jwade build #5: 6 string baritone, Parker/Vik/Schecter-y

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  1. jwade

    jwade Doooooooooom

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    Due to a mistake I made while routing the headstock shape for my Iceman build, I was forced to repurpose the neck to go with something else. Since the neck ended up being more narrow at the nut than I'd wanted for a 7 string, this project has to be a 6 string.

    Specs:

    27" 6 string
    4 piece wenge neck
    ebony fingerboard (macassar or mun, unsure)
    MOP dot inlays
    curly maple headstock plate
    3+3 hs config
    swamp ash body
    1 humbucker, bridge.
    1 volume knob

    I had bought a piece of swamp ash for dirt cheap, very narrow piece, slightly crooked, so they sold it to me at a steep discount. This body blank cost me $25.

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    Since it was very narrow, I had to cut off a few small pieces to glue on multiple areas to be wide enough for the shape I went with. I had initially planned to do something like the newer Parker shape, or Vik's Duality shape, but I changed the upper horn a bit after seeing a particularly nice Schecter Avenger. Someone pointed out to me that the shape is quite close to Vik's Saviour line, but that was unintentional.

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    so here's where I'm at:

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    The neck is ready for frets, and final shaping of the profile (based on my SG from the early 90s). The plan for the body is to make a pickguard shape out of some curly maple I have leftover from the top from another build, stain the pickguard piece and the headstock to match each other, and use oil for the swamp ash.
     
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    KR250 SS.org Regular

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    27" 6 string, I like it! What tuning are you planning, C standard?
     
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    jwade Doooooooooom

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    B/dropped A most likely, but I change tunings constantly. My baritone LP regularly goes back and forth all the way from C# standard down to F, sometimes D1.
     
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    frsncisko scrottomhousser SS.org Regular

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    quick question how did you get the plans for this guitar or did you raw dog it so to speak
     
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    Now that is a great design! Original, functional and aesthetically pleasing - colour me impressed!
     
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    The body shape came from a file made by turenkodenis, he did a Vik Duality drawing which I initially planned to use, but I altered it a bit. I changed the horns and after making an mdf template, I sanded down the waist and tweaked things overall a bit.

    I know it's not the most unique shape, but I dig it. A friend has expressed interest in having an 8 string made with this body shape, so that's cool.

    Also, I haven't done much work on any of my builds all year, as I've been working doing renos and such, and just haven't had time. I will get around to finishing this, the Iceman, and the 8 string I have on the go!
     
  7. Mr_Mar10

    Mr_Mar10 *space for hire*

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    Nice :D was denis’ template in the templates thread? Gotta make an avenger type shape one
     
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    His drawing wasn't even vaguely similar to an Avenger. You can probably message him and ask if he's still making drawings, or if he already has an avenger done.
     
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    jwade Doooooooooom

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    Minor update, dug this out of the garage and sat down today to sketch out a pickguard design. I'm very partial towards a Fender pickguard design I associate with Merle Haggards Teles, so much so that I unintentionally copied it when I built my Tele copy :lol:
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    Anyways, this is taking the design and stretching it out a bit.

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    HaMMerHeD Bass Player in Exile

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    I really like that.
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Perfect!
     
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    This is all sorts of nice \m/
     
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    A long upper horn works great on baritones and provides a better strap balance; it counters the neck dive problem associated with longer baritone necks.

    (A baritone ESP/LTD viper must be hell in that respect!)

    For paint inspiration maybe have a look at the Gibson Voodoo line... I always felt it was great what they did with the swamp ash in that line.
     
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    My hope is to achieve a nice oiled finish, looking much like this:

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    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    Also, Avenger > Savior :)
     
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    I like the ash combo with that fret wood
     
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    The neck is fretted, and I've got a couple options mocked up for the pickguard:
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    Love the 'Venger-ish body and the wooden pick-guard.
     

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