dmlinger First Scratch Build

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  1. dmlinger

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    Several months back, I posted a few guitars that I had "built" from Warmoth necks and bodies. The process was a lot of fun and I wanted to give it a go from scratch. Obvious Wirebird inspiration...

    Specs:
    - Sapele body (probably won't use again)
    - Peruvian Walnut Neck (probably won't use again)
    - Pau Ferro fretboard
    - Gotoh Tele bridge
    - Sperzel locking tuners
    - Jumbo SS frets
    - Shell pink nitro body (satin)
    - Tusq nut
    - SD Custom 59/Jazz pickups
    - 5 way switching
    - Pickguard is currently held in place w double sided tape until I get around with countersinking hobby magnets into the body and on pickguard. Really like the clean look.

    The Sapele is HEAVY, and the grain is wavy which lead to some unpredictable tearout (side pic shows a patch job, should have filled the glue with some sapele dust to match color). The Peruvian Walnut has much more open grain than American Black Walnut, and I'm not a huge fan of that.

    For this build I used...templates I made, router, jointer, planer, bandsaw, table saw (fret slots), rasps, files, and shit tons of sandpaper. Bought some Reranch rattle can nitro which was ok to use. Would like to upgrade to an HVLP system one day.

    There are more builds coming with original body shapes.

    Really hope you all enjoy!


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    crackout The King In Yellow

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    Very cool headstock!
     
  3. dmlinger

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    Thought it would be rude to not post some progress photos...Don't seem to have taken photos of every single step. Feel free to ask any questions

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    I LOVE all the contouring and radiusing on the back. Really awesome
     
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    Looks great, nicely done!
     
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    Defyantly Maybe

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    Great job! Love the additions to a traditional body/neck style! keep cranking them out!
     
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    Thank you. I have an original design that will be posted in the Summer Challenge...hope I'm able to keep it under $200!
     
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    I quite like that take on the tele headstock, looks like a moustache. :lol: Great work!
     
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    Shit...I can't un-see it now
     
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    'Stashocaster next build?
     
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    Empryrean Plucks strings

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    looks fantastic! aside from openness of the grain on the peruvian walnut, is there any other reason you wont use it agian?>
     
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    It doesn't seem to be as stiff as maple or even American walnut.
     
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    Albake21 "Just get a used Ibanez Prestige."

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    Wow, that came out amazing! How did you paint the top, with an actual paint sprayer?
     
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    Thank you! For this I used all Reranch aerosols...sanding sealer, primer, shell pink, then finished it off with their satin clear.

    I've since invested in a Fuji Spray system and will use it on 2 bodies and necks soon.
     
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    Some more photos of the next Tele based build. The macassar ebony board neck goes with a different body. Making an all Indian rosewood neck and a rock maple/flame maple neck as well.

    Plan on using the rosewood one for this build and will use the maple one for the next body.

    This one will get a chrome Hipshot hardtail bridge with the bridge humbucker direct mounted. Prefer that over the "ashtray" in the first build.

    Leaning towards a bright teal color with the rosewood neck...any other opinions on color?

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    I'm not normally a fan of Rosewood but it fits the tele aesthetic! Also +1 on the teal finish, love me a good teal guitar!
     
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    Thanks! This is the color combo aesthetic I was thinking about...

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    Such a classic combo!
     
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    Oh man this looks great! Love the shell pink here
     

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