Not quite a Duo Jet build...

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by 1883, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. 1883

    1883 Gretschie

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    Apr 12, 2015
    Aotearoa
    It has been a long time since I completed building my Gretsch 6120 copy. So finally I have started another build. I took the dimensions of a 6128 Duo Jet more than four years ago and also made all the templates.

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    Then we were in lock-down earlier this year and I started to look for something to do and found this slab of Norfolk Pine which had been sitting in my garage for several years.

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    I also demolished my wife's mahogany dressing table to give me a supply of nice, aged mahogany. I think the unit was made in the sixties, so old wood.

    tbc...
     
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  2. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    That was a old tree to give a slab that large. I like the part about demolished your wife’s table for mahogany. I can only guess how well it went if you didn’t get approval first.
     
  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Looking forward to watching the build! Wild wood.
     
  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    This will be interesting to watch!
     
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  5. 1883

    1883 Gretschie

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    Apr 12, 2015
    Aotearoa
    That slab is half only and not even taken from the centre of the tree...
    Here is an article and photo of the tree while still standing:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/75...-norfolk-pine-comes-down-over-safety-concerns
     
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  6. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
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  7. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Going to watch this closely, as I see a build like that in my own future...

    BTW, is there a thread about your 6120 build?
     
  8. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Gretschie

    471
    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Will be keeping watch for your progress. Enjoy the build.
     
  9. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

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    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    This sounds like fun!
     
  10. 1883

    1883 Gretschie

    195
    Apr 12, 2015
    Aotearoa
    As the title suggests, it ain't going to look like a Duo Jet... Using its body dimensions (sort of), same scale length, but that is probably where it ends :)

    Yes, I did do a thread on that one:
    https://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/gretsch-double-cut-copy.161296/
     
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  11. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Im not seeing a Duo Jet, I'm seeing a Roundup!
     
  12. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
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  13. Buckyboy

    Buckyboy Gretschie

    Cannot wait to see the latest build!
     
  14. 1883

    1883 Gretschie

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    Apr 12, 2015
    Aotearoa
    You will be disappointed...
     
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  15. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    In Aust and NZ we view Norfolk Island Pines a lot differently - see pic in link here

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/17674930@N07/17181305145

    Native only to Norfolk Island off east coast of Australia they are a popular coastal tree in Aust and NZ growing up to 40m high. One of my fav trees seen on many beach and lake foreshores here :D
     
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  16. 1883

    1883 Gretschie

    195
    Apr 12, 2015
    Aotearoa
    I am actually progressing with this build but my posting is not keeping up. Would like to put up some more photos but the pics are quite big... How do you guys insert thumbnails and then you click on them to see full size? I have created an album but still stuck.

    These three photos inserted from the album... but pics are still not thumbnails.


    Small cutout section of the slab to make a book matched top. Needs thicknessing, so using my home made router sled. Second pic shows first pass, 3rd pic one side done.

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  17. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

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    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Just insert your regular pics, with 99% of all browsers they will automatically scale to the page width!
     
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  18. Outlaw

    Outlaw Synchromatic

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    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    This is a very interesting thread.
    I'm looking forward to the updates.
     
  19. 1883

    1883 Gretschie

    195
    Apr 12, 2015
    Aotearoa
    Yes, I think you are right. Creating an album first is too much hassle. I shall just insert the photos in the post.
     
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  20. 1883

    1883 Gretschie

    195
    Apr 12, 2015
    Aotearoa
    Continuing then with large pics.

    Both sides done, thickness is about 18mm. For the imperials, that is about 0.7 inch or 45/64 ;)

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    Cutting it in half with the table saw at max and then the rest with a handsaw. Then the cut sides go into the router sled again to level them off. The top is about 7mm thick and the back about 8mm. Imperials, get your calculator out! The result below.

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    And then the same process for the mahogany back...

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