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  • #91
    I've seen Paul Geremia quite a few times with his 12 string. It's a cool guitar, he's a lot of fun to see. And unless the house manager gives him a signal he'll play for hours.
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    • #92
      This thread just plain rocks. Your skill is off the chart - really inspirational!

      If it's not already too late - some of the higher end makers in this space create a nice recess for the bridge (check out the Anderson Bulldog).. I think that would be a nice touch and it shows off your wood working skill.

      You need to chamber the body on the next one and I'll start saving up.

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      • #93
        I am one of the many who are truly impressed with this project. It has been a fun read. At this point I can't help but wonder what your electronic set up might be. What sound are you going for?

        I am not attempting to recommend anything, but I'm just sayin' what I like. I love the Pearly Gates Billy Gibbons SD's. I have a set in my 335 clone. They sound amazing! Wonderful blues pickups with a good growl when you push them. My favorite humbuckers for raw meaty rock sound are Rio Grande Muy Grande. Vintage '59s are everything they're cracked up to be as well, just not overwound as hot. I also like P-90's, but I know that is not what you're going for.

        I have built two strat's now and a telecaster. I've started on my second tele and it is going to be full vintage blonde ash/maple. All of mine are frankenstein guitars built from parts. No body shaping. I did cut the bone nut for each and for my 335. I've gotten much better at that.

        Anyway, I can't wait to hear your sound. Keep up the good work.

        RT1
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        • #94
          Thanks for posting this info. This is awesome.

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          • #95
            Awesome build thread. Please keep posting.
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            • #96
              Now how did I miss this thread... ?
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              • #97
                nice woodwork, BUT do you guys painstakingly reproduce cars from the 1950's too? There have been some advancements since then....

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                • #98
                  nice woodwork, BUT do you guys painstakingly reproduce cars from the 1950's too? There have been some advancements since then....


                  Actually, Ted, I do. This puppy has a wood frame (ash), a suspension designed in 1917, has the steering on the wrong side, a belt to hold the hood, er bonnet, on and is one heck of a ball to drive



                  As I said in the earlier thread, the 12 string is a reproduction of a 1930's guitar, and the tricone is a modern take on an old design. I'll add that my second toy is a 1975 BMW - once again, impossible to drive without smiling. Those are a couple of Martins from the same era



                  Guess I do live in the past.

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                  • #99
                    Actually, Ted, I do.


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                    • just noticed this is a 24 fret build. 24 fret LP, now i've seen everything.
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                      • Keep the guitars, I'm sure you play better than I do anyway but please... please leave me the keys in the Morgan... Please.

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                        • Very nice, Mr. Keller, very very nice.
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                          • I am one of the many who are truly impressed with this project. It has been a fun read. At this point I can't help but wonder what your electronic set up might be. What sound are you going for?

                            I am not attempting to recommend anything, but I'm just sayin' what I like. I love the Pearly Gates Billy Gibbons SD's. I have a set in my 335 clone. They sound amazing! Wonderful blues pickups with a good growl when you push them. My favorite humbuckers for raw meaty rock sound are Rio Grande Muy Grande. Vintage '59s are everything they're cracked up to be as well, just not overwound as hot. I also like P-90's, but I know that is not what you're going for.

                            I have built two strat's now and a telecaster. I've started on my second tele and it is going to be full vintage blonde ash/maple. All of mine are frankenstein guitars built from parts. No body shaping. I did cut the bone nut for each and for my 335. I've gotten much better at that.

                            Anyway, I can't wait to hear your sound. Keep up the good work.

                            RT1


                            Thank RT, I appreciate all the help and advice I can get. In the very first pane I say that I don't know diddly about electric guitars so this is both and adventure and a learning experience. A couple of things that I think I know

                            - I like the vintage sound of people like Allman and Garcia - that why I'm building this instead of a Tele or something.
                            - I know that you guys are about as anal about pickups as the acoustic folks are about tonewood or strings or bridge pins
                            - The article I read say the benchmark were the original PAF
                            - PAF would have been in a '59 burst
                            - You can't just run down to the local Vintage Pickup Store and buy a pair of PAF. If I could it would cost me the Morgan and the Bimmer and my First Born
                            - I did the next best and easiest thing. When I was shopping at StewMc for all the other hardware I dropped a pair of the repo-PAFs in my cart.


                            I'm assuming they will be alright and probably my old ears won't know the difference. If this is a mistake, please tell me but I'm going to start with these and if something better comes along it is easy to pull them out. Kind of like changing bridge pins.

                            Here is the result of that hardware shopping trip

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                            • Wow, your woodwork on the acoustics are outstanding! I will be watching this thread as your build progress continues.
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                              • For tonights adventure, lets bind this thing. There are several ways to approach binding and believe me I laid awake at nights trying to decide. By far the best would be one of those floating router gizmos that moves up and down as it follows the contours of the top. I've considered building one, but never have gotten around to it (they would be very nice for acoustics where top and backs meet the sides at an angle)

                                The next way would be a fixed router jig (called a pin router) from the top. That would work pretty well on this since the body is the same thickness, but any variation in thickness or the recurve would throw the binding off. You want the 1/4 inch binding to be just a hair deeper than the edge of the maple. I downloaded plans for a pin router, but never built it.

                                What I came up with was exactly the same as how I did the recurve in the first place. I made a little support for the top at the correct thickness for my router table. A StewMac stepped router bit (it has a little ball bearing that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the cutter) will cut the depth into the body, the support and height of the table will do the up and down depth.



                                But first that nasty cutaway horn. The only way I could think of dealing with it was the SM router bit in my laminate trimmer and very carefully doing it by hand.



                                Once that was done it was pretty simple to run around the side with the table jig thingie



                                Clean the channel up with a chisel, prebend the binding to fit the cutaway and waist using a heat gun, and get tape, CA and rubber gloves ready



                                Other than the little pieces on the headstock I had never used CA for binding. Recommendations at MIMF were for the gel kind, I had a tube of that and some thin liquid just in case. I also had my wife standing by to squirt glue, wipe my brow, get a beer or anything else required. Mostly she just handed me tape.

                                First thing I did was glued the rubber gloves to the binding, ripping of nice little pieces of blue latex. Duh. I tore the glove off and proceeded to glue my fingers together. While discussing the whole operation with God I worked my way around the guitar until the gel glue stopped coming out of the tube. Wife grabbed the thin stuff, clipped the top and we didn't miss a beat. When it was all done it looks like hell - glue dripping down the sides and top, hardened CA all over my fingers - looked like this



                                but by some sort of miracle, the binding was perfect.



                                even inside the horn



                                At that point I called it a very good day and opened a nice cold adult beverage.

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