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>>verhoevenc

Thanks!

>>westhemann

Yeah, I thought about those too. I just didn't think I could drill a good looking hole at the proper angle with just my electric hand drill. The angle of the V makes it a little hard... I would have had to make some kind of drilling jig for that and since my workshop=my kitchen during winter I didn't want to do that. I suppose an oil finish will make the scratching a little easier to avoid or at least fix. Can't avoid the drunk playing though! Where will I put the first dent, headstock or one of the V points...? Great looking Explorer by the way!

>>RestorationAD

Yeah, I asked people that plays V:s a lot and they said the inside of the top horn is the best place. i just didn't see how I could drill a hole for it without having a heart attack... The angle of the V means I would have to drill the jack hole into the Floyd cavity or drill a little straighter along the body and then drill into that hole from the pickup cavity. I would probably make a mess out of that...

>>WezV

Thanks!

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Yeah, I thought about those too. I just didn't think I could drill a good looking hole at the proper angle with just my electric hand drill.

It can be tough.I do it with a hand drill too.What I do is cut an angled wood block to lay against it,and clamp everything to a table(guitar and wooden block),and I drill through the block into the guitar..it keeps any initial walking away from the guitar and into the wood block.

It always scares me though,and I breath a large sigh of relief when it is done....but I can say that about a lot of things while building.

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Nice and clean build, a future GOTM is coming.

I love the top inlays project, the chinese dragon it´s almost equal to my left shoulder tattoo.

Keep follow this project !!!

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>>westhemann

Yeah, that would work I guess. Still nerve wracking though...

>>Osorio

Thanks! Let's see the tattoo!

>>guitar2005

Thanks! That's a great way to have the jack, the cable goes around the strap naturally that way.

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It doesn't look like it's fallen out. Perhaps a few 15cm nails will solve that problem ;-)

I really like the illusion that the instrument has a Wenge central "core" poking through holes in the Mahogany. Am I the only person to see this? That would make for a crazy looking build if taken to the extreme!

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Very clean build, and I love what you've done with the jack plate!

How did you route the recess for the jack plate? It looks like it would be quite awkward?

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>>Prostheta

Yep, them nails will do it! I could route a little deeper for the jack and covers to increase the illusion of a mahogany "shell" with holes to show the wenge. The easy way would be a guitar with double tops and the "top" top being routed away in some kind of pattern to show the "bottom" top. Hmmmm...

>>Neil Beith, Linny

Thanks!

>>Cam

Thanks! I made the recess by first drilling out most of the wood and then routing it with my Dremel on a router base. That one is small enough to operate inside the V and it's actually really easy to control when routing in mahogany.

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Javla bra!! Snyggt gitarr!! Master Pukko, you've done it again! I am impressed!!! I love flying v's :D Man, i like the dragon, but as someone said, as an outline, although that test carve looks fantastic!

I have been busy with my speciality ( I wanted to study it a Goteborg University, but alas, 30.000 euros a year, i don't have that kind of money) so i am studying it here in Venezuela. But anyways, i will have to check out your fourth guitar.

Keep up the good work! this V looks AMAZING!

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...and now it is dyed and oiled. I didn't do the dragon carve. I did some more testing and just came to the conclusion that it wouldn't look good enough.

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Javla bra!! Snyggt gitarr!! Master Pukko, you've done it again! I am impressed!!! I love flying v's :D Man, i like the dragon, but as someone said, as an outline, although that test carve looks fantastic!

I have been busy with my speciality ( I wanted to study it a Goteborg University, but alas, 30.000 euros a year, i don't have that kind of money) so i am studying it here in Venezuela. But anyways, i will have to check out your fourth guitar.

Keep up the good work! this V looks AMAZING!

Tack som fan! Thanks a lot! No dragon though as you can see. Yeah, studying can be expensive I guess. What's your speciality?

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I didn't do the dragon carve. I did some more testing and just came to the conclusion that it wouldn't look good enough.

Good. I thought it looked stupid. :D

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There must be something about wenge and Vs....I'm not particularly a fan of Vs, but the two builds that have been wenge heavy I've just loved. Probably has more to do with the magnificent craftmanship of the builds than the wenge.

This is beautiful.

Great job.

SR

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I didn't do the dragon carve. I did some more testing and just came to the conclusion that it wouldn't look good enough.

Good. I thought it looked stupid. :D

+1.

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Tack som fan! Thanks a lot! No dragon though as you can see. Yeah, studying can be expensive I guess. What's your speciality?

I am a dentist, and i am studying to be a specialist in endodontics. Root canal specialist. And i pay for each trimester 1560 swedish kronor ;)or 156 euros, or about 200 US $

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Thanks everyone! Eddie, sorry but... root canal specialist?! Do you like inflicting pain to people??? :D Nah, just kidding. I just hope I'll never have to meet you when you're at work.

Here's a couple of pics. I made a switch tip out of ebony and binding material. Knobs are ebony too. Sperzel Sound-Loks for tuners.

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Thanks everyone! Eddie, sorry but... root canal specialist?! Do you like inflicting pain to people??? :D Nah, just kidding. I just hope I'll never have to meet you when you're at work.

Well, studies say that scandinavia is the place where less root canals are performed due to tooth decay. And being a dentist sucks, i don;t like it, that's why i build guitars in my spare time :D Maybe when i move to Sweden i could actually buy guitars instead of building them. I'll comission one to you B)

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>>eddiewarlock

Yeah, I suppose we have a good dental care system here. It's free for everyone until you're 18 (I think) so that might be a good start for people's teeth... You'll have access to some pretty cool tools for inlaying anyway!

>>CrazyManAndy

Thanks a lot!

I put some strings on to see how it would work. It turns out I'm going to have to remove some material from the locking nut shelf since the nut is too high now. And I'll have to enlarge the pickup cavities ever so slightly since the Dimarzio pickup is a hair too wide. Not so with the other pickups I have, why can't they make them all the same size?! And the frets haven't been leveled so that's left to do too...

Funny how the strings make it look almost done...

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