Chris' Guitar - #021

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Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by Phil » 11 Feb 2012, 19:56

Yes you read that right, here's my very first guitar build. Not to worry guys I'm not switching to the dark side yet :D Chris emailed me last year and asked me if I would be interested in taking on this very orginal project, he thought a bass builder would be probably more interested in building his guitar than a guitar builder would. You see Chris has big hands, shockingly big ones :p and we all know how freakingly tiny guitars are. As a matter of fact I got more interested in this build once Chris sent me some photos of him, check 'em out.

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The cool thing is he had done quite a bit of research on this custom guitar he wanted. About a decade ago he had another luthier build him and extra fat guitar which he's been using as a main instrument since, so he knew exactly what size nut, bridge, neck thickness etc... he wanted. He had decided this guitar would be an explorer type build and sent me a big pile of paperwork to read with all his toughts on the build and drawings/plans of pretty much all the sorts of explorers out there (Gibbies, Alembics, Deans etc...) with notes on how to design the body. I was quite impressed I gotta say 8/ never saw anyone put so much energy into their custom.

Some of the specs of this guitar, just as an example, 28mm fat neck all through the length(normal is 19-24mm), 53mm nut width (6 string bass size 8/ ) and the idea was to have good access to the higher frets. So I googled up a lot of pics of different explorer types out there and we fell more into the Alembic Spyders which he really liked as a style and actually preferred to have a similar look as them, timbers-wise. Then I found this one pic of two Alembics on the net

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What struck me was the difference in upper fret access from the horns, the lower one was pretty much the inspiration in designing the upper fret access area. So after several weeks of work and throwing ideas and designs back and forth we agreed on this design.

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On this drawings is actually three different templates, the guitar is a neck through body, one of the templates is the full contour of the guitar, the other two are the top and lower wings with the chambering for the wings.

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Under here are the pieces for the through core, Rock Maple, Purpleheart and Wenge veneer

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and the Macassar Ebony fingerboard blank

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Walnut wings gluing

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and the Spalted Ash tops for the wings, stay tuned for the rest of this build

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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by basshack » 11 Feb 2012, 20:30

So you're making a 6 string bass, an octave higher than normal with dodgy tuning. I can dig that. :thumbup:
... dial in some "J" to angry it up!

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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by Phil » 11 Feb 2012, 21:04

Thats a way of looking at it :D forgot to mention the scale is 27" on this one

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Post by Rude_Mechanical » 11 Feb 2012, 21:28

Nice one - I for one love long-scale guitars :) And yes, those are some sod-off big hands!
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Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by PilbaraBass » 11 Feb 2012, 21:55

I love purpleheart and maple combination. A purpleheart fretboard would be tres cool!
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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by daves » 11 Feb 2012, 21:57

I wonder how tall is the man that matches those hands. A buddy on mine is 7'2 and his les Paul looks like a tenor uke
....that crack rock steady beat.

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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by Chriserle » 11 Feb 2012, 22:36

Well done Phil! Can't wait to see the progress Chris

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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by bassmaniac69 » 11 Feb 2012, 23:36

Wow,this is going to be an interesting beast for sure!

And Chris huge hands mate! The first words that came into my head were "It's clobbering time!!"

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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by Petebass » 12 Feb 2012, 01:02

What's the old joke about girls preferring men with small hands because it makes their breasts look bigger. No such luck here :)

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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by Chriserle » 12 Feb 2012, 15:23

Phil does fantastic work doesn't he? I will tune this down to B like a baritone and use 74-56-42-26p-20p-16p strings it should have a big sound!

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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by Classic5 » 12 Feb 2012, 19:31

Awesome!

Chris, you should have been a bass player mate. Phil could then build you a 36 inch scale bass like the Fodera Anthony Jackson model. I swear, that bass is taller than some people I know :lol:

Looks like a great build :thumbup:
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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by LimeB » 13 Feb 2012, 10:16

I like the body shape. What finish will it have?

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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by 22pauld22 » 28 Mar 2012, 22:01

this really isn't the build you want to make a mistake on phil
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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by CamZH » 29 Mar 2012, 12:30

27" scale, neck-thru explorer thing.
I'd like one of these !

Where abouts does this fit into your pricing Phil ?
If you'd prefer not to disclose publicly, can you PM me please.
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Re: Chris' Guitar - #021

Post by Phil » 29 Mar 2012, 13:44

Pricing is the same as a bass, base price for a non-vintage style is $2700, neck-through option is $350 then there's the option for the figured top ect... You can track all these down in the price list. I think this one would be about $3500-3600 for it plus the extra cost for the custom made flight case

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