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I'm making a new SEL guitar. This one will be simpler than the last two (meaning no fancy inlay or f-holes!).

For this one I will go with a 24.75" scale, and 3/4 center block.

Still don't know for pickups or control configuration.

Woods: Figured Yellow Birch back and side, maple neck, laminated maple/poplar/maple top (bird eyes), mahogany/maple center block...

So here is the first pic of the back, the center block and the "top" side already bended. I have to bend the "cutaway" side, but as this one will have a Venetian cutaway, I fear the Birch will crack in the tight curve...

 

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I know, I put the pic, but after clicking on the button they disappeared... And I cannot edit my post as it seems I'm am to newbie on the forum... I posted in the support forum...

I'll make a try in this post to put the pic...

Edit: now I can edit the post, but pic do not show... :( 

Edit 2: I found! You need to press the "+" button to add the pic to the post...

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Just a small pic of the laminated top... Maple/poplar/birdseye maple... The two hole are my reference when using my mold to glue the different layer of veneer. It also allowing me to have more pressure on the center when gluing (with nuts and bolts!).

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Some post holidays update... Not that much as I'm developing also an acoustic, will post a thread on it soon.

So there is a pic of my carbon reinforcment rod into the neck. I use a piece of granit, perfectly flat, when gluing the two 3mm * 8mm carbon rod into the neck, so I'm sure it will stay flat. :)

And the center block and side are ready to be glued to the back.

 

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Also the customer ask me for a different headstock than the one I was to do on this guitar. So I decided to go with a beautiful piece of quarter sawn mahogany. Here is the gluing of the ~15° scarf join...

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Been a long time since I posted updates... I also make two reclaimed wood guitar parallel to this one. Reclaimed wood guitars allow me to test new curves, new stuff without paying too much attention to the "finish".

But let's go back to this one...

Here is the binding process. Only wood binding on my guitars. On this one it's some curly black walnut. I love black walnut, easy to work. :)

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After much thinking, I decided to go with a bevel for the cutaway area. Because of the neck angle and the archtop curve and because I want the fretboard to be flush to the table top, there is always a small part in the cutaway where the binding do not fully mask the glue joint.

So making the bevel is the best solution I found. Just a little more work and will be complicated with more complicated "multi-binding".

I made a 45° angle jig to push the guitar cutaway against a 1" rotating sanding drum. Work great!

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Here is the birdseye maple fretboard with black walnut binding.

I cut the fret slots on my bench saw with the traditional jig, I think it's the fastest way to make this (way way faster than hobby CNC!!!).

I use my "hobby" small CNC to cut the binding channel and the circle inlay.

On this one, I tested to make inlay by mixing real crushed pearl with epoxy and epoxy pigment. I like the result but still prefer real pearl inlay!

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Some different glue action... :)

And also sanding before the finishing process...

Neck is V to C shape.

I also try to avoid as much as possible to be dependant on hardware. So now I replaced string ferrules with real wood on the back and with small brass tube on the front. Really like the look!

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And now some finishing process... The guitar is now drying for 2 week before levelling and buffing.

I use Crystallac Brite Tone sanding sealer and finish. it's the first time I used it and if I knew it's so good, I would have bought it way before!!!! I really love this finish! I use a HVLP Fuji gun with 1mm needle. :) 

The pic are just the first coat...

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