Guitar #4

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Project by Ripthorn posted 11-08-2010 02:04 AM 3800 views 20 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on this one for quite some time. It has been interrupted by a cross country move, another move, a new job, and various other things. But it’s finally done. There is a partial burst finish around the top due to a visible glue joint that I tried to “fix”, but which only got worse every time I tried to do something with it. All in all, though, I am fairly pleased with it.

Body is a five-ply lamination of walnut, alder, african mahogany, alder, walnut and the neck is a 7 ply lamination of maple/walnut/maple/mahogany/maple/walnut/maple. Fretboard is pau ferro and markers are artist’s charcoal dust mixed with brass filings in epoxy.

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

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 02:12 AM

very nice looking, great wood combination.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 02:15 AM

that is beautiful, please tell me it sounds as good as it looks! Your project is a hopeful future project for me & if it can look half as good I will be happy.
fantastic job!

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 02:45 AM

wow that is quite striking! those markers must look pretty nice – the pics dont do them justice i’m sure. what kind of pickups did you use? i’m also curious about how the choice of wood affects the sound. for electric guitars the electronics are generally the biggest contributors to timbre, but do you notice a difference between these woods (particularly the walnut vs a more conventional wood)?

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 02:51 AM

Beautiful guitar.

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 03:28 AM

steve: it does sound as good as it looks. I used Iron Gear Rolling Mill pickups and wired them up to push/pull pots to have series/parallel and coil splitting options. It has a warmer sound than my PRS, but that is because all the woods I used were warm to middle of the road in terms of tone.

Aaron: Fretboards and necks actually contribute a fair amount to the tone because the help govern how the strings vibrate. The body woods are more for looks, but contribute some. I really like the combinations, the sound is very smooth and never piercing.

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

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 03:41 AM

real nice. thanks for posting this. it’s inspiring. still one of the projects Id like to get to at some point.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 03:43 AM

Sweet. Nice configuration and pattern. Well done!

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 03:47 AM

That is some sweet looking guitar – I can’t imagine how nice it must play. Great work!

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 04:37 AM

That’s a real beauty! Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 06:49 AM

Beautifully done!

My son-in-law wants me to build a bass for him. I may have to pick your brain before I take that one on.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 01:26 PM

Totally jealous, I have no idea how to play the guitar (my college roomie tried to teach me a little once, but it didn’t work out too well). I would, however, love to have the time and skills needed to create such a beautiful project…..Nice Job.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#12 posted 11-08-2010 02:55 PM

That’s absolutely gorgeous. I love the neck-through design. That’s really something to be proud of. I’m sure that you’ll have many hours of musical fun holding that sexy thing in your hands. Rock on!

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#13 posted 11-08-2010 03:28 PM

That is great. I hope my next one looks as good as yours.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#14 posted 11-08-2010 03:39 PM

Totally awesome! I’m sure it sounds as great as it looks. If I ever make one, I’ll be lookin you up for advice. Just curious, about how much for the materials to do this? Not counting the wood, just the strings, frets, etc.?

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 11-08-2010 03:48 PM

Really nice axe! Neck-through-body design really adds a whole new dimension. Did you add active electronics?

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