It's been a while. Calling this one the Estele.

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It's been a while. Calling this one the Estele.

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It's been a while since I've posted on this forum. I have been making guitars, but for a while there I went off on an amp building tangent as far as forum research goes. I had alot of fun with this guitar though, and wanted to share.

It has some obvious influences, but I had some specific goals with this one.

Long ago I built a lacewood/koa guitar that is still one of my best sounding guitars. But I'm very allergic to lacewood, so I could never build that again. I had been wanting to try this wood recipe for a while, and I think it came very very close.

Heavily chambered curly cherry body with koa top. Cherry and maple neck (my favorite neck woods) with macassar fingerboard. Ebony tailpiece, and curly maple pickgaurd. I did a bolt on neck since that was the recipe on the referenced lacewood guitar. I like simple controls, so I went with a modified tele style control plate, but added a push-push pot on the tone control to split the humbuckers to single.

It really sounds great, and I'd do this exact wood recipe again, which is something I don't often say...

Thanks for looking! Any feedback is welcome.

Dan
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Very nice. Do you have construction pics? would love to see the Heavily chambered body before the top was applied.
I have a lot of experience on how "not" to do things.

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Lovely grain matching on the top. It really flows. I think I would have gone with maple binding or a white pick guard. Actually a tortoise pick guard might look good too.That said it's a nice looking piece of maple and it matches the neck stripe.

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Thanks for the comments. I think next time I'd do maple binding as well, though this time I did want to try plastic binding, as I've always done wood before. Plastic is sure easier to bend isn't it?

Here's a picture of the rough chambering before cleaning it up.
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Oh, the little rib I left on the bottom was because I sanded a slight arm bevel into the shape, and wanted some structure to support the bent top in that area.

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the 356 tyoe shape is timeless... very very nice.

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Thanks Robert! Yeah, it's my first time playing with this shape. It's basically a 335 shape but shrunk to about 95% size, just slightly smaller. For being such a big shape, it's very comfortable imo.

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Very nice wood selection. The top is really pretty.
Is it an archtop, or is it flat with the forearm taper making it look arched?

What angle is the neck at?
What scale is it?
I'm sorry if you answered these questions in the OP.
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!

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Thanks Gordon. It's a flat top, just with a slight forearm bevel.

I think the neck is at about 3.5 degrees, but don't quote me on that. I have the calcs on my plans somewhere...

The scale is 25.3".

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