Pimiboj's Consolidated Build Thread

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Pimiboj, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. Pimiboj

    Pimiboj SS.org Regular

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    Hey guys,

    I want to share my builds with you all, but don't wanna clutter the forums so I've made a single thread for all of my builds like the rest does.

    In this first post, I present you my first ever guitar I made. I have access to a CNC machine so of course, I made use of that to build the guitar. Nevertheless, I still encountered some problems like my first fretboard warping when I glued it on (I clamped it only in the middle because that was the only flat spot remaining). in the end I'm quite happy with how it turned out. but I do have some issues which I'm fixing right now.

    Specs:

    Body: Limba
    Neck: Wenge/Padauk 5pc
    Top & Headplate: Ziricote
    Fretboard: Birdseye maple
    Pickups: Fishman Fluence Modern
    Frets: 24 stainless steel
    Scale: 25.5 inch
    Body Thickness: 43 mm

    And now some (bad) pictures
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  2. Pimiboj

    Pimiboj SS.org Regular

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    So for the next guitar a friend of mine REALLY liked the guitar I built, so I built one for him as well (with some of his help).

    No need to list the specs because apart from the fretboard which is Pale Moon Ebony, nothing changed from mine.

    Here is the guitar when I finished glueing all the pieces of wood together and inlaying the top into the body.
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    And here I'm milling the fretboard which turned out to be quite difficult as the bit broke a couple of times. probably because of a too high feed rate or so.
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    Then finally we arrive at the finished product which has much better pictures.
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    God I love Luminlays as fretboard inlays, I'm redoing my guitar with these as well as refinishing it.
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    This photo doesn't do the padauk justice, it's much more red in real life.
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  3. MikeNeal

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    really nice work!
     
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    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    This looks so good! Well done!
     
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    Defyantly Aspiring Builder

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    Clean work! Well done!
     
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    Looks great! Well done bud!
     
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  7. Pimiboj

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    Thanks guys!

    I've just finished up another build, but I won't bore with the details/pics since its yet another one of the same guitars (yes I've built three mostly the same guitars after another). time to move on from this.

    Now onto my current build.

    Specs
    No of strings: 7
    Body: Swamp Ash
    Neck: Maple/Padauk/walnut 11pc
    Neck Joint: Neck-through
    Top & Headplate: Spalted Maple
    Fretboard: Ebony
    Pickups: Bare Knuckle Aftermath
    Frets: 24 stainless steel
    Scale: 26.5 inch
    Body Thickness: 37 mm

    Gluing the neck blank
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    This is the neck after the glue dried and the blank was planed. I'm pretty happy with this combination,
    the only regret I have is not checking if the maple strips matched the maple sides in color (more obvious after I wiped a bit of oil on a test piece).
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    After the body sides were glued on I cnc'd the recess where the top will fit.
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    then finally I milled the top. the channels are there to aid in bending the top over the forearm rest without cracking.
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    This is the current state of the guitar, and I will use this thread for updates on this and future builds.
    any tips/constructive feedback is always greatly appreciated!
     
  8. Solodini

    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    I like how the thin maple pieces are a slightly different shade. Fits nicely within the whole combination. :)
     
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    Really really clean work!
     
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    Thanks everyone, the compliments mean a lot coming from you guys who make beautiful guitars themselves!

    I wasn’t aware of this when i glued it up but I hope it comes out as nice when the finish is on. I think the veneers are European and the large pieces are hard maple. I can definitely feel a difference in hardness.
     
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    So here is another update on the build.

    I milled the recess in the body/neck blank and added a channel for the wires.
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    I then glued the top in along with a walnut veneer as a separating layer. this hopefully makes the light woods not blend together.
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    After doing the same to the headstock and waiting for the glue to dry, I milled the front of the headstock.
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    And lastly the front of the body.
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    I'm really looking forward to finishing this build since this is finally a different guitar from the first three I made.
     
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  12. Solodini

    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    I love watching these sorts of processes. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Those are your first few builds? CNC or no, that's insanely clean, and such nice woods.
     
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    That first build is absolutely gorgeous. Well done!!
     
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    Thanks guys!

    Yes, the build from the first post actually is my first build but I have always been quite into making stuff (I'm 23 btw).
    Measure twice cut once got me quite far in these builds. Also To test my CNC operations I sometimes cut it in foam or other cheap materials first.
    nevertheless, I still had te remove the first fretboard as I (stupidly) clamped a fretboard I radiused only on the center points.
    The fretboard then cupped as the glue moistened the wood. luckily the replacement fretboard was this super high grade birdseye I got for next to nothing on eBay.

    I can say I'm definitely proud of the guitars I've built so far, so let's see what the next guitars look like.

    Also, here is another update:
    I milled the backside and also managed to cut the body out. In this picture, the CNC finished clearing the bulk of the material. I use a layer depth of 6mm(1/4") for this. This means that the CNC slices the model in flat layers of 6mm and cuts those out.
    After this, the ball nose mill only has to remove up to 6mm of material, which greatly reduces the wear on the bit.
    As you can see it finished a part of the belly cut and is now working on the neck.
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    This is the result of the small walnut veneer between the top and the body.
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    And here is the final product (the fretboard is not glued on obviously).
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    So nice man Do you work with CNC full time?
     
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    Cnc is only as clean as it’s operator. And even after you still need to be actually good at building guitars.

    props to @Pimiboj these are sick!
     
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    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    Great work!
     
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  19. Pimiboj

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    Nope, im an IT student. I built this CNC with my dad (who is a cook by trade) just for making stuff. These guitars are by far the most complicated things I drew in CAD or milled ever.

    Thanks man, definitely agree on that statement. I feel that a lot of people discredit the work as soon as a CNC is involved. (Not necessarily on this forum)
    Which i get to a certain extent, but using a CNC requires a different skill set. I think I could make these guitars by hand if I had to. I know my way around a template router and rasps.
     
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    Wait, so which kit did you use?? I'm dying to get a CNC kit to do a bunch of things. Looks like you built quite a large on that can do full neck-thru bodies! Would love to know more details.
     
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