First Build Bamboo Top Esquire

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  1. thomasrodco

    thomasrodco TDPRI Member

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    Hello all, here is my first build. An Esquire style axe, with bamboo top,
    Ash body, one piece Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard, and a
    Seymour Duncan, Pearly Gates BG-1400.
    Lots of little mistakes here and there, as I expected to have in my first build, but most would probably not even notice them, and I love it anyway.
    PS. Here is a photo of all my babies.
    L to R: Danelectro Jimmy Page DC59, 1968 Greco ES-920, 2011 Gibson Les Paul Studio 50's Tribute Humbuckers, Les Paul Jimmy Page Replica, 1957 Harmony H-165 acoustic, 1992 SRV Sig Strat, Thomas "Browntone" Esquire.
     

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  2. wshelley

    wshelley Tele-Holic

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    Looks good.

    Did you make the neck? If not where'd you buy it from?
     
  3. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Did you make the top from bamboo flooring? I recently got some bamboo flooring scraps from a friend after she had the flooring installed. Using them for a top is on my 'to do' list.
     
  4. thomasrodco

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    The neck is actually an Eden paddle head. I wasn't sure how all this would turn out, so I thought I'd go with an inexpensive neck. Surprisingly, the neck was very nice quality, and other than cutting the snake head out, and varnishing, I didn't have to do anything to it at all.
    I'm a professional bamboo rodmaker by trade, but a total newbie to lutherie, so my confidence level wasn't too high when I started this project. This was actually the very first time I have ever used a router in my life!
     
  5. thomasrodco

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    I end up with piles of "scrap" bamboo when cutting my fly rod strips to length, so i thought this was a great way to use up the scrap cane!
     
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    Hey Thomas,

    Love the Snakehead! Any chance of a sound clip. I've never heard a BG-1400 but if Billy F has blessed them, that's enough for me. Love the bamboo, great build.

    Barncaster
     
  7. thomasrodco

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    Hey Barncaster, Thomas is just the name of my company... :) Thomas Rod Co.
    I've actually never recorded myself before. I'm just a long time hack, so I doubt you'd get much sound quality from listening to me! Maybe I'll try it and see how terrible I sound...
    Thanks,
    Steve
     
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    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

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    Nice , I do like the snakehead shape , and I like the bamboo top , BTW , I had one of your rods a few years back when I still had time to do some fly fishing , beautiful rod , gotta get back to that one of these days.
     
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    I love a good Snakehead! :D
     
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    You have a beautiful family of guitars there, but somehow it wasn't complete without that Esquire. Well done!

    How are you liking the BG-1400?
     
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    Jack...are the bamboo flooring scraps solid bamboo all the way through??

     
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    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

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    Hows the profile on that Eden neck? I got one of their regular Tele style necks in a trade but the profile is super thin. Like "Ibanez wizard" thin. Not sure if someone before me thinned the profile or if they come that way.

    I have a friend whose interested in the paddle head necks they have on E-bay but wants a chunky profile.
     
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    Yes. After I joint off the tongue and groove they are ~ 3 1/2 in. wide and 9/16 in. thick. I'll need to plane them down If I'm going to make a top.
     
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    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

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    Cool...I've seen those at Home Depot I think. That would make great tops and bottoms for bodies.


     
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    The friend who gave me the bamboo flooring scraps got her flooring at Lumber Liquidators.
     
  16. thomasrodco

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    The Pearly Gates is great so far! Lots of bite, great sustain. This guitar sounds somewhere between a LP and a Tele, which makes perfect sense to me!
     
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    Not super thin at all, but not nearly as chunky as my LP's either.
    Kinda typical Tele neck I'd say. I like a chunky neck, and even though this isn't chunky, its not so far away that it doesnt still feel nice.
    My Greco has the tiniest neck I've ever seen. Way too small for my liking. And my SRV strat has my favorite fat profile.
     
  18. thomasrodco

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    Thats exactly what I would be doing too, if I didn't already have all this bamboo here.
    Are you going to joint them off so that the board ends with a full width strip of bamboo on the cut edge? I would do that so all the 1/4", or whatever size strips are in each board, are consistant across the top.
    Steve
     
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    SixShooter Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice guitar.

    What type of glue do you use to join the bamboo?
     
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    Urac 185, which is a two-part urea formaldehyde resin glue.
    It's what I use on my fly rods.
    I imagine Titebond would work fine as well on the cap, but not on the rods.
     
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