Archtop build number 3. Languedoc inspired

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WezVWezV Frets: 12631
Time to start planning the next one.   Going to go for a different shape this time.

First thing first, I need to make some plans.   So with a head on picture, and some dimensions from @PhilKing ; I managed to print out a  tiled PDF of the right size.   It looked tiny, so I had to check with an actual part



I'm gathering woods. so far we have a walnut back and sides.  Back will be flat/domed rather than carved.  Some cherry as an option for the carved top, and some other bits of wood on the way

Next job will be to make a mold and template set and we will be on our way

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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 1093
    It is about the same as a PRS but offset I think.  I'll try to get the tailpiece, bridge and machines off to you next week.  Also, don't know that you need to do all the binding (unless you want to).
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  • davrosdavros Frets: 543
    Subbed! Love a WezV build thread!!
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    had a wood delivery last week, including  a snakewood fretboard that may be used on this.  its a bit sappy, which i will either include, or avoid... but should be an interesting one to work with



    the delivery also included a streaky paduak neck blank which may get sliced down the middle for a laminated blank for this, as well as a selection of other alternative fretboard woods including. 

     Bocote.  Its a bit yellow in the pic below as its freshly planed, but changes colour to a brown and orange streaky wood quite quickly

    Purpleheart.  Its a lot like ebony, but purply grey at first, then deeper purple, then eventually  one day it will be brown

    Carapay - called patagonion rosewood by some, but not a real rosewood, closer to Gonco alves. 

    Indian laurel.    Its actually the same genus as korina/idigo/limba, just a lot darker and harder than those trees. you know it from recent squiers, this piece is more consistently dark though. 

    all relatively sustainable, or at least not any concern for CITES.








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  • davrosdavros Frets: 543
    Nice selection. For the ones that change colour over time, is that oxidation? Would finishing them relatively quickly retain the original colour?
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    bocote looks much better once the yellowness has gone, its a very quick change. The main thing with it is it can be very oily, and hard to glue because of it... its caught me out before.

    Paduak and purpleheart can be delayed with the use of some finishes that protect against UV.  

    Ive used all those a few times before, not sure on the others.  
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    time to start on templates and molds.

    template first.  I transferred the outline from my tiled print to MDF and cut to shape.  i don't really need a full body template for a hollowbody build, but it will come in handy at a few point such as shaping internal blocks or pre-bending binding... plus i liek the shape and may be a solid body or chambered version


    underneath are 4 more strips of MDF.  this will give me a 1 1/2" thick mold for the body

     

    i wont cut the final outline till both layers are glued together, but its important to think about the reach of your clamps and locations of internal blocks when making the mold.


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  • Following. Best threads going! 
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    top layer is cut, note the drill holes at the points as i will leave the bent sides a little longer until glued to internal block.  the second layer is marked  inside the line, ready to be rough cut. It will then be joined to the top layer and routed to match


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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 1093
    I wondered why you had the outline around the shape, but the clamp reach explains that.  I was going to ask if that would affect the stability, but I guess with a laminate and that thickness, it will be pretty solid anyway.    Was the Bocate you used before on the Canary wood fingerboard Ibanez style neck you made for me?   If so, it is in great shape and still well glued!

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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    with the mold its about getting a balance between stability and workability.  the clamp for attaching the neck block will need to reach about 3-4" into the center of the guitar.  I've also made sure to add flat areas where my main clamping points will be.    


    I forgot about that neck, yes i think that was bocote, although a lighter grade than this fretboard.     I remember doing a laminated bocote neck where it just fell part as if it hadn't even been glue.   Just a case of remembering to glue freshly scraped surfaces, and wipe down with thinners  or naptha prior to gluing 
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  • Andyjr1515Andyjr1515 Frets: 2880
    Excellent!  Another one  :)

    I've used snakewood for the fretboard on a couple of builds.  It behaves itself well - MUCH easier to work with than the really oily woods like cocobolo.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    we have a mold and template


    MDF isn;t really the best material for this if you plan on making loads, but it should survive a few guitar builds without issues.  I have brushed on a few coats of sealer to help extend its life.  Checked with my clamps and i don't really need to cut it down further, but can always do it later if i am struggling at any point
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    starting with the padauk neck blank on this.  I am cutting laminates from the blank shown above.  The plan is for a thin strip of maple down the middle with some thin black veneer between

    i cut the maple laminate first, then used this as a template to mark out the paduak.  I have left everything oversized so it can be tidied up after gluing.  also left some extra tabs so I can pin it to prevent slipping when I glue it all together

    The paduak is very streaky, should give a fun raspberry ripple look to the final neck.  



    not sure how its going to look yet, but the whole guitar is likely to be trans cherry red, so it should be interesting
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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 1093
    Really interesting grain in that Wez.  It will look great with the trans red.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    I think it should be interesting.   Certainly seems stable but it won't look right for this till the cherry hits it.   This is always the dilemma with sap wood.   In some woods you avoid it.  It others it's just a colour difference. 99% sure it's just a colour difference here as it cut the same regardless of colour..... and smelled just like the  solid red paduak I have used before.

    I also put the Namibian rosewood through the planer earlier and wondered if that would be good for a neck too.  Grains not perfect for that, with a bit of flame and a few pin knots, but it seems very stable.   Also very pink straight from the planer.  Likely prettier as a top though 
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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 1093
    It is sounding really interesting.  Can't wait to see how it looks.  I know Marc is working on the pickups, so that will be another thing to see how they come out (and sound!).
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  • Andyjr1515Andyjr1515 Frets: 2880
    Looking good.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    done some alignment plugs for the neck lams just to be absolutely sure they don't move during glue up.  2 will be cut away after, one will live deep inside the heel

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  • WezVWezV Frets: 12631
    This may become 2 builds, an archtop and a solidbody.

    the template has been staring at me recently,  and after a few hours not sleeping the other night I did a quick doodle on it... still needs refining  but i liek the concept


    Not gonna lie, I saw this build from Jersey Girl guitars earlier in the day and it set my brain off.  The pickups and plate are all one piece of wood, inset into the body


    I might borrow the idea with the pickups and plate, but it would be a very different look by the end of it. 

    I'm thinking of using a solid piece of dark wood for the neck, plate, tailpiece, knobs etc etc, maybe with continuous grain flowing between the pieces, then doing a solid color contoured body to mount it all to.  Imagine it as rosewood parts, solid white body.
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