I'm building a Firebird clone

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I'm building a Firebird clone

Postby guitarslim101 » Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:00 am

I started it yesterday and don't have anything picture-worthy yet, but as soon as something good happens, I'll post pics.

It'll look like the reverse style firebird but I'm doing a 3-and-3 headstock rather than the 6-in-line. 3 piece neck-through body with a mahogany center and padauk wings and an ebony fingerboard. I'm thinking of two Seymour Duncan Antiquity Firebird pickups (I just found out the music store I work at is a Seymour Duncan dealer), stop tailpiece and tune-o-matic bridge. I've got some Schaller M-6 tuners laying around that I'll probably wind up using. I'm planning on using shellac for the finish but have yet to decide the color.

So far, all I've done is planed the wood down to the appropriate thickness and traced the outlines for the three body parts. Wednsday I'll cut them out and do some rough shaping and probably glue them together whilst I wait for my Stew Mac order to arrive.

I'll keep you posted on the progress.
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Postby rustyslide » Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:31 pm

Sounds awesome!
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Postby bluesmcgoo » Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:28 pm

That's very cool. I'll be looking forward to some pictures as you progress.

Ever since I first saw Johnny Winter, I've always loved Firebirds. Never owned one, though.

Good luck with it!
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Postby straightblues » Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:14 pm

I have a Hamer Eclipse with the Duncan Antiquity Firebird pickups in it. They are good. I don't like their standard Firebird pickups they are really harsh. Good luck on the build.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:48 pm

Ok, finally got around to doing some more work on it. Got the wings cut out and did a little rough sanding on them today. Tomorrow I plan on doing the routing for the electronics and then it'll be back to waiting for the Stew Mac order.

Here are some pictures:

The treble bout- Image

The bass bout-
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The center stick-
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All of them together-
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Postby jeffl » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:29 pm

Lookin' good,slim.
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Postby mickeypainless » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:46 pm

NICE!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:42 pm

Thanks. I'm pretty happy with it so far and can't wait for the Stew Mac order to arrive so I can rout the truss-rod cavity and start working on the neck. I'm leaning towards a two-tone sunburst for the finish, too.
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Postby leftyguitarman » Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:12 pm

Lookin forward to seein it. Firebirds are definately one of my most favorite guitar designs ever. I'd love to own one one day.
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Postby ricochet » Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:54 pm

Sure does look good so far!
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Postby warren » Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:40 pm

sweet...i love the look of the firebirds....

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Postby guitarslim101 » Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:07 pm

I just came back in from gluing the wings to the body and tomorrow, hopefully, I'll put the fretboard on. No pictures though, I'm too lazy to hunt down the camera.
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Postby voneville » Mon Oct 02, 2006 3:29 am

guitarslim101 wrote:I just came back in from gluing the wings to the body and tomorrow, hopefully, I'll put the fretboard on. No pictures though, I'm too lazy to hunt down the camera.


I love firebirds, post more pics when you get a chance! A family friend had a firebird and he let me play it at a barbaque when I was a teen ager and I've been in love ever since. Mini-buckers are really under rated. That thing had the best tone and feel of any guitar I've played since. Just wish I could afford one! Maybe I should try to make one someday.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Oct 07, 2006 8:49 pm

Ok, I've got some more pictures. I've got the majority of the body shaping done, I've got all the routing done, and I've got a lot of the holes drilled. I'll probably start on the neck tomorrow.

Here's the front:
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And the back:
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Here's the arm cut:
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And here's the belly cut:
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At this rate, I should be done by the end of the month.
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Postby mickeypainless » Sat Oct 07, 2006 9:10 pm

She's comin right along! Lookin good man!
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