J45 headstock design

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J45 headstock design

Post by Francis » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:23 pm

Had fun yesterday creating the headstock veneer for a J45 build. Had many different ideas over the last week or so but finally ended up with this one:
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The headstock veneer is macassar ebony and the inlays are simple W/B/W lines. Still to make the gold MOP logo inlay and insert that.

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Post by WJ Guitars » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:31 am

Interesting design with character!

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Post by Mark McLean » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:03 pm

Nice Art Deco style. Fits well with a Gibson-styled aesthetic.

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Post by Francis » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:12 am

Thanks Guys - here it nearer to a finished item:
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Not sure about the black 510's, I think the Cosmo version may suit better?

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Post by WJ Guitars » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:57 am

Like the finish and the black 510s do tone in well with the darker wood grain sections.

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Re: J45 headstock design

Post by Richardl » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:35 pm

That looks great. What did you use as an inlay in the main logo?

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Re: J45 headstock design

Post by kiwigeo » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:50 pm

One question....is there a specific reason you drill the veneer before applying it to the headstock? I've always found drilling veneer a high risk operation. Would be interested to hear your reasoning.
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Re: J45 headstock design

Post by TallDad71 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:15 pm

That is simply stunning. Please please please tell me you used a cnc to do all that cut out! I could never even hope to get cuts that neat and tidy.

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Re: J45 headstock design

Post by Francis » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:35 am

Thanks Wayne

Richard, I used a CNC to cut the pocket for the logo and the MOP logo itself

Martin, The facing veneer is 2mm thick and as the whole headstock design was built up to be cut out using the CNC it mean't I didn't have to worry about registration at a later date. Once the face and backing veneers were glued on I simply used a 10mm forsner bit to take the holes right through.

TallDad71, Yes I used a CNC. It's an Oosnest WorkBee machine and I use a program called Cut2D Desktop for the layouts and to generate the tool paths - The 0.3mm endmills for the MOP and logo pocket are a bit delicate and need care when selecting feed and rpm rates

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Re: J45 headstock design

Post by simso » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:10 am

Looks really good

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Re: J45 headstock design

Post by Francis » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:35 pm

Thanks all.

The guitar in it's raw state:
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Now being masked off ready for finishing

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Re: J45 headstock design

Post by Mark McLean » Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:19 pm

Looks great - and will be fabulous under finish! I really like the black tuners actually. I also like to see other people using a zero fret. I know it is more common there in UK and Europe, but tends to be looked down upon by our American friends and is not common here either.

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Re: J45 headstock design

Post by Trevor Gore » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:21 pm

Francis wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:12 am
Not sure about the black 510's, I think the Cosmo version may suit better?
That's a great deco heastock. Shurely (!) it needs the Grover style deco tuners to match...(Other brands are available!!)

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