Some new builds, 8 string ERB w/Jauqo, Chambered 32"SC, & others

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  1. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    Thought I would share some of the highlights from some of my current personal projects. These are projects I took on because I wanted to build them, they are not commissioned builds(which I rarely post here).

    Once again, I am posting them here because they are something different, which I prefer to post so as not to step on anyone elses toes.

    First up is the start of an 8 string ERB I am building WITH Jauqo III-X. He had a set of custom wound 8 string pickups he was looking to move, so I contacted him about working together on a custom build to sell at a later date using my resources of building and his parts and Player input, as I do not do ERB's often. Jauqo has been a great help in pointing me in the direction this needs to go for players to enjoy playing it.

    Specs:
    Prodigy body style
    34" scale Bolt on 22 fret
    Maple and Purpleheart neck (9 piece)
    Honduran Rosewood fretboard
    Curly Poplar/Walnut/Poplar body
    3 custom wound Kent Armstrong 8 string single coils in matching Curly Poplar jewelry box covers
    Aguilar OBP 1 pre
    Black Hardware Single string bridges and compact tuners

    Body wings gluing up in 1 batch
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    the electronics channel in the body half
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    Gluing the body halves[​IMG]

    Gluing the neck blank
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    Surfacing the neck blank
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    Routed the splayed truss rods
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    Truss rods fitted
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    build the headstock
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    resaw the 5" fretboard blank slotted then applied to the neck
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    Roughing and routing the neck to shape
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    8 and Jazz neck side by side....LOL
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    Rout neck pocket and shape body
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    Jewelry boxing the pickups. First is to remove most of the molded epoxy casing
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    and making the veneers out of the remnants from the curly poplar top so the pickups match the top
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    The pickups are wrapped by 4 pieces of curly poplar veneer(about 1.5mm thick) so the grain matches all the way around
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    then the tops
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    and after some block sanding
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    And the body with the pickups
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    and we'll continue with more of the build soon
  2. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    Next will be an ALL Northern Ash build.

    32" scale Aran Single cut Fretless 5er(first time I have shown this body style here)
    Northern Ash and Walnut 7 piece neck
    Northern Ash Chambered Single cut body with a Wenge top inlaid with more Northern Ash
    stylized lined Chechen fingerboard 25 position
    ABM 17mm Piezo bridge
    EMG MM5TW pickup with the rear coil tapped for added flexibility
    EMG BTS preamp

    Neck blank was already made, so FF to routing and fitting the truss rod
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    Bookmatch the Wenge top
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    glue up the body wings and sand out the b ack after the neck was pre cut
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    And the body chambers which are volume matched including taking the electronics and battery into account
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    All I have on this one so far, more to come on this.
  3. SaintMez

    SaintMez

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    Let me be the first to say WOW. Beautiful work!
  4. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    Thank you sir, I will be posting more pics tonight, and another build or 2. Thanks again for looking.
  5. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    So a few updated pics.

    On the 8 string, the neck heel was finished and fit to the body.
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    need to clean up the corners a bit
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    and on the Chambered Ash 5, I finished the neck taper
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    and finished the fretboard flourish shaping and to the level of the body
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    More to come as I have time, and maybe another 1 or 2 I am working on.
  6. Skelf

    Skelf Supporting Member

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    Nice work.
  7. rythman6969

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    sweet stuff !
  8. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    Thank you Alan, always nice to hear from you, And Rythman. I hope to have more work posted later this week, very busy with real business, so my personal ambitions are always secondary....LOL :D
  9. Beauchene Implements

    Beauchene Implements

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    Lookin' sharp, JC! The width on the 8-string is crazy. I've never seen Jauqo III-X play, but judging by the builds he commisions around here he must have some pretty big mitts.
  10. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X

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    No my hands aren't big at all.
  11. Dark Horse

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    Really diggin' that Aran Single Cut shape. I'm not usually a fan of SC's, but that one looks great !
  12. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    Thanks Adam, it's 2.625" at the nut and 4.5" at the 22nd, Jauqo is actually working with me on this one, it's not a commission, just a collaboration with his knowledge of what this ERB should be like and my building, hopefully it will be really playable, as I have 2 more in the works a 7 and a 9 or 10. As for Jauqo's hands, not huge, but his chops are pretty stout, the man can flat out play.

    Thanks Dark Horse, I am not a huge SC fan either, but I had been approached a couple years back to do one, and this was the design I finally landed on. I did 3 or 4 refining as I went along. This body is a bit smaller than most SC's only about 13" wide, and the full size 34/35" scale body is only 13.375" wide, I feel they are less bulky like this and easier to play but that is just my opinion.
  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    Looks pretty darn nice, subbed.
  14. crazygtr

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    Sorry I'm late to the party, awesome work, as usual.
  15. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    nah, never Late Jose, Thanks buddy.
  16. superbassman2000

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    I really like that single cut!
  17. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    Thank you C, it's a SC I finally could live with building. Talking with you was my impetus to do the 32" scale 5er....LOL just sounded cool to me, and voila, almost done...LOL Thanks for that also
  18. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    ...and a few more things done on the 8

    making the back taper of the neck straight and even in a little elevation jig
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    Setup the body for routing the pickup recesses
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    the finished routs without and with the pickups
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    I had also done the roundover on the top which started as a 1/2" and ended up a 5/8" as the larger round looked much better to me.

    Thanks for looking more to come this week on both.:D
  19. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic

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    NTD....:hyper:LOL I don't like doing threads for new tools, so I added it here. Triton 2 1/4 hp Midi Router. (the bright shiny Orange one in the middle) has joined "Router World". Not all of my Routers, missing a 2nd Ryobi RE600, and my PC 7513, both in tables at the moment.

    So far it's a great router, really quiet, and will be a great table/bushing beast which are the 2 tasks I bought it for.:D
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  20. superbassman2000

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    So does that mean it'll be on sale then? Or did i just get the thread closed?

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