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Building Something Custom (with pictures)

 
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Cross



Joined: 16 Aug 2017
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Location: Enumclaw, WA

PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Building Something Custom (with pictures) Reply with quote

Okay so I figure I should start posting some pictures of the project that initially brought me here. Figure people might get a kick out of my chaotic method of building a guitar Razz

That, and I am always in need of some advice.

SO I bought a body and neck from Warmoth in the interest of building something rather different from my usual choice of instruments. (For reference, my go to is a Casino). I decided I wanted something small, portable, has a different playing feel, unique and most importantly...

Decked out with every combination of tones that I can cook up.

I liked the shape of the Warmoth "Velocity" body (think EVH Music Man type guitar), and boy is it SMALL. Well in comparison to a standard Tele its not, but when you play it, it seems utterly tiny.



Combined with a 24 3/4 conversion scale neck, I've got a serious Ernie Ball/Music Man vibe going on that is not entirely bad.

But here's where the crazy starts. I want to add a piezo saddle system to this one, and one thing led to another until I decided I needed to gouge out huge sections of this gorgeous swamp ash body to get a semi-hollow/chambered type design.



And of course, me being me, I decided it was so necessary to not just cut holes and laminate some new wood to the front and back of the instrument (which would inevitably look totally shoddy), but to route down my top and bottom pieces and inset them INTO the guitar.



On this note I purchased a couple cheap(ish) pieces of thin mahogany. (Mahogany and swamp ash, either its a winning combo or I'm going to be strumming something that sounds like a dead fish... here's to adventures and a general F-it attitude!)



Here's some more glamour shots of the body and my recently cut top.









It's a shame to cover/cut the nice piece of swamp ash I've been given, but hopefully my method of adding the top in will show it off a bit.



Here's where my bigger question comes in. I've purchased some ReRanch Orange aerosol for an attempt at a Gretsch-y orange finish, but I'm starting to wonder how different the mahogany is going to look compared to the ash when I coat it. Should maybe I leave the ash a plain wood color and just paint the inset pieces orange?
Luckily I have time to ponder as I continue to hopefully not mangle this guitar while working on it.
-C
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tnt



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Location: Princeton, NJ

PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool project!.

I would test the orange on scraps. It would be a shame if the color his the contrast in the woods too much....
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may have to bleach the mahogany lamination if you want a translucent Gretsch Orange. If opaque finish then apply white coat before the Orange.

I once tried to apply blue on mahogany, it came out a burgundy color, reddish mahogany + blue = burgundy.

Curious, installing a piezo saddle system. which system? I have a Fishman saddles and a preamp which sits on top of the potentiometer. All I needed is to rout the battery compartment. Unless you wanted a chamber body in the first place, seems like a router, bearing riding router bit, home made template you could do a clean route.

Nice project! Where did you get the thin mahogany? I have an Explorer project and that sucker is heavy. May have to rout relief holes or something.
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Cross



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Location: Enumclaw, WA

PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have like two tiny scraps left over, guess it's better than nothing!

I was going to use the Graph Tech ghost saddles system. (Mostly cause I have a nice Wilkinson Trem, and graph tech makes piezo saddles that would fit it). I also liked the idea of maybe someday adding the Hexpander unit they also offer and be able to get midi sounds.

The mahogany came from this website www.ocoochhardwoods.com
While it isn't quite book matched, the grain was mostly straight, and the wood had very few defects, comes in 24 inch lengths by various widths, and they have quite a nice selection of woods.
It's all scroll saw wood so none of it is particularly thick, but it worked for me!
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