Vik Custom Black Lotus build pic's

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  1. fretninjadave

    fretninjadave Seven String Samurai

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    And some progress for today.

    First f all I cut frets slots on the fingerboard

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    Time to set the neck

    As I've mentioned before I use for Black Lotus 7 model ViK ISNC-S set-neck system which is a little bit shorter that standard ISNC and goes to the end of neck pickup cavity

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    This system uses very specific angles for body neck/joint and special "wedge" shape

    Ready. The neck fits the cavity very well. But I'll glue it only after gluing the fretboard

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    And here it is - first time ever! - Black Lotus 7 CS David Oh

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    fretninjadave Seven String Samurai

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    Freakin beautiful .M y fingers are gettin itchy
     
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    Some progress for today.

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    Anf route the controls cavity

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    Angled jack input

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    Rods for wire from pickups

    Bridge

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    Neck

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    Strapbuttons holes

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    Ready

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    Here's what we have for the moment.

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    fretninjadave Seven String Samurai

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    Installing the Truss rod and fretboard today so here we go
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    Slightly angled to compinsate for neck twist

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    Degrease and prepair wood for glue
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    clamp it

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    So the neck is glued

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    With help of a plane and sanding paper I profiled compound radius on the fretboard - 12-20"

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    I cut off the segment under neck pickup

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    And then glued plastic binding with cement

    In a few hours I got back to that neck and made it look pretty

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    A also planned the headstock to 14mm thick

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    Here's what we have for today

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    CrushingAnvil Ironically enough, now in Jesus Land

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    Looking good, dude.
     
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    In a usual way of thing we should do inlay work now, but as far as we haven't come up with final layout I decided not to waste time and procced with the neck

    The profile - Shredmaster 7 - in progress.

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    I always do neck profile by hands, with the help of a plane, chisels and sanding paper. Man made neck always feels warm in hands and always (if done well) feels good and comfortable.

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    I'll make the heal smoothier after glue the neck in

    Time to place side markers

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    The maple part shows some figuring btw

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    As you can see in the pics the nek is pretty thin - 18.5mm at the 1th fret and 20.5mm at 12.
    It's basically a modern D or ellipse shape, very sleak and fast. Dave, you'll have to lock your seat-belts before playing ;D

    Say the headstock has been glued here, huh?

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    And the whole stuff as it's now

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    Some preparation

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    And the neck is set

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    Sullen In misery we rest

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    WOW!!! That's beautiful, really gorgeous...
     
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    Thanks!

    So, finally some progress after the shop moving.
    The neck is set-in, I worked on he "heal" shape to make it extremely comfortable.

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    Here it is now:

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    And then time to work on the inlays came.

    These funny guys are gonna be sitting on this fretboard soon

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    White mop blanks

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    Some drawing

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    this is how it's gonna look without "shades"

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    Nik proposed an idea to make every skull to "bite" the fret which was supposed to cover the thees otherway. Like this:

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    The second

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    That is the first stage only. Afterall the skulls are gonna look pretty similar to the way they look on the printed pics. eyeholes etc will be black as well as the contours.
     
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    ... oh my
     
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    fuckin sweet.
     
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    I loved it. Then I saw the inlays :(
     
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    Hi everybody!

    Due to the customer's doubts about inlay pattern we basically had no movements within the last two weeks.
    I did cut the whole picture of MOP

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    Then I cut the slash of Black MOP blanks

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    But then suddently David asked me to do another thing as he'd changed his mind and found smth he did really like. So, it's not so easy to give up that piece of work but my rule is: the best client is happy client, so I draw the layout

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    Then turned it to black mop

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    I hope this time we'll do it faster as I'm eager to give that Black Lotus a try asap.
     
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    Damn I love these inlays! Awesome work :metal:
     
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    Really respectable that you were willing to make the change and didnt hold any grudges. Kudos on that.

    Love the new inlay (never keen on skulls in general)
     
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    Muchhhh better inlay :)
     

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