8 String Guitar Body

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Project by Russell Eck posted 05-15-2015 07:35 PM 1590 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished my very first guitar build ever. I made the body out of zebra wood with wenge accents. I didn’t make the neck but I’m going to try my hand at the neck on my next build. Doing the curves and contours were quite pleasing to do by hand, a very methodical practice. All it needs now is some pickups, strings, and some cavity covers which I’m going to make out of wenge to match the rest of the guitar.

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#1 posted 05-15-2015 07:54 PM

Awesome work, she is going to sound sweet. I watched a show last night on Public TV called, ” A Craftsman Legacy” it was about a Famous guitar builder and repair school. What a show, Look fwd to seeing more Bro.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-15-2015 09:01 PM

I never realized guitars had 8 strings. I’ve seen 6 and 12 string guitars but not 8.
You did an really great job building it and I bet it sounds nice.
I would imagine it would be quite heavy because the Zebrawood and Wenge are dense woods.

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#3 posted 05-15-2015 11:27 PM

the two top strings would be drone strings, I imagine.. open tunings would work, though I’m sure some have the talent to actually utilize all eight. Beautiful work.. I agree about the weight.. You’ll need a thick, padded wide leather guitar strap for this one. I’d love to hear it!

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#4 posted 05-16-2015 01:58 AM

8 string guitars are often double stringed basses as well as used by Jazz and some classical players as well as pedal steel players

Looks great – thanks for sharing – would love to do one some day myself

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#5 posted 05-16-2015 03:37 AM

This style of 8 string has two extra bass strings, typically used for playing heavier music lower.

Very well executed body, very well done for your first. Is that a Carvin neck? Building them isn’t all that hard, and is my favorite part. All I can say is welcome to the addiction. I’m on number 18 or something like that.

What type of finish did you use?

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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Russell Eck

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#6 posted 05-16-2015 03:46 AM

It’s actually no nearly as heavy as you would think, other similar bodies made of bass wood are only a hair lighter. I made the body a little under 1.5 inches thick to reduce weight. I just used a natural oil finish on it since that’s what my buddy wanted. Although I snuck in one super thin layer of a wiping varnish to give it just a tiny bit of sealant.

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#7 posted 05-16-2015 11:26 AM

Wooden musical instruments are totaly out of my league. This one is look great, not only by shape, than with look of wood you choose.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-16-2015 07:36 PM

cool insterment brother!

-- James,Alabama,

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#9 posted 05-18-2015 11:27 AM


-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Russell Eck

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#10 posted 06-27-2015 05:21 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

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