MikeNeal's Consolidated Build Thread/Works In Progress

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  1. IGC

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    Sweet thread you do some really nice work brother :yesway:
     
  2. MikeNeal

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    Some updates.

    Build 7:

    i decided to apply a clear coat to the body since the wood was so soft.

    started with 3 coats of clear

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    then i wetsanded the clear and buffed

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    to be honest, I'm not super happy with this body, but since it's just a prototype I'll probably keep going and finish it.

    Build 8:

    did the fretwork, and strung the guitar up

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    I'm pretty happy with this one, plays great, and the action is nice and low. ready for wiring now.
     
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    ok. big update. got to spend a full day in the shop, so I did alot of work

    Build 7:

    I drilled the bridge and ferrule holes.
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    Build 9:

    I planed the body flat, and to the proper thickness. then i cut it out on the band saw.

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    Then i built a 5 piece wenge and flamed maple neck

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    And i started build 10.

    specs so far are padauk body, and a katalox/flamed maple neck

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    WHere did you get the template to recess the bridge? That's a nice little touch.
     
  6. MikeNeal

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    I made it myself.
     
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    Zebra one is sick!! Starting stained blue zebrano n ash superstrat next so big inspiration

    Top work as usual
     
  8. MikeNeal

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    Thanks man
     
  9. MikeNeal

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    did the fretwork on build 7, then strung it up. - some remarks about this build. it's by far the loudest electric guitar I've ever played acoustically. it sustains forever, and the body resonates a ton, you really feel every note in your chest.

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    Badness! love the fretboard n faded finish :yum:
    Shame about the bit by the jack, call it ergonomic design ;)
     
  11. MikeNeal

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    worked on #9 today. routed the body, pickup and neck cavities, and the back round over. really happy with how this is turning out.

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    That's a beauty!!
     
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    did the scarf joint on #10 today.

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    chose a macasser ebony fretboard for this build.

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    Is that wenge and flamed maple body heavy at all? It looks amazing. I would be interested to hear what a wenge body sounds like, I love my bass and guitar with wenge necks.
     
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    It's pretty heavy. I haven't weighed it yet though
     
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    small update.

    #9:

    did the scarfjoint, and did the inital carve on the backside.
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    Build 10:

    i slotted the macasser ebony fretboard.
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    so today i thicknessed the necks and fretboards and cut out the shapes on #9 and #10.

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    theres a scarf joint in there somewhere

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    i also tried a different carve on the front of #9. instead of the usual bevel i do, i tried to put just a small general radius on the top. i really like the look of flat top guitars, but i dont like the edge digging into my arm, so this is a good compromise i think.

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    routed the necks and fretboards for # 9 and 10

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    next step is to route the body for #10. i was holding off doing it, because the ebony fretboard i got for the build was really thin. so I had to make sure it worked as a 7 string first, otherwise the build would have become a 6 string.
     
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    big update:

    first - i needed truss rods for builds 9 and 10 - so build 4 and an uncompleted build met there demise.

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    then i worked on the body and neck for build 10.

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    and just for fun, heres a comparison in the color change of padauk from build 4 to build 10. all the padauk was cut from the same board. build 4 was last touched in march, build 10 was sanded today.

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  20. KnightBrolaire

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    I like the color the padauk on build 4 oxidized to, it looks like some of the bubinga I have lying around.
     

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