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Hi, after some mounths, I come back with another project. This is a guitar in the line of Jackson with some new features in the design, in shape and expecially in the combination of woods. I begin for the neck, it is a 7 layer multilaminated neck alternating Spanish wallnut and European maple. I glue the pieces with the help of my homemade press. Some pics of the process:

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After 24 hours, I planed the surfaces until its definitive thickness. It's time to make the truss rod channel with my homemade jig:

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At the same time I prepare the body. For this I`ll use swamp ash for the wings of the body and a central block made out of a combination of wallnut and mapple. The top is poplar burl:

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Here is the laminate of the central block. This combination is for two reasons, one is for adding an extra weight to the body, due to swamp ash is very light, and f0r an effect I try to achieve in the zone of the heel of the guitar

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Once the top is bookmatched and the central block laminated, is time to glue all the elements together in two different days. After rough cutting with the band saw, the guitar looks like as follows:

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Now is time for sanding the sides of the body, difficult work due to the pronounced peaks:

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Scorpionscar

 

 

 

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I'm working in the neck at the same time, like to do both the body and neck at the same time so as to test critical zones like the joint of the neck in the neck pocket for example and to center the neck suitable. I rough cut the neck and headstock. For the headstock I use a peghead veneer of poplar burl, the same wood as the body.

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The body and the neck works are more or less advanced, so it's time to check the neck pocket:

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Now, I cut the fingerboard, made out of exotic ebony, and glue it to the neck. It's time for the inlays, dots of avalone of 4 mm diameter:

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"you'll put your eye out" 😁

looks sweet and good to see you back in here.

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The next step is installing the jumbo 24 frets with hammer at first instance. and with the press later to ensure the corre t installation:

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Dying the body and headstock. Dye, sand, dying again, sand...Tedious process...The tone seems to be blue, but the stain is translucent black!

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17 hours ago, scorpionscar said:

Dying the body and headstock. Dye, sand, dying again, sand...Tedious process...

It will be worth it!

Are you going to fill the voids in that burl or leave them open and let them breathe?

I'm glad you've got a new project running too, yours are great fun to watch!

SR

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Thats a great looking shape! Did you use a template or did you draw it out freehand and cut it out?

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4 hours ago, ScottR said:

It will be worth it!

Are you going to fill the voids in that burl or leave them open and let them breathe?

I'm glad you've got a new project running too, yours are great fun to watch!

SR

Thank you so much for your words ScottR, always a honour coming from you!!!

Yeah, I'll fill them with epoxy!!!

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1 hour ago, killemall8 said:

Thats a great looking shape! Did you use a template or did you draw it out freehand and cut it out?

I printed the planes and glue them to paperboard. Did not use a wood template cause with this shape, It's impossible to use the router, so I rough cut with bandsaw, and then sand it by hand!

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1 hour ago, scorpionscar said:

Any ideas on how to fill the voids with epoxy and don´t die in the attempt?? 

If you mean the thing mixed in a soda cup, build fences all around the body with tape, build a vacuum chamber of sorts, pour the epoxy within the fences in the vacuum, suck the air out, go away. Use a mask both when mixing and pouring the epoxy as well as when you're sanding it.

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57 minutes ago, Bizman62 said:

If you mean the thing mixed in a soda cup, build fences all around the body with tape, build a vacuum chamber of sorts, pour the epoxy within the fences in the vacuum, suck the air out, go away. Use a mask both when mixing and pouring the epoxy as well as when you're sanding it.

Don`t understand what you mean with the vacuum, this technique usually is requiered when you mix the resin with glass fiber in order to produce a composite material, in this case always want to fill the voids.

Scorpionscar

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37 minutes ago, scorpionscar said:

Don`t understand what you mean with the vacuum

Ahh,,, I assume the poplar burl is quite soft and you need the resin to make it harder. Otherwise you'd just need a spatula and some filler, isn't that so?

So the vacuum chamber would be needed to get the resin deep in the pores. Of course you can just make the tape fences and pour the resin on, but you may end up getting bubbles stuck halfway from the pores to the surface. If you're going to sand it to the wood level the bubbles may not be an issue.

As for the vacuum chamber, any box large enough to fit the body or neck and tight enough not to leak when vacuumed with a vacuum cleaner will do. A wooden box, an under-the-bed box with some window sealant for the lid... Even one of those space saver vacuum plastic bags will work if you have some frames to keep the resin not to stick to the plastic bag.

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while I am not a big fan of the body style- I do love your builds and looking forward to this. great work as always!!

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On 6/28/2019 at 4:45 AM, Mr Natural said:

while I am not a big fan of the body style- I do love your builds and looking forward to this. great work as always!!

Thank you so much for your words Mr Natural, really, I don't like much this agressive designs but have to say that the way I advance the work, the more I like me. Is an interesting project, expecially cause is the first time I use poplar burl and other wood combinations.

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extra points for having so many... extra... well... points.  v nice work as always.  that top/finish (2nd pic) is like looking at a stream rolling over rocks.  so much depth there.  you picked a sweet piece of wood.  also, looks like the guitar is going to  have incredible upper fret access.  thanks for sharing.

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That's a match made in Heaven, the aged copper and the burl - and the fingerboard. I'm waiting to see the tuners, pickups and knobs...

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2 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

That's a match made in Heaven, the aged copper and the burl - and the fingerboard. I'm waiting to see the tuners, pickups and knobs...

All elements are aged cooper!!!

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