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Waterfall Bubinga Cicada Guitar Build Progress

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Pictures (or at least my pictures) don't begin to do it justice. My photographer buddy will have to shoot it when it is all together. This is all I have. The curl just flashes all over the place when you move it.

The woods are a chambered alder skeleton with bookmatched waterfall bubinga, spruce, mahogany, walnut, and mahogany in the center. The top and back are less than .1" thick.

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This is what the inside looks like. It is the same model, but a different guitar.

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Further update on progress... Getting ready to string and wire up.

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That's why I keep posting on my new builds despite the early criticism... I weathered all of that as I am working on the "top 40" theory that says the more you see (or hear) it, the more normalized you get to it. My plan is now beginning to come to fruition!! MUA-HA-HA... :D

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I'm pretty sure you could get those big ovals on B.C.Rich's back in the day....

This design reminds me of a Steinberger guitar, mated with a violin.

I'm thinking :headless with Strandberg's tunerless tremolo system would look very cool. :D

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Not familiar with that trem. I'll have to look it up. Thanks for taking what I do seriously enough to think of ideas on it!

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I really like this guitar. I am most interested in the original designs over re-makes. Very cool.

Thanks, man. You are very much in the minority especially if you base it on results of polling in the GOTM where I rarely get a single vote because voters consistently note that they do not like my body shapes. Traditionalists rule in the guitar world. It won't stop me from making comfortable, great playing and sounding guitars though. I'll be very happy just to fill a niche... Boggs

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So , I take it you're on the 'short-bus' with me and a few others around here. :D

I like the odd-ball shapes. Anybody can make a copy of something, especially given templates (stencils)

It'd be like a pile of people making Mona Lisa's from stencils and then showing off their 'artwork' ......

I think most builders stay away from doing their own designs because they can't handle the flak from those opposed to "different".

I say build what you love because at the end of the day, its you that has to be happy.

but what do I know?????? :D

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I really like this guitar. I am most interested in the original designs over re-makes. Very cool.

Thanks, man. You are very much in the minority especially if you base it on results of polling in the GOTM where I rarely get a single vote because voters consistently note that they do not like my body shapes. Traditionalists rule in the guitar world. It won't stop me from making comfortable, great playing and sounding guitars though. I'll be very happy just to fill a niche... Boggs

Don't change the shapes Boggs, as soon as I see your guitar I know it's one of yours and the quality will be excellent. Oh and sorry I don't like the shape either but I would rather it that way around than have a gorgeous loooking guitar that sounds pants. Keep these quirky builds coming

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I really like this guitar. I am most interested in the original designs over re-makes. Very cool.

Thanks, man. You are very much in the minority especially if you base it on results of polling in the GOTM where I rarely get a single vote because voters consistently note that they do not like my body shapes. Traditionalists rule in the guitar world. It won't stop me from making comfortable, great playing and sounding guitars though. I'll be very happy just to fill a niche... Boggs

Don't change the shapes Boggs, as soon as I see your guitar I know it's one of yours and the quality will be excellent. Oh and sorry I don't like the shape either but I would rather it that way around than have a gorgeous loooking guitar that sounds pants. Keep these quirky builds coming

Thanks for the words of encouragement, guys. I will keep building them because they ARE comfortable to play and as you say, they do give me a real identity. When the players come to terms with the fact that they will be far more visible to an audience with something less generic, I want to be the one there to reap the benefits of that insight! :D

By the way, is anybody else seeing issues with the layout of the text in this forum? It seems to be displaying responses only one or two words per line making for a VERY long post on the page.

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Drilled for the string-through and pressed in the bezels. Strung her up last night as well. Sounds really nice and balanced acoustically. I'll have to get pictures again for GOTM with her strung. All that is left to do now is to wire her up and record a clip or two! Then, it's on to the next one.

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This was the top and back being made... Bubinga_Cicada_Top-1s.jpg

This was the alder body being cut...

This shows the inside of another Cicada so you can see how it is chambered. Obviously, this one had a different pickup rout than the one above, but you get the idea...

GoncalaCicada3w.jpg

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IT LIVES!!! :D It's kinda late and I have to get up at 5:00am for work, so no clips tonight but it's definitely a wolf in sheep's clothing. Serious ballage!!

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Here she is done...

Waterfall_Bubinga_Cicada_Done_1s.jpg

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Waterfall_Bubinga_Cicada_Done_3s.jpg

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Waterfall_Bubinga_Cicada_Done_4s.jpg

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I know where every cavity in the body skeleton is as it is programmed into the CNC router. I cut the back control cover from the guitar back before I ever glue the back in place on the CNC router using a specially made .030 end mill... In that way, the grain is uninterrupted. I will often use the prettiest piece of wood for the back because using this technique displays the back in its full, uninterrupted glory.

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.....as it is programmed into the CNC router. ..........using a specially made .030 end mill... ........

you lost me at CNC....... :D and whats an end mill?? lmbo....

Computer Numerically Controlled... All of the dimensions are programmed into a computer which controls the router. For critical dimensions, extremely high level of quality control can be best achieved that way. Since I have reference points on the guitar body programmed in, I know where every cut is made and so I can program the router to cut out the cover from the back which will then be bonded to the body in a precise location. The .030 end mill is basically the tool bit used in the router to machine out the cover very precisely. There is only .030" gap between the cover and the body back.

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Here's a quickie sound clip of the guitar... V-Amp2 directly into the computer.

Clean dry each pickup, clean wet each pickup, lead distortion each pickup, rhythm distortion each pickup. Nothin' fancy and pretty sloppy 'cause I gotta go out the door in a hurry... Oh yeah. When I first string a guitar up, I start out with 9s to get things to settle in gently.

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/boggs.com/Cyberjam/Waterfall_Bubinga_Cicada_Sample_Track.mp3

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Here's a quickie sound clip of the guitar... V-Amp2 directly into the computer.

Clean dry each pickup, clean wet each pickup, lead distortion each pickup, rhythm distortion each pickup. Nothin' fancy and pretty sloppy 'cause I gotta go out the door in a hurry... Oh yeah. When I first string a guitar up, I start out with 9s to get things to settle in gently.

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/boggs.com/Cyberjam/Waterfall_Bubinga_Cicada_Sample_Track.mp3

real nice, now how did you insert that sound clip?

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Thanks for taking the time to check it out!

There's an icon in the post tool bar that looks like 3 colored pieces of paper next to these "<>" that says insert media when the cursor is over it. Click on that and insert the url where you have the clip stored and hit enter (or something like that...).

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