New Axe in the Making... (7 String Baritone Explorer Content)

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  1. Konfyouzd

    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master Contributor

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    Well...

    Some of you may have seen my 27" conversion neck thread for my RG7620. I was thoroughly pleased with the neck despite some minor complications we ran into in the middle of the build and decided I wanted a full axe this time.

    Before I continue babbling, here's the mockup...

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    Yes... I know the color scheme is loud as hell. I wouldn't have it any other way. :lol:

    Now on to the specs...

    -5pc Maple/Wenge neckthru
    -27" scale
    -27 frets
    -Mahogany wings with quilted maple cap (wings only)
    -Birdseye maple fretboard
    -Ibanez Lo Pro Edge 7
    -Sperzel Locking Tuners
    -H/S config (Blaze Custom/Blaze Single) w/ two-way toggle and momentary killswitch
    -Jem style input jack along the rear edge of the body
    -Orange top with natural bevels and back

    I just got an email from the guy building this the other day... Here are the supplies... :hbang:

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    My top...

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    Wet top...

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    Neck blank pieces...

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    The neck blank is now ready for shaping... :D

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    I'll keep this bad boy updated as regularly as I can. I'm very excited to see how this one turns out!
     
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    leandroab Stay Negative™

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    That's going to be one sexy guitar dude...
     
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    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master Contributor

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    I know, I can't wait!

    In his last email he said he'd be shaping the neck as far as possible before working on the body so it may be a little while before there are updates on the body.
     
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    Whos doing the work?
     
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    ralphy1976 1 less ERGNESS

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    are you building everything in your new flat? that's ballsy man!!!
     
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    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master Contributor

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    I'm not building it. DJohns74 is. He's also the one that built my conversion neck for my 7620.
     
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    :wavey:

    I've actually got a lot of updates on the neck that I've neglected to send so far as it's been a bit of a hell week. That being said, everything is going rather smoothly so far. I can only hope that the finished product lives up to the promise of the design! :)
     
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    Can't wait to see it done!
     
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    scherzo1928 has wood for you

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    Oh yes! I like where this is going!
     
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    iRaiseTheDead Ashes Of Rebirth

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    Whoa. Bright as hell man. Hope the finished product is that vibrant. I'm really diggin' the explorer idea! :)
     
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    This is a build of win.
     
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    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    You stick that wood together, Kj >:D
     
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    I love me some clamp action.
     
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    So... I received a zip file last night w/ about 50 pics in it...

    I'm going to slowly be adding them... :lol:

    FYI - I'm probably NOT going to be posting all 50 of them. I feel like that might draw some attention from the mod/admin level... :lol:
     
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    Rough neck profile...

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    I believe this is where he's about to cut the scarf joint...

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    Gluing the ears onto the headstock...

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    Ears attached!

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    Let's put a top on that headstock, eh?

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    Rough heel

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    Truss rod...

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    Probably gonna need a fingerboard too, eh?

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    Got a finger board and some rough shaping of the neck/headstock...

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    I know you're like me and probably dying to see this with at least a body template, right? Well, son... You will not be disappoint...

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    It's late in the thread for a 56k joke, but I'm pretty sure 56k hates me as much as I hate it right now. :lol:
     
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    That's a Kelly, not an explorer! ;P
     
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    I didn't know if Jackson trademarked the Kelly name and I really don't want to get anyone in trouble. :lol:
     
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    I also added the radius (430mm to match the Edge7) to the fingerboard last night and began the process of shaping the back of the neck. :yesway:

    Frankly, my new oscillating belt/spindle sander is just about the coolest tool ever. I bought it on Monday and have already used it to smooth out the portion of the neck that will be visible along the back of the body, create the rough heel shown above, partially smooth out the area behind the headstock, take the neck down to near its final width and get the neck shaping started by sanding each end of the cut to an appropriate depth (pictures of this to come later).

    I believe this form of sanding is ultimately going to replace my router for a lot of final shaping operations, which is good since I've had some minor issues shaping with the router in the past and don't really need the stress of worrying that at some random point, the router is going to just decide to tear a giant chunk of wood out of the instrument. Both methods create a gigantic mess of either shavings or sawdust or both, but there's really not much that can be done about that. I'm far past the point of being terribly concerned about how much of a mess building guitars is making out of my basement really. :lol:

    If anyone has any questions about the build process, I'd be happy to share my (possibly odd) methods in more detail. :)
     

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