My first 7 string build.

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    Well as the thread title says this is my first 7 string build that I have ever done. Its not finished as of yet but I will post up pics as i go along.

    So here is what I have so far.

    RG style body made with strips of black walnut,mahogany,soft maple and purpleheart.
    Neck is a warmoth (dont have fretting tools yet)
    Hipshot locking tuners and a hipshot bridge.

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    Control cover made with a strip of purpleheart.
     
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    Didn't want a plastic truss rod cover so i made one from purpleheart to match the rear control cover.

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    So here is all the pics I have of it so far. I do have all the hardware(chrome) to get it all put together but I still need to buy all of the electronics.
    Oh and it will have an oil finish.
     
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    Loving the look of the laminated body dude, it'll be great to hear the finished product. Not least because it might prove the point that the concept of tonewood is a little over hyped.
     
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    This smells of badassery... :agreed:
     
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    Fu()ing love the look of that body!!! Watching this space!!!
     
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    I take it this is not your first build you've ever done but just your first 7?
     
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    I have done refinish jobs before but this is the first ever scratch built body I have done.
     
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    I will post up progress pics as I go. I have the next 3 days off of work so I should be able to get more done on this.
     
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    looking good!
     
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    Thanks man!


    Its coming along pretty good. Got the rear cover mocked up today and the bridge mounted.
     
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    Well I had a little mishap when drilling the back of the body for the string ferrules, the drill bit grabbed a bit too much and elongated one of the holes. Now i'm not giving up on this body just yet. I have an idea where i'm going to route out that section for the ferrules and glue in a solid block of mahogany that i have to correct my opps. Hope it goes well.
     
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    ^ If that doesn't pan out, you could make a wood/aluminium/metal back plate. Can't remember what they're called/what bridge they belong to, it's the same shape as a pickup bobbin.
     
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    ^I think the Hannes uses something like that. Should work fine, though.
     
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    Judging by the first picture right at the top, you have some scrap left over from the body cut out? You should be able to make a block that slides in perfect and match the laminations of the body maybe? Worth a shot if you still have the off cut... I dont know if you have a drill press or know someone that does, but it would be a good idea to make a drill jig (30mmH x 50mmW x 300mmL) for the ferrules and clamp that in the position where you need the holes. 30mm will keep your drill bit vertical and will eliminate wandering. You can get good quality small bench drill presses off the bay pretty cheap these days and they come in handy for heaps of projects. Just make sure if you get one, get one with an adjustable tilt table as it lets you do so much more. Just make sure you clamp whatever your drilling as it can fu()ing hurts when it bites if you just freehold :lol:
     
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    I do have some scrap but I was using it for practice when I was getting the jig set up for the neck route so its pretty much useless now.
     
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    I always keep a thick gardening glove next to my press for that. It's come in really handy for drilling wider holes wheels I've had to make in using a holesaw.
     
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    Bugger...
     
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