Build #1 complete: '67 V KK Downing Tribute

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  1. dcomiskey

    dcomiskey Member

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    It's very late, but I'm really excited to say that my very first build - Gibson V replica - is, essentially, done as of tonight. Took nearly a year. Started with horrible slabs of mahogany (cupped and warped). But, dammit, this turned out pretty good, flaws and all - so many flaws. Made every mistake possible but learned a ton. I'll post more about it tomorrow (maybe) but just happy to finally get my first build done. Plugged it in and psyched that I got the wiring right on my first try (that's rare - haha).
    Specs:
    Body/neck: African mahogany
    Fretboard: ebony w/ abalone dots and extra jumbo frets (never using XJ again)
    Pups: Gibson 500T/496R, CTS 500k pots
    HW: Kluson tuners, Gibson knobs, TonePros TOM
    WD pickguard

    All that needs to be done is drill holes for the custom TR cover w/ my son's name, intonate and see if I can fix the atrociously-high action. I'm sure I screwed up the neck angle, so that may not be very possible. :)
     

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  2. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    That looks great :)

    Ive considered doing a V at some point :)
     
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  3. pshupe

    pshupe Senior Member

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    That's on my list as well. I like it because I can use two pieces of wood and don't have to break the bank on some super wide stuff.

    Cheers Peter.
     
  4. fatdaddypreacher

    fatdaddypreacher V.I.P. Member

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    very nice
     
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  5. Lou G.

    Lou G. Junior Member

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    Nice job, looks great!
     
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