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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:01 am    Post subject: One piece short scale build Reply with quote

First post! I am not even sure if I was aware of this forum until today. I am not a very flexible person, so find even regular length guitars uncomfortable to play.

Here are some pics of a short scale guitar I am building. It's made from one piece of soft maple (except the fretboard). 24" scale, with a flat, wide neck - 2" at the nut. I wanted to try a few different things, so figured I'd build them all into one guitar.

It will end up being dyed red, with a black pickguard. It is a little bit of a homage to Brian May's Red Special. I am calling it "Special Red". Soon I will be building a 28" bass. but that is a topic for another thread...



Fresh off the CNC. The drop on the headstock is more than needed, and the horns are too... horney. I am pretty sure frets past the 12th are just for show, but I suppose access to them shouldn't be painful. I ended up cutting them back later on.


Mock up with a temporary pick guard I made from teak. I may reposition the knobs. There is a switch under there, but I am probably going to rewire just as two volume knobs - one for each pickup.


Rosewood fretboard with maple inlays.


After carving the neck some, and sanding the fretboard. I don't have a bit small enough to cut fret slots, so I used a v-bit to start the slots, to be finished by hand later. You can see the cut back horns here.


Frets! I filled the fret slots in with gel superglue the pressed the stainless steel frets in. They still need to be leveled and dressed.


That's all for now.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this looks like some sort of wacked out 60s cartoon guitar and i fucking love it, cant wait to see more of it
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, pretty wacky shape. Usually the kinda of thing I don't like, but in this case I do. Really like the scratchplate design you came up with. Don't think I've seen one quite like it. Nice
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice stuff. I like wider flat necks too. Maybe not 2", but you gotta do what you gotta do. Trans red with glossy, black pickgaurd will look cool.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

daftsupernova wrote:
this looks like some sort of wacked out 60s cartoon guitar and i fucking love it, cant wait to see more of it



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skills!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys

Funny enough, the shape and colour I went with sort of surprised me as I like pointy black guitars for the most part. I got to the point that I just wanted to start on it, and I had this shape all ready to go.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of progress.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures aren't working for me, which is a shame because I was quite excited by this thread the last time I was looking at it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Working for me. Looks kewl.
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