Explorer Style Electric Guitar

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Project by Ripthorn posted 11-13-2015 12:33 AM 1376 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built this guitar just because I felt like it. It is a neck through explorer with a walnut/maple/bloodwood 5 piece neck. Body wings are alder and curly maple with a black walnut racing stripe. Fretboard is birdseye maple with bloodwood binding. Pretty basic, but turned out really nice. Now why are my pictures always turning sideways?

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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Dave G

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 12:48 AM

Love it. Has a bit of flying V look to it but more lightning bolt. Cool. I think neck through is a great design and shudder whenever I look at all those bolted on necks out there.

Your pictures are sideways because you’re holding your camera sideways.

Seriously, somebody recently posted on lumberjocks instructions how to properly post iPhone pictures (it’s an iPhone, right?) It’s not you, it’s Apple. The solution is to open each picture with editing software and saving before posting. If that’s too much work, hold your camera sideways. Now I AM serious.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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Dave G

335 posts in 2589 days

#2 posted 11-13-2015 01:04 AM

Checkout my neck through in progress:

This is my first, making for my son.


-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 01:21 AM

Very cool guitar. I’ve always loved the explorer style. I’d love to learn how to build guitars, but it’s really intimidating. I know a guy that does it, and it doesn’t seem easy. Like the fretboard radius, the pitch of the neck, routing out the pickup holes. But there’s nothing like playing a custom guitar!

-- It ain't custom unless you fucked it up.

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 07:15 AM

Lovely work sir! That maple is quite something.

Kennethjg – don’t feel intimidated. Building a simple guitar is actually easier than a lot of people think, it’s the decoration work that’s time consuming and difficult (and acoustics, of course, which are both easier and harder at the same time).

If you’d like to make a guitar I’d say go for it. Use affordable woods like alder for the body, maple for the neck and then whatever you want for the fingerboard (it doesn’t vary much in price anyway) and give it a whack. Radiusing is actually quite easy too, but there’s no reason the guitar shouldn’t have a flat fingerboard. Classical and a lot of steel-strings do, and the infinity radius fingerboard is becoming quite popular in the electric world now too.

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#5 posted 11-13-2015 01:41 PM

Nice work. Thanks for sharing. Gives me the incentive to make another one. The last was an acoustic. Lots of work. I may make a bass guitar for my best friend though.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 11-13-2015 01:52 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments.

Dave, it was a point and shoot camera. However, after getting the photos on my computer I rotated them, but when uploading to LJ, they resulted in being sideways. Oh well. I guess this project will really turn some heads! :)

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#7 posted 11-13-2015 02:47 PM

Nice, a bit wild for my tastes, but nicely done!

I really think some cameras add EXIF data to the images which some browsers read and display the image as photographed? Lj’s knows when I hold my iPad sideways…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 11-13-2015 03:52 PM

Absolutely beautiful

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