Custom Waghorn FF7 Build thread!

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  1. Arshu123

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    Revised design + headstock with straight string pull:
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    Top A gets my vote.
     
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    Crap. Fretboards.

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    Brazilian Rosewood?
    Or...
    Jet black ebony?
    Or...
    Ziricote?

    These are my 3 options and i am genuinely clueless.
     
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    Ebony. Always ebony.
     
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    My man.
     
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    Ziricote but it depends on the piece. Any pictures? I like ebony for a more simplistic look but Ziricote is my jam and looks awesome.
     
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    Ebony. Keep the top as the focal point. Ziricote and rosewood will draw attention away from the top.
     
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    Yes i fully agree with this. Plus a nice jet black piece of indian ebony is sure to make the guitar retain its price better over the years. Also, i like the look of all blacked out hardware.
     
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    More Pictures of Top B:[​IMG]
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    I am still choosing, but the start of the build is about a week away, so...
     
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    Top B all day, every day. I always prefer big waves over tight ones.
     
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    Top A is really nice. DIdn't want to make it too easy for you... :flex:

    This - go Ebony!
     
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    Too late now, I went with top B:)
    As much as people advised against it, I love the broad figure and there is virtually no figure dropout, unlike top A which had a lot, meaning I am promised a nice Top. It has a little bit of an amber colour to it but I am not too phased as greens and blues will only become warmer looking

    For fretboards...I went with African Blackwood:fawk:

    No in all seriousness, African blackwood looks like ebony, but sounds like Brazilian rosewood, i think it will pair nicely with the Swamp Ash and 1/2" thick maple arched top (yes its a little thinner now, but we will only be leaving 1/8" of quilt on the edges so it should look similar i guess)
     
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    I have settled on a top:
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    I love it:)


    I have also changed and finalised the specs which I will write below:

    Corax Shape with pointed horns
    7 string multiscale
    25.5-26.5 scale
    Swamp Ash Body
    Neck through 5 pieces Wenge/Bubinga/Indian rosewood/Bubinga/Wenge
    5a+ Quilted maple Carve top w/ deep horn scallops
    Matching 5a quilted maple headstock cover
    African Blackwood Fretboard
    Elysian trans-black 5a+ flame maple H-H pickups w/ black pole pieces
    Gotoh 510 rear locking tuners, L5 buttons w/ matte black finish
    Hipshot hardtail multiscale bridge
    Blank fretboard with Ocean themed inlay on 11-12-13th frets
    Black surrounded blue luminlay side dots
    24 stainless steel jumbo frets
    Turquoise->blue->black colour scheme
    Gloss front, Open pore satin wings, flat satin on Neck through portion
    Ivoroid binding on body and headstock
    Highly flamed maple binding on fretboard
    Hand cut compensated white Graphtech Tusq Nut
    5a+ quilted maple control cavity cover with amber denim finish enhancing grain, held with magnets+ thumb notch
    Spoke wheel truss rod adjustment in fretboard between 20-21 frets
    5-way selector, volume with coil split, blower switch, tone knob with bypass (ala Misha Mansoor sig)

    The body and neck woods will be ordered in the next few days, I will keep you all posted:)
     
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    My inlay:

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    The concept was to make a landscape inlay that incorporated fret markers and Tom hit it out of the park. The stars will be White pearl. The moon will be white pearl but painted similar to the earth inlay that Tom also did. The water and reflections will be genuine abalone. Can you see the Gemini constellation in the 7-9 frets. I was born in may... (*hint *hint)

    Also, The final iteration of the head stock:
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    holy crap I cannot wait to see that Inlay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Gosh darn that's cool
     
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    Isn't it? It looks incredible as it is right now, but I cannot imagine how immensely breathtaking it will be on a black African Blackwood background with the super realistic painted pearl moon. If you look at the Waghorn Sauria S7 earth inlay (below) you can see the style in which he will do it. The abalone water will add some nice depth and watery colours to the water reflections and the Gemini constellation (my star sign) on the 7-9th frets couldn't be any more perfect, yet subtle. You can make out the 2 brothers holding hands, but the unconnected dots leaves it a mystery to some. My favourite thing about the whole inlay is how it picks out fret positions while staying true to the landscape and not making it look forced. Tom is truly a master at what he does and I cannot recommend him any more highly at this stage, even though the guitar is only at it's conception.[​IMG]
     
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    nice... India and Tibet at the center... cool...
     
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    Tom's work always blows me away, love seeing Waghorn builds on here!
     
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