Custom Waghorn FF7 Build thread!

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  1. Arshu123

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    Hey everybody, new to the forum here, but what better way to start then to announce my custom Waghorn guitar! For anybody who didn't know, Tom Waghorn of Waghorn guitars is a fully custom UK luthier who will do anything you want on a guitar, he even taught Dylan of Daemoness everything he knows!

    So a couple days ago I visited the worshop and put down my deposit, here are the current specs, but they are bound to change with your opinions;)


    model: custom 'Zakir' shape (new design)
    construction: Neck-Through
    range: 7 string
    dexterity: Right-Handed
    body construction: Solid (thin)
    scale: Multi-Scale: 26.65 - 25.5
    headstock shape: Misha Mansoor HT7 4x3 version slightly narrower for completely straight string pull, same length, space the tuners out slightly wider for easier access.
    neck construction: 7-piece neck: wenge/purpleheart/wenge/flamed maple/wenge/purpleheart/wenge
    other neck wood: Wenge
    secondary neck wood: Purpleheart
    tertiary neck wood: Padauk
    centre piece: Flamed maple
    body wood: Swamp ash (ultra light) Strong, straight grained (refer to pic)
    body top: 12mm mastergrade quilted maple (explosive bubble/popcorn white)
    fingerboard wood: super black rippled/flamed ebony
    number of frets: 24
    headstock face wood: Quilted maple
    carved top: Sloped carve with more aggressive horn scallops starting from neck pickup
    edge radius: Round edge of binding for comfort, same on rear
    neck reinforcement: Carbon fibre neck reinforcement
    truss rod: Spoke wheel adjust with small opening on fingerboard 22-23rd fret (parallel to frets)
    position markers: 6mm Alu Hollowpoints with 5mm Luminlay centre inlay material: Luminlay (Blue)
    side dots: Luminlay Glow-In-The-Dark with black surround compensated ala misha mansoor strandberg #5
    fret size: Jescar stainless Jumbo
    body binding: Bound Front only
    neck head binding: Bound fingerboard and headstock
    binding material: Plastic binding 3-ply ivoroid/ black pearloid/ ivoroid
    control mounting: Rear Loaded Controls
    pickup mounting: Direct Mounted
    pickup layout: H - H
    bridge pickup: Instrumental SFTY3 7 string slanted black inside poles, black spiked outside coil poles,
    neck pickup: Instrumental SFTY3 7 string slanted black inside poles, black spiked outside coil poles
    hardware finish: Black (matte)
    bridge other: ETS single bridges With piezo Inc string through ferrules (Or ABM with Graphtech Ghost)
    nut type: Graphtech Black TUSQ XL with zero fret (parallel) No fingerboard extension
    fingerboard radius: Compound 14-20r
    nut width: 46mm
    neck width at 24th: 66mm
    machineheads: Gotoh SGS510Z-MGT rear locking black chrome 4X3 L5 zinc buttons
    strap buttons: Dunlop Flush Mount strap locks (refer to pic for position)
    vol tone controls: Refer to diagram, treble bleed on vol
    output jack: Electrosocket on side, black. Pure Tone jack
    control knobs: Luminlay knobs 2x (1 to 10) MA19B-BK 1x (-5 to 5) MB19B-BK
    knob recesses: Yes slight
    electronics: Refer to list and diagram
    control covers: Quilted maple pinkish-purple to match the purple-heart, thumb notch on control cover, brass inserts and machine screws.
    shielding: Copper foil
    body finish type: Gloss Front, Flat Satin Back and sides
    body front colour: Trans colour stain with burst
    body front colour details: Thin black edge to a rich dark purple to a lapis coloured dark blue and then a clear ocean bright turqoise(more towards the blue side).
    body rear colour: Natural with warming tint
    neck/headstock finish type: Flat satin natural
    headstock face finish colour: Match body colour gloss
    logo style: Modern Logo plus Zakir in black pearl
    case: Hiscox liteflite with red velvet interior
    strings/tuning: 10-52 D'addario NYXL set with a Separate 0.64" NYXL string on the seventh (GDGCFAD)
    action: Super low

    Here is the controls configuration:



    Controls Layout:

    5 way blade switch, recessed into the body with recessed screws.

    Bank 1

    1: Bridge humbucker
    2: Bridge inside coil + neck inside coil
    3: Bridge hum bucker + neck humbucker
    4: Bridge outside coil + neck outside coil
    5: Neck humbucker.


    Bank 2

    1: Bridge inside coil
    2: Bridge humbucker + neck outside coil
    3: Bridge inside coil + neck outside coil
    4: Bridge inside coil + neck humbucker
    5: Neck outside coil.



    Recessed magnetic volume with push/pull potentiometer with capacitor (treble-bleed mod) to change 5 way switch between bank 1 and bank 2.

    Pushed down = bank 1
    Pulled up = bank 2


    Recessed EQ boost and cut with a -5 to 5 knob with push/pull to bypass and engage it.

    As it is rolled from 0 to -5 it takes out the high end as a traditional tone knob or a low-pass filter does.
    As it is rolled from 0 to 5 it takes out the low end like a high-pass filter.
    When it is at 0 it sounds like a tone knob rolled to 10.
    Pushed down = bypassed
    Pulled up = engaged


    Recessed Master piezo volume knob with push/pull to toggle between series and parallel wiring when any two (or more) coils are selected.

    Pushed down = Series
    Pulled up = Parallel


    Iron Age Momentary kill-switch (Push to Break).


    Recessed 2 way toggle switch for a Guthrie blower.

    1 = Bridge humbucking pickup, full volume, bypassed tone and nothing more
    2 = Whatever parameters have been selected



    3 way toggle, recessed into the body similarly to the music man majesty.

    1=magnetic (bypasses all piezo parameters),
    2=piezo and magnetic blend (keeps both magnetic and piezo parameters engaged),
    3=piezo (bypasses all magnetic parameters).


    So there it is guys! Super pumped for the build to start in 6 months and cannot wait to see how it turns out in a year! I am very open to any suggestions at all, so comment away at anything you would reccommend! I am currently deciding with the ETS single with their own piezo saddles and the ABM single with the Graphtech Ghost saddles, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Also, I can either get a compensated multiscale graphtech black tusq nut be handmade by Tom himself, or a stainless steel zero fret with a tusq nut behind it, let me know of your opinions! I have also drawn out a custom shape, a asymmetrical pointy superstrat, which should look killer with the master grade quilted maple carved top; If you guys express enough love for it to Tom, he said he will even add it to his website!
     
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    Sooo.... a Juggernaut? It's Waghorn so it'll be sick -- I want to see what this new shape looks like though! Any pics?
     
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    hmmm... turquoise to blue to purple to black burst... could be cool.
     
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    Yeah I got some pics of the shape! They are only rough drawings, but I thought through the control placement quite hard.

    Oh and thank you KnightBrolaire for showing me how to post a thread!
     
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    Does anybody have any other finish suggestions?

    Preferably a burst with 4 tones and any colour apart from green!

    Example pics would really help too!
     
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    Great specs, this one is going to be awesome.
     
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    Thanks so much Lorcan!

    Your guitars are absolutely awesome too!
     
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    I'm really excited to see how this turns out! I think it might be similar to what I'm going for, so I'm definitely excited. What's the new shape like? I can't actually see the pictures..
     
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    I will try again.
     
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    Here are the images! Just open them in a new tab!
     
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    so for the finish, it'd be something along the likes of this, but darker, right?
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    Also your links don't work. try photobucket or tinypic.
     
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    I was thinking something like that, yes. However it would more be a bright blue with a splash of green rather than turquoise. The rest of the colours are pretty much spot on, except from the darkness of the blue and the purple.

    I will try photobucket.
     
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    Just type in

    Waghorn custom FF7!

    Exactly on Google and the pics should be the second result to come up
     
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    My 2 cents: if like Gotoh, forget the thunbwheel and take the Magnum Lock. Muuuch better...
     
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    Really?

    I have heard so many complaints about the Magnum lock, But none on the thumbwheel. I also tried the SGL510Z at the workshop and it was absolutely incredible, far better than the Schaller M6 and the Planet waves auto trim.

    What makes you recommend the magnum lock?
     
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    I've had it on multiple guitars and it's a brilliant system. The thumbwheel also brings more weight to the headstock. I honestly don't see how anyone could prefer the wheel...
     
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    how much longer are string changes?
     
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    Your finish kind of reminds me of mine. A lighter version of it, more extreme maybe?
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    Good luck with the wait! Seems like you went all out with these specs; the great thing with custom builders is that they will cater to your incredibly specific wishes if that's what you need. I personally wanted something more polyvalent so that I'd use it more often. But my #2 (placed the deposit a few weeks ago) will be much more specific!

    Interesting choice of fingerboard radius, why 14-20 specifically?
     
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