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Hi all. As the title says this is my first post. I have been working on drawings for a while now and I am set to start the build on my number 1 (I will post pics of that soon), and of course I am already thinking about number 2. I just wanted to get comments on this design. Originally I was going for PRS kind of feel, but I wanted something with a slimmer "waistline" like the DTM Pheonix Rising sort of, but with more roundness. So this is what I have:

number2.jpg

Comments are appreciated!

Thanks,

STV.

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Hi all. As the title says this is my first post. I have been working on drawings for a while now and I am set to start the build on my number 1 (I will post pics of that soon), and of course I am already thinking about number 2. I just wanted to get comments on this design. Originally I was going for PRS kind of feel, but I wanted something with a slimmer "waistline" like the DTM Pheonix Rising sort of, but with more roundness. So this is what I have:

number2.jpg

Comments are appreciated!

Thanks,

STV.

wow, i love it. and that is saying something. i am insanely picky about shape. nice and sharp, but not over the top.

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it looks good so far but think it needs a little more work.

by slimming down the shape you have made it look a little long, i would try shortening the body slightly to see if that helps, or maybe play with offset shapes (hold on a second i think i am describing one of my guitars designs)

i really like the horns!

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Looks very sharp. What are the other specs on it?

Thank you all for your comments.

SPECS: 25" scale length, 22 frets solid body. I haven't nailed down the hardware yet. I want to use a stop tail bridge on it. I have some chrome Seymour Duncan pups that I will likely use and a matching Schaller 455 bridge but I am not fussy on it. Still deciding on that. As for wood, I haven't used Limba before so I may try that for the body, I would love to use a Quilted Maple top on it but $$ may prohibit that, we'll see. I am hoping a nice peice of rosewood or wenge will fall into my lap for the neck, as for the fretboard, hmm...still up in the air, probably Ebony so as not to detract too much from the quilted top.

Did I leave anything out?

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I agree with WezV. The shape is really cool, but all you have to do is resize it a little. Something to me looks too big in comparison to the neck and headstock. Great job on getting a killer shape though, my custom design went through 12 major changes before it looked acceptable.

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I'll jump on Wes' coat tails and agree that the size is a little off. I like the slimmed down looked, but I would look at slimming down the tail a little and shortening the back half a little bit. The narrow waist makes it look really long. I think the first thing though would be to slim down the tail a little though. It looks like that axe has some junk in the trunk.

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I think you're on the right track. I would suggest that you print it out full size, and cut out the body shape on heavy poster board, or something similar, and see how you like the size. After that, you can always make a wooden mockup from Masonite, or some pine to see how you like it.

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I had considered bringing the neck deeper into the body to lessen the overall length but I am concerned with the access to the upper frets. I am not sure if I want to scale up the body too much it's already 13 1/2" wide, but that would get around that problem. Perhaps I'll do 2 additional versions and see how it looks.

Thanks again for all of the comments!

STV

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I don't think it is really the overall length that makes it look long, nor does the body need to be scaled up. I think it is only the body it self that looks long. The only thing I would change would be to scale down the back half. That is the area that makes it look wide and long. And as I re-examine it, it is not even that terribly long, maybe just a hair. It is mainly the width of the back half.

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It almost reminds me of a Univox flyer. I think a nice set of boutique pickups like bulldogs would look really cool in it. It just feels retro to me.

I actually think the body looks a bit long where the neck looks a bit short. It could that the neck is not to scale with the guitar. If it is to scale, change it to a 25.5" neck and keep the joint placement in the same place.

In essence, don't shorten the body but extend the neck and see if it doesn’t come into proportion for you.

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