Builds 4 and 5 - Padauk, Walnut, Maple ETC

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  1. MikeNeal

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    Hey guys,

    I've decided to build 2 guitars at the same time, a 6 and a 7. These will be my first multilaminate necks, and trying a new body style with rounder horns, hopefully to have better luck with routing.

    anyways on to the specs and the pictures

    6 string:
    Padauk body
    Bookmatched Walnut top
    3 piece curly maple/wenge/curly maple neck
    curly maple fretboard
    wenge headstock with matching walnut cap

    body
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    top
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    neck
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    Wenge for neck stripe
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    Fretboard
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    7 string:
    Walnut body
    Padauk top
    3 piece walnut/padauk/walnut neck
    Ziricote fretboard
    Maple headstock with padauk cap

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    Neck
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    fretboard
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    thats all for now, will get cracking on it very soon!
     
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    I look forward to seeing this progress. Nice wood choices. Just try and keep that padauk dust away from any maple or light coloured wood as it'll stain it red!
     
  3. MikeNeal

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    did some work on the 7 today

    planed the body flat
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    planed the top flat
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    cut and routed the body to shape
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    and glued the top on (pretty crude way of doing it, but havent had any issues yet)
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    going to let that dry overnight then cut and route the top
     
  4. MikeNeal

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    some spec changes:
    6 string is going to have an ash body
    7 string is going to have a wenge fretboard

    anyways. got out into the garage for an hour this afternoon

    rough cut the top, routed it to shape, and cleaned it up.

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    i had good luck with this one, and had no tear out!
     
  5. skeels

    skeels ..to pay the beels

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    skeels likes this
     
  6. M3CHK1LLA

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    looking good so far. ..

    the fret board for the 7 looks incredible
     
  7. MikeNeal

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    the 7 is for my buddy, he changed his mind, and wants a wenge fretboard now.
     
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    MOAR PICTURES!

    did the first round of body routing today.

    basically i route the neck pocket, the the neck pickup, the control cavity, and the jack access, then drill the hole between the neck pickup and the control cavity

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    next step is to build the neck, do the fretwork and glue the neck in. once the neck is glued in i can verify the centerline of the guitar then route the bridge pickup and drill for the bridge.

    still have to start the 6 string
     
  9. MikeNeal

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    making some good progress over the holidays

    glued up the neck blanks

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    curly maple/wenge/curly maple and walnut/padauk/walnut
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    closeups
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    a picture of the wenge fretboard for the 7 string
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    curly maple fretboard for the 6 string
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    I was bummed to see you weren't using that ziricote fretboard but that wenge one is also really nice. Looking good so far!
     
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    im going to save the ziricote board for another build.

    i've been stockpiling wood for some time now, so i have some sweet fretboards to use for later builds
     
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    so i got the morning today to do some work

    i cut the angle for the scarf joint on the 7
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    and glued the padauk headstock on
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    the wenge fretboard i was going to use ended up warping really bad. after planing it flat it was 5mm thick. so i had use the other wenge fretboard blank i had. this one planed down nicely to 7mm, so i slotted it
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    quick mockup
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    cut out the neck and routed it to shape - not super exciting.
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    sexy scarf joint
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  14. MikeNeal

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    in typical fashion for me, i changed my mind once again, and instead of ash the 6 string will have a black limba body

    so today i prepped the top and the body blank
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    i have a dilema though; the black limba is thick enough to be an entire body. so the question is should i thickness the body for the top, or leave the body and use a black limba headstock?
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    KnightBrolaire only the dead have seen the end of GAS

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    leave the body as is dude. limba on limba is overkill imo.
     
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    The top is black walnut
     
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    Are you talking about thinning the limba body core to account for the added thickness of the walnut top?
     
  18. MikeNeal

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    basically i'm unsure if i should put the walnut top on the body or not. so far most of the people i have asked have said yes.
     
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    I'd go all-limba
     
  20. MikeNeal

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    too late! a bunch of my friends all said put the top on, so i glued it on today.
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    there will be lots more limba in the future.
     

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