Another one- a loooong one

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  1. skeels

    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    So, technically the carve top was the Mark Six and this is the Mark Seven. I'm counting in order of completion.

    This is another scrap wood experiment - pretty basic construction. I used a cutoff from my neck through bass and some leftover walnut and a bit of bocote for the ferretboard. I love bocote 'boards. I thought it was actually too nice for this build but now that I've finished it, I'm really digging playing it.

    It's a 30" scale with a 20" radius board- got a few real blocks- and i love the long scale. Going to use 30" for my upcoming nine string! There's just a slight bevel on the body, and it's thin- only about 1 3/8". I trimmed the body curves slightly but I prefer my fatter, heavier builds. I'll try a couple chambered ones soon, too. I also did a shorter headstock on this one, but I don't like it. Not impale-y enough for me. :lol: Oh, also I did some kooky scarfing on her. Not Pond-y level, but it gave me a few ideas and helped me refine my techniques.

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    I tried to do another skeels-reverse-volute which I almost have down, and the neck heel and recessed the tuners and some other crud qhich may or may not show up on further builds.

    Thanks for putting up with my rambling guys!

    Stay tuned!
     
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  2. jwade

    jwade Doooooooooom

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    You're killing me! You guys with your bocote fingerboards. Unf.
     
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    immortalx SS.org Regular

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    I like this one more than your carved top man. The scarf joint pattern on the neck, the front arm bevel that ends at edge of the laminate, and the heel shape are my favorite parts! Oh and DAT fretboard!
    Headstock is not impale-y enough? Whale harpoons are less pointy :fawk:
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    I love me some bocote. Another great build!
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Oh, and what is this "ferretboard"? Does it have something to do with the "animal spirits" from a few builds ago? :lol:
     
  6. Alex Kenivel

    Alex Kenivel Stunt Guitar

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    Skeels keels
     
  7. Fretless

    Fretless Knob Fiddler

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    Bocote fingerboards for the win! This most definitely could pay the beels.
     
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    Necromagnon SS.org Regular

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    Crap! 30" on 7 strings! I have no finger for this. :D
    Nice build !
     
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    House74 Perfect Djentleman

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    dat neck do :eek:
     
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    Renkenstein SS.org Regular

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    Nice build, man! Why so long...you tryin to compensate for somethin?
     
  11. skeels

    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    Hahahahhahahahahahhahaha- No. :lol:


    You are the first one to catch this- good eye! You win! Unfortunately, all I have left to give are the keys to my heart. D'aww. The ferretbboard is where I try to ferret away all my money that my ex-wives don't get.

    Thanks, all of you guys! This one was a PITA for what was to be just another experiment, but in the end, I really like the long scale. I used to have a Danelectro baritone and I miss having a bass. I'll have to build another one! Regular guitars just feel dinky to me now. The 30" scale isn't that uncomfortable- we play it already on a 25.5" scale, just as though we had a capo on the second fret! It feels a little less crowded than on my 28.625" 8 string or my 27-30 fanned eight. I'm definitely going 30" on the nine string! :shred:
     
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    shikamaru SS.org Regular

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    great job man !
     
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    VSK Guitars Handcrafted Quality

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    Nice build... I like the especially like body style and neck heel. It has a nice clean look to it!
     
  14. House74

    House74 Perfect Djentleman

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    hey, maybe dumb question,but iunless I skipped over it and missed it somehow I didn't see in your build description what kind of wood it the neck stripe? because its awesome!!! It really sets the whole thing off for me

    EDIT: also, I actually dig that headstock and I too am a fan of impaley
     
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    J7string SS.org Regular

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    I've never seen one so long~ :lol:

    Congrats on the guitar. Looks like an unwieldy beast to me.
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    :wub:
     
  17. skeels

    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    Sorry! For those who missed my bass- it's padauk in maple. One of my faves- this piece is sooo red! I had a bit leftover and it wasn't super thick, hence the thinner body- which offsets its size, so it's not too cumbersome - and was going to make another 27 scale when i just decided, the hell, I'm going to make a 30" scale seven. I am really digging it. I always loved to give bassists a run for their money and this is digging pretty deep! It doesn't even neck dive because of the longer top horn.

    I'm getting pretty happy with my strat design and with a few tweaks might try to produce a few for sale. Right now i just like building for myself - I like my necks a little thicker than the stock Ibbys and i make the nuts wider- i don't like to be crowded when I'm comping. I need room to bend and slam those phone cables!

    I've got a couple projects I'm doing for some buddies - my first sixer and a fretless bass and a couple bits- but then all you guys have inspired me to clean up my serial killer hole- i mean, my shop- and standardize my builds. I've got to finish up a few that have been sitting and THEN... then I've got some special builds planned. They are going to be special.

    Thanks everyone for all your help and support! You guys are da best!
     
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    skeels ..to pay the beels

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