SG Scratch Build

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  1. Voske

    Voske Junior Member

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    Hey guys,

    I would just like to post some pictures from the SG I am building for my son. He is 11 years old and a super fan of AC/DC's Angus Young. When he asked me if I could build an SG for him I didn't hesitate one moment.

    So, we started out together: me operating all machines and my son helping me with mostly sanding.

    Unfortunately I forgot to take enough pictures of the first steps; creation of the body and neck (and putting them together)

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    First step: Making the templates

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    Cut out the body shape with the bandsaw.

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    Ready shaping the horns :dude:

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    After routing the pickup and control cavities

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    Fret dressing


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    Measuring out the bridge position.
    Since this is my first scratch build I was a little nervous for drilling the stud-holes, so I first drilled the tailpiece and determined the bridge position, stung up the guitar and determined the position on intonation.

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    After applying grain filler, coloring and several coats of nitro.

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    The headstock, with my sons name in the decal, off course in AC/DC style.

    For now the lacquer is hardening for a few weeks so that everything can be polished and hardware can be installed.
    I can't wait to hear my son play it for the first time!

    I will post new pictures ones the hardware is installed!
    Stay tuned and thanks for watching.

    In the mean time I will be continuing my CS-336 scratch build, which had been lying untouched around the workshop for some time.

    Marc
     
  2. dcomiskey

    dcomiskey Member

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    So cool!
     
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  3. cain61

    cain61 Senior Member

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    Excellent. Your son is lucky to have someone who supports his music ambitions.
     
  4. Voske

    Voske Junior Member

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    Thanks guys!

    Now I ran into a little problem. The pups I've ordered are a Seymour Duncan PG for the bridge and a '59 for the neck.
    The '59 has long legs and fits nicely, but the PG bridge pup has short legs (!) so I can't raise the pup high enough.
    I'm using the batwing pickguard.

    Is there an option to raise the bridge pickup?
    Can I use pickup rings in combination with the batwing pickguard?

    Thanks!
     
  5. Ayrton

    Ayrton Senior Member

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    You can swap in a vintage base (long legs) or mail it back to Duncan, and they will do it for you. (assuming you would prefer not to have to use a ring)
     
  6. apfelbaum

    apfelbaum Senior Member

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    That is a amazing gift you've given your son, and I'm not just talking about the guitar. This will be a fantastic life lesson for him. You're a great and thoughtful father. Awesome.:rock:
     
  7. Voske

    Voske Junior Member

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    And here it is.... The end result!
    My apologies for the lame quality, but I shot the photo's with my phone while it was already dark outside...

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    I went with the mounting ring over the batwing pickguard to get the right bridge pup height.

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    The happy kiddo!

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  8. fatdaddypreacher

    fatdaddypreacher V.I.P. Member

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    excellant work. great axe with a lot of great memories for the two of you. your son has to be one proud and happy camper.
     
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  9. marksoundguitars

    marksoundguitars Chief Paint Sniffer MLP Vendor

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    That's awesome, great job! :cheers2:
     
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  10. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    What a beauty. Great work!
     
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  11. DaveSG

    DaveSG Senior Member

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    I'm working through an SG build right now, so it brings a huge smile to my face to see other SGs that folks are creating, as well as the similarities, and differences, to my own build. I'd love to build one of my kids a guitar...they are still just a bit young for one...but we'll get there:D

    The most important thing here, however, is not the guitar - but the time with your son and what your project meant to him. He'll carry that with him forever.
     
  12. truckermde

    truckermde Senior Member

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    That turned out beautiful!!

    Just perfect :cheers2:
     
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  13. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Senior Member

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    Nice!!!
     
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