C0L0N3L's SG build. Update 29/08/09

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  1. C0L0N3L

    C0L0N3L Member

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    hey all.
    I've been building a SG style guitar in my y12 technology studies class, I thought some of you might be interested.

    Sorry about the picture quality, I will get some better quality ones soon.

    I'm not going to say what im doing in each picture..
    Any questions about something just ask.

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    more to come
     
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  2. -Rift-

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    Wow thats really nice, wish I had your woodworking skills.
     
  3. sandwichamwin

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    Nice stuff mate. How are you going to finish it? Classic cherry or something different? Any pics of the neck in progress? It looks like a nice clean job :thumbup:
     
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  5. ChrisH

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    Looking great! What is the thickness of the body? I reckon the thinner the better!

    Also are you doing a direct mount, or pickguard. Go the direct if you can :D
     
  6. AxlOz

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    looking good dude. are you making a neck for yourself or buying that pre-made?
     
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    Thanks everyone.

    Finnishing: well i think i will most likely go with a clear nitrocellulose satin finish. The timber looks awesome so i don't want to cover it up, but I hate the sticky feel that glossy finishes have.

    The neck: I was originaly going to make this too but when discussing it with my teacher we decided it would be too involved for the time we have to work on it. So i bought the neck from Mooloolaba music (local music shop) and the neck came from AMS (australasian music supplies) My teacher how ever is going to make a telecaster style guitar and he will have a go at making the neck, I will see if I can get some pictures for you.

    Thickness of the body is at about 43.5mm but there is some more sanding to go doubtfull it will get much thinner though. I was hoping to make it a bit thinner but I don't care anymore because it doesnt look chunky anymore.

    Direct mount? I won't have a pickguard I want it tool be a ESP/Gibson hybrid.

    I wanted to get EMG pickups but I don't have the money so will be a futre upgrade hopefully.

    more pictures.. did a bit of sanding with 100grit today most of the scratches and dents are gone now.
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    Test fitting some components (Wilkinson Pickups.. trade for EMG's? :lol:)
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    The neck.. it needs a bit of fixing up not entirely happy with its finish. also need to make a cover for the tross rod ideas?
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    I need to order the rest of the parts this is what I'm planning to get let me know if I should change anything.
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    thats from www.luthierssupplies.com.au
    any other sites i should checkout first?

    thanks.
     
  8. AxlOz

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    not a bad looking neck there, is it mahogony? can i ask what the neck cost u? I've been thinking about building a guitar sometime soon..
     
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    C0L0N3L

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    sorry i have no idea what the neck is made of.. but given the look id say it is mahogany.
    The body is New Guinnea Rose wood by the way

    I paid $150 for the neck. I ordered the one with trapazoidal inlays.. but they didnt have any so they 'upgraded' me. I would have reathered the trapazoids.. so yeah i think this neck was $170 but i got it for the price of the other one.
     
  10. sandwichamwin

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    Maybe look at the locking gotoh tuners. I used those gotohs on the strat I built and they're not really amazing. Definitely wish I spent the extra $15-20 on the locking ones.
     
  11. Willybomb

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    Maybe a Tung- or True- oil rubbed in finish. I'm not 100% up with the differences between the two oils, but if you search the Project Guitar forums you'll find pretty much whatever info you need.
     
  12. Bigtosser

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    Hi
    That is a great looking guitar you're making there. I love the New guinea Rosewood slab you got for the body. May I ask where you got, and how much it cost.
    The stripe in that should come up awesome, are you intending on putting a stain on the wood? before the nitro cellulose, Cherry perhaps.
    I admire your skills.
     
  13. shadowman

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    I'm not experty on guitars, but that looks pretty awesome there.

    I had the privelege of doing the Gibson factory tour in Memphis earlier this year, theres definitely a lot of love put into guitar production.
     
  14. ojk007

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    damnit every time i see a guitar building worklog i get a massive urge to do my own, if only i had the time and money...

    Looks sweet btw, nothing more satisfying than building your own instrument.
     
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    C0L0N3L

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    I was looking at doing an oil finish as its incredibly easy and you can keep touching it up but my teacher has assured me the nitrocellulose will be better, and no I don't think I will put a stain on it.

    I managed to get the timber for $40 cause I got it from a one of my teachers mates. I think it came from Dubrake enterprises in Bli Bli though apparantly the guy there cuts and glues the blocks ready for guitars as he builds some himself.

    Does the locking machine head just stop it from slipping?

    Not much has changed.. more sanding. Nothing much will happen till school starts again.

    Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated
     
  16. Bigtosser

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    Just curious are you planning on a bolt on neck joint?
    As it looks from the shape of the neck.
    Or the traditional long tenon join.
    Please say glued in set neck.
     
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    C0L0N3L

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    Goodies came today!

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    I have pretty much everything now.
    still to get:
    -Jack
    -Knobs
    -Shielding
    -Caps (tone control)
    -Probably something else

    Still to do:
    -Make more holes
    -Make control cover (acrylic)
    -Make truss rod cover (thinking stainless steel)
    -More sanding
    -Paint/varnish/coat whatever you want to call it
    -fit componets wire electrics
    -overlook something
    -test

    @ Bigtosser: Sorry bolt on neck

    Hopefully be able to get holes for everything (Bridge, strings, output etc) done tommorow.

    Can any one with string ferrules, preferably set up like the ESP/LTD F series give me the distances from the bridge to the string ferrules? I know it doesnt matter but I would like some numbers to work with.
     
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    Yeah, it does. Too close and the break angle will be too much, too far and the strings can jump the saddles.
     
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    C0L0N3L

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    fair enough.
    at the moment i am working off the standard bridge and tail piece distance which is about 44mm. I figure cause the strings will be going through the body (making them lower than a standard tailpiece) I'd make them a bit further 47-55 (i want them to be stagered.)

    Don't worry found a .DWG on the net here

    Looking at range from 47.3 to 58.9 so I was close.
     
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  20. Marlborosmoker

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    Nothing wrong with a well built bolt on pocket. bolt on vs set neck is minimal unlike comparing to a neck through. But can I also suggest that you consider contouring the heel? It looks freaking massive and looks damn uncomfortable at the upper registers eg just remember to use shorter screws


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    Cheap way to do covers

    http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/cavcv.htm

    I'd also do a fret level at this stage if you haven't done it (basic guide)

    http://www.pittmanguitarrepair.com/...D30D6683-D610-A6A8-6C593D00387746E7&dv=recent
     
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