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Project by bilsborough posted 04-26-2008 04:08 PM 1038 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually made one before this. But it was just the body ,the neck was scavenged. It was kind of a test run to see if I could take on what we end up seeing here. The body is two pieces. Mahogany back, quilted maple front, indian rosewood neck, ebony headstock veneer. It’s a set neck, glued instead of bolted. The only thing I didn’t do was radius and cut the fret slots on the fingerboard the luthier supplier offers that service. It was finished with alcohol based analine dye; black sanded back to pop the grain then the purple. I sprayed it with an acrylic laquer, which polished pretty easy but seems kind of soft, damages to easy. Turned out well enough to go ahead and make some more. sounds almost as good as it looks.

-- What do you learn from being right?





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rikkor

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#1 posted 04-26-2008 04:44 PM

Cutting the fret slots isn’t so bad, but the radiusing is a pain. Looks very nice to me.

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grovemadman

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#2 posted 04-26-2008 06:29 PM

That looks cool the way you did the analine dye. I have always wanted to try to make a guitar. for now I’ll leave it to you… nice job!

-- --Chuck

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juniorjock

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#3 posted 04-26-2008 08:40 PM

Looks a little like an SG but with (much) softer curves. I think I like this guitar better than the SG. Good job. Thanks for the post. Looking forward to more.
JJ

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bilsborough

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#4 posted 04-26-2008 09:51 PM

I never noticed the similarity to the SG but you’re right. I was actually thinking of a prs when i was drawing it out. I’m a fan of the SG though, it must of crept into my design subconciously. I ended up with a PRS SG hybrid. Coincidently the pickups are PRS Mccartys(?) who if i’m not mistaken designed the SG.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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juniorjock

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#5 posted 04-26-2008 10:06 PM

SG….. PRS…... heck it doesn’t matter. That’s a beautiful guitar. How heavy is this guitar? My son has an SG and it’s light as a feather compared to my Les Paul…... and I’M the one with the bad back. I hate to play sitting down but can’t play long standing. It weighs a ton.

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juniorjock

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#6 posted 04-26-2008 10:08 PM

Oh, I meant to ask – what kind of glue did you used on the neck? It must be some strong stuff!

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bilsborough

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#7 posted 04-26-2008 10:46 PM

Just yellow wood glue probably titebond. There is a lot of glue surface the neck actually extends into the body halfway under the top pickup. It’s on the heavier side but nothing unusual. I did route chambers into the body to reduce weight.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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juniorjock

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#8 posted 04-26-2008 10:49 PM

Thanks for the info. Keep playing…... and building.

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Texasgaloot

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#9 posted 04-27-2008 06:39 AM

I guess that makes it a PRSG. Very cool! I once owned a Gibson SG prototype called a “Midnight Special”. Very cool guitar, but their neck-body arrangement was so loose I couldn’t play it in tune. When th ‘78 ES-175 came along, it was a no-brainer. Great work!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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bvdon

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 04:53 AM

Looks good.. you should re-shoot the photos a little larger, better lighting so we can see it in more detail.

-- http://woodwork.me

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