Knightro Guitars 2017

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  1. KnightroExpress

    KnightroExpress Guitar Nerd Vendor

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    OK SSO friends, it's the new year, so time for a new thread.

    Recap: My name is Andrew Knight, I'm a former Army satellite network coordinator; now currently a university student and luthier. I've been building/repairing/modifying guitars since 2002. I'm currently running a small business offering custom builds, repairs, setups, and so forth here in Tampa.

    I've currently got 4 stock builds going- a padauk/wenge multiscale 8 (Voyager MS8), pearl purple 7 (Voyager 7), sapele/maple V-inspired 6 (Pulsar), and a maple Voyager 6 of undecided color. For those (hopefully) interested, I am accepting orders with no wait and a 3-4 month build time.

    So, back to work!

    The 8's neck is mostly complete- just need to get it fretted, glue it in, blend the heel.

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    The Pulsar was originally meant to be surf green, but I found myself regretting the choice to cover the nicely ribboned sapele:
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    Happy New Year Knightro !! Sweet builds :)
     
  3. KnightroExpress

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    OK SSO friends, I just got in from a nicely productive day. I'm working on a new design for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Songwriters in the Round event in March. Some of you might know that I did this very same event last year-I ended up donating my personal padauk Voyager MS6 as the invitation was on somewhat short notice and I didn't have anything else in the chute at that point. Fast forward to now...there's plenty of time to prepare, and prepare I have! Given that this event is based around Nashville songwriters telling tales and singing songs, there's a decidedly country flavor to the affair. With that in mind, I'm doing my take on the venerable Tele-with details that Mr. F may or may not approve of....

    So let's get to the build!

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    This is going to be a good one, I can already feel it.
     
  4. M3CHK1LLA

    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    that is a really cool take on the tele design...

    nice work once again
     
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    KnightroExpress Guitar Nerd Vendor

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    Thank you!

    Getting the headstock sorted, making the pickguard and finishing the main woodwork on the body:
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    I picked up a bit of nicely figured sapele and immediately put it to use:
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    Same sapele, this'll be a Voyager 7:
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    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    mmm teles... also really happy you got rid of the surf green on the v, would have been criminal to cover up that nice sapele.
     
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    Mmmmultiscale teles ;) I'm thinking BKP Cobra/Cobra T in the sapele one...what do you think?

    I agree with you on the V...as much as I love surf green, it just wasn't right to cover up the natural look. I need to buy more boring wood, I guess.
     
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    I've got some ideas ;)
     
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    Oh! Man, I should have asked you first. How do you feel about doing something cool and modern on a Tele plate?

    PM inbound :D
     
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    Sapele Voyager 7 with Yucatan rosewood neck:
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    Really enjoyed reading this! More updates please. Love the wood choices, especially that little flash of padauk on the 8 string neck.
     
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    Thank you! I'll keep you updated, no worries :D

    Today on the Voyager 7- dots, neck carve, and frets.

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    My goal is to have the neck set by the weekend, stay tuned!
     
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    that neck and fret board look awesome!
     
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    Thank you!

    Short and sweet today- main carve done, neck is set!
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    Tomorrow, I'll have the neck and heel blended together, then I can start the final sanding process.
     
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    Unclamped. Everything is nice and solid, so on to sketching out the heel carve.

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    While my bolt-ons offer just as much easy fret access, a blended set-neck just makes it that much more comfortable (and stylish, IMO).
     
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    mmm dat neck joint
     
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    Knightro makes some sexy curves. Someday my student loans will be paid...and then he'll get paid... :cool:
     
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    Thanks guys!

    @MoonJelly- I'd be more than happy to work with you! Has anything specific caught your eye?

    Quick update this morning before I head into the shop:

    Sorta considering a tortoise pickguard for this one....I'll probably end up with basic black, but wanted to get opinions from you guys:
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    Gonna get the neck/heel blend going on this one today.
     
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    I like the tortoise pickguard.
     

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