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I've been posting pictures of this on the "What's on your workbench" thread and decided I'd just start it's on thread. I've been writing and recording a bunch of metal tunes lately which lead me to buying a Schecter CR-6. Since I record everything with two guitars in mind I decided I'd build the other one. I decided on the Voyager/Random Star shape since I wanted something I could sit and play classical style like my old Gibson and Jackson V's. Plus I can play it normally as well.

I couldn't find plans online for one without paying, so I found plans for a Gibson Explorer and traced it onto a basswood blank that I bought.
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The blank wasn't big enough for the whole shape. So after I made the first cut I glued the piece back on to get the extra length on the bottom wing.
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Then I cut the rest of the body out. With a jigsaw which I hate, but I don't have a bandsaw, so it's the only way I can do it. After I cut it I hit it with the spindle sander.


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Next I did the roundover with my trim router.

I copied the rear contour from my Schecter and carved it my with Shinto rasp. I also took the idea for the contour by the heel from the ESP Goatwhore signature guitar and carved that as well.

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Next I did the rear route using an old Tele template I had and made the template for the cover with an old Tele control plate. I also drilled for an Electrosocket jack at this point.
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Then I routed the neck pocket.
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I had never done any drilling for string ferrules before since I had either used top loading bridges or Jazzmaster trems. So I picked up one of these ferrule drilling guides. Combined with a 5/16" forstner bit it worked great.

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I decided I wanted something similar to Charcoal Frost Metallic and found a Duplicolor Graphite Metallic that was pretty similar. So I shot the body with shellac as a sanding sealer, sanded, used duplicolor primer, sanded, did all the color coats, and then sprayed a bunch of Miniwax gloss lacquer.

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Today the neck from Warmoth arrived. It's an Arcade neck. Standard thin C, 24 6150 frets, no inlays, 10-16" compound radius, and reversed headstock. 24F5710E-660B-4129-8682-967D4CF68DDB.jpg
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I'll be painting the headstock to match, but before I do that I'm using Tru-Oil on the back of the neck. I'll only be doing a few coats and then sanding it to a satin finish. I went pretty heavy on the first coat, but I'll be doing 2 or 3 coats a day for the next few days. Then I'll be repeating the painting process on the headstock.
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As for the hardware this guitar is getting a Hipshot bridge, Hipshot open gear Grip-Lock tuners, a black Tusq nut, and a Seymour Duncan Black Winter bridge pickup.

I'm pretty happy with how this is turning out. There are certainly some mistakes here and there, but it's mine so I don't care that much.
 

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You'er cheating with the Warmoth neck, no good I say, back to start...

Just kidding, looking forward to see it done.

I've made a few T and S style necks before. They came out alright and playable, but it's definitely something I need to get better at. I haven't done any with a scarf joint like this however.
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Aw fuck yeah. More stars the better.
That looks great!

Thanks guys. I appreciate it.
 

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I sanded the Tru-oil with some 1000 grit sandpaper and it already feels great. Now I'm doing a couple of coats of Primer on the headstock before I move onto the color coats, some clear, apply the decal, more clear, and then sand and polish.


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My Hipshot tuners just came in. I put the same ones on my Schecter and I really like them. The only thing I dislike are the tuner buttons, so I may end up replacing them on both guitars.

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I do agree that the little point/nub does detract from the headstock and would look sharper without it.
 

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Well, I did it. It was easy enough. Just marked a straight line and then hit it with a rasp, a file, and then some sandpaper. I'll have to redo the tru-oil on the side, but it's not a big deal. Then I sanded the primer a bit and started hitting it with the color coats.

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You could have waited for the neck to arrive and align the bridge to it, rather than the other way around, but nice job nonetheless ;)
 

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You could have waited for the neck to arrive and align the bridge to it, rather than the other way around, but nice job nonetheless ;)

Thanks man, and yeah that's a good point. I did use another neck with the same scale length, but the Tusq XL nut I'm using is coming in today, so I'll string up the two outside strings and see how it is. There is enough play in the pocket that I can always dowel it up and redrill the neck if I have to.
 


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