YJGB homebuild 7 string first build

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  1. The Spanish Inquisition

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    Hey all, I thought I'd already start this up and get a few tips before starting this. I'll sum up my specs:

    Swamp ash body
    5p wenge/maple neck with an ash headstock veneer
    27" scale ebony fretboard with 24 medium jumbo frets with a half scallop from the 12th fret
    Bolt-on construction
    Gotoh SGS-510 4+3 tuners
    ABM 3250/7 bridge
    Pickups still not sure, but probably DiMarzio DropSonic7/Liquifire7
    1 volume (Seymour Duncan Liberator volume) + 3 way blade switch
    Chrome hardware

    If you guys have any tips on how to start my first build, and how to handle/approach things, or just a random footnote, please tell me. Everything helps in my struggle for my first build.

    No pics available as of yet, I'll update when there's progress!
     
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    jarnozz Let´s Get Wasted!

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    If you want you can look me up on facebook, I'll give you some tips and tricks to get started! Here's a quick list already!

    - Make good and aqurate drawings and measurements.
    - measure 10 times, cut once!
    - Make templates. It takes time but it will save
    Some later on!
    I know a place here in the netherlandd that cuts out templates, only thing you have to do is send them the plans.
    - Don't cheap out on tools and bits.
    - you never have enough clamps!
    - Take your time and enjoy the process!
    - Be prepared to spend some good money on machines. You could do with a router and a handsaw.
     
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    patata 7 heaven

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    What's the body gonna be like?
     
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    tmo This is Blue Pain..t

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    Supporting this statement, it is wise to know perfectly well the hardware you will be using, from truss rods to pots and switches. Pickups, bridge, input jacks, tuners and nut included. Knowing well the hardware means either having it already, or having their correct measurements (on all dimensions) or tech drawings/specs.

    Do not skip some longitudinal cut tech drawings, or, if you can, some 3d modeling.

    Lay down a build plan order. This is first, this is second, this is third while second is drying out and so on...

    Summing it all, a good project makes a better result
     
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    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    I pretty much learned everything that I know about building guitars from the luthiery section of this website.

    Spend some hours- days even- cruising those threads. Take your time and have fun!

    I can't wait to see this! :)
     
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    Read, think, learn.
    Then cut wood, and see that everything you thought to know was wrong. :lol:

    It was all said before, plan everything, make drawing, write down the building order, and everytime you have a question, the simple it might be, write it down, and search the answer. After it, if you take your time, there's absolutely no reason that this build turn out else than great.

    I was just wondering 1 thing: how do you plan to switch pups? push/push pot?
     
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    You're right, forgot to implement that, it'll be a 3 way blade switch! However, a pushpull isn't that bad of an idea... I'll consider!
     
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    That's typically the kind of things you forgot until you try to mount all the electronics in the guitar... And realize you forgot to route the place for it... :lol:
     
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    Nah, I didn't forget the switch, I just forgot to mention it on here :lol:
     
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    Well, ordered all the parts today, they'll probably arrive in about 4 days. Also going out to buy some swamp ash for the body soon, more to come!

    Also I'd like to ask of you people, how would I get a finish like this on my swamp ash:

    [​IMG]
     
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    I guess it's just a matte black finish without using a filler for the ash.
    The paint will suck in deep because of the large open grain.

    And than you sand it to a grid 400 to maybe 1000/1200 (using a straight sanding block) between the painting layers, because the sanding paper wont reach into the grain.

    But that's my opinion, maybe there's another way.
     
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    ^I agree with this method. It's exactly like doing their monolith finish (called ceruse in real life), but even easier because you have only one color there.

    But that looks sick, I have to admit it...
     
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    I feel bad that I failed to mention that I have learned a TON from becoming friends with some of the dudes here. Talking with these guys has helped me and given me inspiration and encouragement.

    You guys rock.

    You know who you are.

    :)
     
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    Thanks for the help guys, I'll look into it very soon!

    I'm going to try an idea I've had for mounting pickups. I'm going to make a cavity in the back the size of the pickup, and making the cavity for the mounting tabs not going all the way through the body, so I can mount them like a pickupring. I don't like the looks of a pickupring, and getting small screws for direct mount is very hard here in Holland. And it looks clean as funk :D

    Everything except for 3 items came in today!

    [​IMG]
     
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    jarnozz Let´s Get Wasted!

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    There are tons of small screws here dude xD I've got loads in my toolbox! I use 2 cm for wood mounted pickups. I put a spring between the wood and pickup to push it up. works like a charm. Just use a drill bit to widen the holes!
     
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    Those screws are for the backplates :p
     
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    My DA8s came with wood mounting screws... again, you don't need special screws for that job, just ones that may fit. Your idea, though may seem nice, will make you dig unnecessarily a lot of wood on the back. Just don't do it.
     
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    They do the job pretty well! haha
     
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    Well, if you're really so much against it, I won't do it, just for you. But my DiMarzio's didn't come with wood mounting screws. So I'll have to scavenge my local DIY stores. Ah, might as well, I also need sandpaper :rolleyes:

    Sorry, I got confused, I thought you were talking about the small screws in my picture, which I bought for the backplate. But if they work, who am I to argue :p
     
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    tmo This is Blue Pain..t

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    Well, we are talking hypothetically, for I do not know the whole project obviously, but if it is going to be some sort of super strat stylish guitar, back mounting pickups seems kind of misplaced.

    If, on the other hand, you already thought on that and projected everything in accordance, why not?

    I got surprised on my DAs 8 for having those screws also. The previous ones I bought also didn't have them. You will surely find those screws on your local DIY store.
     

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