Bolt - new model proto build

preeb

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Following the Bone models I continue with my own guitar designs.
The new design is called Bolt and is based on the F standard of 25 1/5" scale bolt-on neck with flat angle and a tremolo.
The Bolt family will include at least two instruments, a Bolt-S (Strat type) and a Bolt-T (Tele style).

I will start with the Bolt-S in this thread.

Here's a couple of blueprints to show the general initial design ideas and aesthetics:

bolt-S-REV2.jpg~original


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I will explain every aspect of the design as I get to it during this proto build but in a few words.. the idea is to build an S type guitar in featherweight, with old 50's style neck shape as default, better truss-rod system and a wide array of PU options that are all based on my new patented AirGap design. This combination of extremely resonant lumber with the AirGap PU's is the heart of the Bolt. In addition it will have a tremolo (which is not yet determined) and optional body wood types and optional BRRW fingerboard.


Like always.. we start with the body and print two templates for it at this stage, one for the outline and the second for the curved bevel cuts.

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here's the outline template
cut

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and smoothed

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and the Bevel template

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Here's both one on top of the other

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I start with the outline. For this proto build I'll be using a very lightweight one piece Swamp-Ash body.

Marked

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Cut

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spiral trimmed

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to get a very clean and smooth surface Like that

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I also use this template to transfer leads for the pots, switch and neck mounting bolts drill locations

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Next stage is cutting the bevels. I wanted a nice ergonomic body and didn't want to use the old Fender methods for the inconsistent arm rest and belly relief.. I still wanted an old school appearance and after some thoughts and experiments I went for the old Gibson SG beveling method with some modifications, but the build technique is the same.

Body attached to the Bevel template and ran on the pin router

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with a big 65° cutter

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both sides of the top..

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and I flip it to do the back (same way for the moment..)
At this stage the rough beveling creates a weird point on the tips of both horns

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So... I now ran it on the pin router without a template to create a nice scroll on the top horn

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and a straight transition on the lower horn

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I repeat for the back

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with the exception of running it between the horns and over the heel to get a rough cut for the neck joint cutaway area on the back which will be transitioned later in the build for an effortless high register access

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A few more shots..

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Happy Kosher Passover!
 

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Looks lovely.

I have a question though. How come people get warned, banned because they mention their company names but Gil Yaron seems to be invisible?

I learned a lot from threads here, from yours as well. But this isn't the point.

Please don't go crazy or angry. Just asking where the difference is.
 

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Gil isn't any different to a lot of the other builders who contribute their time and expertise to this site. Read the forum rules and you'll get a better idea.
 

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Oh my; subscribed!

Wonderful shape and headstock. Will there be a Bolt variant with a pick guard?
 

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Oh my; subscribed!

Wonderful shape and headstock. Will there be a Bolt variant with a pick guard?

Yes. The Bolt-S with the 3 Strat type single coils will have a white styrene or mint Nitrate guard and the Bolt-T will have the black fiber guard.
 

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Man oh man, this is going to be good.

metecem - i think my understanding of it is that (preeb) gil doesn't talk money or sales, just design and build. He's not try to sell us his art, just sharing his building and design skills.
Here's what I mean:
Posting rules:
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Don't ever post anything for sale, for trade, or wanted to buy. Commercial posts of any kind are never allowed. Use the Classifieds for such posts (dealers in the commercial section only please). If you are a Vendor we do have a Vendor Program you can join that will allow you to make some commercial posts in our Vendor Forum.

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I think if he was pushing his guitars and the stores that sold them or even selling them here himself then there would be a problem. Instead we all get the info we really want any way, the how to's, the inspiration, the wood!, the guitars/basses!

Thanks again for sharing Gil!
 

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Thanks guys. All this I'll keep on my mind before I open my big mouth again.

Anyway.

sorry I wasn't try to give you crap about it, just explaining what I got from reading the rules.

You're not the only one. I wondered the same thing back when I first saw the Bone thread. So I re-read the rules a few times and again after I joined the challenge this year. That's when I realized what was missing from Gil's threads, no propaganda, just a man's hard work and his thoughts on that work.
 

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Subscribed! Looks like a very comfortable shape to play - will it have a neck plate or ferrules?

Ferrules. The heel will not be flat as it will transition smoothly into the neck.
I'll get to that part soon enough (-;
 




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