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    Hal Sinden's Headless Build

    As most of you know, I've taken on a build for Hal, basically to right some wrongs committed by bad luthiers.

    Here's the sketch Hal sent:



    He sent a couple of others as well, but this being the most recent revision is what I'll base my render on.

    Here's my render, which I just sent off to Hal for approval:



    I left the bevels and carves off since I'll be doing those by hand, based on the sketch.

    Specs are as follows:

    - maple / wenge 5 piece thru-neck
    - mahogany back
    - quilted maple top
    - ebony fretboard (no markers)
    - black stained satin finish
    - 27” scale
    - 24 frets
    - White side dots
    - 3 way pickup selector (neck – middle – bridge)
    - N-tune onboard tuner / volume pot combo
    - bridge pickup series / parallel mini-switch
    - neck pickup series / parallel mini-switch
    - Bare Knuckle Pickups Juggernaut covered soap bar neck & bridge passive humbuckers
    - Strandberg headless trem unit
    - ABM 7087b headless locking nut piece
    - Straplock stem ports (upper stem placement on back of body, lower stem at the end of upper base horn)

    Here's the hardware Hal has provided thus far:



    And here is the quilted maple top we'll be using:



    This was a 4-5A quilt top until I split it open and discovered all those voids, but it will work perfectly for what Hal wants, kind of a distressed overall look. That's why I kept it around instead of throwing it out, planned on eventually finding a use for it.

    Should be able to glue up the neck blank today and get this thing going.

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    That is going to be an interesting build.

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    i'm massively excited for this build, in particular the additions that adam has made so far since taking it on. i love the choice of maple top and the way its detail will look.
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    Looks cool guys.
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    Original! Hal, any reason for 3 spikey bits at the upper bout? That looks painful
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by budda View Post
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    Original! Hal, any reason for 3 spikey bits at the upper bout? That looks painful
    yeah, i don't really tend to lean down on my guitar that much, plus my first custom (the roter) has similar peaks on the upper section that don't actually cause me much discomfort at all.

    i've described this to adam recently as intending to be like a gibson nighthawk that has been eaten by a dragon and shat out into a thorn bush.

    at night.

    H

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    Quote Originally Posted by budda View Post
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    Original! Hal, any reason for 3 spikey bits at the upper bout? That looks painful
    Shouldn't be with how the back will be shaped

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    Best description

    Curious to watch this unfold!

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