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Thread: GUITAR BUILD #2 IN PROGRESS....

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    GUITAR BUILD #2 IN PROGRESS....

    My oldest son recently asked if I'd build him a solid body electric guitar.... my 2nd guitar project. We agreed on a unique slightly goth shape, green curly maple front, and a black back made from ash. A purchased unfinished Les Paul style neck is on order, which will likely be painted black. The head stock will be shaped to compliment the body...maybe some color compliments too. It'll be trimmed with gold and black hardware. The pickups will be a GFS Fatbody single neck, Wilkinson single mid, and a double humbucker from an OLP John Petrucci Signature guitar. We're still deciding on a wiring scheme, but it'll likely be a simple 5-way switch, tone, and volume pots.

    So far I've traced out a template shape that I'd acually build for him (first few way more radical), cut the front and back blanks from the template, and have shaped the front using a combination of router bits and hand chisels. Lots of sanding too! I've also cut a chamber for the electronics in the back, and have fashioned a cover. The back will likely be painted black, but since the first step in popping the grain on the maple was to stain it black, I stained the back at the same time...no harm done, and if the paint ever chips, it'll reveal black stained ash. The next step was to sand off the black stain, leaving just the darkened grain on the maple. Kelly green was then added to stain the front. I was ready to give the Transtint dyes from Woodcraft a shot, but rather than make the 28 mile round trip and spend $18 per 2 oz bottle, I decided to experiment with the RIT fabric dyes from local stores...$3 each, and so far the results have been really good.

    The template:


    The roughed out body routed using a pattern bit on the template:


    The front side of the back piece with the chamber for switches hogged out:


    The back stained black, with chamber cover (back will get black lacquer):


    The maple front after receiving black stain, then sanded:


    The maple front stained green:


    Here are some files pics of the neck. It'll get black lacquer and a shape to compliment the body:



    More to come!
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    Looks awesome.!

    Built myself a couple of guitars, and I need to build a couple more...

    Love the dye job!
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    Great body shape, and the dye job looks good, too. I'm looking forward to seeing this one as it progresses.
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    OK Scott you have my attention and others...........SOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo more to come, bring it a guitar build is so on my build list

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    Really looking forward to watching this build
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    excellent dye job, and the two dimensional frnt is really nice as well.
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    Updates as of 8/17/10

    Here's where things stand as of noon today. All the parts and hardware are in.

    Here's the top with the natural maple revealed on the sides. There's one coat of spar varnish to protect the stained surface, plus help prevent fading.


    The back now has black paint. While rounding over the edges, we liked the look of the natural ash revealed as well, so we've decided to keep it....got some sanding ahead.


    Here's the top and back together next to the unfinished Eden neck. The maple and ash should take on a more golden color as we clear coat it. The neck will get black paint.


    Since all the parts are here, we couldn't resist a sneak preview of how it'll look. The unfinished neck is just sitting there, as are the pickup covers and knobs. These pics give the illusion that we're much further along than we are, but we're encouraged by the look so far.


    Still to come...some sanding of the back, many more clear coats (lacquer), cut outs for the pickups and input jack, more clear coats, fine sanding, shaping the neck, painting the neck, more clear coats, very fine sanding, drilling holes for the tuning pegs, final clear coat, wiring everything, setting the neck, polishing, stringing it, and sound check! (I probably forgot something too...)
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 08-20-2010 at 06:30 PM.
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    Thanks for the update. It is looking good sa far.

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    Very eye catching. Can't wait to see the next update!

    Where did you buy your necks?
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    That is looking sweet/bad/awesome so far.
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