NGD x2 - Homemade RG influenced six stringers

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  1. RideFour15

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    Over the last two years I've been dabbling in a little woodworking as I've collected tools to fix up the house we bought five years ago.

    In September I bought an 8/4 x 8" x 8' board of quartersawn Sapele at the local Woodcraft and then ordered a neck from Warmoth, then used the Hipshot hardware and Seymour Duncan pickups leftover from an epic fail of a guitar build attempt six years ago to finish it off. This went towards the first build, which is the solid sapele body.

    I had more than half that board still leftover, so I bought a billet of flamed maple from Woodcraft again, split it in half using my tablesaw to bookmatch, discovered an ugly knot in the middle that I tried to hide the worst of with the toggle switch, and built a second guitar with another Warmoth neck, more Hipshot hardware, and Hexbucker pickups by Guitar Madness on eBay, trying to learn from all the mistakes and struggles I made/had with the first build.

    Very happy how both play, although the saddles for the bridges are both sky high despite the neck pockets being about as deep as they can be, and I have a bit of buzz I'm trying to get rid of when I hold power cords on the lower frets (open through third frets, roughly).

    Let me know what you think!
     
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    Dang, those are beautiful. That is some nice work.
     
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    mlp187 Burrito Master Contributor

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    How the hell are you supposed to get to those upper frets?
    Just kidding, I love it, that looks playable as hell. Great work, those look amazing and fun to play!
     
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    Nice! I recently got a guitar made with a Sapele body. Do you know which Duncan’s you have in there? I have a custom wound in mine right now which I like but I’m tempted to try a distortion.
     
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    congrats...

    i like how the volume knobs a set back so you don't hit them while palm muting
     
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    Now that's a comfortable looking upper fret access!
     
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    Fret Buzz between the first three frets could be the result of back bow. As for the bridge saddles, you may need to get some shims to put in the neck pocket to raise the fretboard up, basically.

    Edit: misspoke. The fret buzz on the first three frets could be due to a nut that is filed too low. Either add a shim under the nut, or get a new one.
     
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    Great work and nice headstock choice. :agreed:
     
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    Nice job, and very nice choices
     
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    BlackSG91 Loves Black Guitars

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    Those guitars look gorgeous with the wood grains. They also haves better upper fret access compared to a Gibson SG.:dime:


    ;>)/
     
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words! Yes, I did want good upper fret access - I'm not much of a lead player, but the last guitar I played a ton was a Jackson RR3 and I was not a fan of the [lack of] upper fret access on that!

    They're both Distortions. Haven't plugged it into my tube amp (which hasn't been turned on in many years), but through all my metal amp sims on my PodXT they sound pretty good. Not very balanced in output, though, and I had to make the bridge humbucker quite a bit closer to the strings. I don't remember ever having to do that with my old JB/Jazz sets.

    I took everything I hated about guitars I've played in the past with barely accessible switches and fixed that here!

    I never considered checking if the nut was low. I don't think it's back bow as I barely have any tension added to the truss rod as it is. Still have a lot of work to do with adjustments as the guitars both acclimate to the humidity in the house (they spent weeks in the garage while getting worked on and now we're dealing with the season changing).

    As for shims, I've been considering them but they're like $8 a piece at Stew Mac and that could potentially be a lot of money (getting shims of different degrees) to try something that may or may not help.
     
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    While on the topic of the action and buzzing, does this look normal for a Hipshot bridge? I have the neck pockets both as deep as I feel comfortable routing them, and both bridges are the .125 version.

    I swung by Guitar Center the other day to see what production guitars are like, but most of the hardtails had Hipshot knock-offs with very thick bases, and the only guitar with what looked like a real Hipshot was a Schecter 7 string. The fretboard height on that looked the same as my guitars and the pocket didn't look angled, yet the saddles on the bridge were lower than I can get mine without a ton of buzzing.

    Here's what I'm looking at for both of my builds. Necks and bridges are both identical parts:
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    These are some well cut pieces of wood. Damn.
     

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