SECOND CONSTRUCTION. 7 STRINGS, 27"

VicenT-Tele

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This weekend I was able to give the body a push.
Last week I glued the maple top following a process I saw on youtube.

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For the body, I took the total measurements of the thickness counting the lid, which is 7 mm, so it is necessary to rethicken the body.

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Once we have the right thickness, we put the template and start milling! I made a small investment (50€) in two new milling cutters. The main one is a combined cutter (helixoidal and compression) and the other is a copying machine with a bearing at the helical cutting end. I have to say that it is without a doubt a very good investment as the results are exceptional. Look at the ends of the horns, they are made with the milling cutter, without tearing or bites.

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I take advantage of the opportunity to make some recesses in the maple top in order to facilitate the rest of the arm.

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And this is how it all turned out.
Front face

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Back side

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The Top

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I have to rework the arm rest recess to make the joint perfect.
Cheers!
 

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Hello friends!

I'm finally on holidays and I can dedicate more time to the construction of the guitar. Here are some pictures of the process. If you have any doubts or want to know something, ask without any problem.

Greetings to you all!


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- The next step for me is the most important. Before making all the holes for the bridge, I install the neck in its place, aligned with the centre of the body. I measure the standard tuning on 7 strings (B) with the saddles fully advanced with two turns to go and change the strings for the ones I will use on this guitar, a 13/74 for Drop F# tunings.

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- A little picture of the body sanded to 600 and ready for finishing.

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Now comes the coolest part. The finish
- I want to do a Faux Binding like the Duvell Elite. To do this I put special tape and apply a couple of generous coats of Tru-Oil. You will see that the tru-oil goes very well and I decided to use this finish because I didn't have a spray gun and compressor and I couldn't spray poly-compatible base coats. But come on, it's not that bad, it looks great!

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I apply Angelus Leather Dye Jet Black diluted with the alcohol sold by the same manufacturer. At the end it is a denatured alcohol .... I let it dry for a few hours and sand with 400 and 600 grit to remove the black leaving only the flame finish.

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- After an hour applying up to 4 different shades of Angelus Leather Dye purple diluted in alcohol in different proportions and two Jet Black, also diluted... Here is the result. I LOVE THE PURPLE BURST I GOT!!!!

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- First coat of Tru-Oil applied.

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Really fantastic work! That faux binding looks great, really crisp lines there.

For your neck, you could probably add just a couple more coats of oil and then just hit it with steel wool. That will leave you with a nice smooth matte feeling
 

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That purple is very nice indeed. Well done!
Thank you very much!!!!!

Really fantastic work! That faux binding looks great, really crisp lines there.

For your neck, you could probably add just a couple more coats of oil and then just hit it with steel wool. That will leave you with a nice smooth matte feeling
Yes, I took great care with the faux bindin finish.

For the neck I will do what you advise me to do. I'll do about 4 more coats and I'll use steel wool, I don't know if I'll do the back or the whole neck to get the matt finish.

For the top I wanted to give it a few coats of Poly varnish once the Tru-oil is finished. I want a resistant finish and what better than poly?

Thank you very much!
 

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I make an update.

Body:
Once 19 coats had been applied, I sanded with 00000 steel wool to level the surface. From here I applied Tru-oil diluted 50/50 with mineral spirits in order to get enough gloss.

Now, after 6 coats of diluted Tru-oil it looks like this when dry. I don't know whether to keep applying or let it cure.

After curing, I'm thinking about applying automotive polish or a few coats of 2k varnish to protect the top from knocks (I have 2 little girls...) What would you do?

The sides of the body and back I have left them satin, I like it much better.

Neck:

The neck had 12 or 14 coats until I put steel wool on it to make it smooth and satin.

I can't wait to mount it once and for all!!!!


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VicenT-Tele

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Well Friends,

I've finished the guitar. I've been looking for the perfect moment and the perfect place to take some good pictures but always for some reason I can't take them where I wanted to...

the material used in the guitar:

Neck:
5 ply wenge / purple heart.
Ebony fretboard
Extra Jumbo stainless steel frets.
16" radius
24 frets
Scale 27" 7 string.
Low profile double action truss rod.
Carbon reinforcement.
Gotoh 381 lockin tunners

Body:

Black limba Master grade.
Drop top maple flamed A5
Purple burst (Ángelus dye)
Hipshot Bridge.
Tru-oil finish. Satin finish on neck and back, gloss on front.

Mounts two Dimarzio activator 7
3-way switch blade
1X vol/push pull.

Tuning : Drop F#

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I've been adjusting it a couple of days now. I haven't needed to level the frets and I have a very low string action, 1.5mm at the 12th fret.
I haven't had to adjust the truss rod, as the neck laminate and carbon rods give it brutal stability.

It's octaved perfectly and it sounds perfect, I love it!!!! Now to try to get a tone in Artchitechs Helix!!!! And get that sound of the word so hated here (d-jent).

Having finished this project, I'm going to give myself some time to do nothing but learn to play guitar (Riffhard) and spend more time with my family. I've been thinking about projects to do, like the Regius, but it doesn't convince me... I'll be thinking about future projects and when I start, I'll open a thread of my constructions compiling the first two.


Thank you very much for your advice, you have helped me a lot!


I hope you like it. A big hug!


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