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Hi all, I'm starting a new guitar build. This time it's based on the Flying V... more specifically, the shape is that of the ESP James Hetfield signature Vulture model.

Here are some starting specs:
  • body: mahogany
  • top: bookmatched walnut with sapwood in the middle
  • neck: laminated sucupira / flamed maple / sucupira
  • fretboard: not yet decided but will probably go with something dark
  • frets: stainless steel jumbo
  • headstock: 6-inline with walnut veneer
  • pickups: EMG James Hetfield set active pickups
  • bridge: tune-o-matic + tail piece
  • tuners: not yet decided
  • hardware colour: chrome
  • finish: not yet decided
This guitar will be for sale once completed, if you're interested, please contact me through the Inbox.


I cut out the MDF template of the ESP Vulture shape on my new CNC machine! ;)


The wood for the body: mahogany back and walnut top


The pieces of the walnut bookmatched set. The piece was too large for my band saw, that’s why I had to cut it into two pieces before ripping it.


Gluing the bookmatched walnut top with sapwood in the center


Tracing the body shape onto the walnut top
 

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Cut out of the body shape


The pieces of the laminated neck: Sucupira / mahogany veneer / figured maple/ mahogany veneer / sucupira. Sucupira is also known as Brazilian Cherry.


Glue up of the neck blank


The neck blank after planing. I was hoping the mahogany veneer would show more…. oh well!


A look at the progress so far…
 

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Not my cup of tea but any build thread by Araz is an instant follow by me!
Thanks! I do realize that the Flying V will not appeal to too many guitarists but that's okay, it's a niche guitar group... It's something I want to build...
 

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I'm not if sure if I contributed to the last thread, but I did enjoy it. I'll try not to creep this time around :)
 

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Not my favorite style either, but I'll be watching for the tips and tricks i can pick up
 
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Cool! I love watching the progress of these build threads. Appreciate you taking the time to document the process.
 

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Tracing the body shape on the mahogany board. The board is not large enough to cut the body in one piece so I will cut it into two pieces and laminate it back together.


The two piece body rough cut out on the band saw


I'll take any chance to add a lamination ;)


Gluing the body lamination. The center piece is sucupira... the same as in the neck lamination...


The body, the top and the neck template...
 

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Preparing the fretboard for binding: mahogany and walnut


Birdseye fretboard with binding and dot inlays. I decided to try a different dot inlay pattern this time


Cutting the 13 degree scarf joint on the bandsaw


The scarf joint pieces


Sanding away the band saw marks on the two pieces
 

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After the scarf joint is glued, I add extra pieces to the headstock


The bookmatched headstock veneer before gluing it on


Putting an angle on the edge of the headstock veneer so it sits flush with the nut


Gluing the headstock veneer can be tricky because it tends to slide as you apply pressure. So I use finishing nails to hold the veneer in position


Clamping the headstock veneers: walnut on top and maple and mahogany on the back
 

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Trimming the headstock according to the template on the band saw


After routing the headstock according to the template on the router table


Routing the truss rod channel


Check the access to the truss rod


To minimize rattling noise from the truss rod, I wrapped it with teflon tape and apply a bit of silicon at the edges (sorry for the white box, the camera had a corrupt file)
 
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