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  1. Hello again everyone! It's been a year since I finished my explorer and I'm getting the itch again! This is one which has been in the pipeline for ages, but I wanted it to be right and it has slipped down the order a bit. As it happens, it works out quite well - This will be my seventh guitar build/renovation project, and to celebrate I'm biting the bullet and making it a seven string! At the moment, I'm sourcing parts/measurements/info/ideas but here are the current specs (subject to change through revealed ignorance!). * Through-neck (with contrasting lams) * "Black nickel" hardware all-round (if possible) with a medium-dark, figured top and contrast binding over a darker body * Probably two passive humbuckers (although not ruling out actives totally) * Ibanez RG/S/JS inspired body, but subtly more asymmetric - generally aiming for a clean super-strat look but not a flat-top * Asymmetric 4-3 headstock (matching body top) Right now, I can't decide between a multi-scale or a floating trem. I have long wanted to try out a multi-scale and with the benefits much greater for extended range instruments it seems a good time to do it! (I know that you can get hold of floating multi scale bridges, but to my eyes they are quite bulky (and horrifically expensive!).) It will be a while before I can start all this due to being on secondment with work in Spain, but I thought I would get a page up to collect some ideas. I have a couple of questions to start.. any help offered would be greatly appreciated! 1) Do I need to consider strengthening the neck beyond a normal DA truss-rod and the laminates for the sake of string 7 / long scale length? 2) I was thinking along the lines of a 26.5" - 25" fan with the perpendicular between 7 and 12. A 27" bottom would be nice, but I imagine that makes the fan quite tight(?). I'm not sure what the rules are here in terms of permissible scale differences. Any pointers regarding multiscales? 3) What are the best options for single-saddle bridge parts? So far I'm aware of ABM and Hipshot, but neither come in the black nickel finish I'm after (everything has chrome or black and I'm not bling enough for gold!) 4) Do people prefer a slanted nut, or a zero-fret and straight nut for multi scales? or is it another case of "bone vs plastic etc" where the jury is out?! Below are the current sketches for the floyd-based design - I found an "Imbuya" top online which looks a promising candidate! I have some cool ideas for fret markers, but I'm keeping them under wraps for now.. I'll upload plans/ target woods as they materialise to keep the ball rolling. Again, any help would be much appreciated! Cheers, D
  2. Already revealed the beginnings of this latest commission, but for those who haven't seen it, here's a reminder... Mahogany body, five-piece Mahogany/Wenge neck, Ebony fretboard, Original Floyd Rose, EMG 81-7 (bridge), Schaller machine heads and natural (Tru-Oil) finish. Started work on the neck today - the laminates are sized up and glued...
  3. Over the years I have done bits of work here and there for Devin Townsend and Strapping Young Lad. I have the privilege of meeting the guys many times over the years. All good times. The second guitarist of Strapping Young Lad - Jed Simon - is probably one of the more under-rated metal guitarists out there and was most commonly seen sporting a custom ESP Flying V over the decade or so that SYL were active. Jed was kind enough to supply me with bits and pieces of information about "whitey" which I cross-referenced with specs from the ESP NV. The production ESP model is fairly similar however the devil is in the details.... Original specs are fairly vanilla. Maple neck-through with Alder wings and Ebony fretboard, single EMG 81 in the bridge position, TOM bridge, etc. A few of these have been altered on the basis that I don't want to make a 100% slavish spec-for-spec copy. In addition to this I am making a 7-string version. Preliminary flattened CAD sketch: Awfully shot photo of work so far.... The specs of the two guitars are different from the original and also from each other. Both bodies are Sapele, cut with the grain aligned to the outer edge to strengthen the wing tips. The 6-string version ("JSV-6") is a deep-set neck tenon with a laminated Wengé neck. Not pictured is the 7-string's ("JSV-7") neck which is laminated Khaya. All laminations were aligned to give a quartersawn blank. The JSV-6 runs 24 frets over a 25,5" scale with strings anchored through the body using a V-plate. The same applies to the JSV-7 excepting that the scale is extended to 27". The EMG 81 of the original is maintained in the JSV-6 (even though Jed recently kitted her out with an EMG 57) with the JSV-7 being similarly equipped with either an EMG 81-7, 707 or perhaps an 81-7H with the brushed black cover. The build process is relatively straightforward except for the bevels. In lieu of a better way of cutting them, the body was initially shaped from the blank to be specifically oversize - wider near the neck and deeper in the rear cutaway. This allows all of the bevelling to be cut using one 45° router bit with the final shape reducing the bevels accordingly. This can be seen in the photo where the body on the right (JSV-7) is pretty much fresh off the initial bevelling process whereas the JSV-6 on the left is the final shape. The initial neck fit is <tuco>tight tight tight</tuco> and true to the centreline. The mortice need a little finessing for the angle when I make a 2,5° routing template for it, but is other dead on. For finishing, I took onboard Jed's advice that the paint is NOT the crappy Arctic White or whatever ESP call their plain white finish these days. The original finish was a very lightly off-white pearl which has apparently ambered over time. I found this strange at first although photos of whitey with the hardware off confirmed this to be true. Still, all strangeness with the finish aside I paid a visit to an auto refinishing suppliers here in Pori (http://www.pp-maalit.com/index.php) and dug through their colour chips. The two finishes I'm deciding between are 2007 Subaru "Ice White Pearl" and a metallic colour code from the PPG chips. Both require a basecoat, top coat and clear. Should be pretty sweet! For reference, this is what the Subaru colour looks like:
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