My Summer Project

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by new6659, Aug 23, 2021.

  1. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks @Zeek!
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  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Exceptional work! I am also a big fan of the straight string pull thru to the tuners and I love that headstock.
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  3. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks so much @audept! I think that headstock profile will be a keeper. The binding on the end of the headstock is a little tricky (all the binding is wood - curly maple on the headstock and fingerboard which tends to break easily).
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  4. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    So the final weight is 7.66 lb = 3470 g

    Here's a pic of the back of the headstock (I'm kind of proud of that;))

  5. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    At 3.5kg, it is rather a light instrument, in fact... :)

    You did a very fine work :cool: with this guitar @new6659, and I think that the pictures you took don't give her enough the justice she deserves : do you have sunny outdoor pictures ? o_O;)

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  6. Love the sweep of the headstock. Looks great. Artful.

    Proximity of the middle tuners to each other & that delicate-appearing headstock has me wondering a little. Yet that’s what makes it gravity-defying.

    Whether there is a rule of thumb for ideal placement & when the stresses are too great. Anybody got a structural analysis app?

    Is there a longitudinal target value for distance between tuning keys?
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  7. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    No outdoor pictures yet. It's been stormy the last few days here. Thanks for the kind words @hcsterg
  8. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Looks like some great work, well done!
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  9. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

  10. O Riley

    O Riley Synchromatic

    ~ This Guitar Is, Killa ~

    Last edited: Sep 13, 2021
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  11. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    That looks awesome, you have done an amazing job on that.
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  12. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

  13. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks so much @Stefan87! My Gretsch guitars (you know, like the Power Jet;)) have forced me to try and up my game.
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  14. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
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    new6659 Country Gent

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  16. GretschPraise

    GretschPraise Gretschie

    Jun 26, 2017
    Tampa Bay
    Based on what I see in your pic's, I'd say your craftsmanship is right up with or beyond Gretsch. That's a gorgeous maple cap and your laminations on the neck came out stellar. One thing you could do with the walnut FB is dye it a deep red-brown to get it more in the the rosewood vein. I just did that with the orange pau ferro FB on my Player Series strat and am happy with the change.
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  17. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks for your kind words @GretschPraise! but I know I've got a ways to go yet to get where I'd like to be.

    Do you have a picture of your stained Strat fingerboard?
  18. bhatta

    bhatta Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2020
    Amazing work! Looks gorgeous...
    When possible share some outdoor/daylight pictures. That top needs some serious love.

  19. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Thanks so much @bhatta! I'll try and do that.

    I do find that the chatoyance of the top is more visible in more muted light than direct. It is an amazing visual effect and very difficult to photograph. It looks like I could stick my finger at least a centimeter into the top where the curly grain sinks in but it's just an illusion;)
  20. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    So @new6659, you built this from scratch yes? do you have any other pictures from the start of the project to show what you have done?
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