My Equator Standard Build - NGD

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  1. dmkz

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    Here is my Equator Instruments build. I was going to wait for the guitar to arrive stateside but since this will be my 100th post I figured what the hell?!?! Why wait any longer to share the pics?

    I am going to try and put these pics into a timeline for those who are interested (future customers or other).

    But first the specs!

    Model: Standard
    Top: Curly Maple
    Neck: Curly Maple
    Back: Claro Walnut
    Sides: Claro Walnut
    Binding: Cocobolo
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Tailpiece: Ebony
    Bridge: Ebony
    Nut: Bone
    Scale: 25.5"
    Headstock Ohm Inlay: Abalone
    All other specs standard to Equator Instruments builds

    Timeline & Pics:

    July 1, 2013: Initial contact

    July 11, 2013: Woods selected - Claro Walnut for back and sides, curly maple for the top and neck. The Claro Walnut slab I purchased and sent over to Ecuador. The Claro Walnut sides, Maple top and neck were supplied by EI:
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    July 15, 2013: Initial payment sent

    July 31, 2013: Claro Walnut clears customs in Ecuador

    Feb 28, 2014: Sides selected from pre-bent stock:
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    March 10, 2014: Maple top and Walnut back cut and book matched:
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    March 22, 2014: Top glued, back glued and cut
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    May 9, 2014: Top cut
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    May 12, 2014: F holes cut
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    July 7, 2014: F holes bound, top, back and sides glued up, control holes drilled, ready for cocobolo bind
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    Aug 18, 2014: Cocobolo binding and body contour cuts
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    more to come...
     
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  2. dmkz

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    Oct 14, 2014: Neck set onto body
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    Nov 24, 2014: Ready for a natural finish (must have been a cloudy day in Ecuador), neck is carved.
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    Jan 30, 2015: Finished and buffed
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  3. dmkz

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    So thats all the updates I have received so far. Apparently two weeks ago the tail piece was installed and the guitar should have been ready to ship last week...but those of you who have followed these builds know how many grains of salt to take with each claim.

    I am going to have the fretboard inlay done over here, as well as the fret installation, and electronic setup.

    I really want to have a custom design for the fretboard and it was made clear to me that aside from straight lines and the occasional geometric shape, inlays are not the specialty of EI...so I am going to go with someone a little closer to me than Ecuador, perhaps you have even heard of him.

    More pics to come as they arrive. Enjoy the browsing!
     
  4. Qmax

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    Nice looking guitar! My Claro back is just like yours, and it's pretty damn awesome in person! Hopefully you'll get it soon. I went a couple to few months probably of it'll be shipped next week! In the end, nice guitars.
     
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    That is some beautiful wood and workmanship. I look forward to seeing the finished guitar.
     
  6. dmkz

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    I'm excited to play the claro! Is yours as "warm" in the midrange as all the tone reports suggest?

    Yeah I am used to the waiting game at this point. I think there's a fine line between nagging him for an update and demanding pics and I am trying to walk it. Once it gets here I still have to get it finished, I'm guessing 1-2 more months before I can plug it in.

    July 1 will be the 2 year mark....
     
  7. Jon Silberman

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    Beautiful. Reminds me of my Bruton (or vice versa!).

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  8. dmkz

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    BIG SISTER!!! :aok
     
  9. EDIGREG

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    nice! I love the maple and walnut combo...looks great
     
  10. vicenzajay

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    Your guitar looks superb....

    I'm hoping mine's done soon...
     
  11. dmkz

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    I hope so too man. I think we are all waiting for those sunny outdoor patio shots.
     
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    Yea, I think it is pretty warm. I was just strumming it and it has a really sweet sound. Pickup selection is really key, the '59's I had just didn't work with the Padauk top. I've experimented a bit with pups and found a GFS Mean 90 works well in both positions, but a Dimarzio 36th anniversary was prett bad ass in the bridge. I'm kind of tired of wiring this thing though. It's a PIA.
    I'll spare you what I had to do to get my guitar from him.
     
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    Very nice.

    Appreciate the pics and dates.
     
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    Awesome looking guitar. Thanks for posting the details as well.
     
  15. dmkz

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    THERE ARE NO UPDATES! No returned emails in the last 2 weeks, no pictures since Feb.

    And I think I know why. I was having brunch at a certain restaurant in New York City and look what I find at the bottom if the menu.
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    Is there a disclaimer that you won't get your muffin for a month since they send a boat to England to get it?
     
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    More irony: The service was pretty terrible. They got a lot of our drink and food orders wrong and spent very little time checking on our table...but I have to admit the food was delicious.
     
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    Damn, Ecuador?:eeks

    Vary nice though. Can't wait to see the finished product.:aok
     
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    "Almost there."

    .............

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