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  1. Look at that! The 15 minutes I spent typing up that post are already worth it, thank you so much!
  2. So I finally finished this project and thought it might be fun to post the results here despite not being active for 10 years. Here it is in all its glory! As mentioned above it's walnut and maple neck-through. Finish is oil and wax. Closeup body. The top knob is a 4 way rotary switch (Bridge HB - Split Neck+Bridge - Split Neck - Neck HB). The other two are volume and tone. Headstock. The recessed tuners aren't by design, I made the headstock too thick to fit them and didn't feel like sanding it down. Back side. Some of the more visible mistakes. I took too much off of the neck and had to glue on a scrap piece. On the back the ferrules are uneven and I had to file two of them just to get them in. Also, mid way through the project I decided to change from having back loaded electronics to putting everything on a pickguard, after having already started to work on the control cavity from the back. I also got a bunch of wax stuck in pores and gaps. I've also broken three screws by not drilling pilot holes well enough! All in all I'm really happy with the project. I still love the design and it turned out pretty much exactly like I wanted. I think I'd maybe prefer a more glossy finish. Best of all, it's actually playable!
  3. good to hear yeah, i realized that might become a problem (at one point i was even worried that i wouldn't get enough room for my hand between the necks while playing the 12-string), but after measuring i think it'll be fine. it'll probably still be a hassle to tune it, but at least it'll be possible.
  4. Routing for truss rod. Didn't get it exactly in the center, will have to remember that when i saw out the neck shape Fretboard being glued on, using the other neck as block. Managed to resist the temptation of gluing both at once to save time. Drew out the shape on the back of the necks and sawed. I'm pretty sure I got it centered. Everything laid out on the floor. This build is finally getting to the point of looking like a guitar. Next up is deciding on headstock shape, sawing that up and basically get the rough shape of the necks done. I don't know whether I'll get to inlaying, fretting and contour shaping before I rout the body cavities, we'll see. Nothing's going to happen before christmas anyway I think. For headstock shape I'm thinking I might make it like on a melody maker, except a bit wider. Or just standard les paul shape
  5. Body is sanded to (almost) final shape . The glue joint isn't perfect, but it'll have to do. Next up: making templates for cavity routing and ordering fretboard blanks and truss rods.
  6. Today I glued the body pieces. Routing for wire channel. Some tape to cover Clamps clamps clamps. I have to get some more, this isn't the ideal amount I guess. Final decisions made today: It will be a solidbody, it will have two pickups. On monday I'll sand/rasp the body to its final shape. I guess I'll see then whether or not I should've used more clamps.
  7. Neck gluing in progress. The tape method is working like a charm, Both necks. Body pieces band sawed and a bit sanded. I'm going to wait until they're glued together before I do the final shaping Body pieces with plans on top. I've sketched the rout channels for wiring, but they're not final yet. Have to make the decision whether to have two pickups or three first. I'm leaning towards two. It would be cool to have a 12/6 label instead of rhythm/treble on the switch plate.
  8. I fixed my image problems! Turns out my phone and computer used the exif information in the files to display them correctly, which didn't happen when they were uploaded. Had to rotate them in an editor, save them and rotate them back again. Anyway, time for some progress pics! Body being glued. I got my hands on some really cheap mahogany, less than a third of the normal rate if I did the math right. The only drawback being that they were only 25mm thick. Not a big deal for me and it also makes it easier to route chambers and/or wiring. neck pieces sanding for scarf joints
  9. At it again! With the first build almost finished, how can I not start a second? So, the thing is, I've wanted a doubleneck for some time. I want to play some 12-string and I think they look cool, but they're expensive enough to make me not want to buy one. When I was looking through the internet for some inspiration I found a build thread on here featuring a no cut les paul (I think it was avengers maybe?) and got hooked on that idea. So I'm stealing it using it as my inspiration. To make it a bit easier for me, I decided to make it a junior model, rather than a standard les paul. No carving, no binding, not that many pickups, no fancy finish. Should be difficult enough for a beginner like me anyway. So, here we go!. The specs are: Mahogany body/necks. Haven't decided if I want it solid, chambered or swiss cheesed yet. I'm not going to gig with it or anything, so weight isn't really an issue chrome hardware, one 12 sting tune-o-matic, one 6 string vibrola p-90 pickups. one in neck position for 12 string, one or two for 6 string. Haven't made my mind up about this yet. rosewood fretboard black pickguard tv yellow finish one 3-way switch, selecting either or both of the pickups in case I go with two, or either of the three if I get that one extra black speed knobs (probably only two as opposed to how it's drawn on the mockup) (of course most of this is subject to change until I've actually bought the stuff) Here's the mockup And here's the progress. http://www.ds.karen.hj.se/~sebbe/testbok/index.php?album=projekt3/ For some reason the images turn sideways when I upload them, I want to sort that out before I post them in the thread. So far I've started gluing the body blanks, and cut the necks. I tried to glue the scarf joint today, but it didn't turn out so good, so I have to do some reading before getting at it again. The taping method seems like a good way to go.
  10. This weekend I managed to get the frets strapped on. I also couldn't resist slamming on all hardware and test a bit. The verdict? Definitely playable, at least. I'm really happy about how it turned out. I also managed to learn about why you use pilot holes for screws. The hard way. One for the rear strap button, one for a tuner. The strap button wasn't supposed to be centered, so I'll just move it a small bit and try again (with pre-drilling this time). Haven't decided how to fix the tuner screw-up (heh). I'm glad it wasn't a screw in the bridge, that would have been a real bummer. I'm also glad it only took two screws for me to realize I was doing something wrong.
  11. Yesterday I got an idea about inlays on the fretboard: binary dots. I would use black and white dots (i guess pearl/abalone) to represent the fret number in binary. Three, for example, would be two black dots (11). Five would be black/white/black (101). It would actually be symmetric all the way, except for 19 (10011 or 010011), provided I use leading zeros for the 12th fret. The full list (1 = black dot, 0 = white dot): 11 101 111 1001 001100 1111 10001 010011 10101 There would be a lot of dots. Would that look stupid? I imagine it's comparable to block inlays in 'amount of inlay', but I don't know if I've ever seen more than three dots on one fret. Now I would have up to six. Also: pickguard almost done. I guess I should bevel the edge as well.
  12. Ok, so I've been quite busy for the last two years and have not had time for this project. The other day I got a sudden urge and started it up again. I hope you don't mind the necropost I've decided to go with a pickguard instead of the original pickup rings, for a variety of reasons all of which ultimately originated from mistakes. I did buy the SD p-rails, but they ended up in my epi les paul instead and they'll be staying there for now. I have some generic budget pickups to use for this one instead, at least initially. Right now I'm working on the frets and some holes for the pickups. I'm also rethinking my fret inlay idea, mostly because I don't have a lot of good equipment. Maybe I'll just do dots instead. (the strings are rolled up and taped to the body)
  13. So the top of the neck/body is planed and I made a mockup using the hardware I have so far. Tomorrow I'll try to get it a little more smooth and also saw the head angle. I will probably make it 10 or 15 degrees, which one do you prefer? From what I've read it doesn't make a world of difference and I think in both cases I'll be able to lay the guitar down without hitting the tuners. unless someone convinces me otherwise, I think I will go with 10 since the rest of the body is straight maybe also sand the walnut before i cut out the shape, i think it might be a bit easier to get a rectangular piece of wood plane than a funny shape. please correct me if I'm wrong ;D then I think I've done everything I can before I get my hands on the larger varieties of power tools. Except drilling, which I might wait with anyway. mockup: Image 1 by the way, here's my idea of how to wire it. any comments are welcome: 2x SD P-rails. 1x master volume 2x tone one 4 way switch for selecting pickups: bridge-both in parallell-both in series-neck two push/pull splitting the pickups: rail-series humbucker-parallell humbucker-p90 one push/pull shifting the phase on one pickup the only function i feel i'm missing is to use for example brigde rail and neck p90 together. maybe i could use a 6way switch and include phase shifting and use the remaining push/pull to change which coil is active when splitting, but i'm not sure that's possible and also it would be difficult to use the switch. do you think it would be a useful addition to the proposed amount of options? cheers
  14. got some of the hardware today. turns out gotohs cosmo black isn't as black as I thought it would be, but since both tuners and bridge are cosmo black and pickups and pickup rings are black it'll probably work out just fine. the jack is black as well, but since it'll be located on the side i figure it will look neat. tomorrow is planing day, i'll have to get my laminate flat and nice, it's about half an inch of manual planing then it's off to a friend to get access to router and band saw and then I think we're going to see some real progress. No fun pics so far but I might get some boring ones up tomorrow or sunday
  15. Yeah, I'm sure it'll be a great project. I was going for a bright sound since my other guitar (epi les paul) is pretty much the opposite. Maybe it'll be too bright, we'll see Your concerns on the headstock, is that just a design issue or will a small headstock have any other consequences? The picture is mostly to scale, but it's not final. The neck should be narrower and the head should be further away from the neck if that makes any sense. But I agree that the head looks a bit small. I'll play about a bit in illustrator when I get time and see if I can get it better The nut on the image is not to scale, I think I'll wait until I get it home so I can make a physical mockup before I make any final desicions.
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