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Mike T

Solstice model. My first guitar build. Bigsby scroll body

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I picked this body up on ebay. Someone laminated 1/4" oak, mahogany and maple to 1  1/2" poplar to achieve a standard 1  3/4"  strat body thickness. I didn't mind, in fact I kind of liked it. I always hated a blank white canvas so to speak, so here was something to work with and hopefully improve. I was going to go with the strat shape but got turned on by some research of the Paul Bigsby guitars of the late 1940's. Could I honor his aesthetics in my own build? Hope so. 

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I drew some geometric shapes on the back to make it a little less plain. I plan on routing out and laying in some veneer. 

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I cleaned up the routing with my dremel tool and layed in the veener. I've not done that before and it was fun. I think it came out awesome and exactly what I was looking for.

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Say marquetry parquetry intarsia three times really fast.

I'm going out on a limb and say that this is intarsia rather than parquetry.

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16 minutes ago, komodo said:

Say marquetry parquetry intarsia three times really fast.

I'm going out on a limb and say that this is intarsia rather than parquetry.

well,  I dunno - never could tell the dif between parkay and butter so... 😛

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On 2/21/2019 at 8:20 PM, Mike T said:

I cleaned up the routing with my dremel tool and layed in the veener. I've not done that before and it was fun. I think it came out awesome and exactly what I was looking for.

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First of all welcome to the forum!

I am amazed :) From where you started, I would never have thought you could end up with something that looked so, well, right!

Great job.

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Nice visual balance, too bad it's all on the back.

that's okay though, I'm often told my backs look better than my tops.:)

Welcome!

SR

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It seemed that something was missing from the back. I needed something to enclose all that geometry. I bought some lacewood because it fit with the warm tones already on the back, in fact the lacewood had the vibe of the sun to me. So I cut a crescent on my bandsaw and glued/clamped it to the end. I love the look.IMG_4709.thumb.JPG.d39b9f7886b416de26233e0b088367ed.JPGIMG_4706.thumb.JPG.e824fcb164d9d19fe63d8c211308f50a.JPG

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Thanks to those who commented earlier, I appreciate it👍

Now on to the front. The strat blank was oversize so there was some meat to work with. ght.thumb.JPG.6dcb5c7b5f3aaf42ee35b7f2970d400e.JPG

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I couldn't get lacewood in anything but 4/4 so after I added the lacewood crescent to the back, I had to fill in the same shape to the front. I cutout and glued/clamped poplar to the end. IMG_4701a.thumb.JPG.c149a60274b00e14238fa3b259fa816e.JPGAfter a lot of measuring and routing I worked out the pickup/control cavities. There still ended up being some trial and error but that's why I love working with wood, so forgiving.IMG_4703.thumb.JPG.d3289ef12e1fd61c1665eeeb1e7200fd.JPG

 

 

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I applied bondo and spot putty to the glue seams. I finished sanded, masked off the back and sprayed on a couple coats of black primer. IMG_4732.thumb.JPG.b03073c4a0dd2e3b4ae52b750cf5d0e3.JPG

I use and recommend Mohawk lacquers. I mixed up black and Sy Casual blue for the front. I applied several coats, varying the mixture till I was satisfied with my idea of a midnight blue. I used the purple Harbor Freight touch up cup gun to spray the lacquer. I was so happy with its performance.  I clear coated the front and back and added a little amber to mellow the back.

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just my humble observation... not neg in any way... please take in the spirit of friendly observation:  I can't help but wish the back was the front!  Such a beautiful back it's a shame to not have it up front on display.  Really love it.  The guitar is beautiful no doubt, and the front color choice is very nice... but a matching front would have really pushed this to another level for me.  Just my humble and unfettered opinion. 

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6 hours ago, Mike T said:

mistermikev, I think the build is just right and on the next level as it is! 

tru dat mike T... tru dat.  she is a beauty for sure.

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I wanted to use some metal on the front of the guitar and happened to score a few aluminum panels at the recycle center of my local garbage transfer station. The metal was about 2 mil in thickness and cut easily on my bandsaw and scroll saw. IMG_4926.thumb.JPG.b33375f27154ab3f2414304a7c719995.JPG

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I cut a pickguard  out of the aluminum and mocked it up on the guitar. It was a little overpowering, just too much metal. IMG_4823.JPG.5dc8a6bca66eb83e99bfe95f1abff615.JPG

I tried different colors of 3 ply plastic and decided the black looked just right. I dulled it down to match the  aluminum finish.IMG_5146.thumb.JPG.d117ed4d8ee5d5f8274d8d9f02bacf50.JPG

This guitar is entered in the July 2019 GOTM contest.  A link is below.

http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/49819-guitar-of-the-month-july-2019/

 

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On 7/22/2019 at 10:32 PM, Mike T said:

mistermikev, I think the build is just right and on the next level as it is! 

Sounds amazing too!

Outstanding build no matter which number, but especially for the first. Obviously this is not your first rodeo when it comes to working with wood.....or aluminum...........or your hands.

Bravo!

SR

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excellent call on the pickguard.. You balanced the look with that-especially taking the shine down.

nice work. 

i like the pickups too- are you going to add in any mini-switchs to go between humbucking/p90/blade?

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Thanks guys! As far as the P-rail pickup switching, I used a three position toggle switch and volume and tone push-push pots. With that, I was able to go between the rail, P-90 and humbucker. I didn't want to use mini switches. I liked the pickguard design so much that I didn't want to busy it up. I posted a video of me demonstrating the different P-rail sounds in the July 2019 GOTM link below,

http://www.projectguitar.com/forums/topic/49819-guitar-of-the-month-july-2019/

 

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I cut out the maple headstock and marked out the tuner spacing.IMG_4580a.thumb.JPG.ecfa0ba43005a8357cec9ba5088d64ff.JPG

I selected a walnut veneer to laminate over the maple. IMG_4581.thumb.JPG.f1a23db8c9e6d7fb5be13f924275a2c4.JPG

I wetted down the veneer to easily follow the headstock carve. I then glued and clamped it. IMG_4715.thumb.JPG.250e38e8b2f4ba25c4fa9e10121e1070.JPG

I trimmed off the excess. I fashioned a truss rod cover out of aluminum. I used a natural stain and clear lacquer on the walnut.

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I used D'Addario 9-42 strings. 8.thumb.JPG.26c96698a7bf33573c0f1109cb1b56ba.JPG

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Unique and beautiful, very satisfying to get the vid at the end of the build

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i like how you mirrored the headstock in the truss rod cover-small but very effective design element. you did a great job on this guitar. 

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Wish I could take credit for that design. I saw the truss rod cover on an original Bigsby guitar, a Keith Holter model.437125855_keithholter.JPG.497c008045b125c73e1af483fea1f984.JPG

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