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Guitar #3 burled maple top on a cherry body

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Project by Thorbjorn88 posted 11-14-2019 10:18 PM 619 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third electric guitar I’ve made and the best one so far. The top is burled maple and the body is made of cherry. The neck is quarter sawn hard maple.The fretboard and electronics cavity cover on the back are walnut.

-- Dave





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 11-14-2019 10:39 PM

I always thought it would be fun to make one of these …. you made a very excellent choice on your woods …… GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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hairy

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#2 posted 11-14-2019 11:40 PM

SWEET!!

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 11-15-2019 04:44 AM

That burl really brings in the WOW factor. I know for nothing about music, does it play well? Looks magnificent.

-- Think safe, be safe

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EarlS

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#4 posted 11-15-2019 12:36 PM

Nice work. That is an amazing burl.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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drbyte

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#5 posted 11-15-2019 01:58 PM

Sweeter than sweet! Great job, nice wood! What brand pickups, tuners, and tremelo did you use?

-- Dennis, WV

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DDWW

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#6 posted 11-15-2019 02:33 PM

This is great aside from having amazing burl, I am drawn to the design of your headstock. It is thoughtful and well balanced. Hardware is understated and lets the design and materials shine.

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DDWW

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#7 posted 11-15-2019 02:57 PM

This is great aside from having amazing burl, I am drawn to the design of your headstock. It is thoughtful and well balanced. Hardware is understated and lets the design and materials shine.

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Thorbjorn88

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#8 posted 11-15-2019 03:31 PM

Thanks all!

therealSteveN It plays great! I’m planning on redoing the neck on my first guitar now that I’m better at fret work and stuff.

Dennis the pickups are tonerider, I think they’re hard to beat on bang for the buck. The tremolo is a wilkonsen licensed one I got off of ebay and I think it’s the same for the tuners. The guy I built it for isn’t a huge player so he didn’t want to go over the top on the hardware budget but I was completely satisfied with the quality of the trem and tuners.

DDWW thanks for noticing the headstock. It took me a lot of iterations to find something I liked that wasn’t just a knock off of something else.

-- Dave

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moke

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#9 posted 11-15-2019 06:18 PM

I’ve played guitar most of my life and also done woodworking, but have been too afraid to build a guitar…..you have created a masterpiece! Well done!

Pardon my ignorance for asking these two questions…..first, why no pick guard? Just for ascetics? or a sound thing?
If I did try, would I be safe to buy a neck and head stock?

-- Mike

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oldrivers

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#10 posted 11-15-2019 06:30 PM

Beautiful Guitar. you did an excellent job, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Thorbjorn88

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#11 posted 11-15-2019 07:09 PM

moke Yeah no pickguard for ascetics. But by doing that it requires the pickups to be directly mounted into the wood with either wood wood screws or threaded inserts. I prefer threaded inserts because it makes pickup height easily adjustable. Mounting the pickups directly into the wood does affect tone, this is something that I believe was popularized by Van Halen’s frankenstrat. It’s a subtle difference though and could be one of those many many things that guitarist think they can hear a difference but it’s all in their head.

As for buying a neck and just building a body, that’s a good option but it doesn’t save you from doing the fret work to make it play really well. And honestly there’s nothing really that difficult about making a neck. Cutting the fret slots is a little tricky and you have to have the right sized hand saw or table saw blade to do it. A great option is buying a pre-slotted fretboard. And I think the most fun part of the project is carving the neck.

If you’re interested I can answer more questions over PM and send you some videos I like about building the neck.

-- Dave

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BurlyBob

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#12 posted 11-16-2019 04:15 AM

Both those are wonderful and way out of my league.

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splintergroup

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#13 posted 11-16-2019 03:00 PM

The instruments here on LJs always draw my attention. True craftsmanship with plenty of artistic engineering. Nary a straight line except for the strings, it makes my table saw lonely 8^)

Very impressive!

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KelleyCrafts

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#14 posted 11-16-2019 05:21 PM

Awesome job!

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 11-19-2019 12:10 AM

You are one fine luthier!
I replied to your comment on the Deadman post.

-- James E McIntyre

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