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    Default QLD Maple/Blackwood Singlecut

    Hey Guys,

    Here is another I have recently finished. Specs:

    Model: "Sustainer"
    Tone: Warm Lows & Bright Highs
    Body: Blackwood 2 Piece
    Body Size: 32mm Thick
    QLD Maple Bookmatched Carved
    Top Size: 15mm Thick
    Neck: Blackwood with QLD Maple Centre
    Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Neck Joint: Set Neck
    Headstock: Angled 10 Degrees
    Scale: 25" 635mm
    Nut 43mm
    Radius: 12 Degrees
    Fretboard: Western Australian Wandoo
    Binding: Figured Blackwood Binding
    Inlays: Paua Shell Dot Inlays
    Frets: 22 Jumbo Frets 18% Nickel/Silver
    Bridge: Nashville "TOM"
    Saddles" Graphtec Saddles
    Stoptail: Chrome Stoptail
    Tuners: Wilkinson Locking 15:1 Gear Ratio
    Pickups: Dual Humbuckers
    Pickup Model: Seymour Duncan SH4 "JB Model" Bridge
    Seymour Duncan SH2 "Jazz Model" Neck
    Electronics: 3 Way Toggle Switch Volume and Tone Controls

    Will share more about the tone when I have spent more time playing it. This timber combination is my favourite however the pickups and graphtec saddles are new to me and I am still trying to decipher their impact. All feedback welcome folks, the good the bad and well....I can probably do without the ugly







    Cheers and avagoodweegend!

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    It looks pretty good. Would you mind telling me how much it weights and if you chambered it?

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    Thanks Phil. 3.5kgs approx....unchambered......body is similar to a les paul size for reference.

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    Schmick!
    Do you find any difficulty with nut buzz or drift with only 10 deg on the headstock? I understand that you need to keep it fairly flat for your one piece non-kerf jointed neck. Could you post a pic of the headstock side on?
    Eric Johnson's signature Strat has a very slight angle to remove the need for string trees, but its only a few degrees as far as I'm aware.
    Is the finish natural or did you stain. Looks great anyway whatever you did, you're getting your nitro spraying down to a fine art. How many coats?

    Jason
    Cheers!
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    Hi Ethereal,

    i was looking at the guitar the other night, and my wife say it and said " thats a nice guitar.. is it figured maple?" Wow.. She actually listens to me when I rave about guitars and she is learning! So.. my wife likes your guitar, and I have to agree. That is a nice fret board too, I have never heard of it before. What are it's characteristics? Hardness, density etc?

    I like the body shape too. I recon it would be a sustainer too by the looks of it.

    Keep up the good work,

    Peter

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    Hey Peter thanks for the kind remarks and also pass on the thanks to your wife....weird, my wife really likes this one too! Must be the standout grain/figure I reckon. I actually called it a sustainer due to the amount of body the neck mounts to on the bass side......really does have tonnes of natural sustain.

    I have used Wandoo for several builds and I really like it. I understand it to be a WA Desert hardwood, very dense/hard and very heavy. To me, it is THE best alternative to a US Maple fretboard when you want the pale colour. On Tim Spittle's page at http://www.australiantonewoods.com/t...nformation.htm

    he lists Wandoo as being rated 15 on a hardness scale of 1-20 (balsa being 0.4 ).....Ebony rates as a 9.5 for comparison. Tim supplied me with this fret board blank and offers an awesome range of tonewoods.

    Mongrel, I haven't had a chance to do the headstock photo yet but to answer your queries, there are NO issues that I have experienced with 10 degree headtock angles, certainly no drift or nut buzz. I believe PRS also use this angle on certain builds and it is very common with tremelo builds as an increased angle creates increased friction and pressure on the nut which can wear the nut quicker and create grooves etc.....10 degrees allows it to slide as the trem pulls on the strings.

    There is no stain on this build at all. It was grain filled, then sealed with white/blonde shellac (clear)...then 16 coats of nitro. 6 weeks or dryying time after the last coat, then flat sanded to 2000 grit and buffed.
    Thanks for the compliment, I am far from expert level but practise make perfect

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    very nice looking build. like the little shape changes from most single cuts, makes it unique. waiting to hear how it sounds.

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