NGD! Not quite an average 7 string.

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by scherzo1928, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. scherzo1928

    scherzo1928 has wood for you

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    Well, as promised a week ago, my 3rd build is finished!

    I know you didn't follow the build, but here it is:
    http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/luthiery-modifications-customizations/148167-make-stop.html

    SPECS!

    # of strings: 7... 7 Nylon strings
    Scale length: Multiscale, 636mm-666mm, which is close (ish) to 25"-26.25
    neck: 7 piece flamed maple/walnut neckthrough... no trussrod, 15┬░Headstock angle
    Body wood: mahogany wings
    Top wood: Flamed maple
    Fingerboard: Pau ferro
    FB radius: 20"
    # of frets: 23... because I felt like 23 + zero fret
    Bridge: Rosewood bridge with graphtech ghost saddles
    electronics: graphtech acoustiphonic preamp, 1 volume.
    Binding: Natural binding
    nut: honeybadger claw
    Hella chambered


    I apologize for the pics, they are horrible, but I finished it quite late, and there is no decent lightning. I'll upload better ones tomorrow (late today actually since it's monday already)

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    First of all, the guitar isn't exactly finished. I still need to do some things, but I put it all together for testing. I still need to make a control cavity cover, and a nut, as well as some cosmetic things. The strings are being kept in place just by the correct placement of the tuners, which make the strings keep straight after the nut.

    I have a hard time explaining this guitar to friends who came by and saw it being built. "Yeah, it's a 7 string solid body but chambered fan fretted nylon string guitar". Do I care that it's hard to explain? Nope, soon as I plugged it in I knew all the effort had payed off.

    The good:
    1.- The fanned frets! I'm sold, multiscale instruments is where it's at. It's som comfortable to play that I'm not making or buying a 25.5" (I'm also loving the 27.5" atm) scale axe ever again, unless it's something extremely special.

    2.- The idea works! This came to be as an excercise and an experiment. I mean, I could have just built a normal guitar, but NOOOO. I had to build a chambered, trussrodless neckthrough for nylon strings, using saddles and tuners made for steel strings.

    3.- Graphtech saddles and preamp. They sound perfect. I need to add a splash of reverb, but other than that, no EQ, or effects are needed. They ley through the actual sound of the guitar very well. They even overdrive nicely. It sounds very very crisp, but never harsh, and the high strings have a very pleasant sweetness to them, which I imagine is partly due to the smaller scale.
    4.- The neck! It's as thick as possible, and I absolutely love it. 25.5mm at the first fret and 26mm at the 12th, with a very flat back.

    The bad:

    One of the ghost saddles (low E) isn't working. Seems like I will need a replacement.

    The flamed maple I bought for the top... Holy crap did it cause me trouble. The figure is very inconsistent, and it has some strange staining. It was also cut by monkeys, and was warped when I received it... Never buying from that guy again.

    And that's about it. I'm just getting to know this guitar, but I already know it's going to be hard putting it down for quite a while. It's just ridiculosly fun to mess with.
     
  2. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    Holy shit, dude. That's fantastic, and... dare I say... marketable?
     
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    I think the stain looks great
     
  4. Churchie777

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    That is a crazy mixture! the finish is beautiful in the right light, Good work
     
  5. caskettheclown

    caskettheclown Sexytime!

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    Mass produce it NAO cause I want one :)

    Thats very original, i'd never get rid of it. It looks beautiful. How does it sound though?
     
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    rythmic_pulses Schmuck

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    Scherzo you really need to get these things on the market, you have some real skill, I have seen the other 2 guitars you made and they are fantastic, I am guessing this one is like a solidish bodied, nylon stringed, electro acoustic? if that makes sense.
     
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    JPMike Totally Random

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    Actually, that top is magnificent!!
     
  8. scherzo1928

    scherzo1928 has wood for you

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    Thanks man. Don't know if I'm up for selling these. I build stuff for fun, and I think the design needs a bit of tweeking still. I might experiment with other construction methods and shapes for this concept though.

    Wooo, glad you don't think it looks like ass.

    It most certainly is. Can't say I've ever seen something similar.

    Sounds pretty damn good. Like I said, add a bit of reverb, and it's great! And no, I'm never getting rid of it, however I might rebuild it in some other way... maybe.

    Thanks man, I love those 2 other axes to death. I might be making 1 or 2 for a friend and for a teacher, but other than that, nope. And yep, it's a solidbody, but it's chambered... like this:

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    Glad someone liked it, because I'm still undecided about it.
     
  9. ShadyDavey

    ShadyDavey 7ibrarian

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    Stunning.

    Absolutely staggering work - my favourite nylon string to date :)
     
  10. IB-studjent-

    IB-studjent- SS.org Regular

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    honeybadger claw is win :yesway:
     
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    Incredible guitar. Followed the build thread religiously because I thought it was such a cool idea. Turned out amazing.
     
  12. Swyse

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    I've always wondered with fanned frets, if you bend a string does it sound weird on certain frets because of the angle as the fret goes, like does the pitch not rise because the fret is moving "backwards"? Anywho, It is a fascinating concept. Definitely want to see more pics. I think the finish turned out amazing, but I'm 2000 miles away and its kind of hard to tell from here.
     
  13. SilenceIsACrime

    SilenceIsACrime Indeed.

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    Firstly - I think the finish looks damn cool! It almost looks like there is a silhouette of an acoustic guitar.... as though one is trying to escape! ;)

    Second - really awesome concept and amazing construction. Want video clips!
     
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    i agree, you've got some fantastic skill at this. it looks great.

    i wouldn't even have noticed there was something wrong with the top unless you had said something; i think it looks really great
     
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    That guitar isnt "me" at all ... Its awesome! :yesway:
     
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    That thing is ridiculous awesome
     
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    rythmic_pulses Schmuck

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    I have never seen anything like this before! :eek:

    Dude this is some new stuff to me, looks like an alien hive!
    did you string it with all nylon strings or just the thinnest of them?
     
  18. scherzo1928

    scherzo1928 has wood for you

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    A few mor pics!!

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    Groupshot of my 3 builds:
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    JamesM The Armada

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    Clips. Of all the guitars. Video. Nao.
     
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    orakle djentleman

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    damn that's innovative :D
     

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