Luthiers: what's on your workbench?

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by PW214, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. sargebaker

    sargebaker ISLAND Instruments Gold Supporting Member

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    Something else on the bench:
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    This actually started in 2013, intended to be a multi-scale 7string pseudo jazzbox for the Montreal Guitar Show (RIP) that never happened. Now it's a headless noisemaker with my Cyclops neck bolt system (designed to easily detach for travel) for German avant garde guitarist Niola Hein and I'm finally finishing it up.
     
  2. DevRock

    DevRock Member

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    Build #3 has begun. A white limba V (you know, Korina), to '67 specs (because that's the template I have), with a nice, striped ebony board. Although, I hate to cover the limba with the larger pickguard, so I'm likely going to alter it and make it a lot more like a '58. Gonna throw in a gold EMG Het Set. Undecided on the headstock. I'm probably going to go with basic gloss black, but pondering one of the figured laminates I have. Only issue is they clash with the striped ebony. My last V took me 11 months to build. I'm hoping I can bang this one out in 3 or so, with a lot less mistakes (already made one in cutting out HS shape too soon, but fixed it).

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  3. Malinoski

    Malinoski everything wrong possible

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    Thought I was done with leftys for a while... but no.
    Gypsy 339 12-string, koa top and bottom, Doug fir frame:

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    My Type12SC pick-ups in the Ric style and Danelectro bridge, which is a simple but excellent design for 12, plus it works perfectly with my passive piezo:

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    Gotoh Stealth tuners, I gotta believe they were designed just for this purpose:

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  4. Zen_Guitar

    Zen_Guitar Silver Supporting Member

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    that's it....I'm goin LEFT-EE
     
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  5. whuppo

    whuppo Member

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    So, that's what my 12 String Gypsy will kinda sorta look like...
     
  6. CG lutherie

    CG lutherie Member

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    Hello,

    some basses on the bench ;)
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  7. Malinoski

    Malinoski everything wrong possible

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    Yep.
    But with more hair:

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  8. Paul Eliasson

    Paul Eliasson Supporting Member

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    Experimenting with pickups and coil shapes for a prototype I am building. It is one large single coil wrapped around both bobbins to make one, large rectangular coil. There are twelve alnico 4 rod magnets under the hood in each pickup. Unplated nickel toaster covers with decorative herringbone jeweler's brass for a veneer.
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    Sound clip features the pickups in a Les Paul going into a Vox AC30.
     
  9. rich_chaffins

    rich_chaffins Silver Supporting Member

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    Carved out the neck and neck joint for Mike's Eve yesterday. Started with this:

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    Ended with this:

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  10. whuppo

    whuppo Member

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    Holy Moley......
     
  11. Mike Dresch

    Mike Dresch Silver Supporting Member

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    Finished a new one today. Koa top, figured black walnut back, Pau Ferro neck, ebony fretboard, Indian Rosewood headstock cap/neck binding/cover plates and maple pin stripe accents. Knobs are ebony/maple/rosewood. Hipshot tuners and tremolo. Jim Wagner Fillmore pickup set:
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  12. MisterMitch

    MisterMitch Member

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    @Dresch, wonderful !!!
     
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  13. j.s.tonehound

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    Wow.
     
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  14. murkat

    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    You are onto something good. The sound clip sounded great! The phatness when the overdrive, very nice breakup and then some.
     
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  15. superstratjunky

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    So what's the verdict on these very appealing woods gents? Do the tonal properties any resemblance to the traditionals? I know Ronnie likes the Redwood. That sapele looks amazing, as does the myrtle.
     
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  16. superstratjunky

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    You should email this to John Suhr.;)

    You guys & your Teles!:mad::rolleyes:o_O

    That looks better than any Martin I ever seen. :aok
     
  17. Dave Weir

    Dave Weir Gold Supporting Member

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    Here is the Instigator all done. Right at 6.8 pounds so somehow I calculated that right. I am not used to the thinner 1.64" zero fret. It doesn't seem like a 20th of an inch should matter much. And everything is fine until I try to mute one string in a chord shape. I try to just touch it, and it's not there.

     
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  18. frankencat

    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm building myself a T style and I had some deer antler around.

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    I call it the Flinstone T :)
    -Frank
     
  19. Zen_Guitar

    Zen_Guitar Silver Supporting Member

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  20. Mike Dresch

    Mike Dresch Silver Supporting Member

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    That angled blade switch makes so much sense! I dig that! Cool build!
     

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