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Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by MikeNeal, Jul 1, 2017.
^ They're still working for me!
Huh. Something must be weird on my end then. Carry on, then!
expect lots of little updates over the next couple weeks, going to be making a ton of progress.
today i carved the neck on #9.
really happy about this one, feels very comfortable in the hands.
I will admit though. I'm running blind on this one. I actually have never had any real play time with an 8 string other then just noodling at the guitar store for a minute or two. So this will be a huge experiment for me.
did the control cavity, output jack recess, and did the top finish on build #9
for the finish i tried to get something close to the dusty waring PRS.
so i started by sanding the wood to 220 and applying black stain.
then i let that dry in the sun for 20 minutes and sanded it right back so only the deep parts of the flame were black and the rest was natural again. once again to 220. then i applied the red stain
let that dry for 20 minutes and sand to 220, then i did the first black band on the outside for the burst
then i sanded this to 320 and did the black and red again.
then i let it dry for an hour or so, then sanded again from 320-400-600 and applied an oil finish to make sure i get that satin look
next up will be fretwork, then the initial string up.
That's dank. Love the way you did the finish on top. Over all it's a nice looking build; but I gotta know how much does that body weigh? really curious about it with all that wenge.
My next personal build will be an 8 string, I've never owned one, just mess with them at music stores, it'll be all new territory for me also.
Wow that's pretty. I just love dyed flamed maple and you did a NICE dye job on that.
Body weighs about 3 lbs. Not too heavy.
Thanks. It went surprisingly smooth. Next time I'll do an even better job
I strung the 8 string up today
I'm not sure I like 8 strings, or 27" scales. Feels awkward to me. It's a shame, cause the guitar is well built
Get it wired up & sold then, someone will bite your hand off for that beauty!! ( *checks bank balance )
Great work, stain turned out brilliant
Looks great! Keep it. I really like 27" scales up top (the wider spacing helps my fingers a little). BTW what stains/dyes did you use?
I use keda stains.
Part of the problem could be the string gauges. They are a little thicker then I'm used to, but the only 8 string set they had
On a 25.5 7 string i usually run a 10-59 set. Any suggestions for a more comparable set of strings? Maybe the d'addario 9-65 set?
I'd go for something more like 9-74, or a size smaller than you usually use on a shorter scale to get the right tension. You can order custom sets from D'Addario (single strings) to play around since most of the "sets" are all over the place. If you haven't seen this, it's a great easy to use tension calculator (not mine).
Maybe something like this:
Also since I've got a bunch of questions on this. Without pickups or electronics, but with all The hardware. The wenge 8 string weighs 6.8lbs
dayumm that's lighter than my ash 8 string.
The body is also 1.25" thick at the thickest point. That helps for weight reduction
Wow that is thin. How deep are your pickup routes? I usually do mine 1" deep but that would be too much here.
The neck pockets and pickups are .75" deep, which works well for direct mounted pickups.
^Can confirm, 3/4" is practically perfect for direct mount.
Carved the neck on #10
Went for a traditional carve for this neck. That way i will have a 7 string prototype with the asymmetrical V and a traditional carve for comparison sake.