Knightro's Next: Nova

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  1. KnightroExpress

    KnightroExpress Active Member

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    Hey friends! I'm excited to announce my next build, a design I've named Nova. This is sort of an odd bird, as it's a mashup of Tele and SC JR, but with a lightly extended scale.

    Specs: 26" scale
    Walnut body/neck
    Katalox fretboard
    Hipshot Tele bridge
    Mojotone Broadcaster Clone bridge pickup
    Mojotone Classic Minihumbucker neck pickup

    Here's my CAD rendering:
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    And some of the wood involved:
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    I'm hoping to get some of the initial rough work done next weekend, but we'll see what the future holds. Thanks for taking a look!
     
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    I really dig the design! I would work a bit with the control cavity though :) Maybe making it follow the body?
     
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    Nice design! I agree with Marcus as I always like control cavities that follow the body contour.

    I like the detail of the heel / body joint area with the lens shape.
     
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    Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback and I might play around with the cavity shape in the future. This one works well for me though, as there is a quarter inch around each of the main components, plus enough space in the middle to wrap any excess wire.
     
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    So with that scale length, what strings are you planning on putting on? What tuning are you going to have it in?
     
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    It's only a bit longer than standard, so I don't think it'll need anything special. I'll probably end up with a 9-46 set and tune to D standard. Or maybe something different, that's the fun of experimentation :D
     
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    Experiment in C standard. That is when things start getting fun! Heavy-ass rhythms for days!
     
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    I'm sure it'll happen, don't you worry! Thanks for the idea :yesway:
     
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    KnightroExpress Active Member

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    My templates have finally arrived! I love the smell of freshly lasered acrylic in the afternoon.

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    Here's hoping this means I'll be able to get some real work done soon!
     
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    Are you sourcing your templates locally or through an online vendor, like eMachineShop? I've been considering the latter, and have a second sheet for my current plan that is just master templates, that I've imported into their software and tweaked a bit. My hesitation on pulling the trigger, though, has been not seeing any samples of their work.

    Nice design, as well. My troll-like hands enjoy larger scales. :)
     
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    HEADKNOCKER Active Member

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    Yeah I'd like to know where the templates came from too!!
    Though I could make my own from wood/mdf those look pretty darn sweet!!
    If you don't mind me asking, What Did they Cost?
    Can't wait to see the guitars those will produce..
    Gary/Hk
     
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    I did a little experiment this evening. The templates the I've been considering getting made consist of four body templates, a neck profile, fretboard template, humbucker templates (legs and cavity as separate templates), headstock, and cavity covers.

    I imported the DXF into eMachineShop and selected Clear Polycarbonate as the material, at a quarter inch depth. With shipping, the price is around $270, for an 11 business day turnaround. I can likely get it a few dollars under that, if I spend some time tweaking tolerances and repositioning items.

    Did some research, and came across Ponoko. I am not using AutoCAD (I use QCAD Pro), and their templates were a little tough to get working with my software. So, I instead exported a SVG file, which I was able to use with their Inkscape templates. I have been able to get all of my templates to fit into three of their "P3" sized templates, which is 790mm x 384mm.

    My first test is that I could get all three for around $230, which includes shipping. They did not have Polycarbonate, so that was with 5.6mm Acrylic. But, they also have both Hardboard and MDF. The price for 5.6mm Hardboard and 6.4mm MDF (which is a little too thin for pattern routing, I would think) came in at $170.

    If I can simplify my templates to contain one fewer body template, which I think I can, it looks like I can get the Acrylic for around $170 and the Hardboard or MDF for around $120. At that price point, it starts to become a little more attractive, but I am still on the fence. For someone doing a run, I would think it would be fine. Still a little out of reach for the standard hobbyist, I reckon. Still going to play with my templates, though, and see what I can come up with.
     
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  13. KnightroExpress

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    Hey guys! I haven't been online here in a while, school has me fairly busy. I use a company called Pololu for my laser templates. If you PM me, I'd be happy to tell you my cost on these.
     
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    Hey friends! I've finally gotten some of my ducks in a row and have made a bit of progress on this guitar.

    The body has been cut out and routed to shape. Next weekend, I'll be able to visit a buddy and use his drum sander to bring this down to my intended thickness (1.625"). In the meantime, I hope to get the neck blank going.

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    The grain on this board ended up being even tastier than I had anticipated. Thanks for looking!
     
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    I LOVE the feeling of holding a cut out body like that of a new guitar model for the first time :)
     
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    Me too! It's so nice to have a design feel good in reality when you've been looking at it on a computer screen for so long.
     
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    It's neck time! I'm using a nice piece of walnut I found at a local Woodcraft. The headstock will be angled back 12 degrees via scarf joint, and I'm including a purpleheart lamination just for the hell of it.

    Pics!
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    Cutting off the end that will become the headstock.

    Now I have to sand the angled faces.
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    Now that everything is nice and straight, it's time to clamp.
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    Not the best photo angles, but hey, they work.

    So that's where I am at the moment. I might be able to get the truss rod routing done this weekend, which would be nice.

    Thanks for looking!
     
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    Time for an update, with probably too many pics.

    Now that everything is nice and solid, I set about removing the excess from the scarf area.
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    Now for the truss rod route. All I have at the moment is a Dremel Trio with an edge guide, so that's what I'm using.
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    Next, I made a little purpleheart filler strip.
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    Finally, I brought it home and arranged it in a lightly guitarish format.
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    Thanks for looking!
     
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    It's not the tool, it's the hand that guides them. Nice clean work sir!
     
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