Doberman FF9 build

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  1. Hollowway

    Hollowway Extended Ranger

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    You guys might remember John from Doberman guitars posting up a few months ago giving a discount to the first person who takes him up on a build. Well, it wasn't me. :lol: I was beat by someone else. BUT, I did like the looks of his stuff, and we got to talking about doing a 9 string, so I commissioned a build. We went with a new design of John's, and a 27-30" fan. The specs are:

    Neck: Black Korina and purple heart stringers
    Pups: Deathbar Lace
    Frets: Jumbo SS
    FB: Birdseye maple, black binding, black inlay (see below), luminlay side markers
    Scale: 27-30" (7th is vertical fret)
    Body: Black Korina
    Top: Burl maple drop top
    Finish: Stained with poly finish
    Hardshell case
    Controls: Volume, tone, 3 way switch
    Tuners: Schaller locking
    Strap: Schaller locks

    Here's the basic design (a couple of things have been tweaked).

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    And here's a neck mockup he's sending me to try!

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    CaptainLuckeyBeard El Capitan

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    I love the body! It looks like a giant bottle opener on the treble side lol
     
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    that's gonna be a cool inlay and I like the shape especially where the body meets the neck.
     
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    Sweet! Reminds me of that 8 that helferlain built a while back. And that inlay is awesome!
     
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    fantastic inlay shape!!
     
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    Vicious7 Vegetables

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    Wooooooowwwww!
     
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    Uhm... looks really really good...

    The only thing "I don't like" is the bridge pickup angle... I would slant it more to be parallel to the bridge not to the neck pickup... for better über-thick strings tone.

    Will it be purple stained? Would be really cool!!


    Keep us updated please!!
     
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    For a minute, I thought this was a Final Fantasy 9 inspired build.
     
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    mysterior Arthur McCay

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    the shape is diabolic and I love it! yet it's so weird it ought to be fairly comfy

    Wanna more! :D
     
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    Yeah, I noticed that too, and talked with him, and it actually is in line with the fan in real life, but on that sketch up it shows it not. I'm not sure what software that is, but it's not showing what it will truly be.
     
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    jwade Doooooooooom

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    The upper horn looks like it'd be a potential disembowelling hazard :p
     
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    You don't see that many guitars with reverse horns... It's like a it wanted to be a singlecut, but couldn't commit haha.

    Looks interesting though. I am not in love with the shape, but it will obviously look way different once it is made of wood. I am excited to see the final product.
     
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    Looks like a Mockingbird singlecut, hope it balances better than one.

    Looks awesome so far :yesway:
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    My God YES!! That design is stunning.
     
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    Emperor Guillotine The Almighty Ruler

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    I shall most certainly be wanting to stay updated with this! :metal:
     
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    Yeah, I was worried about the balance and it being neck heavy too, but John did some computer modeling tests with upper bout shape and strap button position and it actually balances really well (in the computer model). And I wasn't a huge fan of the shape either when I first saw it, because I'm kind of a superstrat guy, but I'm trying to be more open to single cuts, as evidenced by this and the two single cuts Tom Drinkwater is building for me and the hollowbody Shad Peters is doing. But I love the reverse horn on this, because it's so unusual, yet still aggressive.

    Also, John mailed me a fully cut neck (see pics above) to try out to make sure I like the neck carve, etc. How's that for customer service? It's like a fancy suit! On 8s and up you're pretty limited in what you can get for a neck carve and still have it be thin, so I like a D shape with gentle shoulders. John's carve feels perfect. And the HS shape is just killer in person.
     
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    I have a build in the works for a 6 string with John as well and I loved how he sent me a neck as well. John really knows what communication and customer service are all about. I'm enjoying this experience a lot.

    Regarding your build, I think it's amazing. It's so refreshing to see such a new and daring design! Can't wait until your NGD!
     
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    pondman Build Whore.

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    Likey likey.
     
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    Update! John emailed me a bunch of pics today of the progress. I'm dumping a few of them here, and I think it's interesting to note how he does a couple of things different than I'm used to seeing. I like how the headplate was glued onto the wide neck blank.

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    Still love that inlay.
     

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