Knightro pioneer 8 build thread

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  1. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    Yup, I ordered another Knightro. The tele gas was too much.
    specs are:
    8 strings
    26.5-28" scale/parallel fret at 8th fret (same as my exploder)
    sapele body
    ry'leh super secret top (originally going to be a wenge top, but found something cooler)
    wenge/sapele neck
    hipshot tuners/bridge
    elysian modern wind pickups
    3 way toggle with push pull volume and tone for coil tap

    Mockups:
    Andrew asked me if I wanted more of an M8M inspired look, which I'm not a fan of (I love having a neck pickup)
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    I was playing around with the idea of getting another black beauty guitar but getting parts for the pickups would have been harder (nobody makes gold magnet slugs and painting them doesn't work very well :(
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    I wanted a pickguard since it's a tele and this is the shape Andrew originally drew
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    The same pickguard but in white
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    The pickguard I pitched to Andrew
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    White pickguard
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    A carbon fiber version with gold screws
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    Some of the wenge for the neck
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    Neck blank
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    The sapele body being routed/cleaned up
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    Mr_Mar10 SS.org Regular

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    Firstly omg

    All black with white pickguard imo :hbang:
    Like. It's got hints of the jetsons like 2 guitars I love (burns jet sonic & fender Venus)
    If it turns out as good as the explorer this could be filth
     
  3. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    Yeah I really liked the way the pickguard looks but once you see the top you'll see why I don't want a pickguard anymore. It's ridiculously figured and it'd be criminal to put a pickguard (unless it was a clear one) over it.
     
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    gujukal SS.org Regular

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    Did you make this in AutoCAD or what software? Design is sweet btw, very Meshuggaish.
     
  5. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    I didn't make it, @KnightroExpress did. This isn't going to be an m8m inspired guitar, even though I contemplated it for a bit.
     
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    Carbon fiber with Gold screws gets my vote.
     
  7. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    The final mockup
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    the top and then pics showing the top glued onto the body.
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    MoonJelly brainless and deadly Contributor

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    You've got me curious about the top... thinking of mallee, jarrah, all the unusual stuff :monkey:


    EDIT: oh wait it's Ziricote. :yesway:
     
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    ElysianGuitars Vendor

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    You're going to put my future kid through college at this pace :lol: Gonna be another killer build.
     
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    electriceye SS.org Regular

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    Is that a claro walnut top? Regardless, it's gorgeous!
     
  11. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    ziricote
     
  12. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    hey what can I say, I like the modern wind pickups :p
     
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    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    :monkey: :shred: looking fiiiiine already
     
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    This is pure class. Not that I expect anything else from Andrew. Ziricote is my ultimate tonewood these days as well, so I'm jealous of that top you've got there!
     
  16. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    oh yeah it's a ridiculous top. It was the first one he showed me and I had to have it. ziricote is one of the coolest woods out there imo
     
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    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    fretboard showed up today.
     
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    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    that is looking awesome...

    what color hardware did you finally decide on?
     
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    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    yeah it's gonna be killer.
    decided to go with black hardware.
     
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    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    Fretboard is slotted but not glued, neck is taking shape. Andrew said the truss rod/cf rods/frets should be installed next week.
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