The Hollow. Hollow ash body with aluminum top.

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  1. builtbyseb

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    Trying something a little different this time. Started with some ash that I cut last winter. The slab was really heavy so I decided to make it lighter. Routed most of it out and made a recess 14ga aluminum plate as the top.

    I am waiting on some sweet P-90's to install in there.

    So here it is :) The Hollow

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    Rough hollow and top.

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    Getting there ;)

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    Just got to figure out what finish I want for the ash....

    enjoy

    seb
     
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    Looks interesting!!! Don't forget to earth that big electrical interference receiver! :D

    DC
     
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    Love it!
    I used to do a lot of engraved Zemaitis- type aluminum body plates.
    I don't think I could resist the urge if I were building that one.
    Looking good Seb.
     
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    Pretty cool, got a Zemaitis/Trussart feel goin' there.

    I'm watching this thread.

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    That's a really cool concept. How did you end up doing the route along the edge to create the recess?
     
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    Nice workmanship and a lot of work!
    Hope it sounds as cool as it looks.
     
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    Very kewel idea! Have you considered anodizing the aluminum for both the look and for more durability?
     
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    I'm sure you won't have to worry about 60cycle hum from any single coil pickups with that much aluminum.
     
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    I like it!
     
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    This is gonna something to behold!
     
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    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    I agree with RodeoTex - I would love to have that big a palette to Hand Engrave. Nice build, seb.
     
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    Nice build! Kudos, Seb.

    That shield will have exactly zero effect on single coil hum. That hum is caused by the pickup design and is unaffected by anything except another coil arranged to buck the hum.
     
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    I sure will ;)

    thank youI have never tackle engraving and such. But many ideas have come to mind for this top. I will resist the urge and keep that top as is. Just finish it better with a clear coat. I am considering adding a sound hole of some sort, but nothing I am happy with any of my ideas for the moment.


    Well actually I have not, that is a great idea. for the next one. Jim, you are always bringing up cool ideas, thanks.

    Thank you.

    Thank you very much. I agree with you for the hum. On all my other builts (except one) I have used 20g steel as pickguards and the noise level is equal or less to my other plastic pickguard production guitars. I think the aluminum will be the same. Even acts as a shield when well grounded.
     
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    Thank you. I made a smaller template and routed the inside leaving the wall thickness that I wanted.

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    some other finishing ideas: 1) brushed look with a piece of sandpaper or a wire brush on a drill. 2) transfer a photo or stencil on a design and etch with ferric chloride. Aluminum etches very easily. May not work if your top is too thin. 3) polish with a muslin wheel and buffing compound. Add a pinup girl for some warbird nose-art nostalgia.
     
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    You should be able to find some helpful YouTube videos on DIY anodization to watch in your copious free time. It's pretty fascinating what can be done, not just to make the aluminum more durable for every day use, but ... you can add color just as you might dye a wood product. :)
     
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    I'm interested in what you think the effects of the aluminum top will be on the sound. Since it is semi hollow I'm expecting it to add some coloration to the acoustic sound - how that will translate to the pickups will be interesting. It adds a new twist to the term "tone wood"

    A guy named Ed Dowling build some acoustic guitars using aluminum tops - they have a definite resophonic sound, but very different from a normal cone type resonator

    http://www.eddowling.com/pages/Technophonic.shtml

    The fact that your bridge will tie the top to the middle block limits the movement a lot but you still should get some movement. This is very interesting and I'll be following it closely.

    (FWIW, I build and play resonators of various configurations, but of course the principal is completely different)
     
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    Aluminum can effect single coil pickups, Bill Lawrence did a write up on it. I put some highly microphonic single coil pickups in a Reso I put together and they are quiet as a church mouse. No hum and no squealing, that's when I came across Mr. Lawrence's write up and remembered that my Reso Cone was aluminum.
    Just put 3 P90 pickups in my Strat partscaster. I lined the swimming pool route with heavy aluminum HVAC Tape and also did the backside of the pickguard. There's virtually no hum in the individual pickup positions.
    Aluminum will block the hum, but there needs to be a good deal of it to work.
     
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    i need to do some more studying...differential field...iron in magnet....copper as superior to any other shielding including paint and aluminum. However, I have never heard a single coil that was as quiet as a humbucker. Open ears await.
     
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    Not to hijack, but there's lots of possibilities.
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