Knarbens' 7-string, headless, multiscale build

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  1. Knarbens

    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Ok boys ... the title reveals another exiting project I have in mind. Although I got the Knarbens' Guitars thread going (where I will post the progress of all current builds in) I decided to open a separate build thread for this guitar as it's something new (to me) in several aspects.

    Sometimes I tend to post mockups, plans, renderings at this stage, but I decided not to anticipate anything. If you don't mind my poor english skills you're welcome to watch and comment this journey. It'll be project #10 on the list.

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    Let's shed some light on this subject. So here are the woods I use (most likely) and some more details.

    • lightweight Swamp Ash body (chambered)
    • Ovangkol top (probably with small soundhole)
    • Maple / Wenge neck
    • Wenge fretboard (bound)
    • 635 - 675 mm multiscale
    • MGH brass locking nut.
    • black hardware (except the pickups)
    • ABM single headless bridges
    • quite some contours and bevels ...

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    so excited for what you do with this
     
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    Thanks Alex! So am I ;)
     
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    Some time in the shop this forenoon.

    Drew the body shape on the Swamp Ash to cut it out.
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    Some lines for the truss rod channel and head break angle.
    You see I left some material in the head area.
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    Truss rod channel routed. The wider access area proves it's quite centered.
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    Cut the headstock angle today. Came out perfekt :) 18° at the nut and about 11° angle. Did it just as always but slided the two ramps instead of having them parallel. Also roughed in the body shape. Left some more meat around the contour to have a better glueing surface. Just ordered the templates for the body.

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    Your posts are always so inspiring! I hope to one day get close to your level of precision. This guitar is going to be awesome!
     
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    I decided to go with an Ovangkol control cavity cover :) The "head" gets an Ovangkol overlay cut from the top also. Time to part the two necks ...

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    Templates came in today :) Now I can really go ahead.

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    Marked the body shape and the location of the chambers.
    I'll drill, rout and glue the body later this week when I have time. Probably on the weekend!?

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    now thats exciting!!!!!!!
     
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    Beautiful templates!

    Love that body style.

    Clean work.

    Typical Knarbens
     
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    Thanks guys!

    Indeed :) I'm nervous when in comes to gluing a top :ohno: wish I had some sort of big paper press.

    Edit: Or somehing like that: (Ruokangas Guitars)

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    dat clamp
     
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    I have to figure out how to make one of these. I've got a couple gearhead buddies with welding rigs that I've been talking to about it. I've also thought of cobbling something together out of plywood and some threaded rod.

    I don't like gluing tops with clamps. I'm about done with that business...
     
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    yeah.. i jsut use two sheets of 3/4 plywood, with holes and bolts. works like a charm.
     
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    I'll use some clamps tomorrow to glue the top, but I want to find a better way for future builds. Anyway I bought some more clamps today ...


    Today I managed to do the soundhole and the chambers.

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    Mmh, I think it looks pretty good! Went well I guess ...

    Let's see whether the outer edge of the body contour looks good when I cut it to final size. Tomorrow I will have a look inside the chamber with the soundhole and hopefully it's clean ... And I hope to wire channels aren't filled with glue ^^ but I have to wait a while before I know.

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    Removed the clamps today. No glue in the soundhole chamber :)

    Now I will have to go on working to thin the body down by 11 mm and to shape the final body shape.
     
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    Productive forenoon tody.

    • thicknessed the body from 51 to 40 mm • routed the body shape • drilled the neck ferrule holes • drilled the holes for the controls (3way and push/push volume poti) • routed the control cavity :)

    Couldn't be happier with how the top glue joint came out :) Perfect!

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    I lack of time to work on the guitars. Saturday forenoon is pretty much the most productive time of the week. Here's what I did in the meantime.

    Placed chamfer and radius edges where I don't shape a bevel/contour by hand and drilled for the jack.

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    Finally my pickups arrived! :) A nickel covered Ionizer 7 set. Those are custom ordered which took months ...

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