Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:16 pm

Wired up, we got an electric guitar!

Wow, I've been playin' it every different way for the last day, and still discovering it's own unique sounds.

It:
has plenty of sustain, and no detectable dead notes.
has above average feedback resistance for a semi-hollow.
the P-90s sound like humbuckers, but have more presence and brightness.
with overdrive it has a much brighter sound than an Epiphone SG, but has just as much depth and bottom as an Epiphone Les Paul.
It's much lighter and better balanced than a Les Paul, and very comfortable to play.
does not come close to the brightness of a Telecaster.

played clear:
it can be made to sound more like a full hollow-body archtop, than my Peavey JF-1 semi-hollow.
It sounds like an Epiphone Casino, except a Casino gets more bottom end from its bigger body.
it has much more sustain than a Casino, and a Casino will howl with overdrive.

No binding or finish yet:
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby leftyguitarman » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:18 am

It's coming along well! I love the tailpiece on it. And the red neck looks awesome. So what have you decided for the finish?

Where did you get the meranti from? I've never heard of it until this thread.
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:40 pm

Thanks!
That wood came from some Japanese style sliding doors I installed in a home. There were 3 extra vertical end posts left over, so I kept those and thought right away of using them for a guitar body.

I had a good look at the wood grain after cutting an end off, and did some research. The doors were made in the Philippines, so that narrowed it down, and I found a site just for identifying woods and it listed all their characteristics.
Meranti is also called Philippine mahogany, and lauan, and it's mostly used for construction and plywood.

I think I'm going to stain the meranti dark to look like mahogany, darker in the recesses and lighter at the top of the curves. So that it blends well with the front and back woods.
The front and back will not be stained.

It looks like I'm gonna cut narrow F holes on each side, because this is a prototype and I have to find out what affect those will have.

I looked at a few other hollow-body LP sized guitars, and they have f holes, but they cut them way too honkin' big and wide, and they don't look good at all.

The last part I wanna deal with, is sanding off the headstock names, and getting my own name up there.
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby leftyguitarman » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:55 pm

Keep us posted. I'm curious to know how you're going to do the F holes.
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:16 pm

Well, got a start on the finish. Had to do some real work for food and shelter.
But I had a very bad health week, because of an abcessed tooth, and the extraction. NUF SAID…

So here are some samples of where I'm going with the finish and the f holes.
This a Vox, really cool body and the pickup system sounds unique too.
I like the f holes on this a lot. Vox HDC 77:
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This is the body stain now, I'm just staining the sides:
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This is the direction I'm headed for the sides and back, but I won't use so much black over the back.
Ibanez AG75:
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:43 pm

The staining and finish is coming along fine, but just inherently slow due to waiting for each layer to dry, and not worth posting pics.

Meanwhile:
I've begun a Left Hand version of the CAT.
It's gonna have mostly US made hardware including, Peavey T-60 pups, Hipshot bridge and Sperzel tuners.

Here's my progress on the L version:
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Cut out, back glued on and sanded:
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The top is made of sinker redwood, salvaged from a river bottom.
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I'm going to veneer the back with birds eye maple.
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:06 pm

After some trial and error, I got the edge finish done to my satisfaction.

I was going to spray black in the waist, but decided that deep brown would be best, built up from several layers of walnut stain.

I'm really not easy on the idea of, cutting F holes. It don't need 'em.

The cream binding is next, then the final layers of satin polyurethane.

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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby leftyguitarman » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:21 pm

It's lookin good!
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:00 pm

Here we are again, been busy doing my day job.
I finally got the binding on NB-1. Now it's just a matter of applying the final clear coats and reassembly! :mrgreen:
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I had a frustrating time learning how to apply maple veneer to the back of NB-2… :|
3 different glues, and 4 try's later, I got it right using epoxy resin. Water based glues kept deforming the veneer, so I had to grind off each failure, and start again.
The epoxy molecule is much bigger than H2O, so that must be why it didn't swell up the grain.
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:36 pm

Assembled: :mrgreen:
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby michaelm » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:07 pm

Looking good there, Mr Bill.

Buffalo_Bill wrote:. . . I'm really not easy on the idea of, cutting F holes. It don't need 'em. . . .

Paint some F-Holes on like the El Cheapos did back in the day.

OK, I'm outta here. Carry on.
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby leftyguitarman » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:46 am

That looks great! You did a very good job at bursting the sides. The pickup covers are a little flashy for my tastes, but overall that thing looks great!
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:10 pm

Yea, that MOP suggests a bit of southern sleaze, hedonism.
Ever see pictures of the young Muddy Waters on stage, from the 1950's?
Blues performers wore plenty of bling-bling back in those days.
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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:22 pm

Update for the Left Hand version.
I have the all the cuts done, next I'll do the sunburst colors.
This is just partly assembled for pics.

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Re: Build project: semi-hollow LP sized W/pine top

Postby guitarslim101 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:38 pm

Looking great! That burst on the sides is lovely, and the lefty looks like it's coming along well.
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