Taylor's Consolidated Projects Thread

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Taylor, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Taylor

    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Got some templates made up today for the new body shape I drew up. Also tried drawing a new headstock.


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    The neck is carved and getting oiled right now.

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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Basically got everything done on this build that I can for now, until I can get some hardware.

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    Here's a nice comparison to my Xiphos. Don't judge the wallpaper, I don't have my own place at the moment :lol:

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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Doing a bit of work on the build for my gf. The neck is going to need a "bolster" at the heel, so that it sits a bit higher in the neck pocket. This was necessary due to the thickness of the starting materials.

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    She had trouble deciding what color she wanted the top dyed and couldn't make up her mind, so we're going to keep it natural and just do a coat of high gloss epoxy.

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    Nice work, what kind of epoxy for the top?
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Famowood Glaze Coat. I've had some good results with it on other projects.
     
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    Looking great, don't remember if you mentioned in an earlier post but are you gonna use a Wilkinson trem in it?
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Hipshot term!
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Got some hardware in the mail. The Floyd is installed as well as the hipshot locking tuners. 0419201518.jpg



    Also the pickups came in the mail today! :hbang:

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    Little Easter Egg on the packaging.

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    Turning out amazing! I've been wanting to try a set of the Black Winters.
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Thanks! This will be the first time I've used them. Been wanting to try them for a long while now.
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    She still needs a proper setup, cavity plates, and a volume knob, but she plays! Pay no attention to the Line 6 PoS model. It was just on hand so I could make sure my electronics soldering was done properly.


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    I finally came up with a name for this model/shape. In honor of the inspiration for this build, I present to you the Chiron! Named after the song by All That Remains (Rest in peace Oli).

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    Empryrean Constantly Gassing

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    absolutely beastly work dude! Love curves you gave the xiphos shape
     
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    Taylor Formerly... someone

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    Been messing around in Inkscape drawing up different body shapes. Here's a lineup of everything I've drawn up. Some are more works in progress than others. Also need to think of more names for the different shapes. I'm pretty happy with the first five of the lineup but the last three need some tweaking. I borrowed and shared lot of lines and curves between models, and I don't know if I like it because it is kind of thematic, or if I dislike it because it makes them look too similar. Constructive criticism welcome! Lineup.jpg
     
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    1, 2, and 7 are standing out to me personally. I think I'd dig #8 more with a bit sharper head stock.
     
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    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    I really like the last two, but I think I'd prefer them with the 2 sided headstock. I think the 3rd from last (Muse DC?) would look better to me with a fatter bottom.
     
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    I like them all! Did you take any inspirations from other builders? The couple of bodies that I have made started out as BC rich mockingbird outlines that I just started tweaking lines on.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys, the headstocks aren't set to specific body shapes though I do need to draw up some more.

    I basically start with an idea like "I want to do my own super-strat, or X shape" and start from scratch. The Muse was drawn without any references but came out very similar to a Vik singlecut shape, which was very much unintentional.
     
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    All these builds look fantastic! I really dig the work.

    Just judging by the pictures of the Chiron, my only constructive criticism, and this is purely from a player standpoint, since you can't change the string spacing of that Floyd, I would want more on fret either side of the neck. The low E and high E looks dangerously close to the edge of the fretboard. Once again, I'm just seeing pictures, don't have the guitar in my hands. Please don't take that personally, as I said the work looks great!

    It's something to consider especially since it seems like you want to build and sell these.

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Cheers.
     
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    Thanks! The pictures were taken before I gave it a good setup and got the action nice and low. I think the angle of the picture combined with the high action made the string spacing look off. The high E and low B have 1/8" to the edge of the fretboard. Been playing it a little now that it's setup and haven't had any problems with strings slipping off the edge. I do plan on starting selling once I'm confident in delivering an impeccable instrument. I feel like I'm getting there but there's still some skills I need to hone before I'm comfortable putting my name on something and selling it.
     
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    One question that always bugged me on some builds...Why buy locking tuners when you have a locking nut?
     

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