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  1. Walterson

    Walterson SS.org Regular

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    It's time for a new Build Thread... I'll go a little different way on this one and will only use domestic Woods for this build.

    Maybe some of you allready reallized: there are some new woods listed by CITES this year:

    • Dalbergia conchinchinensis (Rosewood / Thailand)
    • Dalbergia retusa (Cocobolo)
    • Dalbergia granadillo (african Blackwood)
    • Dalbergia stevensonii (Rosewood / Honduras)
    • Dalbergia spp. (Rosewood / Madagascar)
    • Diospyros spp. (Ebony / Madagascar)

    I have allways wanted to try local woods in a guitar and this gave me the final push.

    Here are the specs:

    Body: Cherrywood, chambered
    Top: Hardash or apple tree wood, not shure yet.
    Neck: 7 Piece, made from apple tree wood, maple veneers and plum tree wood
    Fretboard: plum tree wood.
    Pickups: Lace Alumitone & Deathbucker
    Hardware: ABM Singlestring Headless Tuners, ETS Headpiece
    Scale length: 26,125"

    Apple and plum tree wood are some of our most rigid domestic woods. They were used for gear wheels and large wine presses until industralization started.

    Because some of you might ask: Yes, I asked Ola and he allowed me to use his design. I would have loved to use his Hardware but it's almost twice the price of the combination mentioned above.

    On to the pictures....

    no CNC here, thats why I need a routing template:
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    wood for the body and fretboard:
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    some clamping action:
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    the result:
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    this will pop under oil....

    one of the possible tops:
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    What do you think?
     
  2. Walterson

    Walterson SS.org Regular

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    Oh, and please watch:



    This is epic! :D
     
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    CircuitalPlacidity Carnivorous Jesus

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    I like the grain on that top. Looking good so far.
     
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    I really like the fret board wood. Looks creamy.
     
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    Haha that video is cool man, are you going to go for the RAC certification with this guitar? My timber supplier has the frog, they seem to be really committed to ethical wood.

    Love the neck laminate, great way start. Nothing beats a nice veneer fillet of maple, especially alongside wenge.

    + rep for using local wood too, it's always cool to see a guitar showing off it's native wood. Australian builders seem to have really embraced their local stuff, particularly the different gum trees. If I can figure out how to export it legally, I'll hopefully do the same with some of the New Zealand hardwoods I like.
     
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    capoeiraesp Ormsby nutter

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    That top looks great!
     
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    Just like the video, this build is going to be EPIC! :D
     
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    celticelk Enflamed with prayer

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    Fantastic! In the US, domestic-wood guitars are classic for certain builds - the alder or ash Fender with a maple fretboard - but there are a lot of alternatives that have not been very well explored. My current 7-string build with Shad Peters is all hardwoods from the Great Lakes basin where I live; in fact, they're all species found in my backyard (black walnut, white oak, hickory). There are some builders in Texas and the Southwest US doing some excellent work with their local hardwoods as well. Can't wait to see how this turns out!
     
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    Nice man! Looking forward to this!
     
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    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    Always like your builds Walt.

    Also the video.

    Reminded me of something I did once.

    Except the toes part. I still have all my toes.
     
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    pondman Build Whore. Contributor

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    Very fruity , looking forward to this :yesway:
     
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    Looks amazing so far, keep us posted!
     
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    Just by looks alone, this will be the hippy guitar to end all hippy guitars. Can't wait to see how it goes!
     
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    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    Very nice! I love the idea of using local/regional woods. :yesway:
     
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    Not really.... to much effort.


    Well, I hope so.... we'll see.... :cool:


    Yeah, I call it the "Fruitberg" at the moment..... :D


    :rofl::rofl::rofl:


    New pics tomorrow.........
     
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    Got some work done, sloted and preshaped the fretboard and glued a maple veneer to the back:

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    Cleaned up the gluey mess and cut out the final shape:
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    I love veneers, can't wait to see this under oil...
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    holes for side dots drilled....
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    ....ABS rods glued in.
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    a nut slot...
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    I needed to view it again....
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    Truss rod channel routed...
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    some drilling action
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    phew... hit it.
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    and the last picture for today
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    :wavey:
     
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    Yay! Another Walterson build!
     
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    Wow, that fretboard is nice! Plum wood you say? ... hmmmmm, must do some research on local availability.

    You work is really clean looking, most impressive :yesway:
     
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    Very nice man!
     
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    hairychris Hairy Old Bloke

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    Ooh, purdy. Like it!

    And that CITES list makes me erm due to having guitars that are constructed with some of those woods... that I'm not able to confirm dates, etc. Oops.
     

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