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Klein Solid Body Electric Travel Guitar

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Project by Dave G posted 11-25-2015 01:45 PM 730 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a neck-through Klein style travel guitar I made as a graduation present for my son. The head is removed and the tuners are mounted to the body. This makes the guitar noticeably lighter and about 8 inches more compact. The body is laminated Black Limba (Korina), the same used to make the painted Flying Vs. The neck goes through the body and is laminated Hard Maple and Black Limba. Lamination is necessary in my opinion in a guitar to stabilize the wood. The finish is Watco Natural followed by 4 coats poly on the body for durability and 3 coats lacquer (sanded) on the neck for playability.

I had to make the tuners out of bits of Al 6061 and 100 pitch microscope screws.

Setup mimics a Gibson Les Paul in most details. My son plays jazz.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 02:15 PM

One of the most interesting and ingenious guitars I have seen, as well as the workmanship. It only makes me wish I was musical. I love things that are different.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Tony1212

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 03:29 PM

I’ve been wanting to build something like this for years, but could never figure out the tuners. Did you make those yourself or buy them somewhere?

Also, could you post a close up of the headstock/nut area? I’m curious how you anchor the strings.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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Dave G

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 04:07 PM

Here is a picture of the stop (the thingy the strings anchor to). I made it from 3/16 brass barstock. To make a nice round seat for the balls I rounded the base of a file tang and used it as a ballpeen.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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Dave G

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 04:16 PM

The tuners are my own design, but inspired by Eric Olds (see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/davegutz/blog/64962). Unfortunately the links don’t work anymore. I didn’t go with the inspiration because if you think about it, the ends with the bolt going through it are unsupported so tuning one string affects another. The modification makes the radiused ends pivot on the brass directly and unloads the bolt.

Here’s a Sketchup of the whole guitar.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_s9RwcbgRVsZ0REbFd5SGZoSnM/view?usp=sharing

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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SignWave

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 05:45 PM

Great looking guitar. That’s an incredible amount of detail for a “travel” guitar. Two pickups, custom knobs, and you even did binding on the neck. And the wood itself is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 10:59 PM

Very impressive. Nice work on the tuners.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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