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Winter build off 2019 – Two Birds of Different Feathers

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Jon Clegg, Dec 22, 2018.


  1. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    My mashup will be made up of the following design elements:

    - Guild S-200 Thunderbird (upper bout)
    - Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird (lower bout)
    - Solid body construction
    - Rickenbacker scale length (33.25)
    - Thunderbird styled headstock
    - Tune-O-Matic Bridge
    - Bolt On Neck

    Specs:
    Body: 2-piece poplar
    Neck: Maple single piece blank, Fender style, Padauk Fretboard, white binding.
    Neck Type: Bolt-On
    Scale length: 33.25"
    FB Radius: 12"
    Strings: 4
    Electronics: EY Guitars TBird Pickups, Passive controls (probably)
    Controls: V-V-T-T
    Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
    Tuners: Hipshot Ultra Light
    Color: Lake Placid Blue

    I'm calling her the FusionBird.
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    Police Composite Picture:
    bird3.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2019
  2. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Very cool... :thumbsup:
     
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  3. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Nice. Can't wait to see the finished product.
     
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  4. Five String

    Five String Supporting Member

    Looks cool
     
  5. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    By poplar demand, more clamp farming!
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  6. You da clamp farming man!
     
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  7. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Roughed out shape, extra left around the neck pocket:

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    As an aside, I originally used the Guild S-200 Thunderbird as the inspiration for the upper bout; but that T-Bird also had a 4-String cousin the JetStar:

    guild jetstar bass 1965.JPG

    Should I call this the JetBird? ThunderStar? ThunderJet?

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  8. kbakerde

    kbakerde Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    I like ThunderStar
     
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  9. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Does have kind of a ring to it!
     
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  10. Thunderjetstarbird

    Pretty sure you won't have intellectual property problems with that one.
     
  11. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Bruce-i-fication routs marked out. I'm also planning to hollow out the areas under the pickguard.
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    I'm planning on constraining the routs to just the areas under the pickguard.
     
  12. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Slow day, just got the starter holes for the chambering routs done. Unfortunately I couldn't reach everywhere with my drill press and had to use a drill stand (which is much slower) Normally, I'd hog out these slots with hte forstner, but my drill press doesn't have the reach. I'll be completing the slots with multiple passes of the router.

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  13. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Chambering complete:
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    I'll be shifting over to the neck at this point.
     
  14. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Currently contemplating whether I should go with the tailpiece or blantantly steal this idea from @JIO
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    And is it really stealing if you give full attribution?

    Also a question for @Bruce Johnson : would mounting a TOM style bridge to an embedded aluminum plate yield any advantage over using the supplied stud inserts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2019
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  15. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    It's pretty tricky to pull off but if you're game - go for it! Since you posted it, my Calabrone was included yesterday in Best Bass Gear's "Bass of the Week" - Best Bass Gear's Bass of the Week! Talkbass and primarily the Luthiers Corner has a number of BotW alumni.
     
  16. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    That post was what brought that string-through approach back to mind. :) It's very cool and unique. This shape does in my mind have a somewhat JIO-esque quality to it. ;)
     
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  17. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I dig it - a very cool mash-up. Looking forward to seeing your progress/completion. :thumbsup:
     
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  18. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Got a little more work in on this one: Made a template and shaded in the bevel:
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    The headstock is going to be the Non-Reverse T-bird headstock with the bevels of the reverse T-Bird.
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  19. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Small update, the fretboard will be Padauk (just ordered it) I looked at some Midnight Blue Ric's and liked how it looks with blue; I figured it would look nice with Lake Placid Blue (and adds a dash of Ric to the mash)
     
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  20. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Neck layout time!
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