Knarbens' 7-string build

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  1. Knarbens

    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    When working with the grain these carving files are leaving a nice smooth surface!
    They work different though – They only "cut" on push so it's a different feeling.
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Body routed. Now I can smooth the contours and start shaping.

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    Here you can see me crappy glue joint and a small knot at the neck pocket area
    that will probably just go away ... not big deal ...

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    ... THIS knot sucks :shock:
    More and more reasons I should go with solid paint on this one :hmm:
    Original plan was to keep it natural Tru-Oil finish.

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    i dunno maybe its just me but i love imperfections in my natural finishes. I know that a lot of people dont. I remember on SSO there was a Strandberg Boden Thread , one of the ones made my S7 and it has a wormhole in it. Now when im ordering a custom guitar I expect a few flaws especially if its hand made. its part of the charm. But that company had played it off like oh it gives it character when the customer was extremely dissatisfied. not good stuff.

    i say keep it but if it bugs you that much then paint, its your build after all:metal::yesway:
     
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    For my own build imperfections are great. I love natural wood and all of its imperfections. For my customers, the only way that would ever make it in the build is if they okay'd it. Otherwise I'm looking for perfect pieces of wood, unless it's a knot I can put where a pickup route or trem route is.
     
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    Sure. Me, too. The carve top ash model I did a few months ago had a crazy grain pattern, bear claws and mineral streaks ... I love it! This knot though is a little too drastic as it's the only knot and quite big and "open". My girlfriend said it's cool, though ;)

    Here are two close ups of the bevels I'm currently working on. On the right picture I used the half round carving file. It does not take a lot of sanding to smooth that out. If I'd work only with the grain it would look even better. The flat carving file is crazy – look at the left picture. That's the surface the flat one left me with.

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    Fill it with black epoxy and let it show :D
     
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    That's exactly what I was gonna say. I love the character of wood. As long as it doesn't compromise the structure of the guitar, shove a bunch of epoxy in there, and be done with it. It will look very cool. Don't paint over it.
     
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    Yeah, I'll fill it for sure.

    Bevels are placed.

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    Damnit, dude, that's pretty awesome!
     
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    This is lookin good!
     
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    Looking awetastic Knarb!
     
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    It's been a while ... not much special but an updated for those who'd like to follow. Started doing the control cavity. Since this is a prototype and I'm too lazy to handshape templates I try to do as much as I can without templates. This is what I'll go on with today ...

    Originally I wanted to go with a trim socket, but I screwed up and decided it's cooler to do a jackplate on this guy. Also drilled holes in the neckpocket (I like to drill holes before routing) and carved the belly contour on the backside. I tried a different control recess style this time.

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    Made these templates today.

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    I love your design!
     
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    Thank you! Let's see how it comes out!
     
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    loving your build and design
     
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    can i order some MDF pickup templates ? cause mine are just god awful and jagged lol
     
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    I used a bottom bearing bit and copied the ones from my 7620.

    Also, Knarb- very clean, man! This is looking great!

    Also, nice choice in pickups!
     
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    Thanks boys!

    Yeah, gotta admit ... clever way to build my templates ;)
     

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