Jump to content

Walnut limba double cut build with some tweaks


Recommended Posts

Hey there, long time lurker first time poster.

I started building guitars last year and allready finished my first four builds.

An Explorer flat top with a bold on neck.

A bariton Flying V with a fabric top.

A second Explorer with a floyed rose and binding.

A 7 String multi-scale neck trough explorer.

All of them have been rather "easy" build with flat tops and fender stlye necks.

 

This time I am going all in with a walnut top and a scarf joint setneck.

20210811_145729.thumb.jpg.60d08538a0120710de24620a4948f370.jpg

 

I got a really nice piece of walnut from ebay and a limba body blank.

20210811_164820.thumb.jpg.c2b7ee287f3ef781c395c3c386420b1a.jpg

 

I am really happy with the bookematching got some nice flame.

I was thinking of mixing some gold and black hardware and HH configuration.

 

Cheers Alucard

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Welcome!

12 hours ago, Alucard0811 said:

Any recommendations about finishing. I was thinking to use chrimson high build oil on the top, but not sure about the best way to finish limba.

It pretty much depends on what you want from your finish. Crimson high build oil is a good choice for about any wood but as with any oils it will take forever to fill coarse grain and deep pores. As each piece of the same species can differ, look at your limba or even better make a test piece.

Instead of Crimson oil you can also use Tung oil or similar wipe on oil-poly mixes - or even mix it by yourself! The basic recipe is boiled linseed oil, turpentine and oil based lacquer, 1 part each. For faster drying increase the turps, for faster buildup add more lacquer.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Got the Neck and body cut, routed and the fretboard slotted and glued. Last thing today was to allign the neck an route a really shallow neck pocket.

20210813_174317.thumb.jpg.f66f94d6d4ec13f25e133fce2c5aef60.jpg

 

Fretboard got of-centre dots and added a walnut top to the headstock.

Schaller Gold and Black Hardware is on the way.

Still have to decide if i go for a brass nut or a black Tusq.

 

Also binding on the neck maybe...

20210813_175726.jpg.e799476c9938d369e9a2507c2a0a1117.jpg

 

I hope to get in the shop over the week end to get the neck done and the top glued.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Got some hours in today.

 

Didn't like the plain maple fretmarkers so desided to add some 4mm brass rod:

20210818_125734_sm.thumb.jpg.6d86d77ab62a67162239fa18c91e6a21.jpg

 

the lots and lots of sanding. Radiused the board and sanded up to P1000 for a nice shine:

20210818_135150_sm.jpg.8b1bb26aba85cd147ef20239875b599f.jpg

 

All the while the top and body got to know each other really well:

20210818_111229_sm.thumb.jpg.6b03db2dc06c62732486bfd577e63da1.jpg

 

I got it routed ( spot the one tearout 😞 ) and fretted.

20210818_173248_sm.thumb.jpg.3d729ee4a262c4a2d74a2a311168124e.jpg

Hardware arrived today. I hope to get it ready for test fit by the end of the week.

 

Also the neck is only 20 mm thick I think i maybe need to switch from a set neck to a bold on? Or could i still glue the neck in with such a small neckblock?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

35 minutes ago, Alucard0811 said:

Also the neck is only 20 mm thick I think i maybe need to switch from a set neck to a bold on? Or could i still glue the neck in with such a small neckblock?

Doesn't the neck go under the pickup as well? That'd be plenty of gluing surface. If the sides are snug as I believe they are, you should be golden with glue.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Bizman62 said:

Doesn't the neck go under the pickup as well? That'd be plenty of gluing surface. If the sides are snug as I believe they are, you should be golden with glue.

Unforutunally not... due to the neck beeing only 20mm and i route my pickup cavities 20mm there is nothing left under the pickup.
I was thinking about adding some offcut from the top or the fretboard to the neck to give it a bit more meat.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Ahh, so you'll cut the end of the neck flush with the fretboard then?

Anyhow, by looking at the pickup cavities and knowing their approximate measures I suppose I'm right in saying that the upper side of the pickup cavity is at least 8 cm and the lower close to 5 cm long. That's close to how a Les Paul neck is glued in, except that in an LP the pocket is much narrower. The glueing surface should be sufficient.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Got the neck finished today and finish sanded.

20210824_114408.thumb.jpg.b70ec0568f9aa9dcba2c0621e1171027.jpg

20210824_120650.thumb.jpg.41c7f06045323bd6675e983ab9de209f.jpg

 

After Sanding it was time for the first layer of oil. I am alway amazed how much the color pops with just some oil

20210824_131152.thumb.jpg.a64b89c4d44c2cb19007c11132e2e985.jpg20210824_140608.thumb.jpg.6f33c586d34f39730e25fd957299c2d2.jpg

really happy with the neck and back also

20210824_140645.thumb.jpg.436c4cc8d5d3b2d323348ffede946651.jpg

I also could use a cut-off from the fretboard as the cavity cover

20210824_145855.thumb.jpg.dbff8002b90fa4b4295575624a36365e.jpg

No on to let the finish build up and way for the last parts to arrive. Still missing the nut, Jackplate and Pickups.

20210824_151410.thumb.jpg.2ccb91b638c701b0ff52ea4e5c544332.jpg

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thx @ScottR
But looks like I need to go 2 steps back. Went in today for the 4th coating of oil and the sund was coming in just right getting it all nice and shiny....

 

 

And you could see some swirl marks on the lower right corner on the back.

First I thought about leaving it but i bugged me all day. I think I will sand it all down again this weekend 😞

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, Alucard0811 said:

looks like I need to go 2 steps back. Went in today for the 4th coating of oil and the sund was coming in just right getting it all nice and shiny

Ahh the dreaded sun, always spoiling your pleasure by revealing flaws in your sanding!

My daughter is moving from home and I decided to finally do something for her desk. The top was just an unfinished piece of glulam pine with stains from leaking felt pens and such. So I took my random orbital and went through grits from 60 to 240, fast and furious. Then I applied three layers of dye for a cherry red finish only to find out that there's a hand long scratch at one end and some swirl marks at the other... I just couldn't see those during the sanding, it was cold outside and it looked like it'd rain in a minute so I hurried. And the stain ran out so I couldn't sand it back and redo the staining. I see the flaws every time but she's very happy with the overall result and as it won't be the eye catcher of her new apartment it's just fine as such. And light years from what it was before!

Guitars are a different thing, you'll look at them all the time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...