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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


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


Neck wood


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



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


And the result was this





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

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After the topset is glued I glued the downset


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



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



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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



Looks like we are building the same :D

I loke a lot the Poplar, nice figure :D

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Planing the neck


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





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


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

Image of the tuners in the headstock


I started to carve the neck using this Japanese saw




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I've bought the trussrod from Stewmac



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



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




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




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Then I've glued the maple stripe on the neck




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





Shaping the neck




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Partially shaping the neck



The result


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



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



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




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

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


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

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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.


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