MikeNeal's Consolidated Build Thread/Works In Progress

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  1. MikeNeal

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    Well, Since Photobucket took a turn for the worst, all my build threads have no pictures. i feel it would be too time consuming to update all the threads, so i'm just going to highlight some pictures from previous builds here, then continue on updating the current builds, and adding new ones as they come.
     
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    So I'll start with Build 1.

    This was a home depot challenge, I had never built a guitar before, so this build really suffered from inexperience.
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    The 2nd build, was the first i did with some proper templates, i fixed a lot of issues that i had with the first build.

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    Build 3 was the most challenging build i've done yet, the purpleheart gave me a ton of trouble.

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    Build 4 was the first attempt i made at a build for one of my bestfriends. It had a new body design that my friend helped me put together. this one never got fully finished as the neck was made with a small angle, so the bridge saddles had to be maxed out to be even remotely playable.

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    Build 5 was a 6 string version of the body from build 4, except this one was my first bolt on. i was really happy with how everything came together, so this became the template for the future builds

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    That brings us to the current builds,

    Build 6 is a 6 string that I'm building for myself.
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    Build 7 is the rebuild of the padauk/walnut build for buddy

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    Build 8 is a 6 string for another buddy.

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    Build 9 is going to be my first 8 string, just getting started on this one.

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    I like how your builds have refined one after another! Very interesting choices of woods also!
     
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    Thanks man. I'm hoping after this year's builds. That I've found a combination that im totally happy with.
     
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    Gotta say, I like the body shape of build 9 the best. Keep those little corners on the cutaways :hbang:
     
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    totally nicking that idea for the padauk on the neck heel, center stripe and headstock. :yesway:
     
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    Yeah man! Really looking forward to doing that build
     
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    Great to see the progress you made between builds,cant wait to see that last maple top pic pop with some finsh.
     
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    finished the rough woodworking on #7

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    i had a small screw up. usually i route the round over for the back of the body, then drill the output jack hole. I did it in the opposite order this time and the bearing on the roundover bit went into the output jack hole, routing away a small chunk of the body. luckily it looks pretty cool.

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    Use a Right angled jack and its a feature :)
     
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    applied the finish to the body and neck for #7

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    My buddy and I decided on a distressed black finish. I think I nailed it.
     
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    carved the neck, and applied oil on build #8

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    love the colors and grain on the katalox
     
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