Some new Sapele... New guitar

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  1. jimilee

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    What’s the story behind this guitar?


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    A little too different for my tastes... But looks great!

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    Thank you! it does sound very good. I've since replaced the Rio Grande H-size P90s for some Seymour Duncan PAF style humbuckers and it sounds much better.
     
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    Ok, I think I've decided on what I want to do with this wood...

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    I saw this and realized that I want something like this. I don't have anything like it, so I guess I "need" to have one. I've never been much of an LP kinda guy but I do like the look of these. Might be the slightly larger body... So my plan is to cap it with maybe a maple or might even go with poplar if I decided to do an opaque color on top. Chamber it for weight relief and sapele neck. I've always liked the look of black guitars with gold hardware... might do that.
     
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    That would be awesome. I really like the tone of Filtertrons. You may want to look into that. They are different in a great way.
     
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    Yep..she'll do. cheers..
     
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    Yeah, I may do that
     
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    Now you are talking. One very minor thought when you talk about slightly larger bodies - I learned a long time ago to built to fit standard cases. A hand built guitar deserves a good hardshell case and a custom case is expensive. Ask me how I know. And I would definitely chamber it - the chambered LP I built is almost two pounds lighter than the solid one.

    I'll be watching for the thread.....
     
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    Is it difficult to find a hardcase for a Gretsch? Never looked...

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    Oh Man....Your tugging at my heartstrings...Gorgeous!
     
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    Ok, I picked up some of this today...

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    Some African Mahogany for the neck. They didn't have any drops of the Sapele left when I went back to the lumbar yard, so I picked this up. It is similar, I hope it will blend in well with the Sapele and not look to weird. I'd like to keep the back and neck natural. I've never really done an archtop or an angled headstock, so there will be plenty of learning to do.
     
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    Obviously a Gretsch case will fit a Gretsch sized guitar but I don't know about the aftermarket manufacturers like TKL. I'm just saying that I've built three guitar that were slightly odd ball and ended up buying custom made cases - they are very expensive and very long delivery (also very nice).

    Sapele and mahogany are often slightly different colors but can be easily stained if you want to. FWIW, I've built a couple of carved topped angled head guitars, here is one on this forum that might help. I'll make two suggestions here - first, do a scarfed head, it is much stronger and uses far less wood and second, chamber your body, it makes a big difference when you pick the darn thing up

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/a-chambered-lpish-looking-thing.874641/

    Hiscock has a pretty good discussion of guitar geometry which might help you understand how the neck angle works on an arched top - I'll recommend having your bridge in hand as you lay it out.
     
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