What's on your workbench?

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  1. SimonB15

    SimonB15 Active Member

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    The way I did it was that I routed the main part of the body (the walnut back/sides) with the template on first. I lined up the maple cap and put 2 screws through it and in to the walnut - 1 where the neck pocket will be and 1 where the bridge pickup will be - which helped it hold its line later on. I then cut to within a little way of the line on my band saw to keep a bit of overhang, then glued it up using the screws to make sure it aligned. If you do that, you can then use the body of the guitar as the template for routing the cap.
     
  2. piman

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    I dig this a lot. Never liked pointy guitars until I started listening to black metal and death metal. Now they have surely grown on me when they are accompanied by organic/traditional stylings as demonstrated on this.
     
  3. Zeegler

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    In case you missed the original thread from months ago, here's the details: I always wanted an Aria Pro Urchin U-100.

    Like this:

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    However, after a good number of year, I still hadn't found one, so I decided to build my own, but with my own specs, and with a similar finish to my Lado Lazer.

    My original plan was to have someone else do the finishing, but I couldn't find anyone, so I finally just decided to do it myself.

    It's a 5 piece neck, maple/walnut/maple/walnut/maple. The stringers are walnut and padauk, and the wings are sycamore.

    Here's the front:
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    I really like the way the sycamore takes stain. It's very unpredictable, and you end up with bold ribbons of color, and really cool scaly, reptilian figure to the wood.
     
  4. piman

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    Looks like there is one for sale on eBay.

    1982 Aria Pro II Urchin U100 Neck thru Body Another Matsumoku Beauty w OHSC | eBay
     
  5. Zeegler

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  6. otterhound

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    First assembly .
    Gotta get some strings and set this thing up .
    Prototype #2 should be playable later today .
    Prototype #1 will follow as soon as I cut and finish the controls cover . This one is a lefty and will be mine .
    Hoping my design type works .
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    Quartersawn Norway Spruce body , quartersawn walnut neck with a quartersawn flame maple rear headstock lamination and a black locust fretboard .
    Cherry control cover .
     
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  7. otterhound

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    Strung it up and did a general setup on it .
    I believe that this concept will work if today's results mean anything .
    A few weeks of R&D and then it will be time to decide on pursuing the full patent .
    I must admit optimism about this and am hoping it is not unfounded .
    The Grover 18:1 tuning machines are a joy to use .
     
  8. TKOjams

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    Macabre knobs. :dude:
     
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    Oh I can hear Greg now... :)
     
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    What are they made from Kenneth? Bone?
    I'd love to have a Strat style one of those for my Jackson DK2M Pile-O-Skulls build.. SWEET!
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  12. otterhound

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    A few detailed views of the headstock/tuning machine arrangement .
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    Thanks for looking .
    As an aside , I love the silky smoothness of these Grover 18:1 tuners .
     
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    Very Cool!! Left Handed Nylon String!!
     
  14. otterhound

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    It's an electric . Tele style with a Norway spruce body .
    This setup will allow for unconventional headstock shapes with side mounted tuners because of the lack of need for the slot .
     
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    what in the.... a better idea would be to open up those tuner wholes.....or have the strings go over, roller string trees.
     
  16. otterhound

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    Opening the tuner holes will only work in a straight line path just like a conventional slothead .
    A replacement roller string tree might be a hard find if far from home . A saddle can be cut and fitted by any competent luthier from very common materials . Oh yeah , when this is hashed out , the saddles will only be about 1/8" in height . Go ahead and design the complicated roller tree for that .
    I love simple .
    The saddles simply fit into a slot cut at the same thickness as a Martin saddle which is extremely common and easy to find in a pinch .
    Many headstock shapes will require far too much material removal to work with slots .
     
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    Far too high to work plus you need 6 singles .
    Nice try .
    They do work well on the 6 inline setups with vertical post tuners because the strings run under the rollers .
     
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    California Jr Spalted Maple, Flame Maple, Walnut, Padauk top, Alder Back Santos Mahagony fret board, MOP dots, 16" Radii.
     

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