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Posts made in September, 2010

New Product Line – EGS Pro

Posted by on Sep 26, 2010 in Articles & Tutorials

With build #5 and #6 emerges a new product line, the EGS Pro. #5, built to specification for Chris Letchford. Wenge/mahogany body, maple/carbon fiber neck, rosewood fingerboard, Lundgren M7 pickups. #6, Zebrano body, maple/carbon fiber neck, ebony fretboard, Lace Alumitone P-90 pickups. For sale. Some select features of the EGS Pro line of guitars are: Available as 6-, 7-, or 8-string, scale length(s) of choice Pictured guitars (#5 and #6) are 7-string, 25-25.75″ scale, straight fret at 8th position Neck-through-body construction 24 frets Belly carve (optional) Arm bevel (optional) Choice of neck profile Choice of all materials, including pickups Choice of controls, control placement, knobs, switches Contact us for prices, delivery times, or any other information you may need. Be sure to visit us on Facebook for more...

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Finishing Thoughts

Posted by on Sep 20, 2010 in Articles & Tutorials

#5 and #6 are being finished at this time. They have received a few coats of oil and a round of wet-sanding with oil and are now drying before fretwork and final assembly. #5 had an accident (or two actually) with heads of screws that broke inside the wood! Only explanation is that it was a bad batch of screws. The now enlarged holes have been plugged with mahogany plugs. #5 will have Lundgren M7 pickups and #6 will have Lace Aluma 90 pickups (which are in fact wide enough for a 7-string). Weights are 1890 grams for #5 and 2130 grams for #6 without hardware. I expect them to weigh pretty much the same after the pickups are mounted, since the conventional pickups are so much...

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Strung Out

Posted by on Sep 11, 2010 in Articles & Tutorials

#5 has received the first pass of sanding and described earlier, it is time to string it up while there is still opportunity to alter its wooden properties. A secondary purpose is to verify that the neck set angle is correct, before routing the individual recesses for the bridges. Note that these recesses are not required, but I find it a nice touch. Here, I have fastened the bridges flat onto the top. Detail of body The string locks are mounted in line with the strings, but staggered. Note that there will be a graphite nut fitted, to guide the strings and set an accurate string spacing. On previous guitars that have had a straight nut, I have used just the zero-fret and string locks mounted close to it. Back side Heel/back detail It plays beautifully! Next is routing the bridge recesses and pickup and control...

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More Progress

Posted by on Sep 5, 2010 in Articles & Tutorials

I am continuing to work on #5 and #6 with the intent of having them both completed before the Uppsala International Guitar Festival, which is headlined by Paco De Lucia this year. Unfortunately, I will be travelling so I can only attend the last two days of the festival, but will be exhibiting for the full four days. If all goes well, #5 will be on its way to Chris Letchford and not at the festival, though. Below, you can see the neck set of both builds. #5 has an extra 5 mm as it will have a wenge top glued on. I am removing weight from the body of #6 in a new way. About 250 grams was saved by routing these channels into the body sides. Here, you can see the neck shapes. #5 conventional thin C-shape, #6 Trapezoidal Neck Profile (contact Rick Toone for more information about this neck profile). #5 fretboard radiused, inlaid, and fretted: I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time: gluing the sides on to make the instruments complete. I am doing things in the following order: glue laminates of neck band-saw away and shape section on underside of neck portion insert truss-rod (while sides are straight and can be used...

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