New on the Workbench

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by new6659, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Almost done with this one. A bit more fine tuning required. 25" scale, book-matched flame maple top and back (each 3/8" thick) from the same board, cherry body core, maple neck, black walnut fingerboard, headstock face and outer binding, multiple black pear and maple bindings on top and back. P90's and simple hard tail bridge, Grover Rotomatics. Going to spread the controls out more on the next.

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  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  3. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks Audept!
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  4. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Great! Reminds me of Lindsey Buckingham though I don’t know enough about him to know exactly why.?.
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  5. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks for that! but I have no idea what to think of that:D
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  6. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    stunning. I'd like to get your opinion on using Persimmon wood for a fingerboard or headstock. If it was hard enough to be good for a golf club, why not guitar pieces?
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Beautiful work ....there's just something about those blondes
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  8. Beardog

    Beardog Country Gent

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    Very nice!
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  9. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Fine job & nice instrument, new6659 - congratulations ! :cool:

    I'm curious - since I have a similar but way less ambitious project : which P-90 did you use on it ?

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  10. BuddieGreen

    BuddieGreen Gretschie

    Sep 3, 2018
    indiana usa
    that looks sweet. talent :)
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  11. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Very nice! He's probably reminded of LB's Rick Turner guitars ( a compliment).
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  12. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    That's a beautiful guitar that looks like it would be a nice player. Cudos to you for being a talented builder, new6659.
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  13. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Not really familiar with Persimmon but it sounds like it should be fine if not too heavy. I sometimes wonder if mahogany was favoured for instruments back in the day because it was probably cheaper than black walnut back then and the walnut from North America was more destined for fine furniture and house trim (just speculating). I really like the look and feel of walnut (and cherry) and they are both really easy to work. I especially like it for fingerboards and was happy to see them on the G5220's (and 5230's?).
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2019
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  14. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Nothing special - low cost P90's from Korea at this point. They sound quite Gibson-like to me. I find most P90's sound like....P90's. I also wind my own pu's using a P90 footprint but I need to get some brass to use for the base plate.
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  15. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks so much, LMD.
  16. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks so much Wildeman.
  17. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Tastefully done. The binding looks great. I like the mid scale length usage too.
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  18. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Thanks new6659 !

    Like you, I choose Korean-made pickups from GFS (made by ARTEC) for my project. These had the advantage to be humbucking when set in the N+B selector position.

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  19. Persimmon (White Ebony) is the same genus as the true ebonies . . . Diospyros
    And yup, it is used for golf club heads and it could be great in musical instruments as a tonewood - hard but not so heavy, strong -
    except for one BIG problem . . . shrinkage.

    Volumetric expansion is reported as 19% . . . and I also read somewhere something to the effect “don’t expect it to stay the same size/shape.”
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  20. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks for the reference Jena!
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