Build Process: Skervesen Swan 7

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  1. Marty666

    Marty666 Member

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    So, commissioned a build two weeks ago and wanted to document it as it goes along.

    Communication with the owner Jarek has been most pleasant, relatively quick and good feedback and suggestions, so far I couldn't be happier. I sent an idea for the inlay and I got the first Autocad draft a couple of days ago.

    Specs:

    Shape: Swan 7
    Scale: 25,5" straight
    Body: swamp ash, bubinga middle layer, poplar burl top
    Bridge: original Floyd 7
    Color: Galaxy Burst on the blueish side, hoping they can nail this one.
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    Neck: wenge/bubinga/wenge 5pc.
    Fretboard: ebony
    Inlay: tangent curve luminlay with a custom butterfly inlay around the 12th. Luminlay side dots. _20181210_160912.JPG
    Headstock: viper
    Ivoroid neck and headstock binding.
    Pickups: Alnico Nailbomb & Mule
    World Domination Mod
    Tuners: Hipshot locking
    Case: flight case

    Now for the longest wait of my life, first custom order so I'm in for quite a wait.

    First update in about two weeks, will post pics when they trickle in!
     
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    Sounds awesome dude, really excited to see your progress pictures! My Skervesen should be done some time next month (a Raptor 7, multiscale, NtB construction).

    First update pictures took a while for me. I think maybe 6 weeks. The reason for this is, the first step is selecting the wood and gluing it together. There are some moments in the build where the wood needs to rest before they can work on it more, and I seem to recall it being towards the beginning of the build.

    Also keep in mind the construction time is 7-9 months. They started my build in May, but I went for a neck through body multiscale instrument, so it's really gonna take 9 months. If you have a bolt on 25.5" yours will probably be done sooner!
     
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    I'm just gonna assume it'll take at least 10 months, anything sooner is a bonus. Jarek told me about 4 weeks for the first update, whatever that may be, I assume gluing the neck. Paint seems to take a while as well judging by other build reports.

    Curious to see how yours turns out \m/! If mine is anywhere near as good as I hope it will a six string multiscale with a trem is next .
     
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    Velokki GAS station

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    Do they actually do a multiscale with a trem?
     
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    Yeah, saw one with the mammoth Kahler trem which I don't like, but they also made one with a t4m Strandberg-esque trem which is much more subtle.

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    Cool, faster then I anticipated, the neck is glued
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  7. GatherTheArsenal

    GatherTheArsenal SF2 > Everything

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    Nice! Looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

    Considering a Skervesen 7 as well myself, curious what made you pull the trigger? Do you have a feeling you won't be looking at any of your other guitars the same ever again?
     
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    This is a short documentary they recently released. Watch it, enjoy the guitar porn, check out the Skervesen facebook + instagram, then cry because now you want a Skervesen.
    The stuff they've been putting out this year has been ridiculously good looking. Only guitars this year that have impressed me this much are Aristides.
     
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  9. Marty666

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    You know, my old man died last year and my mom sold their house for something smaller, me and my sis got something from the proceeds.

    So I went looking for someone to build me a guitar to remember him by (the inlay will be something special, Jarek is going to make something really meaningful to me).

    He was a woodworker, so I was looking for guys that get creative, a head turner of a guitar, beautiful original shape, great color. And Google came up with the Swan posted above and I just fell in love instantly. Friends of mine talked about Skervesen quite a lot and had only good things to say about them so I took a gamble. PRS Private Stock was out of the question financially (I have a stunning Wood Library Custom 24 that is nothing short of amazing), I really want a 7 again and that shape just speaks to me from the get go.

    Contact with Jarek was really nice and he was so cool about the whole thing despite my OCD about this important build, so here we are. The 12% off Black Friday deal pulled me over the line ultimately.

    And I'm sooooo looking forward to open that case for the first time
     
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    AutoCAD for the inlays. Don't mind the colors, dots will be luminlay, butterfly in pearl.

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    Looks great man!! Beautiful backstory and a beautiful guitar as a reminder! Cant wait to see the finished profuct!
     
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    thedonal SS.org Regular

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    That really looks gorgeous.

    I'm starting to keep an eye on Skerveson guitars. Well outside my budget right now, but if I ever went 8 string, I think it'd be a Swan for me.
     
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    That's a really cool way to remember your pops, good on ya :yesway:

    Yeah I've heard just nothing but good stuff from ppl who've dealt with Skervesen. Dealing with pros who have a good attitude going, that to me is a big decision criteria if i'm going to be dropping thousands into a custom and it's one that's really pulling me towards them too. I hear ya about the OCD part, i'd imagine considering it as a tribute to your pops that you need it come out just right.

    Did you play a Skervesen before you decided to go through with the order? That to me is the one thing i'm trying to do before I go for it but I can't find one here locally.
     
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    Nope, that's about the only thing that scares me a little bit. I like the looks, I like the sound, everybody that HAS played them had good things to say but the bottom line is I don't know :). BUT, my only experience I have with a 7 was an Ibanez Universe I owned briefly almost 20 years ago so I figured I'm gonna have to get to grips with a 7 anyway so I have virtually no reference to the neck anyway. It'll be all new to me so I'm not bothered by preference or preconceptions like I would with a 6. And even on a 6 I find my way around a whole scale of profiles, as long as the fretwork is impeccable. Sharp frets are pretty much the only real turn off. So if they nail that I think I'm good .
     
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    Update, fretboard cut and the inlays CNC'd

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    Isurez Skervesen Guitars

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    I will receive poplar burl delivery really soon. :) Going to pick some crazy top for this project.
     
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    Can't wait to see some!!!
     
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    Upped to a High Grade recently so really excited to see how crazy it can get. If you get in anything like this I'll soil myself : _20190212_214934.JPG
     
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    This is gonna be sick.
     
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    Isurez Skervesen Guitars

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    Gonna try my best to get something similar.
     

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