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guitar build progress thread

Postby zim » 09 Mar 2019, 13:30

finally doing it after years of talk. for my first build i'm doing a kind of jackson soloist inspired guitar. solid mahogany body, one humbucker, floyd rose (probably overkill for a first build but i'm doin' it), maybe a neck pick up. i also plan on building a neck but waiting until i finish the body.

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before i did the rough cut i had to smooth the surface with a belt sander, it didn't ship completely flat :frown:
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roughly shaped out with a jigsaw since i don't have a band saw
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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby zim » 09 Mar 2019, 13:39

these pics are about two weeks apart.. turns out i don't know much about woodworking and kept buying the wrong router bits and had to keep waiting :oldryan: i had to use two different 1 inch router bits due to the size constraints on the router i have access to. the results were a little odd, it makes the wood look like it's two separate pieces that were glued together. there's also a small raised line through the middle of the cut due to the router bits being slightly different.

i am super happy though, it feels like an actual guitar body at this point. still a lot of work left but i feel really good and inspired now :xx:

i needed to raise the template up a little bit so i used these pieces of aluminum i found nearby
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first pass with the 1 inch bit, at this point i had to switch out the bit and flip the guitar and remove the remaining wood
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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby iamgoat » 09 Mar 2019, 16:37

Cool ja! :interessant:
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Re: guitar build progress thread

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:xx:
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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby User » 13 Mar 2019, 11:34

how did i miss this thread, this is super cool

keep at it zim it looks 1337
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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby zim » 07 Apr 2019, 10:07

FUCKIN' UPDATE :bang:

i've been kind of scared of routing the important bits, especially the floyd rose stuff. if i messed up the routing i'd have to pretty much start over. experimented with some scrap wood and finally felt comfortable doing the scary parts.

i need to finish routing the floyd cavity, and then the back cavities. i think the pickup / neck pockets need to be a little deeper as well. but the hardest part imo is out of the way.

used a drill press with forstner bits to remove most of the wood before routing
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junk neck i have, fits probably too tight right now but i was able to cram it in there for a pic
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also hit it with a round-over bit, needs some sanding though
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not sure how to fix this yet but we'll get there
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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby Hitoshura » 07 Apr 2019, 11:31

this is fucking sick zim i am legitimately excited to watch the progress here

how long until you can build bespoke guitars for elite MABB clientele
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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby Lavabug » 07 Apr 2019, 23:30

Congrats zim. :xx:

I've been shadowing over a local luthier over the last year and have been building a 6 string multiscale baritone as my first project. This is the latest pic I have:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt1EDVuHeBQ/

It's a fun although nerve wracking process at times, woodworking is something I had never done before and routers scare the piss out of me. Multilaminate neck :xx:

The pickup and electronics cavities have all been routed out, at this point I only have a few fuckups to fix (misaligned side dots, adding a little wedge of sapwood between the fretboard and neck humbucker, and a bit of blowout from routing them). Then we'll glue the set neck and do frets, stainless steel.
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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby zim » 09 Apr 2019, 10:16

Hitoshura wrote:this is fucking sick zim i am legitimately excited to watch the progress here

how long until you can build bespoke guitars for elite MABB clientele

:xx: :xx: :xx: i'm already thinking about my next build.. i'd love to build guitars for other people eventually

Lavabug wrote:Congrats zim. :xx:

I've been shadowing over a local luthier over the last year and have been building a 6 string multiscale baritone as my first project. This is the latest pic I have:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt1EDVuHeBQ/

It's a fun although nerve wracking process at times, woodworking is something I had never done before and routers scare the piss out of me. Multilaminate neck :xx:

The pickup and electronics cavities have all been routed out, at this point I only have a few fuckups to fix (misaligned side dots, adding a little wedge of sapwood between the fretboard and neck humbucker, and a bit of blowout from routing them). Then we'll glue the set neck and do frets, stainless steel.

that's dope lava, didn't realize you were helping with that build. also, the router is terrifying, especially on the table. i must have watched 20 videos about it before i tried it myself.
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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby zim » 09 Apr 2019, 10:28

mini update

I routed the scary part of the floyd rose (this is usually done by a cnc machine). the screw platform is only about ~6mm deep and the back part is ~16mm. this sucked kind of hard because i had to use shims under the template to raise it up. it's not perfect but all the routed parts will be hidden by the floyd.

i doubt i'll ever have my own cnc machine but i have some ideas for 3D printed templates that will solve almost all of my problems and make things easier in the future

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Re: guitar build progress thread

Postby zim » 10 Apr 2019, 19:11

last night was my first real frustrating night.. god damn I did not anticipate how difficult it would be to route for the floyd rose. the next guitar should be a breeze :redneck:

while I was drilling the back of the guitar the handle on the drillpress fell out of the machine and I nearly pissed myself. during the routing I had a piece of wood tear out in a spot that will be problematic to fix.. at least it's on the back I guess.. never drill straight through wood :oldryan:

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fucking shit
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overall it looks good but i'm grumpy
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