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New Design Proto Build - Bone

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Thank you Palladio.
    Slab cut means that the log has been sliced the usual flat way.
    Center Slab board is a board that is closer to the center of the log so the arcs or the end grain are rounder and the edges of the board are closer to rift.
    Those boards allow more control of the high frequencies depending which side is selected to be facing up (top). The down side is that they tend to move more in the drying process so I have to start with a 2" initial thickness and lose some material when final truing then. Those bodies usually sound a little brighter and open and the wavy pattern on the sides (by the waist area) is more dramatic and beautiful. I use this cut for all my LP builds as well.

    The weight will be ~7 lbs.
     

  2. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    I believe Gibson used the more common featherwight Balsa as a center block for the semi hollow designs (totally different than the Bone model) and the idea was to save weight and not necessarily control tone. I only assume so and I might be wrong.
     

  3. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Same here (-;
     

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  5. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Thanks. What did you like in particular?
     

  6. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    I'll be using normal weight tuners but Steel for the bridge is not an option here.
    The bridge needs to be light and the bridge inserts need to be deep and heavy.
    This has a lot to do with the tone and the dynamics of the instrument.
     

  7. rapfohl09

    rapfohl09 Tele-Meister

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    Jan 9, 2011
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    This is gonna be so great! I love watching you work!
     

  8. JohnnyAtomic

    JohnnyAtomic Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 18, 2003
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    Subscribed to another great GY thread
     

  9. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    Happy birthday Gil!

    This is great as always!
     

  10. Glen Smith

    Glen Smith RIP

    Aug 20, 2011
    Canada
    Happy Birthday Gil !
     

  11. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Thank you!
     

  12. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Tele-Holic Vendor Member

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    Oct 27, 2012
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    Can't wait Gil! Great ideas here. You're so inspirational to me. I hope to someday do something nice for you to return the favor. We have our truss rod jig built and I'm about to really get moving on the one piece maple neck for my flying t. Thank you so much for all the help!!! Happy Birthday, hope it's a great year for you.
     

  13. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Thank you so much Mark!
    Good luck with the neck.
     

  14. daddyopapa

    daddyopapa Tele-Afflicted

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    Subscribed for coolness.
     

  15. joe desperado

    joe desperado Tele-Meister

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    Les Paul Studio lite (91-ish) is a hollowed out LP with Chromite ( balsa wood) filled in a similar fashion as this build. Mine sounds amazing and saves about 2 pounds.
     

  16. Revv23

    Revv23 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2009
    Michigan
    I've been wondering where The LP updates went. Congrats Gil, this is a great new chapter. Can't wait to see it come to life... :)
     

  17. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2012
    Kelowna B.C, Canada

  18. koolaide

    koolaide Tele-Meister

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    Another thread from the original:)

    Happy birthday Gil!

    Jim
     

  19. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    I carve the top on the duplicarving jig but for the proto I will go in tiny 3mm depth steps.
    This way I will be able to measure the symmetry of the cuts as I move along and make changes to the master carve template if needed.

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    Symmetry measurements

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    Until it's done.

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    I now smooth it until all the carving marks are gone

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    Pot holes drilled

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    and the body is set on the secondary control rout jig and routed

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    to get the bottom roughly perpendicular to the top dish

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    It stays in the same jig for the pot diameter cleanup

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    I try my best to avoid the side wall damages as seen on the original bursts...

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    Done

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    Thickness in all 4 pot drills is about the same

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    Neck angle is checked for a low 4°. I like the lower neck angle but need to make sure it's not too low (-;

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  20. crazydave911

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  21. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Time to cut the binding channel. Not sure yet if I go with 0.100" single ply or 0.080/0.020/0.040 W/B/W multi ply... I'll decide later but for now I'll cut a 0.100" channel, have a look at it with a piece of single ply creme and see how I like it. If I'll go for the W/B/W I will cut it deeper.

    I set the channel jig for the right width and depth

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    and run it manually the old school way trying to keep my fingers intact (-;

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    Done

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    and inspected. if I missed a point I just run it again real quick

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    Here's the jig from a side view

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    Checking the channel size again with the proper binding sample

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    I think I'll go with the W/B/W to match the pickguard. The larger round tip at the cutaway will accept a wide binding easily and will look nicer TMHO.
     

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