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been shopping today. i could have used a couple of grand and a huge truck but alas have neither.

 

so came away with a big plank of very tiny birdseye maple (the birdseyes are tiny not the wood) for a tenner - enough for two neck at least. a plank of WHITE wenge - enough for three necks (my tools are gonna be buggered!) and some lovely bubinga which shall be made into two two piece tops

 

heres the white wenge (this is the side, its quarter sawn)

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bubinga mmmm

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Guest bshuker

awesome, where do you get your woods?

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i got that lot from a woodyard i go to. other stuff i get from david dyke. any figured maple for tops i have to get from america unfortunately

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iv decided im going to make a matching pair of desiree and sakura models with the bubinga. i cant decide whether to use the white wenge or som african paduak for the necks though. hmmmm.

 

i think both will be the Svelte versions (chambered with f-hole) and have two p90s. i'll have to have a good hard think about which wood combos work best

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iv decided im going to make a matching pair of desiree and sakura models with the bubinga. i cant decide whether to use the white wenge or som african paduak for the necks though. hmmmm.

 

i think both will be the Svelte versions (chambered with f-hole) and have two p90s. i'll have to have a good hard think about which wood combos work best

 

Sounds really good, you better take plenty of progress pics :D

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well iv gotta finish up the one im doing now and then see if i have enough cash to do two at once first! but at least that gives me time to decide on which necks to use

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I would like to see more progress pics as well! Just take some pics of your workshop every week and stick them in here!

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yesterday i cut out seven ivory 12th fret inlays, so im set for a while.

 

i cant decide which wood to use for the necks of the bubinga tops. im leaning towards the wenge as a contrast, but then the fretboard will be ebony so that will contrast too. hmmm.

 

wenge

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padauk

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padauk looks pretty

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yeah but........the wenge is perfectly quartersawn and the padauk blank isnt as good a neck blank. it might be better cutting those up for stringers in multipiece necks. and wenge does look amazing when its all polished up. i think im leaning towards the wenge. but i dont know yet.

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hooglebug - I can't send all the pics in a PM, so I'll post here. Think you can work with these?

 

 

 

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Cool - will send you a PM later about the exact specs. But first, what bridge would you recommend for something like this? standard hardtail?

 

I'll check out a few others as well, if for some reason the bridge is actually a separate piece from that weird aluminum part.

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rough carving on the lower bouts of the sakura. shoulder and horn will be taken down to match neck angle so no point doing them yet. underneath of top will be carved too. and my tools will be buggered. this stuff is rock solid

 

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i'd say that gets on particularly well with cutting tools too. :LOL:

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