Not another SG...

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  1. Treadplatedual

    Treadplatedual Tele-Holic

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    I thought I'd share this, having seen another awesome scratch SG build going up. A lifelong friend wants an SG, so I'm going all out and trying my very first scratch set neck build.

    He had a few requests: he's a big zappa fan, so he wanted it to be green, have a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, he wanted a lighter neck/headstock so I'll be bleaching the mahogany, and he wants a little green rosetta (it makes a muffin betta) somewhere - I'm thinking about putting that on the truss rod cover.

    Found more of the same amazing curly mahogany I built my first Tele from... This will be amazing once it's done.

    I started by doing a glue-up and plane down for the body.

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    Then jigsawed the basic shape out, then routed to shape.

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    Then routed the cavities all around.

    For the horn carves, I used a 45 degree router bit at progressively deeper cuts along the splines, then used a shinto rasp to make them smooth.

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    Started the neck - I used my miter saw to cut a 10 degree angle, then routed the truss rod slot, then used a jigsaw followed by routing templates to get the neck shaped right.

    A safety planer made quick work of the back of the headstock and general neck profile - next up is gluing the fretboard on, putting inlays in, and carving the neck.

    Notice the volute! Can't have this developing a Gibson smile, now, can we?

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    Wow. Impressive.
     
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    Thanks! I'm having fun, but it's a little stressful as this is for a "paying customer," not just me?

    Really, he's one of my best friends and doesn't actually play guitar, but I want it to be as close to perfect as possibly for him.
     
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    Love the guitar but FYI the terms "commission" and "paying customer" are a violation of forum rules unless you are a Vendor.Run a business myself but am quite careful around here ;)
     
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    My bad lol... It's not really either. I'm going to take a bath on it, it's a labor of love lol
     
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    Its an unfortunate rule for those of us in a grey zone. I find myself giving away a lot of guitars and work for free.
     
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    I was hoping you had more of that nice mahogany! Your SG looks great already.
     
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    Thanks haha, the hardwood store still has tons of it. I keep thinking of ways to justify another build, maybe a super strat? Or... I dono, another Tele? Haha
     
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    Wow, that is some awesome hog! I hope the green doesn't obscure it too much. Personally, I vote for you doing a super strat out of it with a back route to let the grain scream. Then you could keep it natural or maybe a cherry burst. Enjoy, I haven't tried a set neck yet.
     
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    Good ideas...hmmm.

    Yeah, I think the set neck is what i'm most apprehensive about. I've built them from kits before, but not scratch.
     
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    After a couple more LP's, I have SG on my bucket list. Great guitars - you'll be hard pressed to part with it when you're completed.
     
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    Inlays installed, neck and fretboard. I went with smaller 5mm dots, and I like it! IMG_20190816_073928_000.jpg IMG_20190816_073928_001.jpg IMG_20190816_073928_003.jpg IMG_20190816_073928_012.jpg IMG_20190816_073928_013.jpg
     
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    I vote super Strat. Love the look of that Mahogany. Great looking SG. I’ve been planning one as well, but think I’m gonna go bolt on neck.
     
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    I really dig that curly mahogany. Was it reasonably priced? I'm near Chicago but could probably justify a trip to Indianapolis for a good lumber store if the prices and selection are right.
     
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    I believe I spent 60 bucks for the body wood.
     
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    Cause you want to is justification enough my friend.


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    More progress. Getting there! Still needs tweaking on the neck angle.

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