My custom 8 string Barlow Guitars progress log

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  1. never_2many_strings

    never_2many_strings SS.org Regular

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    Hey everyone! Months ago I decided that I wanted to order a custom guitar. I wound up choosing Barlow Guitars for the build around a month to a month and a half ago, and now I'm getting the first progress pics of it. I thought I mine as well share these pics as the build progresses, as well as a review when the build is completed.

    Here's the specs that the end result will have:

    8 String
    "Vulture" Model
    Headless
    Multi Scale 25.5-27"
    5 Bolt Neck Joint
    20" Fretboard Radius
    Thin D Shape Neck

    Golden Phoebe Top
    Thin Wenge Layer
    Flame Maple Middle Layer (Blue Denim)
    Thin Wenge layer
    One Piece Quilt Sapele Body

    5 Piece Flame Maple/Wenge Neck
    Flame Maple Fretboard (Blue Denim)
    Spoke Wheel Truss Rod
    Carbon Fiber Rods

    T4M Headless Hardware (Black)
    Ezi Pickups (HSS) (Flame Maple) (Blue Denim)
    1 Volume
    3 Mini Toggles (on/off)

    Tusq Nut
    Stainless Steel Fretwire .057x.110"
    Abalone Side Dots
    Mother of Pearl and Abalone Logo
    Dunlop Straplocks

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    Thaeon Cosmic Question Asker

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    I ordered an Oni about a month ago. I know the agony of your anticipation...
     
  3. never_2many_strings

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    The wait is definitely worth it. Good luck with your build, Oni makes some stunning instruments!
     
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    Not so mutch into point guitars, but the top looks really classy :agreed:

    And always good to see a non superstrat 8 string!

    Curios how it will work out!
     
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    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    This will be interesting to follow! Big ups for more spokewheel truss rod guitars!
     
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    Defyantly Aspiring Builder

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    Wow! That body shape is adventurous and definitely earns the name "vulture"! Ill be watching this congrats!
     
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    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    really cool shape...have not seen it before.

    subbed, looking forward to this build
     
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    Thank you! I absolutely love the top on it. I can't wait to see how it turns out as well!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    never_2many_strings SS.org Regular

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    Thank you! I'm looking forward to the build too haha
     
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    Thanks! I prefer the spoke wheel truss rods personally
     
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    Hey everyone, so I decided to change a couple specs on my build: I decided to go with a Birdseye Zebrawood fretboard, rather than the blue denim Flame Maple, as I figured that it was a little harder of a wood and didn’t know how the maple board would hold up with age. I also am adding a blue denim stain to the maple strips on the back of the neck to match the body bevel and pickups.

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    BigViolin JEFF LOOMIS SOLOIST!

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    Sick. Sick. Sick.

    Really looking forward to seeing this one completed. Very unique and cool build, congrats!
     
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    Suuuuper cool body shape!!! Thatll be a killer 8 when its done!
     
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    Thank you! I can't wait either haha

    Thank you! I love the shape too, there really aren't too many pointy 8s out there
     
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    Hello everyone, I’ve been very busy and haven’t posted any progress reports in awhile. Currently, I have exceeded the maximum estimated build time (was quoted at 6-8 months), which I honestly expected due to this axe being manufactured by a very small builder. Here’s how it looks last time I had any updates on its progress (which has been a little while now).
     

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    Vs are not my thing, but that is gonna be a beautiful guitar.
     
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    Amazing! I've always thought if I had the $$$ that I could get multiple builds at once/not have to narrow it down to only like 1 high end guiar I'd definitely get one from Barlow!

    Could you give like a range of around the cost of this if that's not too personal of a question? I've debated even exploring further about possibly going with a build in the future but if reverb is any indication that would cost most likely around $6k and I'm more of like a $4k absolute max.
     
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    Thank you, I can't wait to see it completed!
    Thank you! I would prefer not to disclose the price of my build for personal reasons, but I would say that I'm sure that you'll be able to spec out a sweet build with Barlow for $4k.
     
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    necrobump. been following barlow for a bit and was looking for other experiences. did your guitar get finished? how do you like it if you took ownership of it
     

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