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PRS Hollowbody: Brotherhood '21

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Ripthorn, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    I've got several projects going, but the brotherhood deserves one more. For this go round, I will be building a project I have wanted to do for years. It's a PRS hollowbody with fully carved top and back (inside and out). Specs:

    - Body: Alder core with one piece carved top and one piece carved back
    - Neck: Wenge
    - Fretboard: Kingwood with hollow ("J") bird inlays, 22 frets, 25" scale
    - Finish: Natural

    I have the body blank all glued up and the top and back drum sanded. I also slotted up the kingwood board. It is my favorite wood. Too bad it's so incredibly expensive and hard to find...

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    I rough cut the body profile on the alder core. Progress is likely to be slow, but here's hoping it results in an incredible instrument! I'm very picky about my PRS top carve, so this will be fun. And figuring out the inside carve will be interesting as well :)
     
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    Looking forward to this build. Semi hollow bodies are in this year in the brotherhood build. Will this be the PRS SE?
     
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  3. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    This is going to be full fat core PRS style. Fully carved solid one piece top and back. Fully hollow. Fully awesome!
     
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    That kingwood is beautiful! Have a good build!
     
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    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    Stopped by the lumber place on the way home from work yesterday and picked up some 8/4 wenge for the neck. I bought enough for two necks and I am doing this with no scarf but with a small volute for strength. I did some rough cutting to get everything into a state where I can route the truss rod channel. I'm liking the look of this piece, though I may go with some kind of a thin headplate on it, which would help me with the inlay that will go on there. Probably still wenge, but possibly bookmatched. I'll have to mess around with it to see what I like.

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    Gorgeous :)
     
  7. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    I got the alder and maple top and back cut and routed to shape. The procedure for this build will be very different compared to previous builds due to the construction of it, but you'll see that for yourself as things move on.

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    gitlvr Friend of Leo's

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    Oh yeah!
     
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    That kingwood sure has beautiful grain. Gonna be a nice looking guitar.
     
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    I am really looking forward to this build. I want to see how you will carve the back and top. Good luck.
     
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    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    I've got templates I made for the top carve, which is the same as the back carve. Carving the inside I have a plan that I need to see if it will work. But the outer carve templates I made to match my core PRS and built a solid body with them a few years ago for the sole purpose of testing them out for this build.
     
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    If you have a drill press and a finger plane the inside is easy :)
     
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    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    After updating my internal route template, I started the body weight loss program:

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    Next steps are going to be carving the top and back prior to gluing them on. Not sure when that will be, because the neck has to get into mostly done shape first, since I will need to route the neck pocket as well...
     
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    That looks great!
     
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    @Ripthorn - Am I looking at one a single slab with a flat bottom cavity or a slab with a through hole set on top of a separate panel that will be the back? I'm curious because I have had a few unsuccessful attempts at creating a perimeter for my archtop brotherhood build.
     
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    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    This is an alder center block with the hole all the way through set on top of a maple slab that will be carved and then attached as the back.
     
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    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    I am going to do PRS hollow (J) Birds on this build. Before cutting into my precious kingwood, though, I wanted to test it out. So out came a scrap piece of curly maple that I slotted and tapered for binding exactly like my kingwood board. Good thing, too. That third fret marker is going to need a slight offset on the end product, but other than that, I'm pretty pleased. I have since bound this board with ebony and filled the inlay with black epoxy with some gold, silver, and blue powders to give it a galaxy-type effect. This board will just hang around until I decide what to do with it, as it has already served its purpose. Still, might come in handy at some point. Now to do the inlay pockets on the real board!

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    Love it!
     
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    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    After a little binding, a little epoxy inlay, a little sanding, and a little naphtha, I got this:

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    So I decided to go for it on the real thing. Here's where it ended last night:

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    I'm pretty happy with it. Now I need to get the abalone cut and install it. I'm rather pleased with it!
     
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