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New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:17:50 AM »
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  • Hi there, I've started a new build, and I reckon it's going to be a good one. It's going to be a thinline semi hollow.
    Both body and neck will be mahogany (with a nice bookmatched mahogany top to finish it off), while the fretboard is a rather nice piece of ebony, with some lovely lighter streaks in there. Hardware will be your standard tune-o-matic bridge, might put Grover tuners on there. I'm going for humbuckers on this one, though I haven't yet decided which ones they are going to be, plenty of time for that though.

    Originally I was planning a 12 string build but have decided to go with the standard 6 strings instead. While I was machining the wood I kinda fell in love with it and decided I wanted to play it as much as possible when it's done and if it were a 12 string I wouldn't pay it nearly as much I don't think.

    Anyways, here's some pics of the progress so far. Can't really do much to the neck yet as I still need to order things like the truss rod, so for now I'll just focus on the body.

    Pencil drawings are always hard to see in photo's.




    Back is made up of 3 pieces of mahog.


    Grain doesn't show up too well in the pic but I'm sure it'll pop once I get the finish on.

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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 10:00:12 AM »
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  • Great to see you are at work once again Maurits. This looks as though it is going to be a pretty demanding job? I am assuming, probably incorrectly, that you will have learned a great deal about building an acoustic from your weissenborn?

    Fascinating as always and I'll be glued (sic) to this for updates ;) ;)
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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 10:43:23 AM »
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  • Yes , Maurits is back with a build .... and to me ,this one looks like it will be something extra special and technically hard .

    Looking forward to all your updates of your build Maurits.  :) as ever .....

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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 01:21:33 PM »
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  • Great to see you are at work once again Maurits. This looks as though it is going to be a pretty demanding job? I am assuming, probably incorrectly, that you will have learned a great deal about building an acoustic from your weissenborn?

    Fascinating as always and I'll be glued (sic) to this for updates ;) ;)

    Thanks, but actually, and I'm hanging my head in shame here  ;) , I haven't actually finished the Weissenborn yet. Put it aside for a while while I gathered up the courage to continue and that was quite some time ago. Really should pick that up again and finish it good and proper.

    Cheers JE, I will do my best to keep you all posted as best I can.
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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 05:40:17 PM »
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  • Nice! It looks like you're taking your inspiration from a Rick. I've been wondering what happened to the Weissenborn project.

     :)
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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 06:26:33 PM »
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  • A Mauritz build-thread!  Life is good....

    Looking classy already :)
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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #6 on: March 18, 2014, 11:06:47 AM »
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  • Finally did some more work to it, plus I got all the parts in the post yesterday so the real fun can begin  ;D

    Here's the headstock glued up. Was having real trouble thinking of a way to clamp it up without it slipping all over the place, finally came up with a very simple solution. Drill a few holes, put in some dowels, make a quick clamping caul and the slipping was history. The sections with dowels in will be taken off so no problem there.


    And after some time with chisels and a plane I got this. This mahogany really is nice to work with.




    Tonight I'll take it to a lovely big beltsander to get it completely flush, and while I'm at it I'll thickness the headstock.

    And the top with F-holes in it.
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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #7 on: March 18, 2014, 11:11:56 AM »
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  • This design is inspired by (by which I mean it's a total rip-off) of the lovely Godin Montreal, with some tweaks here and there of course.


    Some of the specs are:
    -25 inch scale
    -Golden Age humbuckers (cheap pickups, but my Tele sounds great with Golden Age pickups in it, plus I can always upgrade somewhere down the line)
    -Gotoh T-o-M and Stop tailpiece
    -simple toggle-volume-tone configuration
    -cream plastic bits (binding, pickup surrounds, switchtip etc.)
    -slight top carve, nothing extreme though
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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #8 on: March 18, 2014, 11:28:42 AM »
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  • I am loving this one Maurits, not to say that your other builds have not been fascinating, but this is something else again. :D :D :o
    "I am not a lunatic. I have the psychiatric report to prove it. A slender majority of the panel decided in my favour."

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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #9 on: March 18, 2014, 11:32:22 AM »
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  • Wow Maurits :o :o, this build is going to be fascinating to follow as ever .. Really looking forward to your updates  :D

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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #10 on: March 18, 2014, 11:40:33 AM »
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  • Thanks guys, this is also the reason I didn't really take any pics of the Tele's I built recently. This one I want to document for myself as well, haven't done one like this before and so far I'm having a blast  :)
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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #11 on: March 20, 2014, 10:31:44 AM »
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  • Trussrod channel is now routed. The headstock end turned out rather spiffy if I do say so myself, nice and neat.
    It's a two way rod in there for maximum adjustability.


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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #12 on: March 20, 2014, 11:25:57 AM »
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  • Between you and Mr Hess, we need never be stuck for someone to constantly amaze us!  :) :)
    Looking great Maurits, you know how this particular build fascinates me.
    "I am not a lunatic. I have the psychiatric report to prove it. A slender majority of the panel decided in my favour."

    If you lend someone ?20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.

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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #13 on: March 20, 2014, 01:56:50 PM »
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  • Just imagine the guitar idea and build if these two worked on a project together  :cool:



    Top end custom shop bespoke ,comes to mind  :)

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    Re: New build (mahogany, semi hollow)
    « Reply #14 on: March 20, 2014, 01:58:14 PM »
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  • Just wow.  Keep em coming! :) :)
    I'm back - am I the same person or just a clone of myself?

     

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