NGD Blackmachine Style Build

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  1. Lemons

    Lemons SS.org Regular

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    I've had this build *almost* finished for a while now, but hadn't gotten around to sourcing some pickups. This is build #2 for me, I've also build a twin but it's still waiting on pickups.

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    Roasted flame maple top
    Chambered Sapele body
    Roasted flame maple 5pc neck
    Ebony fingerboard, maple purfling, ebony binding
    Fishman Fluence Tosin Abasi set
    Schaller Hannes bridge
    Hipshot open gear tuners
    Stainless steel frets


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    Alright now for the completely honest, non-biased review:

    I am the best builder in the world and you will soon find my guitars for sale in the $9000usd range.

    Okay so maybe a slight exaggeration there, but I am fairly happy with how this guitar came out. The finish work on the body is far from perfect and there's a bunch a small errors that I made throughout. I might have missed the initial hype train surrounding Blackmachine *and Blackmachine copies*, but its a style I really like and proved to be a good platform to try out some building techniques such as binding, top joining, chambering, headstock overlays, multi-piece necks, and scarf joints. The Tosin pickup set is fantastic, even if it was a huge pain to fit all that wiring in such a small cavity. Overall the guitar plays and sound great, and I can't wait to see if I can step up the quality on future builds.
     
  2. Lemons

    Lemons SS.org Regular

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    I'll go over a few little build details here.

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    Chambering completed, read to be filled with unicorn farts and children's dreams.

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    Top after joining.

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    Neck ready for glue up.

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    Neck blank before being cleaned up

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    Scarf joint cut, this step was scary as F*** it really felt like hacking sideways through a nicely figured neckblank might just ruin everything.

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    Truss rod channel

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    Fretboard purfling and binding

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    Headstock overlay and rough cut shape

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    Stainless steel T-nuts under the fretboard. Even though they add a little extra work and planning these are definitely going on every build from now on.

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    Fretboard glued on and neck profile shaped

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    Grinding and installing frets, this took forever but was totally worth it.

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    Most of the body shaping finished.

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    Neck shaping.

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    Quick little mockup before finish sanding.

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    First coat of oil really shows off the figuring in the neck
     
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    crackout SS.org Regular

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    Nicely done!
     
  4. Backsnack

    Backsnack Many strings

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    Damn pretty thing.
     
  5. khm

    khm SS.org Regular

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    Very solid job man!! Love the back of the neck, it's a beaut!
     
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  6. BlackSG91

    BlackSG91 Loves Black Guitars

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    Great job...I love ebony fret boards.


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    Wolfhorsky Regular idiot

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    GREAT bulid. Beautiful maple, dude.
     
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    Lorcan Ward 7slinger

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    Good work and looks better made than a lot of BM style builds I've seen.
     
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  9. steinmetzify

    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    This looks fantastic man, really good work!

    I’ll be sending you that $9k any second now...
     
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  10. Lemons

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    Thanks for all the kind words guys!

    I'm not sure what it is about BM clones and having horrible quality.

    $8500 as a deposit gets your build started *PayPal gift only* *no refunds*
     
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  11. steinmetzify

    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Sounds legit, I’m IN

    Seriously tho, you going to sell any of these? CITEs be a PITA with that ebony but damn, this thing looks fantastic, I’ve come back to look at it like 8 times already.
     
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    I've had a few people ask me that, honestly with the quality of my builds right now I wouldn't be happy selling them to someone. Although I have thought about letting something go for the cost of materials just to fund the next build, but right now that'd have to be a local thing so someone could see, hear, and feel exactly what they're getting.
     
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  13. steinmetzify

    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Right on man; first time in life I ever wished I lived in Oz lol

    Can’t wait to see the other one and your next builds!
     
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    Spectacular 3D-looking wood!
     
  15. Ordacleaphobia

    Ordacleaphobia Can only power chord

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    Dude that looks absolutely killer.
    Nice job on the headstock- it's amazing how many people miss that little 'lip' on the bass side.
     
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    That looks great, good work!
     
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    How was the Hannes install? Awesome looking axe!
     
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    Wolfos Guitarded

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    Just an unreal quilt. That thing looks like a million bucks... or at least 9000 bucks.
     
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    The Hannes install was actually super easy. Schaller send a small transparent schematic with the bridge so you really just need to line that up with the mensur and centre lines then drill away.
     
  20. yuri_1973

    yuri_1973 Romantic Shredder

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    looks killer! congrats!

    what material is the thin pair of black stripes on the 5-piece neck?
     

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