Thread: QLD Maple/Blackwood Singlecut
5th April 2008, 05:18 PM #1
QLD Maple/Blackwood Singlecut
Here is another I have recently finished. Specs:
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
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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5th April 2008, 05:22 PM #2
5th April 2008, 05:33 PM #3
Thanks Phil. 3.5kgs approx....unchambered......body is similar to a les paul size for reference.
5th April 2008, 06:25 PM #4
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?
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7th April 2008, 07:36 PM #5Senior Member
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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,
7th April 2008, 10:56 PM #6
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
8th April 2008, 12:46 AM #7SENIOR MEMBER
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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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