PRS x-hollow inspired build

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  1. photondev

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    :( I was hoping it would look like a PRS. :D

    I don't recall that GFS guitar.
     
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    Once the neck was glued, I re-routed the neck's humbucker cavity and re-connected the cables' cavity

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    Also drilled the body to insert the bridge's posts, and fitted the wraparound bridge, the angle looks OK ....

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    My only minor concern is that the bridge humbucker may be a little bit too close to the bridge.
     
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    Sorry, didn't see it as an insult

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    I must be dreaming, the one I was referring to was a lot smaller, about LP size but the same pickups. Oh well

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    Insult? None, I was just kidding. :rolleyes:

    Nothing wrong with that Xaviere.
     
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    I have been fitting the tuners, the bridge, and started a bone nut

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    It is coming together, I put the 1st and 6th strings, and I couldn't wait to test it, it feels and sounds pretty good

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    Dave is like that cool uncle everyone wants. I know he is that way for me :D
     
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    Boys boys settle down :lol:.
    I actually saw a PRS on Troglys Guitar Show that this reminds me of. Completely hollow body, fully arched back and top with some interesting details. Where the neck, bridge and tailpin are had blocks, mahogany sides with maple top and back. The pickup plane up top was about 1/2" thick but tapered off each side to quite thin under the F holes. Not great but respectable volume unplugged. The pickups, were the masterpiece,clean jazz tones sustained forever and distortion? Right from the Santana playbook. And if that wasn't enough, push/pull pots on both tones to split the pickups and they actually sounded GOOD :D. Go check it out, he does a video a day, usually high end Gibson's but occasionally others. "Like a box of chocolates, never know what you're gonna get " :lol:

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    I have also been watching the Trogly's show that I like, and he does a thorough review of the guitars.

    Regarding the dimensions, in my build, I started with a 1.75" body and a 0.8" maple top, and I was a little afraid it was going to be kind of uncomfortable to play because of the massive 2.55" thickness, my research showed the PRS hollowbody at around 3". But after all the top and back carving, the thickness at the perimeter went down to 1.5". The little I have played it, it feels very comfortable, certainly not a massive guitar, as compared to a 335 type guitar; probably not the best comparison, it is more like an archtop strat. I personally like strats. One thing that really helps is the weight, so far it is around 5 lbs 5 oz, what's missing doesn't weigh that much. IMHO, overall if you like playing strats, you will probably like this guitar.

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    I am almost ready to start finishing it.
     
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    I like the original Strat, and the Strat shape except the headstock. Mine has a vintage one piece Tele neck and to mind just "looks right ". It has a vintage neck pickup and a humbucker in the bridge.
    My Tele conversely has a lacquered fretboard Strat neck and also, to me looks right. It has GFS lil Puncher pickups and soothes my Clapton affliction. If I want twang (and not really often) I have my 24" scale Esquire with the modern, not vintage lil Puncher pickup.
    My hollow body affections are well taken care of by a surprising source, the first one I made

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    Then this one recently

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    Of course both getting a critical catscan lol.
    The first is around 30 years old and on it's 3rd pickup. The first a decrepit PAF that that finally fell apart, the second a GFS NYII that unbeknownst to me was a fire breathing P90 in a surface mount shell. Not bad but not what I was going for. The current alnico Goldfoil has me smiling once more. What may not be obvious is for my bedroom guitar I prefer a wide thin body and neck clear from the 14th fret AND a neck mounted pickup, it soothes the savage beast lol
    The second was an Amazon special that blew out amazingly fast, a Grote archtop. Yes made in China, yes amazingly cheap and every review video I found was astonished at the quality for the money. The first reviewer complaint invariably was the non adjustable P90, though they can be shimmed like a Junior. In the process of playing however they found it didn't need adjusting because those who did complained about it overpowering the guitar. It's bound front and back and the fretboard, no hint of sprout which was interesting, all American suppliers were out of stock badly but I found I could order directly from the factory with a pretty stiff shipping which I wondered about. That mystery was solved when almost a month ahead of schedule this package shows up, taped up like I've never seen with an Air Express label. Between the the tape and styrofoam it was packed better than a Fender Custom Shop. No no case but also not a scratch :).
    Well that's enough of my heart and soul for one day, I need a nap :lol:

    Dave
     
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    I love watching Trogly's Guitar Show. It's very entertaining.
     
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    This is ready for finishing, it will get finished when my Brotherhood build gets to this stage. I will try to finish both at the same time.
     
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    I didn't see it earlier, but where did you get the F hole template/pattern? Starting in on my PRS hollowbody and I drew up an F hole template, but if you have an existing drawing, yours looks nice. Have you confirmed that pots and switch will fit through it?
     
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    Thanks, the controls fit through with no issues. I think I tweaked a file I already had. Contact me through messaging, and I will upload it there.
     
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    Since I have almost finished the Brotherhood build, I am finishing this guitar now, started finish sanding ... 20210529_183428.jpg
     
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    Very nice :)
     
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    I dyed the top, going for a darker blue. I am liking it so far

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    You will likely get the darker blue in a more satisfactory way if you spray tinted lacquer over what you have instead of adding more dye directly to it.
     
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    Thanks, I agree. I think I am done with the dye. I sanded it very lightly to enhance the figure and clean up some areas. Here it is with some naphta

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    Very nice. I'm about to do the grain highlighting on mine, though I am shooting for a natural finish, so I'm just doing a pale amber and sand back to get the flame to pop just a little extra.
     
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    Thanks. Your build is looking great.
     
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