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The Demon Divine

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rôckhewer, Jul 13, 2017.


  1. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    Hello again friends...
    Taking a break from the Arachnophilia build, because...well several reasons. :confused::dead::rollno:(pain in me arse!).
    This next one is somewhat of a departure of my usual hippie sandwich...because the client requested solid wings, 28 frets, and a dye job.
    Otherwise it will resemble my MythosX body shape. But have a wing stagger to accommodate the long board... that I think looks kinda cool :)
    Here's the stuff....
    4 string neck-thru 35" scale, strung- B,E,A,D.
    7pc. Neck... ebony, rock maple, ebony, flame maple.
    7/16" wide ebony body stringers
    Solid 5A quilted maple wings
    5A birdseye fingerboard 28 fret - (EVO gold medium/tall )
    Blue LED side markers
    Custom 12th fret area inlay (client submitted drawing)
    Hipshot D bridge - gold.
    Hipshot ultralight tuning machines.
    My handmade "batwing-ish" top load tailpiece.
    Dual EMG 35DC's w/ BQC system circuit.
    Wood pickup covers to match neck-thru
    Everything but the fingerboard finished in TransTint blue... (maybe a slight burst effect)
    Matte/Satin poly ....or ... some such....

    I am doing a quasi- BCR body construction style thing.... with the neck blank being extra wide at the body with the contrasting stringers & solid wings.
    The upside down drawing shows this best (in the regular body shape)... but the wing stagger is depicted here which creates a deep enough cut for the xtra frets... and I just did a sweepy curve at the bridge instead of the point.
    20170713_050005.jpg
     
  2. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    Here are the neck laminations:
    20170703_160830.jpg

    And the body billet from NW timber.
    Kinda pricy but the have some nice selection and you can find very close to the size you need & minimize waste. This was 7/4 (1.75") and about 8"x40"
    20170703_163026.jpg

    And the slightly quilted birdseye billet.
    (There's enough here for a total of 8 fingerboards :)
    20170703_162930.jpg
    Had to buy a $300 chunk of Ebony for this project as well
     
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  3. Teacher

    Teacher

    May 3, 2012
    Love the wood choices! Should be another great one!
     
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  4. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Oh yes.... another drool-worthy build. Oh, so subbed.
     
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  5. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    It's getting to be time I re-activated my TechShop membership. I'd love to come down and see this!
     
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  6. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    So, for those who might be curious as to the entity lending its name to this bass?
    I present an illustration rendered by my client...
    of a Demon by the name... "Divine"
    20170714_142440.jpg

    It was decided that the best option for an inlay to represent this beastie on the bass would be to do his "head shot" horizontally...at the 12th fret.

    So.... this...
    20170713_050507.png
    Which I have rendered in Abalone, and MOP.....deep etched, and "inked" with ebony dust/CA.
    Here:
    20170709_184657.jpg
    This one was fun...
    I couldn't wait .... like eating dessert first. ;)
    The lighting isn't very good in this pic... the abalone does shine with more sparkly color.
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2017
  7. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    Then I installed some blue LED's
    Embedded under my brass tube & acrylic dowel markers.... 20170714_144731.jpg honest....they are blue not purple...:rolleyes:
     
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  8. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I do this about 25 - 30% of the time I go out for dinner.

    There is a waitress at a certain restaurant that brings me the dessert menu with the main.

    Also, subbed.
     
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  9. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Interesting decision to face the Demon toward the player, upside down relative to the audience when the instrument is played.

    *edit - or am I looking at it upside down?
     
  10. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    Yes you are ;) he is right side up looking (glaring?) at the audience.
     
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  11. Teacher

    Teacher

    May 3, 2012
    I've only worked with shell materials sparingly, and it's been many years, but I know they're pretty fragile. I'm guessing you trim the tang off the part of the frets that go over the shell so it doesn't crack?
     
  12. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    I go ahead and cut the fret slot through the shell , then widen it slightly with a tiny dremel bit...just enough so the tang barbs don't put any pressure on the shell.... & use glue
     
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  13. Teacher

    Teacher

    May 3, 2012
    Ah! Gotcha!
     
  14. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    Releived the back of the neck of most of its excess.
    Will use it to make the pup covers later...
    Not going with as large a volute as I usually do.
    Even though the owner wants a Jazz skinny 1.5" at the nut... I will have a thin ebony layer under the quilted maple headstock back cap... these will add some strength. PSX_20170718_050625.jpg
     
  15. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    drool
     
  16. Frederiek

    Frederiek

    Aug 8, 2016
    Netherlands
    drool^2
     
  17. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Love that stripey goodness
     
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  18. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    So this is somewhat unusual for me...
    Solid wings!
    Quick shaping on the router table.
    I'm using this rabbet bit that came with a set of different size bearings, including a flush cut size.
    Why? Because it's brand new & sharp.
    20170718_051012.jpg

    Here's another fun deviation from the "norm"....
    Usually I cut out the e-cavity in the core first...on the scroll saw...
    Then lay out the cover & carefully cut it out of the back panel for continuous grain match. Not an option here...
    So this is something I was planning on doing if the need ever arose.
    I used a "computer" (gasp)...:jawdrop:
    Drew up a cavity shape... and cut a router template on the laser... from 4 layers of 1/4" baltic birch ply. Then aligned & screwed them together. Then cut an insert from 1/4" hickory, that has perfectly squared & perfect size..holes for the threaded inserts... and already ALIGNED holes cut into the door! (perfectly):rollno::confused:
    All using the same file. Way too easy.
    Damn you computer accuracy!!
    20170718_174242.jpg 20170718_174252.jpg 20170718_174229.jpg
    I did manage to get the grain to flow pretty & nearly line up!... fairly well. (Almost perfect) ;)
    The computer could not do that for me! :***::D

    ....ok, yes it could have...using a photo nesting technique I learned years ago, cutting stone on a waterjet...
    But what fun would that be?:cautious:
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2017
  19. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    Even though there are no body pinstripes on this build... I figured it would be nice to go ahead & put in an ebony stripe under the headstock front & back caps... 20170719_195741.jpg
    Stripey goodness... 20170722_104532.jpg
    Familiar face...
    20170722_104341.jpg

    I really don't enjoy shaping the back of the neck, before the fingerboard is glued on. I mean...I have my reasons for doing it on this one... but...
    ... always feels so dang flimsy! :confused:
    20170722_111456.jpg
     
  20. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Heh, that does look scary thin!
     
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