8-String Guitar (Figured Walnut content)

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Project by sidearm1 posted 03-22-2010 04:45 AM 5370 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey LumberJocks Finally my first post.

So There called SideArm Guitars and I’m really excited about them. This one started its life as rough boards from evilbay but from now on its only local woods. I think there’s something to say about using local resources.

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 04:52 AM

That is one wicked looking axe!

How do you know what angle to put the frets? It is just a ratio?

Did you make your own bridge?

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 04:56 AM

There’s an awesome site called FretFind it does all the math for you.

After that its skill;-)

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 07:40 AM

It does all the math but doesn’t put them in for you. by the way excellent job

-- Life is too short for negative drama & petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 09:20 AM

Beautifully done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 03-22-2010 03:41 PM

Beautiful guitar.

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#6 posted 03-22-2010 04:19 PM

what are the string notes? ebEADGBE? Is is like a baritone guitar? It is nice looking!

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#7 posted 03-22-2010 04:35 PM

Thanks guys.

Highest to lowest its e b g d a e b f#, its low. The bass side is 28” so I can drop it to the open e of a bass.

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#8 posted 03-22-2010 05:47 PM

Nice job. Looks like a lot of work. What did you make the nut out of?

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#9 posted 03-22-2010 07:19 PM

Sweet! can you post a sound clip/video of it?

-- Jon

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#10 posted 03-22-2010 10:05 PM

I’ll work on the sound clip. The nut is bull horn.

I wasn’t sure it was going to be hard enough but it worked out good and machined well. Holy hell did it stink.

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#11 posted 03-23-2010 02:11 AM

Hey, really cool guitar! Yes, please post some video with the sound!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#12 posted 03-23-2010 02:32 AM

What bridge is that?

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#13 posted 03-23-2010 08:12 AM

Sweet! The inlay work is cool too. Nice lines and angles. Better let us hear it. It has to sound good. Sound clip please!

-- avid termite

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#14 posted 03-24-2010 06:02 AM

The bridge is custom, I designed it and had a friend machine it for me. I’m totally making the next ones myself nothing worse than waiting on something you probably could have done yourself. Anyway its aluminum with Graphtech saddles. There a graphite polymer thats great for guitar bridges and nuts. The next one will be steal, aluminum sounded fine but seemed way to soft for the saddle height adjustment screws.

So I’m working on the sound clip, my headphones died recently so its kinda stuck in my computer.

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