Unicut Guitars Custom 8 String Build Thread

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by RubenBernges, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. RubenBernges

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    I've been a lurker ever since I became interested in extended range guitars, so I thought it would be nice to introduce myself by posting pics of my custom 8 string guitar that is currently being built by Florian Lüttke from Unicut Guitars. I wanted a guitar I could use for virtually any style of music despite it being an 8 string and I dislike black guitars and active pickups anyway, which left me with no options except Agile, but I didn't want to order from Rondo because of their lack of warranty for international buyers.

    That's why I saved up and specced my dream guitar and also my first 8 string:

    Scale length: 27 inches, 24 frets + zero fret
    Body: RG style ash body
    Neck: seven piece maple/walnut
    Fretboard: maple, compound radius 16"-20"
    Pickups: 2 passive Häussel humbuckers with split-coil option via 2 push-pull volume potis
    Hardware: ETS custom bridge as suggested by Florian and Schaller M6 mini tuners

    String spacing is slightly more narrow compared to the Ibanez 8 strings, nut width is 54 mm

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    The wood for the guitar, except for the walnut stripes. I was originally going for a swamp ash body, but Florian had a one piece body blank and a two piece body blank of ash that's been air-dried for 30 years in his stock. I chose the two piece because this guitar is supposed to last all eternity and I thought the figuring was rather interesting.

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    The body next to the neck blank, there's a thin stripe of rosewood in the middle

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    Detail shot of the headstock, it's got a nice ash veneer in order to match the body

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    The body + the neck with the fretboard on it - I just love how pronounced the grain of the maple is

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    The most recent one, showing the custom ETS 8 string bridge, which is looking pretty awesome in my opinion, and the ebony knobs I asked for. They're looking even better than I expected!
    The Häussels are going to arrive in about a week and Florian says he's going to be finished in about a month. The build was started in April, so everything went smoothly and fast. On top of that, it's costing me around as much as a new RG2228 in Europe.

    Concerning the natural finish, this is what's planned for the body and the headstock: http://www.conklinguitars.com/custo...String_Bass_Swamp_Ash_Black_Stain_3_large.jpg

    That's it for my introduction. I am glad to be part of the biggest community for ERG guitars on the web.
     
  2. BlackMastodon

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    Welcome to SSO and congrats on your first custom 8! That bridge looks very comfortable. It's really awesome that you are getting a custom guitar for the price of the Ibanez 8, and that finish is gonna be amazing!
     
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    Necris Bonitis.

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    This is going to turn out to be gorgeous.
     
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    scherzo1928 has wood for you

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    Ok, I need a bridge like that...
     
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    Really good... and that bridge 10+
     
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    adrock long ball larry!

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    :agreed:
     
  7. theo

    theo Got Hype(machine)?

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    Can't wait for updates! :)
     
  8. RubenBernges

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    Not really an update, but all of you seem to be interested in the bridge and I've still got a closeup, so I figured you might want to see that as well

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    In my opinion it's definitely much nicer looking than a Hipshot.
     
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    That is going to be amazing when it gets all finished.
     
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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    I agree with you, hipshot guitar bridges (at least the saddle on plate style) look inherently cheap. I know they are good ,but I like the look of these, which is closer to the bass bridges they make.
     
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    really nice bridge!
     
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    more love for that bridge right here
     
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    noizfx Behold the ONI!

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    Really liking the bridge there... if I knew about that one earlier...

    Oh well, I'm getting a fan-fretted guitar now, so I wouldn't need that bridge anymore, but still good to know! Maybe one day I'll wait to get a fixed scale 8, who knows?
     
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    Bridge looks nice but no string through no care :D

    Interested to see where this build goes though :hbang:
     
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    Mini Update:

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    Got a flight case for the guitar. Fits nicely :yesway:

    Flo made the body about 1 cm wider than that of a RG2228, so the proportions are closer to a regular six string. It's also taking care of possible neck dive issues along with the upper horn that has been made longer and the small headstock with non-locking tuners and light-weight ebony tuning pegs.

    Right now I'm on the fence about getting an arm bevel or not. I don't like Ibanez-style bevels because they are too extreme for my liking, so my initial plan was to leave the body completely flat, however I might go with a more subtle Fender-style bevel.

    That bridge can be bought either way actually, there's at least one six string Flo built with it in a string-through configuration.

    It's going to be awesome :hbang: unfortunately, there'll be no updates from now un until the häussels arive though
     
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    Proper Update: Got new pics!

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    The back

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    Awesome neckjoint + almost finished neck
     
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    That Bridge is Godlike, is it the Tuning fork or the Transmissions? Liking the build thus far anyways, and liking the sound of those Häussels :agreed:

    Moar updates! :D
     
  18. RubenBernges

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    It's the regular tuning fork.

    I'm excited about the Häussels as well! Hoping for some great all around pickups.

    Right now it's to think about the placement of the potis and the toggle. The great thing about having a custom instrument built is that you can spend literally days contemplating minor stuff instead of doing things you ought to.
     
  19. celticelk

    celticelk Enflamed with prayer

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    Except for the part where the instrument doesn't get built until you make a decision. =)
     
  20. RubenBernges

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    Well, I got one new pic today, the back of the headstock:

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