Sapele / Maple Thinline Build

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  1. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

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    I got this piece of ebony locally for the fretboard:

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    I flattened one side with my granite sanding block and thinned it down with the router sled.

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  2. thecableguy

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    Which side do you guys like better?

    Side A:
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    Side B:
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  3. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

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    I like side A
     
  4. RickyRicardo

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    Looking real nice Brian. I was wondering what happened to you and your builds...:D
     
  5. RickyRicardo

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    A..
     
  6. thecableguy

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    2 votes for A so far...
     
  7. thecableguy

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    Thanks Richard! I'm still around, plugging away in the garage. I figured I'll try to post more significant progress rather than every tiny step.
     
  8. RickyRicardo

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    Are you in the challenge this year now that your garage has some heat?
     
  9. thecableguy

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    No, I want to finish these 2 builds first before I start anything else. Also I want to try something other than a tele on my next build. I'm trying to decide between a Les Paul and an LP junior with a carved top. What was that wood supplier from the states that you ordered from that had the maple tops? I'll either order from them or Fraser Valley fine woods.
     
  10. RickyRicardo

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    Go with Fraser Valley. The place I got my swamp ash and alder from is Guitar Wood Experts in Portland OR. They have great pricing on body blanks but the maple tops are way too pricey. I got 2 free maple droptops because they had software issues with their online ordering and they threw those in. Still nice guys to deal with though. They claim to supply Gibson with 60-75% of their wood.

    Someday a Thinline or 2 for those droptops...
     
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    Thanks Richard. Just start plugging away, I'd love to see a build from you! :D

    Thanks Glen! I'll add them to my bookmarks. :cool:
     
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    Agreed. I just finished one and check out the grain. Relatively easy to work with as well. I chambered this one, but re-sawed and used the same plank for the top as well.

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  14. Veebus52

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    A definitely!
     
  15. thecableguy

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    That looks great!
     
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    Thanks Rob! I agree with you guys so A it is!
     
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    Fantastic work. Thanks for the pictures.
     
  18. thecableguy

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    Got the fretboard mostly done.

    Marked the fret slots and drilled for fret markers:
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    Cut some maple plugs and glued them in with CA:
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    Cut the plugs flush:
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    12" radius:
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    Cleaned up the slots and flush trimmed the sides of the board with a straightedge (fretboard isn't glued, just sitting there):
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  19. RickyRicardo

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    Hey Brian that is looking great! I like the maple dots.
     
  20. nickhofen

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    Brian you might want to put a drop of CA glue at every maple dot so they won't stain and darken from the rest of the fretboard.
    Nice build by the way.
     
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