Prostheta Posted December 16, 2007 Report Share Posted December 16, 2007 Members who have read or glanced at my eight-string build threads will know that i've pretty much settled on a working spec for my (derived) design. I have however, moved house and no longer have a workshop to build from, which kind of makes everything a little more difficult when wanting to make more! In light of this, my idea was to spend the cold and wet months designing and building jigs to reproduce the work I did making my first two eight-strings, but in a more repeatable and controlled manner to reduce the random (read: human) error out of the whole process, and presumably increase the quality of output also. Most of the router/drilling/sanding jigs I build are cobbled together to meet a one-off need, and the ones I re-use aren't exactly bullet-proof either as I never envisaged making more than a few instrument using them anyway. I suppose I would like to hear some good opinion talking me out of my 2008 plan, or at least some good realistic comment on the pros and cons of my idea other than the obvious ones. The upshot of this is that I want to make a series of seven and eight string extended scale instruments which will compete as an alternative to the (pricewise, and in no other way) Ibanez RG2228. I don't perceive there to be much market for eight-strings anyway, so an amateur builder like myself would be silly to pitch price against an available quality instrument which is already on the market. All I can offer is an alternative which is more or less unique in design, spec and looks which can also perhaps appeal to guitarists outside of the metal eight-string market. The rough spec I have initially set the mark at is as follows: NECK - Bolt-on construction - 30" scale for eight-strings, 27.5" for seven-strings - Evo FWG110 jumbo fretwire with zero fret and brass guiding nut - 20" radius (considering 16") - Five-piece laminated neck of flame maple outers, two wenge laminates and a central hard maple core. - 13° headstock angle non-scarfed neck - Four over four headstock with raked tuners and recessed bushings - Choice of fingerboard. Mostly considering Macassar or African ebony which turn can be dyed instead of using Madagascan. Other woods under consideration are Madagascan and Indian rosewood. Side block inlays, simple "standard" dots or no inlays. - Custom length 20" (18.5" for 27.5" scale) single LMII double-acting truss rod BODY - Modified JEM or Zeta styles - Primarily mahogany or other woods as available - One or two EMG-808 pickups - String-through body Hipshot bridge - Electrics as required (default: volume/tone/[toggle]) - Dual 9v battery box to run an 18v circuit - Schaller Straploks Will elucidate further in a short while. Typed all this and my wife wants to go buy wine. Will follow up later.... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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