I'm building a Explorer/Flying V hybrid with Gotoh Floyd!
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    Join Date: Apr 2015
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    Rocka Explorer build (major update 2017-06-25!)

    A few weeks ago I found a dirt cheap ($70) 3-piece mahogny paddlehead neck (Allparts I think) on a swedish auction site, and the seller was actually located in my exact same area (that never happens in a small town like this) so I took it right away.

    Then I found this un-routed Explorer body on Ebay for about $100, so I snatched it quick before anybody else did.



    I wanted to make it a Hum-Single guitar, but I routed a bit too much so I made it regular Hum-Hum instead.
    The neck pocket is tight as shit and I can basically lift the whole guitar even before I've glued it! (yes I will use proper Titebond wood glue for this... not superglue, sorry)



    Then I decided... Instead of taking time to cut and rebuild the paddle to fit a regular Explorer hockey headstock... Why not make it a Flying V instead? Faster, and it will look fucking cool too.



    The body will be Rocka White and the neck will be tung oiled (with Rocka White front of headstock).


    UPDATE 2017-06-25
    UPDAET!!!

    Neck is glued on.
    I'm going to try assembling the hardware and see if I can get it to work before I'm starting with the finish

    Last edited by Rocka_Rollas; 06-11-2017 at 06:13 PM.

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    So you found a local luthier where you can do the work? Because as I know it, you lack the tools and skills required for such an ambitious job. But maybe I'm
    Wrong. Also, you are glueing in a neck that was designed for bolt
    On?

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    Where does the V part come in other than the neck? Gonna get all crazy on the body?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    So you found a local luthier where you can do the work? Because as I know it, you lack the tools and skills required for such an ambitious job. But maybe I'm
    Wrong. Also, you are glueing in a neck that was designed for bolt
    On?
    No I'm doing most of it myself.
    At my girlfriends work, where there is a woodworkplace as well

    The luthier guy will only help me with 2 things:
    1. Locking nut shelf
    2. Thinning the neck

    Those two things I will absolutely not do myself.

    All other things like neck pocket, humbucker/Floyd Rose rout, headstock shape aint too hard.

    Yes I will glue it.
    My neck pocket is very good. The neck sits super tight, I can lift the guitar without glue.
    That means once glued with proper Titebond wood glue, this thing will hold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron1 View Post
    Where does the V part come in other than the neck? Gonna get all crazy on the body?
    It's a Flying V headstock, as I see it at least...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocka_Rollas View Post
    No I'm doing most of it myself.
    At my girlfriends work, where there is a woodworkplace as well

    The luthier guy will only help me with 2 things:
    1. Locking nut shelf
    2. Thinning the neck

    Those two things I will absolutely not do myself.

    All other things like neck pocket, humbucker/Floyd Rose rout, headstock shape aint too hard.

    Yes I will glue it.
    My neck pocket is very good. The neck sits super tight, I can lift the guitar without glue.
    That means once glued with proper Titebond wood glue, this thing will hold.
    Fair enough.

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