KR - Build #4 - 7 string Maple Burl/Ash/Rosewood

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  1. KR250

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    Finished up my fourth build (3rd all the way through) and snapped some pics before it goes to my buddy in a few days. This was my first build for someone else so I spent a lot of extra time trying not to mess anything up. Still made some mistakes though (see if you can spot them), but overall came out light years ahead of my last build. Main things I focused on with this build were ergonomics, neck design, and finishing technique.

    Had it mocked up the other night for the first time and my friend gave it the thumbs up after playing it a while. He's a lefty, so production options are much more limited before getting into super expensive customs. He bought all the parts and I put in the labor free as practice. I did get a Dark Glass B7K out of it though :yesway:

    Anyway, here's the specs and then the pictures. Please feel free to comment and critique, everything I've received on my previous builds helped immensely.

    (sorry, these tables don't paste well)

    • General
    • Style: 7 string super strat
    • Neck: Bolt-on
    • Scale: 27" standard
    • Hardware
    • Bridge: Hipshot Hard Tail- .175 fixed bridge
    • Tuners: Hipshot open gear locking tuners
    • Truss Rod: Spoke wheel at neck pocket
    • Electronics:
    • Pickups: Seymour Duncan's Nazgul/Sentient - Passive Mount
    • Switches: 1 three way toggle (Black), and 1 volume (black)
    • Wood:
    • Body: Ash - 2 piece
    • Top: Maple Burl natural
    • Neck: Figured Rosewood, Scarf Joint 12 degrees, D profile - .800" at 1st fret (20mm) - .855" at 12th fret (21.5mm)
    • Fret board: Macassar Ebony, Radius 16", Frets: 24 - Jescar Stainless Steel 51/100, Inlays: Pearloid top dots, white plastic side markers
    • Misc:
    • Nut: Black Tusq XL
    • Finish:
    • Body: Epoxy gap fill, Shellac sealer, spray on satin poly
    • Neck: Gun stock wax


    String Tension
    String Scale Length Tuning Tension Gauge
    1 27 E 13.14 9
    2 27 B 13.5 11
    3 27 G 12.6 14
    4 27 D 14.44 20
    5 27 A 15.57 30
    6 27 E 16.11 42
    7 27 A 16.46 64
    .Total 101.82 .

    Action: with .001 relief at 8th fret
    String Tuning 1st Fret 12th Fret
    1 E .016 .045
    2 B .017 .047
    3 G .018 .057
    4 D .026 .060
    5 A .030 .065
    6 E .030 .068
    7 A .038 .075

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    Beautiful work Kyle!!
     
  3. Mr_Mar10

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    Stunning! :metal:

    Your pal is very lucky
    I bet he won't even spot the minor mistakes u fret about ... It took me about 10 mins looking to find anything less than perfect on this axe

    Kept pic for inspiration :shred:
     
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    Fantasitc looking build KR! I like all of your choices of woods/hardware/electronics.
     
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    Thanks, my buddy picked out all the woods with a little bit of guidance for correct sizing, etc. Really pleased with the Rosewood selection now that CITES is in effect, it really is a nice piece and feels amazing with just the wax on it. The vendor it came from no longer ships it to the US.
     
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    First of all, what a beauty!!! Besides it's being a lefty (haha) the only thing that jumps out at me are the tuner holes. Seem to me they should follow the contour of the hs, not be in a straight line on both sides. But that's nit-picky. :)
     
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    I believe the intention was to keep the strings as parallel to center-line as possible.
     
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    I hear you on that one, this head stock is a little less curvy than my last two. I was trying to balance getting the strings totally parallel, even distance on the tuner pegs, and roughly following the contour. It's easy to get 2 out of 3 right, it's that 3 out of 3 that is tricky.

    Next builds are going to have a different head stock to make that a bit cleaner.

    Appreciate the feedback though.
     
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    Sweet build!
     
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    And some random pictures during the build process in no particular order:

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    Good Electronic!
     
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    So it's been about a year, I've been raving so much about Evertune my buddy decided to switch out bridges. Got it routed, installed, action set up dead on, and it's a major hit! He loves it. I played it a bit upside down (it's a lefty) and it sounds awesome. I dialed in the pickup poles a little higher and did a bunch of little touch ups here and there.

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    Using the Evetune templates.
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    Routing completed.
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    Wish I had a saved some Ash to make a matching cover plate. Something I'll plan into future builds.
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    Buddy jamming on it a bit through my Helix rig before taking it home last night.
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    The slanting of the tuners in order to keep the strings straight is excellent, in my opinion! Looks great, and I would think that long-term string life would be improved by not having the strings cocked this way or that at the nut.
     
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