Iron Cross Guitar Build

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Rattlehead83, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Rattlehead83

    Rattlehead83 SS.org Regular

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    Hello! I've started making this Iron Cross guitar.

    Maple for the neck, basswood and maple body.
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    10 degrees peghead.
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    29955673_897784120394815_499303340_o.jpg The Headstock is sort of self made, inspired by Schecter, Prs, ESP. I would have chosen the ESP head, but the downside of it is that the D and G strings are not well aligned. IMG_20180402_162059.thumb.jpg.fdc5d14081e4a4df6ce69ae8fdce0af1.jpg IMG_20180402_185719.thumb.jpg.1066fa3a949cbdcba8156bf57039d069.jpg IMG_20180402_191532.thumb.jpg.05fbbfa6c7469f76192e677516b8a4d2.jpg IMG_20180402_191559.thumb.jpg.41973282a51a753ecfb1b29403e6c99c.jpg
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    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    Looking good!
     
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  3. Rattlehead83

    Rattlehead83 SS.org Regular

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    This sh*tty `1 minute jig` did a great job:) The frets are as parallel as they should be. IMG_20180405_181706.thumb.jpg.723f338aec6c146ad5efd4e5fa656fe4.jpg IMG_20180405_185232.thumb.jpg.19ca2effa0f2b0ded2ad27e25ddf4da7.jpg
    16" fretboard radius; 24 stainless steel frets.
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  4. Rattlehead83

    Rattlehead83 SS.org Regular

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    This is sooo smooth.
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    Nice work! What did you use to shape that heel, a gouge?
     
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    grail21 SS.org Regular

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    Looks killer - great work!
     
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  7. Rattlehead83

    Rattlehead83 SS.org Regular

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    Thanks! I've used a grinder for everything.
     
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    cool, cool! Thanks for the process details
     
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    Looks fantastic! What scale length did you choose? I’m tempted to do something similar for my second build with a 25.5” scale or 26.5” if I do a 7 string.
    Ergonomic Les Paul’s for the win!
     
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  10. Rattlehead83

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    Thanks, man!
    I went for 25" as I want this to be for Standard E/Eb, for blues, bends; I've always feared that my 10's would break in E on a 25,5" :)
    My next build will surely be a 7 string, maybe a super-strat, idk...
     
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    Nice! Will be super sweet when it’s finished!
     
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    Seeing initial pile of woods "Nah that's not going to turn into a guitar" to a few photos later "Holy shit that looks great!"
     
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    Wolfenstein Flashbacks :)). Also put magnets for the control cavity.
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    2 B500k push-pull volumes, 1 A500k tone and a 3-way switch for the 2 pickups.
    The pups are some chinese decent ones, `Fleor`. I've followed some advice from advanced luthiers from other groups for buying them.
     
  14. Rattlehead83

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    Finisheeed! 30716673_904332473073313_5381623347924697088_n.jpg 30727975_904332713073289_4348172904186249216_n.jpg 30726932_904332539739973_7633570650786889728_n.jpg 30725494_904333073073253_3184042011678212096_n.jpg 30739280_904332616406632_180368796567994368_n.jpg 30728357_904332596406634_3485482152454258688_n.jpg 30708187_904332489739978_2605417734023938048_n.jpg 30707519_904332569739970_7977688709057216512_n.jpg 30725836_1748347801884924_6927118667410833408_n.jpg Big and little brother for a family photo. 30740961_1748344988551872_163713957071159296_n.jpg
    The action is low: 2,5mm on the low E and 1,5 mm on the high E, I'll raise it up in the next days :)))
    The neck is very sturdy, this truss rod is very tight.
    I have to wait for a cylinder jack and pickups springs as I don't have them to arrive at my post mail......
     
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    Phenomenal job!!
     
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    Thanks, Man!
     
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    Spicypickles Sweeps & Mops

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    Pretty sweet, I would rock that hard. No dick jokes
     
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    Looks very comfortable! Fast progress too!
     
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    Before the build: 'This is going to take at least 1 month' and I ended up doing it in 12 days :)))
     
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    Few more photos with the cross on:

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