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Project by btbam87 posted 02-10-2010 01:12 AM 2734 views 7 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first try at a electric guitar, Made out of extremely figured curly maple, and ebony knobs, i finished it with tung oil and poly





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#1 posted 02-10-2010 01:24 AM

Very pretty.

I used to build Smith Bass’s and then at PBC Guitar Technology ( now defunct) I was a production engineer. We manufactured the Ibanez USA RG series guitars and bass using our Tension Free neck system.

Did ya get the parts from Stewart-MacDonald or fab up your self?

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 01:34 AM

Very sweet looking, love the maple. I’d guess he crafted the body from a slab, I’m not sure if Does Stew Mac carries figured wood of that caliber?

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 01:37 AM

Fantastic guitar great job.
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#4 posted 02-10-2010 01:45 AM

That’s really striking that you have the figured maple all the way through, not just a slice on top. It looks very nice! I hope you enjoy playing it as much as you did making it.

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 01:47 AM

I think they carry solid maple body blanks. They have swamp ash and alder and mahog. Some are strat style and some are tele, or you can just get blanks.

I never bought wood from them, we got 18 wheeler loads from the PNW, and other places. S-M is HIGH Dollar wood for sure..heck, all their stuff is pretty pricey in small quantities.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 01:51 AM

Whoa, that’s beautiful! Do you play? How’s the action?

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 01:59 AM

Very nice. one of my favorite woods. I am in the middle of a guitar myself. also curly maple. my body is fashioned after a jazzmaster. does it have a nice sound, being that it is solid maple as apposed to a veneer like most production guitars? that is something I have been told by a few luthiers. as far as looks go, solid is a much more striking look. 2 thumbs up

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 02:06 AM

“Very nice. one of my favorite woods. I am in the middle of a guitar myself. also curly maple. my body is fashioned after a jazzmaster. does it have a nice sound, being that it is solid maple as apposed to a veneer like most production guitars? that is something I have been told by a few luthiers. as far as looks go, solid is a much more striking look. 2 thumbs up”

One of the problems with a solid maple body ( or mahog for that fact) is the weight. Maple being as dense as it is also effects sustain and tone, that is why Alder/ash/ and mahog are used as body cores. Laminated solid bodies are also more stable ( maple being one of the least stable choices I might add) and stay truer over a longer period of time than a Plank body.

Some players don’t mind the weight, some do. It really boils down to personal preferences as far as tone and “heft”.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 02:23 AM

How’s the tone on that one on the middle pick up? Did you make the fretboard? How did you make the shape? Lots of questions ..I just thought it looks amazing and got me curious

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#10 posted 02-10-2010 02:49 AM

Very cool. I also am curious….did you make the neck and fretboard?

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#11 posted 02-10-2010 02:58 AM

great job. the maple is beautiful. wish we could have seen the headstock too.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#12 posted 02-10-2010 03:01 AM

wow thanks for all the comment!
first of all I dont play guitar but i do have many friends that do and they love it, I had it set up for me cause i no nothing about the action an intonation, I didnt get anything off stewmac I agree all there stuff is pretty pricey in small quantitys, luckely I have a few nice local music and electronics stores that had everything i needed, I did cheat however, the neck was a prebuilt that i just bolted on, I went with a soild body of maple because A) Its beautiful wood and B) the shape, its actually very profiled, only the middle is obviously the thickest due to the pick ups.

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#13 posted 02-10-2010 03:13 AM

What angle did ya use for the neck pocket?

The P-U routs are only 30mm deep, in a 1 3/4” body, you shoulda had plenty of wood for the comfort cuts.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#14 posted 02-10-2010 03:56 AM

Nice guitar!

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#15 posted 02-10-2010 03:59 AM

Wow! That is Awsome. Makes me want to try and make one.

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