Gretsch-inspired custom project :Drawings / Dimensions of 16" body wanted

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  1. captainmur

    captainmur Electromatic

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    Hello dear colleagues,
    I have an idea to order at the luthier a custom made guitar inspired by Gretsch.
    Why actually, a custom made instrument, and not a Gretsch ? Keyword is "neck". My problem is very big hands: I wear gloves of size 12 :) .
    So, first, the scale must be 25,5" - 648 mm, so, the choice of Gretches is small : some versions of Tennys, modern Falcons and Country Gents.
    Second, the nut width of modern standard neck 1.6875" (42.86 mm) is for my fingers definitely to narrow i.e. not comfortable. Only Country Gent G-6122T-59 has a nut width 1.75" (44.45 mm) mm, just as my current Epi Elitist Gent. And even this 1.75" is for me a bit narrow :mad:.
    Third, all Gretch guitars, actually like almost all modern electric guitars have a quite thin "toothpick" neck profile, and it's not comfortable for me too. And I'm not alone, see this thread http://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/gretsch-or-rockabilly-guitars-with-larger-necks.174326/
    A Strat or a Tele body equipped with custom "fatback neck" by Warmoth ? Nice, but I want a "real" hollow body, not a semi-hollow.
    Thus, an optimal solution in spite of pretty high price can be a custom made hollowbody guitar with following specs
    - Body : 16" with depth 2.75" (70 mm) thickness, without central block, so like classic 6120.
    - Neck : "Fatback" with "deep U" profile, scale 25,5", nut width 1-13/16" (46mm), 22 stainless steel super jumbo frets with zero fret , thickness at 1st fret: 1.00", thickness at 12th fret: 1.00", fretboard radius 14".
    - Electronics/hardware : 2 x TV Jones Classics (or maybe T-Armonds ??, I'm not decided yet), Bigsby B6, Schaller STM roller bridge on pinned base, locking tuners etc.
    One experienced luthier from Eastern Europe, which builds mainly the jazz guitars, recommends for my project a solid flamed maple as body material for top, back and sides instead of laminated body of original Gretches. He argues, that the sound of such a body would be similar to the original, and perhaps even better, due to the better resonance of the solid maple top.
    How to start a project? First of all, I need drawings of 6120 or similar body. I found only a small low-res image on the web :
    6120.jpg

    Can anybody help me with the drawings / dimensions of 6120 body ? If you have any usable vector or bitmapped images or CAD files, please PM me, then we can arrange a file-sharing via Google drive or just e-mailing. On the whole, any your comments or ideas regardings this project are highly appreciated. Thanks and kind regards from cloudy Germany.
     
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  2. stevemorrison

    stevemorrison Synchromatic

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    I had a couple of generic L5 shaped hollow body pdf plans on my computer at home. Let me take a look tonight and see if I can find them for you.
     
  3. captainmur

    captainmur Electromatic

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    captainmur Electromatic

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  5. stevemorrison

    stevemorrison Synchromatic

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  6. captainmur

    captainmur Electromatic

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  7. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    You must be my "brother from another mother" - that sounds like MY dream neck!
    Good luck with this custom build!
     
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  8. captainmur

    captainmur Electromatic

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    Oooh yes, Roman :)
    Before I bought my Epi Gent I played during approx. 6 years my beloved acoustic guit : Japan made Takamine EAN 30C. I use it first to learn the travis picking technik and further to practice in Merle /Chet style of fingerpicking. See the specs attached, this baby has 25 9/16 (650 mm) scale and 1 7/8 (47,5 mm) nut width, almost like a classical guit. The neck is reaaaally chunky :) like a baseball bat, but for me it's very comfortable to play. For my custom project I chose a little smaller nut width 1-13/16" (46mm) advisedly, it must be better for strings spacing control to place the strings exactly under PUs magnets of TV Jones Classics.
    The Schaller STM Roller Bridge can be also used for strings spacing control with its individual position of each roller. Another option : I'll use TV Jones Supertrons with their blade magnets ;) I'm still doubt about PUs choice : humbuckers Classics or Supertrons vs singles T-Armond
    EAN30Cspec.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2019
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