Omzig's Consolidated Build Thread/Works In Progress!

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Jumping back into building after a break last year due to health issues ,so to try and keep everything in one place lets try my own Consolidated thread!


Been on a bit of a Holdsworth trip of late and thought id have a bash @ a HF-2 'ish type build..because 1. i can't find one used with a tremolo & 2 the neck on these is baseball batch thick.....(and 3. if i could find one the current the £1.5k+ price tag is a bit OTT for me atm)

So my spec for this is going to be as follows

Sapele/West African mahogany semi solid/hollow body (but not the full on hollow I-Beam orginal design (which i read in the end even holdsworth didn't like...)
Some type of quilted top wood...i cant recall the name that it was listed under but i got from a chinese ebay seller about 5 years ago (it was like dirt cheap as i recall it was £1 for the wood with £8 shipping ) (if you can ID it shout)
single piece Sapele bolt on neck with carbon fiber rods 9 degree tilit HS with a D to U profile & Indian Ebony fretboard with a 20" Radius, with side only green block LED markers & 2.4mm Jumbo SS fret wire
Wilko Black/Steel 2 point trem, 2 pin locking tuners (2R 4 L) and Stainless steel roller nut.
Single Bridge HB (not sure what's going in there yet...) Single Vol knob with a 3 way mini split (both/rear/front coils)

Wood images

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Pics of the hardware once it arrives....

CAD images to follow......

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Cool idea, good luck on the build 👍

Thx, should be fun it's been a while since i built a coffee table woods type guitar, and this will be my first semi hollow.

CAD ive kicked up sofar...this will end up being a little thicker than a standard soild body @about 48mm thick (not sure if that's as FAT as the org FATboy?) and the edge round over will be a bit sharper.

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Quick question, I've noticed a lot of the UK luthiers I see/watch use sapele, is this easier to obtain/plentiful in the UK or something? I hardly ever hear about it outside of British guitars. Looks awesome.

EDIT: And just realized your name is Gizmo backwards, I was very confused.
 
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Quick question, I've noticed a lot of the UK luthiers I see/watch use sapele, is this easier to obtain/plentiful in the UK or something? I hardly ever hear about it outside of British guitars. Looks awesome.

EDIT: And just realized your name is Gizmo backwards, I was very confused.

Yep Sapele is pretty widly avalible here in the UK + it's pretty cheap compared to other imported woods (i can get x3 2 piece body blanks worth for about $40/£40) a lot of places try to pass it off as "mahogany" which it really isn't, it does look very similar but it's not as dense so lighter and works a bit easier

& to answer my own question from above my top wood is "Golden Phoeb" or Machilus nanmu, i remember answering a post on another forum about ebay/chinese woods to which id repllied.

and yes my user name as Gizmo was taken here (as well as 123 ect ect) and i got a bit miffed at trying a lot of other taken names so Omzig it became ;)
 

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Had an appointment mid day so only got the fretboard leveled out (i hate mid day appointments,screws up your whole day..)

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this ebony board is a bit stripper that i was expecting under the surface but that's cool with me, i should have the LED/wire pockets and radius'ed/slotted tomorrow.
 

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Got the LED pockets routed, i was going to flip and raidus/slot the board this afternoon but i found all my 0.7mm slotting bits were broken...so delay till i can get some ordered......Onto the body & neck till then i guess

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The +- legs are trimmed & conected with 0.11 gague strings,soldered with a sheath placed on one leg to stop shorting,i might try a mini USB power bank as the power source for this one, the great thing about the flat LED's is that even when they are off they make great side markers.

I had to step the Blue one i used on the vader clone because at there default 3.3v they were like airstrip landing lights, Look for Chanzon on Ali if you fancy trying them.

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Got the board Radius'ed to 20" and i used the very tip of of a V bit (just 0.25mm) to mark out the slots, i was going to cut these slots after with my slotting saw but i found some 0.7mm bits from a UK stockest on amazon so i'll just wait till tuesdays when they arrive to finish the slotting so i can keep the slots blind.

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Tweaked a few of the body carves (added one to the lower front horn) and ive decided to just keep this one as a solid body and save the faff of hogging out the chambers (might still do some beehive weight relief under the top though)

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Some one asked me to show how i stop the LED shorting out with each leg being exposed if i use a plain string (stuck a D string in just for the pic i use either a 0.13/0.11)

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Once they are solder in place i use CA to set the LED's just past flush with the edge of the board (Once sandded flush they difuse better) then i fill all the slots/groove with Epoxy

SIde on unlit these green/yellow look like this

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Hope to start milling the body out tomorrow.......

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