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Round 2: Etna And Flying V

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Thanks guys, the finish is nice, but different from a "proper" hi-gloss finish. You can see very clean reflections of the hardware, but stuff that's a meter+ away quickly becomes cloudy. Plus its not really flat, some pores and other irregularities are showing. But I do think this is a nice thing in between non-gloss finishes and crazy "dipped in glass" stuff that reflects so much its hard to see the wood behind the mirror. (which I am incapable of producing so far :P)

@psikoT yea I followed a plan I found online, never had a V in my hands before. Its true that the only position that you can play the thing which is NOT standing up has the jack right against your leg.. its fine with an angled jack though. But there is probably a better place for it. Any suggestions? ;) I've see people move the jack to the front, using the strat output part, or to the upper horn - with the need to run some internal wiring channel..





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I think you should leave it as it is now, any placement change means some refinish, which I think is not worth the time for such detail. Just learn the lesson, as I did. :D

Very nice instrument, congratulations!

Thanks! I'm not planning to change it, the guitar is officially done. I'm just asking what jack placement would you suggest for next time, I'm not sure myself.. I do have a similar instrument planned for the near future ;)

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Maybe it looks lilke a cheap solution, but in my opinion, I think the best place to allocate the jack input in every guitar is the front side, near the controls, like in the Flying V. It doesn't look very nice, but in terms of ergonomy there's no better place.


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I built the above V a few years back, same thing as you discovered, the output jack was annoying.

I installed another one in the top wing (after paint and after pics, I don't think I took photos of it) like this and have on all my V builds since, like the one below:


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Back to work. The baritone 6-string is the last in the batch of guitars I started last year, need to finish it so that I can start some new instruments from scratch :)

The neck is essentially ready, I finished the fretwork and finished it in TruOil (need to take a pic)


Now time to finish up the body. This will still be some work. First the pickup cavities and a small recess for the hannes bridge:


Then I changed my mind slightly about the top, and decided to try something I had in mind for the future. Partially because the body is a bit heavier than I'd like it to be. So there should be some wenge veneer coming next and then a few fun things, but as I said I changed my mind and interjected one thing.

Instead of carving the top or making an arm contour (both a bit problematic with veneer/thin drop-top - though people are getting around this in various creative ways) I decided to go for a "reversed V" profile - something that I didn't see anybody else do (though I suspect it has been done already). (or makes no sense for some reason)

The idea is to have two flat surfaces angler with respect to each other, meeting at the centerline. So kind of like a radius top, but with no radius, just two flat pieces.

In the future I was thinking of routing the angle into the body blank joint, so that I'd glue the halves already at an angle, but there everything is already glued-up, so I have to cut the angle into the body.

First I made some steps with the router:


Then its a big granite block with some P40 sandpaper:


the left part in the image is already almost done.

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Clever idea!

I'm not sure that this is not the best way to do it too. If you have any slippage along the glue joint, you'd have to go back and true it up anyway. That could get interesting with pre- angled boards. And this way the surface is still flat for your routing templates.


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I'm slowly ramping up the speed after what ended up being a summer break .. Etna is the last guitar from my current batch, after which I'll be starting up another series - can't wait for that, there's gonna be a mulitscale 7 string, a multiscale bass, version 2.0 of the Druid and probably some more.

Meanwhile - I need to finish this body. I have something slightly weird in mind, still not sure if it will work in the end. I finished profiling the body and started gluing wenge veneer to the front. Given the shape I have to do it in two steps. Step one:


Step two:


Then I took a pencil and copied to the body a crack pattern that will guide me in the subsequent step. This is what it looks like (the color difference in the upper half is from sunlight):


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