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My take on a hollow body.

Discussion in 'Instrument Makers' started by Blueglass, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. Blueglass

    Blueglass Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I wanted a semihollow of my own design. It took mw awhile to come up with a shape I was happy with. Cuban Mahogany back and North Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo) top. Neck with be Sissoo as well and I'm still deciding on fingerboard material.

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    Bonus: Sissoo strat body.

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    Both are going to be beauties when complete! Congrats! Chuck
     
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    That's a very cool shape, so it's actually hollow?
     
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    The middle 4" is solid from the bridge on back but under the pickups is hollowed leaving a 1" beam on either side under the pickup tab area. Then there are 2 more hollow chambers uner both sides of the body. The chambers are carved into the top and bottom and are similar to the carve of the top. I got pretty carried away, took no pics and sealed it up, oh well.
     
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    I have recarved the top twice since that pic and it will probably get one more.
     
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    Mahogany you are my friend! I love the deep, acute angle cut on the lower bout of the first one - very Rick Turner-esque. All the shaping looks gorgeous.
     
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    +1. With the angled neck pocket heel cut!
     
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    The arch carved serves this shape better than having a recurve around the perimeter. I know this is a bolt-on, but that “inferred tenon pickup void” makes you do a double take like it is a set neck with a long tenon dovetail shaped that extends to the bridge. I guess that is the partial hollowed element and a wire channel to electronic control/pots and switch. I do like the heel assymetrical curve at the treble side- would be fitting if you curried that element at the edge of the heel pocket on the treble side as well.

    I would love to see the back side of this semi-hollow.

    Will the headstock have a 6 in line tuners or a 3 per 3 side tuners?

    What is the control configuration on this- 3 way switch with 2 tone/2 volume, 3 way with 1 tone/1 volume.....will you have the humbuckers splittable with a push/pull?
     
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    Arn213 craM de la craM # RipJack City! Full Member

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    How about a variegated pau ferro for the fretboard?

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    I'm going super simple. A 3 way switch, 1 volume a couple of the Airline single coil in a humbucker case pick ups. Going for raunchy Hound Dog Taylor sort of tone. The back is built for comfort. My wife loves the carve even more than the front. I have a Bois D Rose fingerboard I've already slotted but also have Cacao wood that looks great and has an incredible tap tone and Buttonwood... Pretty sure the Bois D Rose.
     
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    @Arn213 now that I'm done driving all over the south here is the back. It is about 5/8" thicker than a Strat.

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    Arn213 craM de la craM # RipJack City! Full Member

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    Thank you Les for the back photo:good2:. Liking the fact that you located the input jack away from the top or away the side walls- nice touch that you created a “niche” at the rear so that it is “out of sight and out of mind”. Better there too for playing standing up for sessions and gigs. I am also digging the recesssed carved swoop that extends from the lower nub cut-away to the upper non cut-away.........crafty thinking there so you can retain a standard heel thickness as oppose to having a bulging neck pocket. It looks very ergonomic and very comfortable body style!

    Can’t wait to see the neck!
     
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    My neck jig needs a little fine tuning before I get too far on the neck. I will cut the truss rod channel soon enough...

    I've always had a thing for ergonomics and efficiency. Now that I've had a little time with the input carve I wish I would have went completely horizontal as it would be even more out of the way. I have plans to go much more arch carved with internal structure and a soft wood top and I will use it then. My mind was 3 steps ahead on this build but I figured small steps will give me a chance to get better first. I will be buying Sinker Cypress and Curly Sinker Pine for the tops. I have one more I will build at the same time as those that will be way over the top using my termite tunnel wood and pecky sinker cypress. Things are coming together for me to work on projects I've had in mind for years.
     
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    Headstock will be 6 inline reverse. I just really like the idea of tension the same way as a piano soundboard. I think the design will work well with the guitar shape.

    Controls will be 3 way selector like a LEs Paul with one Volume knob. That is all I tend to use. I ride the volume some when I play to change break up but I don't use 2 to balance the pick ups and I always just dime the tone anyway.

    I'm going to be using the Eastwood/ Airline VVSC single in a hum bucker case for pickups. I want this this Hound Dog Taylor raunchy! @Arn213
     
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    I can tell that you put so much work outside and I know you must have spent tremendous amount of time as well in the inside to properly make it a semi-hollow. I am glad that everything is coming together for you the way you have envisioned it.

    I have a tele body out of Louisiana Cypress- it is slightly softer, but light. I can equate it to between southern swamp ash and southern pine. Can’t wait to see the sinker cypress and the curly sinker pine for the tops!
     
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    I am a fan of the reverse headstock- it does have a different string tension.......had a very early Hendrix Fender USA with the big headstock with reverse tuners and one of my faves is a Gibson* Firebird with the reverse headstock.

    Master volume is fine- had an EBMM EVH at one point and love that set up.

    I have not played an Eastwood/Airline VVSC single in humbucker case for pickups. I am intrigued to see what they look and sound like- are they low wound or high wound?
     
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    Oops my respnse ended up buried in the reply.
     
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