2nd electric

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Project by bilsborough posted 04-26-2008 04:23 PM 1878 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This guitar I did a super thin body, as skinny as I could get and still fit the electronics and have a carved back. The body is alder with a quilted bubinga veneer. The neck is walnut with a bois de rose fingerboard. After having it done for a year I decided to change the way the neck fit and how the strings attach. I put it back together with out refinishing it because I thought i might have to make more adjustments but It worked great and I’ve never broken it back down to fix the finish, should do that the bubinga has some gorgeous figure.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#1 posted 04-26-2008 04:41 PM

Nice looking guitar! That bubinga is great.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-26-2008 04:41 PM

How does it sound? I’ve never done an electric, I’ll have to try it some time.

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#3 posted 04-26-2008 05:06 PM

wow that is nice. I have to show these to my cousin pat (Anthrax is his LJ name) he loves guitars. that quilted bubinga is amazing to. great job.

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#4 posted 04-26-2008 06:15 PM

Nice work, now your ready to go on tour!

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 04-26-2008 06:57 PM

Beautiful instrument…

My older son is consider making his own guitar. How would you suggest he start the effort? He has never attempted this kind of work before.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 04-26-2008 10:09 PM

To get started just search online for info, there are tons of books about guitar building, also depending on skill level you can get kits. and are good suppliers. It can be pretty expensive to just jump into with out some planning.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#7 posted 04-27-2008 01:48 AM

Absolutely beautiful, bilsborough

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#8 posted 04-27-2008 02:59 AM


-- check out my amazing woodburning , Pat

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#9 posted 04-27-2008 05:00 AM

Thanks for the info and the look at your work…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 04-27-2008 06:42 AM

Man, that Bubinga gives it some kind of visual interest! Did you inlay the fingerboard yourself? What kind of pickups did you settle on? Great axe.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#11 posted 04-27-2008 02:44 PM

I did do the pearl inlay myself, the picture is very forgiving, I cant brag about how that turned out, Pickups are seymore duncans, a hotrails in the neck position and a qp jag at the bridge.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#12 posted 04-29-2008 04:27 PM

Stunning! Laurie was just asking me if bubinga wood can be used to make a guitar. I showed her your picture to answer the question. You’re right, making guitars can be expensive, so I’m taking baby steps in the planning stage so every coin is not wasted. Thanks for sharing!

-- "Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."

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#13 posted 07-24-2008 10:56 PM

Thats really cool. On the next one, if you’re going to make a distance between the bridge saddles and the tail piece, work out the harmonics distance and put a piezo pickup on the tail to get some cool ‘drone string’ harmonics.

is there really only 2 screws holding the neck on? Doesn’t it shift when you’re playing?

Or is it a Set neck, where it’s glued to the body?

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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