NT6 Project Begins! Strung up!! 1-6-11...2 years later!

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NT6 Project Begins! Strung up!! 1-6-11...2 years later!

Postby mike in colorado » Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:17 pm

Well, after my first one a few years ago, it is time for project #2. I got an NT6 a while back and have finally started on my wife's guitar. I am glad I built mine first, since she wants a semi hollow body, carved top...my skill will be put to the test.

Started off with the headstock inlay.
Ebony cap with mother of pearl. I decided to alter my logo a bit for hers, make it a bit more feminine.

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Postby mike in colorado » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:31 pm

Gluing on the cap.

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Postby mike in colorado » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:33 pm

Here is the first attempt at the body shape template.Image

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Postby mike in colorado » Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:11 pm

Here is the headstock with the sides done.
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Next up: Cut down the neck so that I can drop on the maple cap:
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It came out pretty rough, but once I put on the wings and sand it a bit, it should be fine.

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Postby mike in colorado » Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:13 pm

Oh yeah, since my wife doesn't play much lead stuff, I removed the bottom few frets so I can move the neck pickup to a more harmonically rich location.
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Postby mike in colorado » Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:21 pm

I had to cut down the alder for the body, it was about an inch too thick, so I took it to the table saw, flipped it and cut again, then finished it off with a hand saw. Too lazy to go down to my friends cabinet shop to have it done the easy way. Got a friend to run them through his planer and we are ready to go!
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Postby emux2 » Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:27 pm

Very cool! :applause: I look forward to your progress.

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Postby spudmunkey » Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:23 pm

mike in colorado wrote:Oh yeah, since my wife doesn't play much lead stuff, I removed the bottom few frets so I can move the neck pickup to a more harmonically rich location.


*shh* Don't tell Van...he's liable to come over to your house and kiss you.

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Postby mike in colorado » Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:48 pm

Here is the headstock. I have more detail work to do. But I thought I'd throw the Sperzels on to get an idea of the final look.
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Postby spudmunkey » Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:56 pm

That headstock looks great!

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Postby mghtx » Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:12 am

I removed the bottom few frets


Hey that's an idea I've had too. I wonder if Carvin would make it that way? I wish it were an option.

LOVE that headstock inlay.
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Postby mike in colorado » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:27 am

Thanks. I ordered the neck with the traditional headstock, rather than the blank like I did last time. I had drawn out a number of designs and this pretty close to the one my wife picked out. She liked one that was a little wider, maybe a little more Les Paul width, I was surprised how narrow the Carvin traditional was, seems wider in the pics. I like how it came out, though. More importantly, my wife said, "Cool."

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Postby mike in colorado » Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:42 pm

Here is a template for the "L" holes. I am not sure how I am going to this on the body...anybody got any tips?
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Postby dxm113 » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:19 am

Hi Mike,

I know I'm new around here and haven't posted much - but I just completed a semi-hollow carved top.

I made a template that had both F-Holes on it. I had a matching centerline on both the (guitar) top and the f-hole template. I then could place the f-holes where I wanted them.

With the single template you have, perhaps think about adding a centerline, and a square edge so that you can center / align and measure from the square edge to a common point.

I traced the f-holes, and used double sided tape to keep the template in place. I used combo of router / spade bits / dremel / files / sand paper to cut out the shape.

Good Luck!

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Postby mike in colorado » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:11 pm

That is kinda what I had in mind. The big question is how are they going to look if I cut them out first, and then carve the top?
I might have to break down and practice...oh well. Take my time is not easy.

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Postby LVBSSPLYR » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:23 pm

I love what you did with the headstock and inlay. Do you have any pictures showing the process in steps? I have wanted to experiment with inlays such as that but have never done them. How did you cut out the insert in the ebony? Scrollsaw?

You have some unique and interesting ideas, I can't wait to see it all come together. Keep up the good work. :applause:

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Postby dxm113 » Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:36 am

mike in colorado wrote:That is kinda what I had in mind. The big question is how are they going to look if I cut them out first, and then carve the top?
I might have to break down and practice...oh well. Take my time is not easy.


I think that they will look fine. The f-holes weren't completely carved on the semi that I just completed. The guitar was built with / for my 16 yr-old bro-in-law. I made him do a lot of the work - and let's just say that after a few hours into the carve he decided that it "was good enough" ;)

Besides, I'm not sure how you would get the f-holes in there after you carved the top. I suppose you could try tracing them on after the carve and free-handing the f-holes.

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Postby fixxer746 » Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:51 am

You could always go the Paul Gilbert route and just paint the black silhouette of the L holes on the body.

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Postby mike in colorado » Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:26 pm

LVBSSPLYR wrote:I love what you did with the headstock and inlay. Do you have any pictures showing the process in steps? I have wanted to experiment with inlays such as that but have never done them. How did you cut out the insert in the ebony? Scrollsaw?
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I cut the mother of pearl out with a jewelers saw. I then traced them onto the ebony, I used my Dremel with a router base to route the spots for the inlay, and then epoxied the inlay in. I then filled around the edges with wood filler mixed with walnut stain. Finally I took my orbital sander to it with 220 grit to level it all out.

I don't have any pics of me doing it. Just the one I posted of it half done.

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re: NT6 Project Begins! Updated 8-21-08

Postby LVBSSPLYR » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:47 pm

Thanks for the info. I see now by looking at the pics that you did not go all the way through the ebony. Very nice, and my compliments to your steady hand with the dremel.


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