Only 6 strings, my third project.

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  1. elderico

    elderico SS.org Regular

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    K3 PROJECT: FOREST BERSERKER:
    Fist of all, let me exuse for my english i use web translators and my few knowledge of that language. Hope that we can understand on my first thread.


    I introduce my most ambitious project. If in the previous two pretended develop certain stages of the process (construction of a body, assembly, finishing and settings) on this I intend to combine all the acquired knowledge and make it from zero with some personal modifications.


    I have over 300 photos so I will try to summarize.


    It all started during the month of March 2011 when a friend told me that he was working in a wood warehouse (thanks Peter). So we went to a visit. At times, he said, that business had been quite important
    However, I found a treasure in a small annex warehouse:


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    Wengué neck and two pieces of Bubinga.​


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    With a few precious veins.​


    As they were so heavy woods i need a design wich.i can carve to lighten the guitar. And then between my archives i found the definitive one: ESP-Forest.
    This is my tribute​


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    The guitar has 21 frets, but I wanted 24 so i took the necessary measures, the scale length and pickups placement and added the three missing frets.
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    I'm going to make “her” neck-through and to take advantage of the grain of the Wenge, giving stability and increase the difficulty: laminated with Maple.​


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    Ebony fretboard and natural Abalone inlay​




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    The templates and mockups​


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    Cutting​




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    Gluing and leveling the neck,​


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    Now comes another new process, scarf-joint for the angle of the headstock to 17 degrees...​


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    Sand progress and gluing​


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    Now it takes some few wood for the headstock final shape​


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    Y empieza el trabajo fino con el diapasón, la linea central y el trapecio que será definitivo. En trabajos posteriores cortaré el trapecio cuando ya le haya dado el radio (consejo de mi maestro Frasco)


    And it starts fine work with the fingerboard, the central line and the Trapeze. In later works i will cut the Trapeze when radius has already given.


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    I download a StewMac template of frets, and check it with my Yamaha, although the optical effect they are good.​


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    24 frets!​


    My diy jig for cutting fretslots​


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    I routed trussrod channel and the headstock shape​


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  2. elderico

    elderico SS.org Regular

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    And more pics.


    I am presenting the pre-sloted fretboard, on the left are the templates of the frontal and side of the neck.
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    Some titebond


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    Then i used the router and the templates to give the shape




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    And the next modification, the fingerboard as an acoustic style




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    Then the radius, 14´ as Wilkingson Roller Brass bridge




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    another two maple sheets




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    And testing templates on the wings, already is looking like something...




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    And with this diy jig i prepare to make the inlays, which is another of those processes that had not ever done, an unconventional layout.


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    Epoxi with ebony dust...
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    Sanded


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    Now fretting


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    Next, the neck. I fixed a depth curve


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    And then with a rasp...


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    And in a short time I have something like that
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    ¡¡Level Up!!
     
  3. Thrashmanzac

    Thrashmanzac plays in 69/42

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    awesome work mate! keep it up :)
     
  4. SanekN

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    Really awesome clean work, man! :yesway:
     
  5. elderico

    elderico SS.org Regular

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    You´re welcome Thrash, the project is already finished and that´s what is next:




    Now she should be flying: The Bubinga wings


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    I have enough for the two wings with a single piece of wood​




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    Carving, pickups, electronics, bridge...​




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    Leveling frets and re-crowning​




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    Detail ​




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    I´m going to finish in nitro...​




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    After dryed and polishing​




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    Specs:​

    Neckthrough construction
    Neck:5 pieces Laminated (Wengue,maple,wegue,maple,wengue)
    Single action selfmade trussrod
    Body: Bubinga wings.
    Pickups: GFS crunchy rails (neck & bridge ) high output :hbang:
    Electronics: CTS pots and orange drop condenser
    Bridge: Wilkinson Roller-brass
    String trhough body​


    Thank you for your time, now i´m very motivated to start my first 7 string.
    See ya soon :wavey:


    PD.

    Question: Could i paste a vimeo vid? And how?
     
  6. Stompmeister

    Stompmeister SS.org Regular

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    Holy shit. :eek:

    Amazing build my man! How long did it take?
     
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    spilla SS.org Regular

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    Great work on the inlays and damn that carving/shaping looks good. Very nice!
     
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    WOW. All these sweet builds inspire me to try my own. However I lack certain carpentry skills
     
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    Alberto7 ΩGJ :3

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    Impecable trabajo! Love it!
     
  10. scherzo1928

    scherzo1928 has wood for you

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    Awesome awesome job man. Hope to see some original designs soon as well.

    De nuevo, bienvenido al foro.

    fwiw I had never even cut a board in 2 before starting my first build.
     
  11. elderico

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    Wow, good job, man. Very nice work
     
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    Damn I love when people post the whole process so I don't have to wait haha!

    Very awesome guitar!

    The body reminds me of an ESP Antelope and I think those are so gorgeous!
     
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    Looks beautiful mate!
     
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    Beautif build! I love the inlays and the way the body shape works with the wood choices. Excellent work!
     
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    elderico SS.org Regular

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    Thank you Stomp, it takes about 5 months only working in the afternoons...

    BlackMastodon, it´s a honor, thank you for your comment.
     
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