Jump to content

The vote for 2018's Guitar Of The Year is now open - vote here!
Entry for January 2019's Guitar Of The Month is now open - enter here!

Recommended Posts

Hi guys, it as been a wile that I've posted here seeking help regarding wood suppliers in EU.

I found it in Germany at Holz-Faszination, the owner is a fantastic guy,as a huge collection of wood and I recommend it.

So my project is a GEM like guitar with a headstock a bit different that I've saw here in the forum, that I think is one of the most sophisticated that I ever saw.

Body: Topset is Polplar, Downset is mahogany sapely

Neck Wood: Maple and Wenge

Scale: Ebony

Tuners: Sperzel

Pickups: 2 EMG x89 active

Bridge: ETS with piezo saddles

Midi interface: Graphtech midi Hexpander

EMG After Burner, and EMG Phase shifter

Inlays: MOP, Abalone strips for the scale

77869_1429971283187_1650004118_31010340_6759668_o.jpg

This is a Photoshop mock-up made with the real woods

_DSC0160.jpg

Neck wood

77851_1429764918028_1650004118_31010096_5034894_o.jpg

Body wood

I've start by building a jig with plywood with phenolic top, covered with tape to avoid that the glue could affect the release of the wood

Engenho-Cola.jpg

Engenho-Cola2.jpg

Then I've bought a square tube aluminum table leg, on witch I've glude, on one side sand paper, and on another side two stripes of anti-friction

plastic to avoid traction, to sand the sides of the wood that needed to glue

55051_1429062260462_1650004118_31008973_6925794_o.jpg

And the result was this

Colagem-Topset.jpg

Topset-1lixa-total.jpg

Topset-1lixa-total-promen.jpg

UniaoTopset.jpg

The Poplar as a beautiful figure, and I'm very appy with it :D

Edited by tetiaroa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After the topset is glued I glued the downset

Downset-Colagem.jpg

So I start also to glue the neck, I've cut some peaces of square aluminum rod to define a surface as flat as possible with a minimum contact possible with the wood. This allow me to get a good flat surface and prevent me to do a lot of work, because I don't have a joiner

78171_1432740832424_1650004118_31014742_3001908_o.jpg

57023_1432740552417_1650004118_31014741_5605128_o.jpg

Wile the gluing is on, I began to build a jig to radius the ebony scale, slotting plywood and glue and screw it to a two peaces of beachwood with some screws to control the radius,

and a jig to file the frets edges, also made of beachwood, a file and two stripes of anti-friction plastic

_DSC0183.jpg

_DSC0180.jpg

Edited by tetiaroa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i going to keep my eye on this one, i really like what you have mocked up. the top reminds me of a build a while back, different wood but similar figure. Keep up the good work

15.jpg

http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=42532&hl=warwick&st=90

Looks like we are building the same :D

I loke a lot the Poplar, nice figure :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Planing the neck

52838_1433726337061_1650004118_31016564_6741630_o.jpg

A few years a go I've bought a Japanese saw with a mitre guide that cuts like hell, and for my first build was a must, the cut is perfect

51595_1434968808122_1650004118_31019270_520698_o.jpg

55491_1434969208132_1650004118_31019271_7180173_o.jpg

78131_1433726057054_1650004118_31016563_7456165_o.jpg

131192_1433725777047_1650004118_31016562_6624387_o.jpg

When I've thought to start this project, I've ordered from Guitar Supplies the templates of the Ibanez Gem guitar, but after a wile

and a lot of taught, I decided to build myself my own templates and I ended to draw them in Adobe Illustrator all the parts I've needed

53047_1433823259484_1650004118_31016699_6716359_o.jpg

Illustrator helped me a lot to plan to the millimeter all the parts

Image of the tuners in the headstock

Headstock-final.jpg

I started to carve the neck using this Japanese saw

56163_1441184523511_1650004118_31031088_5615441_o.jpg

132379_1441184683515_1650004118_31031089_4051020_o.jpg

56672_1441183723491_1650004118_31031086_1619803_o.jpg

Edited by tetiaroa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've bought the trussrod from Stewmac

57343_1440780553412_1650004118_31030426_2951806_o.jpg

54151_1440780713416_1650004118_31030427_6601894_o.jpg

I've read a bit about trussrod placement, but the way I did, I don't know if is the correct way.

I've put some portions of elastic glue on the slot to hold down the trussrod

ColagemTrussrod.jpg

Trussrodembutido.jpg

Then I've cut a small stripe of maple and shape it on the sander and glue it on the top

Paquimetrodigital.jpg

Engenhodesbaste.jpg

desbasteripa.jpg

With the neck almost done, I've started do flatten the neck heel.

I've placed the neck between two wood cals glued with double tape with the same higt, and with the router

I've began to remove wood

131721_1442314751766_1650004118_31032943_4452504_o.jpg

132334_1442315551786_1650004118_31032946_5121861_o.jpg

131236_1442315111775_1650004118_31032945_6294358_o.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Then I've glued the maple stripe on the neck

ColagemtopoTrussrod.jpg

Trussrodcoladotodo.jpg

Trussrodcolado.jpg

On the trussrod accessed I've glued a small peace of maple to finish it better

RemateTrussrod.jpg

RemateTrussrodcortado.jpg

RemateTrussrodcolado.jpg

RemateTrussrodpronto.jpg

Shaping the neck

_DSC0174.jpg

_DSC0167.jpg

_DSC0169.jpg

Edited by tetiaroa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Partially shaping the neck

_DSC0174.jpg

_DSC0169.jpg

The result

_DSC0190.jpg

It was time to glued the ebony scale

I've drill four small holes where I've place some nails, two on the 1 fret

and the other two on the 22 fret to prevent the scale to move around withe the glue

fixaodaescala-brocafina.jpg

fixaodaescalafim.jpg

and with a help of a wood caul with slots on the 1 and 22 frets, I've glued it

Colagemdaescala2.jpg

Colagemdaescala.jpg

With the neck partially shaped was time to determine the wright depth of the neck hell

With PCV I've shaped the body correctly and cut the neck slot and placed the neck

Simulaao1.jpg

Simulaao2.jpg

Simulaao-vertical.jpg

PVC is a nice material because is easy to shape, and can be used as material for templates

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm hoping you asked him if you could use that headstock design...

Chris

I´m sorry if I have done something wrong, I didn't intent to.

To avoid any misunderstands, I ask to forum administrator to remove all my posts

I'm doing this guitar, not for sale, but for me.

I'm sorry again

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You don't have to remove the picks. I was just asking if you had asked if you could use the shape. That and, I don't know, he might not even care? I was just sayin' it's generally frowned upon to use someone else's design without permission.

Chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×