The sander made this so fast and easy that now I'm not sure how I ever got by without it.




At this point, the neck is just about at the target thickness that I had in mind, which is slightly under 20mm at the 2nd fret (about 1mm more than my RG7620) and right about 21mm at the 12th. Can't really go much less than that with the style truss rod I use, but it feels nice to me regardless. The 7620 is pretty flat right at the very back anyway, so this one is actually very similar but just slightly more rounded.

Next steps will be cutting out the shelf for the locking nut to sit on, which should be interesting, and then installing frets. On my last neck through, I installed the frets after the body wings were attached and I was seriously hating life after trying to maneuver an entire guitar around to press the frets in. So I won't do that again.
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I wanna take a bite out of that quilted maple.



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Old 02-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #25
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Ok, so, this looks like its going to be sick when its done.

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