Black Palmira 7 AKA The Devils Finger-board build.

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  1. pondman

    pondman Build Whore.

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    The title more or less explains this one.
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    It started with this piece of Black Palmira.

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    Thicknessed down and jaw dropping tasty.

    Kevazinga ( Waterfall Bubinga veneer ready to be glued to some thin Maple boards.
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    Chambered Walnut back.
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    And top glued.
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    This is where the fun started :ugh:
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    Don't ever use this stuff !!!

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  2. pondman

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    Pickup template.
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  3. Socal6

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    Dude, I've never even heard of Black Palmira but now I really want a B.P fretboard! My anticipation is going to be killing me until the next update! Nice work like always!
     
  4. Eliguy666

    Eliguy666 Holy shit I've been inactive for awhile

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    That board looks kind of waxy, what's the texture like physically?

    The walnut body just made me realize that it would be really cool to use a very heavy, bright-sounding body wood and then chamber it so that you can have a lot of acoustic noise and a lot of bite without much weight.
     
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    This is weirdest and most lethal timber I've ever worked with .
    Visually it looks light and fragile but its incredibly heavy and hard on inspection. I pondered :squint: for a while before using it , I couldn't find any reference for it being used on musical instruments and knew It would probably be a pain to work with.
    With it looking like it had no real grain structure I thought it would disintegrate when I put it through the thicknesser but it came out super smooth with no tear-out. As soon as I handled it I got lethal barbed glass like splinters so I CA'd the whole piece to work with and kept all the edges sanded smooth.

    So I radius-ed and smoothed and took a deep breath as I started to knock the frets in ... this is where it all went shit shaped :noplease: Every fret I put in caused splinter damage no matter how I did it. I was going to rip the frets out , plane the whole thing off and use another wood but decide to have a go at salvaging it. Anyone who's tried to work on a fretted board will no what a pain this is. It took a full day to get it sorted and half a day to dig the barbed splinters out of my hands with a needle.
     
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    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    What family of tree is that wood? Looks pretty strange, but damn cool (visually).
    Good luck with that one, I know what it is to work on rearanging fretboard (I've one I'll move down from 7 to 6 strings to remove some errors...)
     
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    Sorry to hear.


    That wood though :yum:
     
  9. pondman

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    Its a Palm wood and more related to bamboo. 1 large palm only yields around an inch of timber on the outside.

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    Exotic Hard Woods | Specialist Timber - Black Palmira

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=b...wCsuUhQfCgoCYBQ&ved=0CDwQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=667

    Exotic Timbers - TG Timbercraft Jersey
     
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    I have some of this stuff. Amazing tap tone. The splinters are extremely hazardous.
     
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    Had a bit of help from my buddy tonight.
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    Then he got bored and watched the rain.
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    Goddamn this build looks as amazing as it was dangerous! Yet another winner!
     
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    I was going to buy some black palm a while back for a neck, but it was just so heavy ( and expensive)
     
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    First coat of popping oil before final sanding finish :eek:
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    Yeah, this purple holed stick looks really cool. What a pity there's an horrible guitar stuck on it.

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    I'll send you the stick :cool:
     
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    That's too much honor. And I'll be very embarassed to take it from you. But if you want, you can send me that body to free that wonderfull stick. :agreed: (PS: don't take this sentence out of its contexte)
     
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    should leave those fretboards untreated to train players to only push the string down so it hits the fret, not all the way down to the fretboard. otherwise they get the ridiculous splinters.

    mwa-ha-ha-haaaaa
     
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    Made a bridge plate tonight , nothing too fancy. Just waiting for some Wilkinson saddles and a kill switch then assemble , dismantle and put an oil finish to it.

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    Once again, just simply amazing!
     

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