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#1 User is offline   Rabs 

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:35 PM

So today I did my first ever carved top.. More PRS than LP but im pretty happy with it.. I did it with an angle grinder and sander.

I did post this in the D.I.Y thread so if you want to see how I did it go look there.. But wanted more opinions from you experts as I don't know how many people look at that thread (ive been posting my latest build in there)..

This is only the forth time ive ever attempted this.. the third time being today too when I did a test... Still needs some fine sanding and some shaping around the horns (which I will do by hand)...

Whad you think?
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And with different lighting (cos its hard to photo)
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:53 PM

hey now,,, that looks like you got something there. can't wait to see the finished project on this one Rabs!
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:58 PM

Should look good Rabs!
Dumb@ss non-luthier question - if that's all carved into the one piece of wood (it doesn't look like a cap) how will you manage and then hide the routings for the electrics?
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:05 PM

View Post'Scales, on 30 January 2017 - 01:58 PM, said:

Should look good Rabs!
Dumb@ss non-luthier question - if that's all carved into the one piece of wood (it doesn't look like a cap) how will you manage and then hide the routings for the electrics?

When I do a non cap body I drill the holes with a really long bit and go through the input jack hole to do it :)

Like so.... (the blue tape is a depth stop ;))
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:07 PM

View Postkidblast, on 30 January 2017 - 01:53 PM, said:

can't wait to see the finished project on this one Rabs!

Cheers :)

And same here.. Putting the finish on is probably my favourite part.. When you get to see that awesome wood come to life.
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:20 PM

Makes sense. [thumbup]

(Though I'm sure I would screw up the 'upwards' angle without a special jig and bench drill [laugh])
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:28 PM

View Post'Scales, on 30 January 2017 - 02:20 PM, said:

Makes sense. [thumbup]

(Though I'm sure I would screw up the 'upwards' angle without a special jig and bench drill [laugh])

Yup.. Been there done that [rolleyes]

Its just like anything else.. You just got to physically do it a few times...
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 03:49 PM

Looks good, Rabs! Love the pronounced curve the smoothes out into the horns; well done!
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 05:15 PM

I like it but personally I would want the transition smoother.
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 05:51 PM

View PostDrog, on 30 January 2017 - 05:15 PM, said:

I like it but personally I would want the transition smoother.

Well im going to go at it a bit more by hand tomorrow... But the more I look at the pics the more I like it :) We will see what happens tomorrow.
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Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:00 PM

View PostDrog, on 30 January 2017 - 05:15 PM, said:

I like it but personally I would want the transition smoother.


I think it looks really cool already, but this [thumbup]. So it looks less like a plateau.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 09:45 AM

Well done.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:52 AM

It does look similar to a PRS S2. Another skill acquired. Nice work Rabs.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:07 PM

View PostDrog, on 30 January 2017 - 05:15 PM, said:

I like it but personally I would want the transition smoother.

I'm a bit in the middle as in I really like the distinct 'line' from the lower horn back as far as, say, level with the front edge of where the bridge p'up would be but then I'd gradually smooth-off the plateau-edge rearwards until the centre-back where it would be a very smooth, continuous ogee curve a la Les Paul.

Very Nice lump of wood, Rabs!

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Looking forward to the progress.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:25 PM

Cheers man...

And yes I keep looking at it and am going back and fourth about it ... When I do something like this I really like to take a step back and examine it and let the idea settle as it were before I make a final decision....

The thing is, slightly annoyingly, where the back end of the carve goes down theres a black line right at that point and its kind of exaggerating the separation between where the carve ends and starts.. When you actually feel it, the transition feels pretty smooth...

So I will continue to look at it tonight and tomorrow I will go back at it with sandpaper and get it ultra smooth.. Or I may just leave it and finish the horns off.. All part of the fun :)

And that's the thing.. Although I love a nice LP carve, I really want to be doing my own thing so if I can find a cool style that differs all the better :)
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 09:19 PM

Looks good rabs. I do agree that the plateau look is unique, but I'm not 100% into it. Anxious to see if you tweak it more. Great work...
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 10:00 PM

View PostRabs, on 30 January 2017 - 01:35 PM, said:

So today I did my first ever carved top.. More PRS than LP but im pretty happy with it.. I did it with an angle grinder and sander.

I did post this in the D.I.Y thread so if you want to see how I did it go look there.. But wanted more opinions from you experts as I don't know how many people look at that thread (ive been posting my latest build in there)..

This is only the forth time ive ever attempted this.. the third time being today too when I did a test... Still needs some fine sanding and some shaping around the horns (which I will do by hand)...

Whad you think?
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And with different lighting (cos its hard to photo)
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:)


That looks neat... I see you covered up your plate?
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Posted 01 February 2017 - 02:20 PM

View Postpippy, on 31 January 2017 - 01:07 PM, said:

I'm a bit in the middle as in I really like the distinct 'line' from the lower horn back as far as, say, level with the front edge of where the bridge p'up would be but then I'd gradually smooth-off the plateau-edge rearwards until the centre-back where it would be a very smooth, continuous ogee curve a la Les Paul.

Very Nice lump of wood, Rabs!

Looking forward to the progress.

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Ok so here we go... I did some smoothing out.. But too that soon..

First I did a quick dress up to check for the positions of hardware and control (roughly) and I came up with either this
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OR possibly (it will be a bit more work and a bit more risk) this
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Then time for the binding. White layer
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Black
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You can probably see a small lip on the top edge on the above pics.. but I did that on purpose since its better to leave it proud by a mm or so and sand it down than chance going over the line cos once the wood is gone, its gone.

So here I have sanded it all flush and following Pippys advice (and some of the others on here) I have taken the back carve down a bit so its way more subtle... Hard to take a pic of this but see if you can see it
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Posted 01 February 2017 - 03:55 PM

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 04:06 PM

View PostBig Bill, on 01 February 2017 - 03:55 PM, said:

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