Wooden Tricone Build..making it up as I go along

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  1. lvrpool32

    lvrpool32 Premium Member

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    Thanks... I'll investigate the bending strap.
    Nick
     
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    lvrpool32 Premium Member

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    So after some excellent advice from mountainwhimsy I got the sides bent. The back is braced and cut oversize.
    Fretboard is koa with flame maple binding (same maple I used on the cover plate "T") and I'm working on a koa tailpiece.

    Its beginning to look like a guitar!

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    fretman_2 Senior Member

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    Wow!!!!
     
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    emoney Senior Member

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    Look great, kudos!
     
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    Whoa, how did I miss this? Beautiful work!
     
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    Fantastic! Truly a one-of-a-kind!
     
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    that is looking great....i dont think i really care how it will sound anymore.:laugh2:

    maybe the tailpiece could be a tad lighter in color? i assume you were matching the wood with the fretboard?

    just an observation on first glance
     
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    I'm up in the air right now on the tailpiece, the koa I used is actually from the same block the fret board came from, its just not sanded yet..1) primarily the species, maybe flamed maple would look better 2) also will it be able to stand the pressure of the strings (16 gauge tuned to open D) or will it begin to pull the ball end into the wood, thus constantly detuning the guitar 3) maybe I use something like ebony (which I see on jazz guitars a lot) ...but then the black wouldn't look right

    decisions...decisions..:)
     
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    Dayyum.. That's beautiful. will be keeping an eye on this one. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    i dont know if it is the color or the design of it...ebony might look good but maybe too dark...

    i forgot that it may need to be some what "blocky" for strength...i dunno, just a thought

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    you know you will have to have some metal on it like tuners so i dont think a metal tailpiece would ruin it...???? bronze ?
     
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    [​IMG]I had this idea... And put a small aluminum plate along the inner edge where the strings go through so there's no chance of pull through.
     
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    :applause:there you go, that looks much better.....
     
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    Mmmmm, love me some koa.

    I do think ebony would look fine if you tied it in with ebony tuner and strap buttons. :hmm:
     
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    E1WOOD5150 Purveyor of Joke Grenades

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    That is a very unique guitar. I'm very interested in seeing and hearing it after you finish.

    When you mentioned the concern about the bridge, my thought was to take 2 Tele style string through ferrules end to end with a small bit of wood between the 2 (>ferrule/wood/ferrule<) to feed the strings through, and still retain some "woodiness" of the bridge. Then again, that's gonna make intonation a real PITA.
     
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    Nearly time for the back to go on!
     
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    This is looking great, it will be interesting to see if the wood cover plate adds warmth without absorbing too much of the projected sound
     
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    go go go go go go go....string it up...i wanna hear it now..now? how about now? now?

    now? hmmmm ok how about now?

    lol as usual its lookin better all the time...:wow:

    :hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper:
     
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    hahahaha..patience grasshopper. The back is on and the binding channel cut, now to make some steam and bend, bend, bend!:fingersx:
     
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    Cool man, sounds great.
     

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