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  1. Any chance for a short clip (sound and/or video) on how the GOTM entry United Solutions Stage Acoustic sounds? I'd really be interested how a fully hollowed out guitar body with an acoustic top sounds. I wanted to do something similar, but as a search for it yielded no results, I considered that people don't do that because it is not worth it and I dropped the idea.

    1. verhoevenc


      Sure, I'll keep this page open to remind me, and I'll grab something next time I'm around it and have time.

    2. verhoevenc


      Here you go. Hopefully this is helpful?


    3. evfool


      Absolutely helpful. Thanks.

  2. Wow... I can't stop looking at the grain of that fretboard (or the body). Can't wait to see both of them together.
  3. Ignore the Manganin and Nikrothal option, those probably won't work in pickups (electromagnets) as they don't have any magnetic attraction.
  4. Hello Joel, I know I've arrived pretty late to this train, the six-pack being superseded by Neo (I've read lots of interesting material about the design and development, and can't be thankful enough for making it available, along with the hardware plans). I'd have a question about the original Six-Pack design: do you happen to have, and could you give any more details about the coil wire used for the six-pack coils? I remember reading somewhere that it was 46AWG, and (based on the final design) it had 2000 turns with a 450ohms impedance. I'm trying to build something similar and I am searching for the best wire to do it, and can't tell what material and what resistance properties to choose (860 Ω/m NICHROME Nikrothal and 362.4 Ω/m MANGANIN CuMn12Ni would be the ones easily available - the nichrome has more than double resistance, so I'd probably need less of that, meaning smaller coils) ? Regards, Robert
  5. Yep, I'm nuts for sure. And I don't use cardboard only for modeling. I used it for building a guitar too, just to prove that I'm nuts
  6. Time for an update. I'm not dead, but building this guitar is going to take a while. As for the design, regardless of how much I liked the original one (probably because of the tiny-looking body, with the bridge close to the end of the guitar body - something I got from basses, I love how they look), I had to update it. I have printed out the body onto paper, and it looked too small for the neck, and the curves have been in bad places: the upper side of the lower bout I am using for resting by elbows, and the waist needs to be in the right place to play comfortably while sitting. Additionally, with the bridge so close to the end of the guitar body, it looses some of it's versatility, I won't have the possibility to build a bigsby tailpieced hexagon part Looking around for the proper positioning and sizes I took a deep dive into semi-hollow guitars (not being a fan of symmetric double-cut ES-335 styled ones, either the single-cut ones or the offset double-cut ones), have created a shortlist of 11 semi-hollow guitars with F-holes, and a 25.5 scale length, have aligned them in 3 points (nut, saddle, and "body meets neck" around the 15th fret) and compared their body sizes. My original inspiration, the MusicMan Axis Super Sport semi-hollow was the shortest (and smallest) one of all, and my design was even smaller than that one. And all those guitars have been designed by people with more experience in guitar design then me. Maybe it wouldn't matter that much for a solid-body (except for maybe balance, etc), but for a semi-hollow ... who knows, and I don't want to risk it. Here's some pictures with the new design (new design outline overlayed on top of the old design for comparison, and the new design only). As for the work on the guitar itself, I started working on the wood, and have pre-cut most of the wood I will be using: ordered a laser-cut hexagon template to use of the correct size pre-cut to approximate size the solid core block, a piece of beech 4.2 cm thick, 10.5 cm wide, and approx 50 cm long pre-cut 24 pieces of 4.2 cm thick hexagons to approximately the same size as the laser-cut hexagon, to be trimmed down to exact size using flush trim router bits with bottom-bearing So the current status looks like: What next? can't wait for my flush trim router bits to get here (had some troubles with the initial order and had to reorder) had to reconsider using the tuning machines I wanted to order, due to ordering issues and counter-recommendations, so I'll probably switch over to black locking half-moon tuning keys I need to print a template with the updated body shape to cardboard to see if I need any other adjustments, if not, will prepare a routing template based on the cardboard version
  7. Yes, that will be my first attempt. I was also thinking about one coil per string to have a hexaphonic pickup (inspired by Cycfi Research NU pickups), but probably I'll start with the "easier" two-coil version, with low impedance, and a preamp, making it an active pickup (loosely based on the cycfi nu, using a similar preamp module, but with a two channel op-amp, one for each coil). Or the easy way (not too cheap though) would be to use a Parker Ricochet, which has the pickup poles in V-shape, but also does have a frame, which wouldn't really fit the build aesthetics as I wanted it to fit it.
  8. Another point on the replaceable hexagons: the one under the bridge (~1.5-2cm thickness) will be fixed to the hardwood block going underneath it with a set of neck screws (see plum dots for locations) with inserts inside the pine hexagon (just like the neck). The other two, the one for the controls and the other one serving as pickup frame (~1cm thickness) will be held in place by small magnets, the small grey dots.
  9. And pressed shift/ctrl+enter in the middle of the post, so continuing here: body will be a custom shape, designed for the neck (but the neck being similar to a MusicMan, the body will also be inspired by that) the body will be built from hexagons out of leftover 12cmx12cm spruce blocks, with endgrain being visible the body will be semi-hollow three hexagons will be replaceable: the one with the bridge, one for the controls, and the one around neck pickup There will be a hardwood block through the middle of the body, which will have the neck pocket, solid under the pickups and the bridge. As for the electronics I'm planning for a dual-rail neck pickup and a custom-built/wound V-shaped pickup (in case I can't do it will fall back to a humbucker), plus a piezo UST under the hardtail bridge, with 1 volume for each, 1 master tone, and a 5-way blade switch. The hardest part I see is the V-shape pickup (not that the rest of the body build would be easy), but any ideas, thoughts, feedback would be appreciated.
  10. Hello. As lots of others, I did just sign up for ProjectGuitar, to be able to more closely follow what others are building, and ask advice on what I am building, hoping for the best. So far I've built a semi-hollow LP kit, and restored an old russian acoustic (custom inlays, neck reset, bridge reshape, reglue, top refinish, etc), and I wanted to do a guitar from scratch. I found a cheap neck online close to me I liked a lot, so I designed a guitar around it. Beginners mistake, got caught with the flow, and the guitar came out fairly complex. The idea would be to have some sort of modularity, to be able to change some parts if I get bored: designing with a hardtail bridge,
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