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Second Explorer Prototype!

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killemall8    387

I was so pleased with the way the last one came out, I decided to make another one.

Surprisingly there were'nt any problems or design flaws with it, which is unusual for a prototype.

So i decided to go a little bit more fancy on this one.

I finally got a chamfer bit. It looks SO much better with a thick bevel around it instead of a roundover.

Ash, walnut and curly maple top:

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The neck will be a 5 piece Mahogany, walnut and rosewood laminate. Its already glued up and done, just havnt had pics of it yet.

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killemall8    387

Thanks guys.

I got the neck cut out. Its ready for the fretboard, but i havnt decided what i will be using yet. I kind of want to use an ash fretboard to match the body. But i'll think about it some more.

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killemall8    387

I have not. But this is not normal swamp ash. This is northern rock ash. Its even harder and heavier than rock maple.

The only reason i wnated to try it is because i am goign to grainfill the top of the ash with black and sand it back. I think it would look cool with the large grain lines on the fretboard, also filled with black grainfiller.

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RestorationAD    232

Too much to like about where this one is going. I liked the last one but I have to say this one should be the "bomb"

I like the new details. Campher, headstock notch, ash top. I will tell you that the S9 I did with the Ash top on the Peruvian Walnut body sounds killer...

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YetzerHarah    20

Just to throw out an idea:

What about epoxy? I bet if you inlay=>radius=>epoxy=>slot=>glue (I know gluing after radius is a pain) you could get nice looking & more durable than paint finish. I guess you could do it in the normal order & use those helpful teflon strips assuming whatever epoxy you're using doesn't stick to them (but I bet it'd be a lot more cleanup).

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killemall8    387

I'd rather not use epoxy. I feel its a lot harder to work with.

If i dont go with the ash board, i will have to think of something else that will go with it well. Everything on the front is light colored, so i cant think of anything that would match.

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Shelvock    1

I must say I wasn't mad keen on your first one, I'm not a great fan of explorers full stop, but with the bevel and new headstock I find myself really liking this one!

What about tung oil on the fret board? Or would it be a problem with the black grain fill? I've got a birdseye maple fretboard finished with tung oil and that's fine.

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killemall8    387

Thanks, Glad this one appeals more to you.

I thought about tung or tru oil. I am just really concerned about wearing through the finish down the road. Nothing looks worse than a dirty, light colored fretboard.

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