Renk Guitars

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  1. Renkenstein

    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Shop happenings are really starting to pick up, so I thought I'd start an all-encompassing thread that can be my photo dump and collection of random odd thoughts...some guitar related, some not.

    First up: Second Siren photos

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    This gal gave me faith that I'm truly on my destined path. Instead of building another guitar, I spec'd her out to address several issues I had with my previous guitars.

    She has a 26.25" scale for tight string tension during lower tunings.
    Mahogany/Maple construction
    3pc laminated neck
    Macassar Ebony fretboard partially scallopped 12-24 treble side
    EVO Fretwire
    Brass fret markers and accents
    Dimarzio Illuminators (Thanks Alex! :wave:)
    Hipshot hardware
    Thin poly finish with an oiled neck
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Getting started on a T-Style 3pc maple/mahogany laminated neck with a rosewood fretboard. 25.5" scale.

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    Siren V2 is gorgeous, Renky.
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Thanks dude! I can't wait to get another to the finishing process. I'm ready for a rematch!
     
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    Awesome!!! :)
     
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    Lookin GREAT!
    I love the contrast between the Stained / clear maple and that dark body wood.
    Is that Wenge, Black walnut, or just real dark Mahogany?
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! That was just some REALLY DARK mahogany. It had the ribbon grain like sapele, but it was labeled African Mahogany. It was insanely dense and heavy. This girl has a fat ass on her, but she's very comfy.

    I never dawned on me to snap back shots. There's something else I've gotta do...again...
     
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    My thoughts exactly, well said!
     
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    So I decided I needed to get a real unbiased answer on just how good of a guitar this really is. I'm over the moon on this guitar, but I'm very biased.

    I took this Siren into a guitar shop. Not just any guitar shop, but one that deals in high end Taylor and Paul Reed Smith guitars. I've gotten familiar with the owner of the shop and added him on Facebook a few months ago. He told me he's been following my progress the whole way.

    Three older experienced gentlemen went over it with a fine tooth comb. One was the owner, the other an experienced salesman, and finally the shop's tech. They were very impressed with the craftsmanship and had many questions on how I did things. The tech even loved my fretwork, which I was really not sure about. It's comfy to me, but that doesn't mean it's comfortable for everyone.

    I offered up quite a detailed conversation in how I run my shop, and it ended up being a casual demonstration on features and shop practices. Kinda like something you'd hear at NAMM. It just flowed out, and I could tell I had their attention.

    I mentioned multiscale instruments and stood in the middle of the showroom and spun around, looking at all the guitars in the room. "I don't see a single multiscale guitar in here, and I'm certain they are the future of guitars", I said. That got him scratching his chin and he agreed with me. He's got high end Taylor guitars and high end PRS, but this is something he doesn't have.

    I think I planted a seed that just may turn into something great.

    He's agreed to put my guitars up on consignment when I get some stock models built. The possibility of my guitars gracing a hanger next to a PRS...wow.
     
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    Holy hell! Sounds like a bright future lies ahead!
     
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    I said it many months ago. Your work deserves to be hanging up there next to the so called cream of the crop
     
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    That's great to have some experienced people look over your build and get such positive feedback. Congrats and best of luck to you!
     
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    That's one hell of a compliment that I'll strive to live up to every moment in my shop. Thank you!
     
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    I like your 3x3 headstock more and more every time I see it. Beautiful workmanship here, mate.
     
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    Thank you! It's grown on me quite a bit over the last couple years. Could be the frequent revisions I've made on it too. It started out much differently.


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    Well the newest iteration is the best.
     
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    Thanks! I like it too. That's the 7 string version. I like keeping the forward motion on the 6 version, which is 3rd from right.
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    These may just be templates, but they're the first set I've started on for the pin router. This could be my first step towards actual production.

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    For the body, I'm going to be making multiple routing patterns on templates. I've got 2 for the Raze shape, and I'm going to be working on getting a good pocket match for the neck templates I've made. If I can get a perfect body/neck template match, then my body construction time would be vastly reduced.

    I'm also going to play with some hollow chambers and of course the control cavity.

    I'm a bit of a template fiend. I love making templates because it's the first real glimpse of something new, and every one I make after is better than the one before. Once I get a great solid set, I'll see about transferring them over to some good Baltic Birch.
     
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    Thats some sweet shit there, dude :)
     
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