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Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:28 pm

Finished the laundry and now back in n to he shop and into this 15 inch thin line semi in Blackwood and Sheoak.
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:02 pm

Sides and solid linings are bent and laminated and the top is ready to be jointed
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by WJ Guitars » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:48 am

Sides and solid linings are bent and laminated and the top is ready to be jointed/quote]

Like the laminated lining design / construction that will ultimately be part of a great guitar body with strength and quality.

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by blackalex1952 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:07 am

Looks great, Rod. I notice you have the best plunge router on the market in my opinion, as I use the same. The plunge router base is excellent and opens up lots of other possibilities, is stable too. Great for template routing and more stable for dovetail joints with template followers, which are cheap on eBay China....The cheapest I found when I bought mine was from England or USA, but with the trade war and Aussie dollar at present, probably best price here. Available in AUS as an add on accessory. BTW, Easy to load the pix the right way up if you now how...I think there's a tute on this site somewhere....cheers! Ross
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by Lillian » Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:35 pm

Hi Rod, this one is coming along nicely. Its looking clean and sharp. Its going to be a beauty when it's done.
I really like your wood choices. I have to say you guys are spoiled for beautiful native woods. Our most figured native woods are walnut and cherry, after that it gets pretty plain. Not that I'm jealous or anything.

Its odd that when you click on the pictures they turn right ways up, but hey it works.

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:53 pm

I’ve. Closed the box on this and applied one session of grainfill before the cut the neck pocket and pup cavities.

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by kiwigeo » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:14 pm

blackalex1952 wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:07 am
Looks great, Rod. I notice you have the best plunge router on the market in my opinion, as I use the same. The plunge router base is excellent and opens up lots of other possibilities, is stable too. Great for template routing and more stable for dovetail joints with template followers, which are cheap on eBay China....The cheapest I found when I bought mine was from England or USA, but with the trade war and Aussie dollar at present, probably best price here. Available in AUS as an add on accessory. BTW, Easy to load the pix the right way up if you now how...I think there's a tute on this site somewhere....cheers! Ross
I can;t see any plunge routers in the photos...are you talking about the Makita laminate trimmer in one of the photos? I've got one but my machine of choice is a Porter cable trimmer with a soft start I bought from LIM many years ago.
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:02 pm

kiwigeo wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:14 pm
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Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:07 am
Looks great, Rod. I notice you have the best plunge router on the market in my opinion, as I use the same. The plunge router base is excellent and opens up lots of other possibilities, is stable too. Great for template routing and more stable for dovetail joints with template followers, which are cheap on eBay China....The cheapest I found when I bought mine was from England or USA, but with the trade war and Aussie dollar at present, probably best price here. Available in AUS as an add on accessory. BTW, Easy to load the pix the right way up if you now how...I think there's a tute on this site somewhere....cheers! Ross
I can;t see any plunge routers in the photos...are you talking about the Makita laminate trimmer in one of the photos? I've got one but my machine of choice is a Porter cable trimmer with a soft start I bought from LIM many years ago.
The only plunge router i have is about 20 times bigger and more powerful than that pissy little laminate trimmer you're referring too, but this thread is about the build in title not somebody else's tool kit!!!!

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by blackalex1952 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:53 am

An exquisite instrument indeed! Re the router/trimmer, my mistake, to clarify, the trimmer has a plunge router base attachment available which is very good. As I said, I got the base from England a few years ago.Cheers Ross
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:44 pm

I’m still hopeful of keeping this thread wholly and solely about the titled build, so a couple of pics will show the closed body with binding and roughly shaped pickup mounting rings from the offcuts of a he plates. At this stage it has had two grainfill sessions completed and is ready for some finish but the weather is a bit cold in Melbourne atm so this is going onto the shelf for a couple of months, I can turn my attention to some other things.

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Post by TallDad71 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:22 pm

Looks brilliant.

What are you planning to do about the access hatch for installing the pots?

On my last build I was desperate not to interfere with the beautiful grain on the back, despite my best efforts I still wasn't too pleased with the result. The panel was cut out but needed a lot of binding to make up for the cutting tool and finishing.

I was quite pleased however to find a way to avoid the need for plate screws.
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:55 am

So this one is ready for a fit off and setup now, more pics to come.

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:53 pm

A couple more pics of the fit off

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Post by Dave M » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:40 am

Rod that heel is interesting. Any chance of another photo or two? Is that a common thing to do on an archtop is is purely your design?

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:30 am

There it is

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by Joseph Jones » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:27 pm

Nice.
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Post by Mark McLean » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:57 am

Rod, that looks sensational. Many individual classy touches, like the timber covered pickups and the timber knobs (did you turn those yourself?). I also like the way that you incorporated the “heel” of the neck into the curved body. That is very clever and elegant. Does the laundry look as good as the guitar? You are quite a craftsman.

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:42 pm

Thanks Mark, yeah i made the knobs by using a hole saw without the pilot and then turned them on a spindle and put a brass insert inside to take a tap for the grub screw, i wanted to go that way because i thought my original plan of gold knobs would be too garish and too much bling but i think the gold would also go well, it can be an option for any prospective customers i suppose. Although i think I've made a couple of little mistakes i am very happy with the outcome, i've borrowed some ideas from some other builders but overall its basically my design, i don't know of any other thin line semi's with matching arched plates with a 15 inch lower bout and string through design, the 15 inch body saw the need to order a custom made road case to protect this little gem.
As for the laundry,,, yep it turned out ok too but i love building guitars more
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:53 am

Thanks for asking Mark, even though this is a bit off topic here’s some pics of the laundry

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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by Bruce McC » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:18 am

Bloody hell Rod a glass splash back and parquetry floor in a laundry!
That should keep the missus happy and win you a few brownie points. :cl
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by rocket » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:56 pm

New case
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Re: Semihollow fifteen inch

Post by Mark McLean » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:59 pm

Looks like the sort of home that it deserves.

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