Mikeneal's 2019 Summer Build Challenge

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  1. MikeNeal

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    So here's my thread for this challenge. havent started to cut wood yet, but got most of the planning done.

    here's the fusion pictures of what i will be building

    Body shape
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    carves
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    neck profile
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    this build will have a couple firsts for me. It will be the first with threaded inserts, and the first where the neck profile is cut on the cnc.

    couple questions for you guys; I would like to use a used hipshot bridge and string ferrules, so how much should the count against the total? And i have some wood from a mystery tree that i cut down and dried - how much should i value this wood at?
     
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    This is going to be epic!

    I'd say $30 (half retail) for the Hipshot and $0 for the wood
     
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    The rules suggest 1/2 value for anything used or reclaimed - tough tho as it's mystery wood. just find something online that's cheap and looks similar. then find out how much per board foot and half it.
     
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    hardware price update

    the following used parts are based off half the retail cost from stew mac in USD

    bridge - 37.95
    ferrules - 4.63
    trussrod - 11.96
    output jack - 8.56

    the rest of the hardware will be dirt cheap from amazon in USD

    pickup - 5.37
    tuners - 13.39
    fretwire - 9.67
    pot - 1.78
    knob - 4.16
    nut - 7.43

    hardware total: $104.90 USD

    that leaves me with $95.10 USD (127.79 CAD) left for wood and finishing.
     
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    Rules say finishing is free
     
  6. MikeNeal

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    even paint?
     
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    Yup!

    "Finishing materials i.e. dyes, stains, finishes, sandpaper do NOT count towards your total cost"
     
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    Cheat the system and build the whole guitar out of solid paint.
     
  9. MikeNeal

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    the contest will be over before it dries.
     
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    Thin layers. lots and lots of very thin layers... LOL....
     
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    Finally an update

    this build has gone slightly different, going to be doing 2 pickups, and some exotic woods now.

    Doing a nice paduak top and an ash body.

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    so to update the pricing

    the following used parts are based off half the retail cost from stew mac in USD

    bridge - 37.95
    ferrules - 4.63
    trussrod - 11.96
    output jack - 8.56

    the rest of the hardware will be dirt cheap from amazon in USD

    pickup - 10.74
    tuners - 13.39
    fretwire - 9.67
    pot - 1.78
    knob - 4.16
    nut - 7.43

    hardware total: $110.27 USD

    Wood:

    padauk top: 17.50
    Ash Body: 20

    wood total: 37.50 CAD (28.38 USD)

    that leaves me with $61.35 USD (81.05 CAD) left


    now for some fun:

    there was some discussion of this mystery wood that cut down and dried myself. I have no clue what it is - maybe someone here can identify it.

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    Poplar or maple? Looks a little like the maple slabs from the tree my dad cut down on his property. Any idea what the tree was that you cut down, or which ones are local to your area?
     
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    def not maple. Maple doesn't really get knots from what I've seen.
    burn or sand some and see what it smells like, that's usually a good start imo.
     
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    it was an ornamental tree in a friends yard when he moved into his house.

    smells sweet almost - may possibly be from a fruit tree

    heart wood is darker then sapwood
     
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    Hickory, maybe?
     
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    Man it sure looks a lot like maple. Could be hickory though, yeah.
     

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