Technology4Musicians Official Thread

Discussion in 'Dealers & Group Buys' started by Technology4Musicians, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Technology4Musicians

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    Let's start from the beginning: why a headless?

    I've always liked the small and confortable bodies of guitars like Kramer Baretta, Washburn Steve Stevens and Nuno Bettencourt, and definitely Music Man.

    To have a small body the bridge should be positioned as close as possible at the end of the body.
    Consequently it must have a small headstock not to unbalance the design.

    In a headless guitar the bridge is placed at the end of the body to be able to easily access to the intonation adjustment, and there's not the headstock.
    It's definitely what I wanted.

    I've never too much been interested in the egonomic design guitars.
    A guitar should be confortable to play (I've had a Jackson Randy Rhoads and I know what it means playing an unconfortable guitar) but it should be also nice, otherwise we would all have a Klein.

    Design a guitar trying to make an original design is something very difficult.
    After making some aluminum Steinberger GL replica I decided to try to realize a new original guitar, this time entirely made of wood.

    I decided to create an asymmetrical design, a carved top, and protuding carved areas which I have always liked in Parker guitars.

    I start from two different design: a single cut and a double cut which share the lower part of the body.

    This is the double cut one:

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    From this I derive the headless version:

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    It took me about a year to get to this first prototype guitar.

    I had two blanks of Italian wood for the body: a smooth poplar and a flamed poplar. I split them so you get two guitars with figured top.

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    Once glued them I cut out the body.

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    For the neck I used a piece of an old balcan flamed maple that my brother left from a cello build and rosewood for the fingerboard.

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    Here is the the frets' slots cutted. I used a compound radius 12"-16".

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    Before start to shape the neck I build my own single action truss rod.

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    Neck shaped

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    Truss rod installed

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    Fretboard glued

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    Welcome to the forum and wow, what a way to start!

    Am loving this. :)
     
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    After I had cutted out the body I drawn directly on the wood the curves which will be drawn to CAD.

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    Here began the hardest and longest part of the job...

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    This was the result

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    great job so far! :)
     
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    I decided to paint it in tobacco sunburst to hide the small hole appeared on the top of the body.

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    I decided to make a binding on relief carvings.

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    Very cool
    Subscribed!
     
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    Regarding the hardware the choice is:

    - T4M (H)S Bridge in Chrome finish
    - custom T4M (H)Nuts (I must still chrome plated it)
    - Seymour Duncan JB at the bridge
    - Seymour Duncan Jazz at the neck
    - 3 way toggle switch
    - T4M volume knob
    - neutrick secure jack (although still not sure whether to use a traditional jack)

    I started to mount the hardware to see if there are changes to make

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    Holy crap dude, that's awesome! I probably would have left the raised carves painted, but otherwise I'm 100% liking this!
     
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    Demiurge Intrepid Jackass

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    Holy hell- awesome work!
     
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    Hallic Got T.I.N.G?

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    that's looks simply magnificent! really like how the colours turned out.
    and that body desing, just overall beatifull
     
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    how do you adjust the height on those individual pieces?
     
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    Man I love the tobacco finish on this.
     
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    patata 7 heaven

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    Allan Holdsworth esque vibe.
    FUSION THE FVCK OUT OF IT!
     
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    love it
    cool design!!!
     
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    Syriel owns a .strandberg*

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    Wow. If you guys offer this in Multi-scale & Extended Range, I know a lot of people in this forums will be happy.

    I kinda think this should be in the Dealer section though? You guys (T4M) are a company.
     
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    Multi-scale & 7-8 strings guitars are in our future plans.

    I posted in liuthery section 'cause this is a prototype. I thought to open a new thread once finished this prototype and decided how to manage the production of next guitars.

    However, if this is the most correct section it's ok for me.
     
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    With this special tool you can adjust the strings' height even when they're mounted without having to loose them.

    @Moderators: if you think this thread should be in this section, could you rename it in "Technology4Musicians Official Thread" please? Thanks.
     
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    Beautiful. I dig the binding, gives a nice accent to the design.

    You may still be able to edit the title yourself at this point by editing the first post. Not sure how long edit permissions last on thread starters, but I think it's at least a couple of days.
     
  20. Technology4Musicians

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    Finally I've finished it.



    Here are some pics. I'll post some better pics as soon as I can.



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    Here is a comparrison with my MusicMan Axis. My purpose was to build a compact guitar. I think I have reached my goal. I'm really satisfied.



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    There some details which I think I'll change in my next build. I'm evaluating to stretch the lower horn in order to give a better grip when you play it sitting down.

    Also the jack will be probably repositioned. A straight jack could annoy if you play sitting down in classical way. No problem instead with L jacks.
     

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