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Dasher's FORMER Challenge Build - Austrasonic

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Dasher, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. Dasher

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    This is my first challenge build. I've decided to build my own design exclusively from Australian Timber. Here's a look at the timber yard and the timber I plan to use.
     

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    For this build i have decided to use a local timber called Eucalyptus pilularis, commonly known as blackbut. It's a common and dominant tree of the family Myrtaceae native to southeastern Australia. Its leaves are Koala food :lol: It is very heavy!! And as a result, I will be weight relieving this build. I will thin this down to 40mm and add a 5mm Tasmanian Blackwood top. The neck will be built from Victorian Ash (also known locally as Tassie Oak). I have a nice piece with some figure in it. Either Queensland Mulga for the finger board or Western Australian Jarrah. I'm still yet to decide.
     

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    Here is a look at the design process. And the Blackbutt being jointed. This stuff is hard and heavy! I've never used it before but I think with weight relief it will make for a lovely guitar. I guess we will find out.

    The design will be a hum bucker guitar a little bit Gibson and a little bit Fender. Short scale length and I'm tossing up between a set or bolt on neck.

    Good luck to everyone for their builds.
     

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    Looking good Dasher! You are lucky to be living where there are places that sell decent timber. Here it's Bunnings or Bunnings so not much choice.

    Good luck with the build!

    DC
     
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    Excellent forward planning.


    A build for the year 20015.
     
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    That's quite a cushion. :D
     
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    That is nice wood Dasher, good luck with the build!
     
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    I love it when a build contains a few woods I've kind of heard of and a bunch I've never heard of. Looking forward to this build!
    Good luck!
     
  9. Dasher

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    Thanks for highlighting the typo.
     
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    Mate..... you're using Bunya! You didn't get that from Bunnings!
     
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    Really like the design
     
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    Ahhhh, you corrected it! I thought it looked good as it was! :)
     
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    The color and pattern of that wood is great.

    With the most spectacular figuring down the middle,
    it will be tricky not to lose too much of the wood's
    beauty with all the stuff that usually goes down the
    middle of the guitar (pickups, bridge).

    Maybe a wraparound rather than tune-a-matic
    bridge, for instance? I shouldn't say anything :rolleyes: --
    I'm sure you'll make great decisions.
     
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    True........I buy planks and slabs from an old guy 2 hrs. north of here who has a brilliant bandsaw mill. I bought the bunya about 2 yrs. ago it had been cut about 18 months before and I've been drying since, so just about ready.


    DC
     
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    Just make sure the Blackbutt is seasoned to stabilisation point, it does tend to move if it is not fully seasoned. If you feel really adventurous try and get a big bit of Gidgee for the fingerboard. Great dark colour and the strings will never mark it. Mind you it will need to be worked with metal cutting tools it's that hard. Iv'e always fancied making a body out of Bloodwood but it's hard to come by these days.
     
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    Thanks Paul. The body design can be described as Gibson styled bottom half and Fenderish top half. At this stagem, I think I am going to build this with a set neck but not the traditional Gibson style joint. I also plan to have a zero Fender style neck angle.
     
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    That figuring is really only on the back side of the body blank. The top side is less spectacular and because of the weight of this timber (Blackbutt), the top will be weight relieved with a highly figured Tasmanian Blackwood top.
     
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    G'day Count. The Blackbutt seems to be stable. It's been sitting around for quite some time and after cutting, it looks to be fine. In terms of the fingerboard, Gidgee is lovely, but I plan to use Desert Mulga. It's similar, very hard, closed grain and used by Maton for fingerboards. It reminds me of Ebony but more spectacularly cloured. I have a really nice piece of Tassie Blackwood for the top too.

    Now I've ripped the Blackbutt, I'm thinking of also using it for the neck. Any thoughts on that?
     
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    Here's a better look at the blank. I ripped 60mm off each side, enough for a scarf joint neck if I choose. :lol:In the lower picture you can see the top side of the blank with the planned weight relief I need to hog out.
     

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    And here's a quick look at the end grain of the jointed blank. Not a bad join eh? :)
     

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