Working on my first Carved top single cut 24.625 .

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  1. mkster

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    I seems like everyone is doing the carved top these days , so its time for me to try it out, be like the cool guys.

    Most of the knowledge is already in the forum . I am not looking to spend any money on wood or anything else , maybe tuners , i am thinking slotted headstock would look so cool ...

    Looking at what i have laying around in the closet the door in my videos is filled to the top with wood .

    I have poplar bodies not finish yet supro style and a piece of 8/4 of butternut 24.5 inch by 8.5 with a bunch of splits at one end.

    I also have a neck i was not happy with 25.5 scale , i will convert it to 24.625 short Gibson scale. I should try wood bindings , i am a virgin at bindings this will be fun.

    I got a No 6 Hand plane , no planer or jointer . little to no experience with a hand plane, lest see where confidence will bring us .

    I started already so i will post the things i did so far , i will have to make some drawing ...

    I took the poplar body and cut it in half hoping to make two tops , i used the Japanese type saw knockoff in retrospect

    that was not a good idea and made me work more and loose thickness a lot , next time i will use a saw that is long enough to cover the body preventing the blade from bending where you can't see it.

    I am at about .680 thick and there are marks left i started with 1.720 thick .You can see the the problem is almost fixed , one is under the top , so no issue here , the other one is probably alright too .
     

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    The work on the butternut back has already started , the only way to fit it to the piece i

    have is to use it as a center and use left over to glue on the wings. There could have as much as 4 joint to make .

    I managed to need only three , and took great care to conceal to joint on the back.

    I think i had some luck or success on two of them . Can you see them on this side .

    Best regards

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    On the other side you can clearly see the joints ... on my first try with a hand plane .

    I don't need big power tools anymore ! I so happy !
     

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    I took a neck that was a little to thin because the fretboard gave me so many issues that it ended up being over 3/32 to thin it would have worked anyway , it had frets on and pearl dots pretty nice .

    I got a new fret puller a pretty nice one, made by Hosco and itstime to try it .

    It was the best way to see what happens when you remove frets the wrong way , i tried everything except the proper way . No regard given the the rosewood fret board .

    I had not yet super glued them in so i recommend caution when reading this.

    I got almost no tear outs when i slowly start at one end and lets the tool pull it up going down slowly to the other side . I tried gripping one end pulling it one shot maximum tear out i could have probably re-fret it.

    Then removed the fretboard with the 6 , i stopped short leaving a veneer thick rosewood layer hard to show .

    I use a maple veneer to highlight it .

    Best regards

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    I like the rw/maple/rw sammich. That's a nice detail!
     
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    I have some butternut and always thought it would be a good LP back substitute. The fuzziness would be a pain though.
     
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    So far i don't see any issues Marty.

    With the hand plane anyway , and i am not sure how sharp it is .

    I was thinking maple bindings but i like the idea of a simple veneer .

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    I have a huge 15" wide or so butternut plank that I've been saving for that purpose.
     
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    I think its time ...

    Lets see what you can come up with , i trust it will be great .

    Marc
     
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    I made a LP Std clone and a few thinner versions a few years ago. The last one never got sanded....


    I do have a carved top ready and finished a set neck up a week or so ago.


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    Looks good , but your next one will be nicer .

    Marc
     
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    I also picked up a nice piece of mahogany at 5 bucks off , not really knowing ...

    I picked the niceness one and its was also the lightest not bad for 30 bucks .

    There is at least one neck in there , two if i do a scarf joint.

    After looking at it at home i figured i did real good genuine Mahogany !

    Marc
     

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    With a carved top you need a little neck angle to make the geometry work out. Its a function of the bridge you will be using, the thickness of the top, a few other things. This might be of some help

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/building-for-playability.991659/

    Also you mentioned possibly making it a slot head, remember that most slotted headstocks are right around 3/4 thick, if you are thinking of using the one in your picture it might be too thin.

    Other than that, I'll sit on the sidelines and watch. I have built several carved topped guitars - solid, semi hollow and hollow bodies, I've built a bunch of slot heads and I bind most of my guitars in wood. When you get ready to bend your binding I might have a few tips.

    This was a carved topped guitar, chambered body, wood binding - unfortunately the photobucket links have gone wonky - if there is anything you want to see let me know, I still have the photos

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/a-chambered-lpish-looking-thing.874641/
     
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    This is really kind of you , i must read your thread promptly !

    As for the slotted headstock i have thought about it and made some drawings i would ad a veneer .. and pic of other guitar as inspiration

    The neck joint will need some drawing and more thinking ,but i will extend the neck heal .

    I need to draw the carve and make templates since its not a LP .

    I need to buy one of those wheel nuts for the rod.

    Marc
     

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    I thinking of doing curly maple bindings on the neck , but after looking at it i am not convinced.

    I think i like better the sandwich better . I got the idea that if i have the right saw blade i could use it to make a channel and slide in a piece of veneer to make a light color line parallel to the fretboard sides .

    I did some test and found the fret saw to match the veneer and made a test . On rose woo this look cool .

    Best regards

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    If it works once ...
     

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