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Discussion in 'Extended Range Guitars' started by M3CHK1LLA, Dec 4, 2012.
It's coming along great, dude!
Thats looking sick man, quite the different update than usual mods! Congrats on the effort so far man.
Bye bye frets. I think the neck feels a little thin for my hand, so I've planed of all but about 3 mm of rosewood. Maple board going on top, and super jumbo steel frets are in the mail.
... so you're going for a fretless one? Nice!... it's a first in this thread I guess. Please keep us posted!
Nah, not fretless, but the rosewood I left on it will just be a veneer under the maple fretboard...or oak fretboard, haven't decided yet. I have some SS frets coming in the mail that'll be installed on the neck.
Baaah, no good... just kidding. Then you are into replacing the fretboard with a maple/oak one and SS frets? Again, please keep us posted...
Yeah, call me what you want, but I think rosewood looks weird on a fretboard. I like maple the best, so that's likely going to be what it gets. I left the little bit of rosewood left on the neck to thicken it a bit as well, as I think the RG8 neck is too thin and flat for my taste. Adding 1/4+ of another wood on top of it will help beef it up a bit.
I also tossed around the idea of refretting with a slight fan 27"-28", but I want to keep the expenses down since it was crazy cheap to begin with. So big 'ol steel frets are what I'm doing on this one. I'm thinking of maybe wrapping the neck in carbon fiber. I've done it on one other build and it's a cool look, also satin finish over carbon fiber feels like sex.
If the weather holds out it'll be done before long. I'm about to go back to a set schedule at my day job and I'm psyched to have more daylight hours at home
This thread is dope. Good work all around! Did you score a nice piece of maple for the fretboard, or are you going to buy one premade? I think birdseye maple looks the best on fretboards.. Just saying!
It's just some hard maple stock I have lying around. It has a subtle flame to it but no birds eyes.
That will look sick all the same! That neck blank next to your RG neck looks like one I made, but mine is 7 ply I missed most of this thread, but do you build guitars from scratch as well?
Yep. That one will be another 8, debating on fanned frets for it. It's long enough I could get away with a straight 30" scale though...it may end up a Meshuggah homage instead.
That's pretty fresh man. I'm still working on my first home built attempt. I got the neck blank thing down pretty good, which is probably for the best as I'll end up making a few before I get shaping down! I just got a rigid 13" planer, so I'll be making some more soon! Cool stuff sir!
Pretty thick maple blank going on. You can never have enough clamps for this job
Not pictured: I installed tee nuts underneath the fretboard, so this will be a legit bolt-on neck now. And through some freak accident, I made yet another 8-string neck blank, seen at the bottom of the frame.
why didn't you protect the back of the neck for that clamping job? didn't all those clamps scratch the neck's back surface?
they did lightly mar the back of the neck, yes. I'm not too concerned at this point--the neck will go through a pretty involved finish process, even if I don't do the carbon fiber skin like I had mentioned earlier.
Ok, had to ask
Pretty awesome! I'm loving this thread.. I missed the first 135 pages of it
I'm excited to see how your maple fretboard comes together!
So close to being done, I ordered some PRS Amber Lampshade Knobs to complete it.
^ looks great!
Thanks, it plays great too. Excuse the mess as we rearrange our office spaces, have some sloppy playing through various pickups: