Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 02-01

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  1. SG Lou

    SG Lou Moderator Staff Member

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    Well I have gotten far enough along with this that I can finally post for all to see.

    Templates for neck profile, body, headstock shape and the raw materials.
    I had already inlayed the dots in the fingerboard when I took this "group shot.

    Logs to Lumber supplied the ¼ sawn 3 3/4” x 3 3/4” x 36” neck billet
    http://myworld.ebay.com/logstolumber0/?_trksid=p4340.l2559

    North Ridge Hardwoods supplied the 14” x 19” x 1 ½” body blank
    http://www.northridgehardwoods.com/


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    Lets start with the Fingerboard.
    It's an ebony pre slotted Gibson scale from Stew-Mac
    Found the center of the board, intersected a center line at each position marker and drilled them out

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    A drop of Crazy Glue into each hole and in went the 1/4" pearloid dots

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    Drawing the Neck outline of the template

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    Marking the 22nd fret ( where neck will join the body ) and the end of the fingerboard so I can mill off the "Drop off" area just past the end of the FB

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    Milling the 3 degree angle into the tenon

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    Flip the neck over and mill the -3 degree angle onto the bottom of the tenon.

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    Here you can see the angle in the neck tenon with the "drop off" and the bottom of the tenon parallel with each other.

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    Body blank rough cut on the bandsaw.
    I busted my last 1/4" blade so I had to use a 3/8" blade instead. What a b**** to cut tight curves with it !

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    Body template that was accurately Cad drawn off of a early 60's SG Jr.
    THANKS MAGNUS !
    ( Note the reminder : THIS SIDE UP LEFT HAND )
    I had to write that on all of the templates so I don't mess up ! LOL

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    Routed to shape with a 1/2" bearing guided template bit.

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    Holes drilled

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    Control cavity's excess was drilled out with a Forstner Bit and routed to final shape and depth. Cover lip was routed out along wuth the cover it's self.

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    Stew-Mac Hot Rod Truss Rod slot cut and T/R set into place

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    FB profile cut - 1 11/16th" at the nut and 2 1/4" at the end.
    using this jig I made. It's set exactly 4 1/2" between the blade and the fence. Line up my marks at both ends with the edge of the board and the angle is cut.

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    Don't "Fret"...Just do it ! LOL
    I also run the wire through my home made fret wire radii thingamajig !

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    Smear a little Titebond into the slot, wipe excess with a damp cloth and hammer in the fret.

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    Head stock ears and veneer glued up.

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    Shaping the body bevels with a rasp and 80 grit sandpaper.

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    Side view of Bevels

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    Some Naphtha wiped on the body

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    Binding glued to the FB edges and FB glued to the neck blank

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    Headstock shaped, tuner holes drilled out.

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    Neck blank profiled, side maker dots holes drilled out. dots added.

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    So after 4 days this is where I'm at. I'll shape the back of the neck maybe tomorrow and i'll route the mortise into the body. If all looks good I'll glue up the neck and the bulk of the build is done !

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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    don't know if you wanted to have intermediate comments on the progress so delete this if you want to keep it just the pictures of the project but...

    Looking great so far O0 This is always one of my favorite things to see a guitar go from raw wood to a thing of beauty. Looking forward to seeing it progress.
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    wow, i cant believe how far you got..amazing..
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    Great work for four days Lou. I can spend four days agonising about the neck angle! ;D

    I see you've gone for the current SG style horns, i.e. blunt. Is that Tony Iommi's preference now rather than the pointy early 60s style? Do you have the pickups and other hardware ready to fit and when is the anticipated delivery date?

    Loving it so far. I hope TI gets a kick out of it when it arrives. :) O0
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    I still can't get over how awesome that is. Making a guitar for your idol.

    I notice the headstock isn't quite Gibson shaped. What're you going to put on it, St. Moritz?
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    [quote author=Zeppelin Rules link=topic=21976.msg262901#msg262901 date=1322249354]
    I still can't get over how awesome that is. Making a guitar for your idol.
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    It doesn't get much cooler, does it? Particularly since Iommi rarely plays anything but an SG, too. I guess this would be like making one for Zappa.
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

    Lou, do you mind revealing the rough shapes and sizes of the neck? Is it narrow? Wide and slim? Round? Chunky?

    TIA. O0
     
  8. SG Lou

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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    [quote author=javamagic link=topic=21976.msg262873#msg262873 date=1322084707]

    I see you've gone for the current SG style horns, i.e. blunt. Is that Tony Iommi's preference now rather than the pointy early 60s style? Do you have the pickups and other hardware ready to fit and when is the anticipated delivery date?
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    Current SG horns? HELL NO PAL ! Those are accurate early 60's horns along with the bevels ;)
    Yes I have all of the hardware . Jaydee Old Boy pickups, Schaller Bridge, Sperzel Tuners

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    I notice the headstock isn't quite Gibson shaped. What're you going to put on it, St. Moritz?
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    Of course I'm putting my name on it. I'm building it, not Gibson ! ;D

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    :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

    Lou, do you mind revealing the rough shapes and sizes of the neck? Is it narrow? Wide and slim? Round? Chunky?

    TIA. O0
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    WIDE & SLIM.
    Neck dimensions are 1 11/16" at the nut , 2 1/4" at the end. It will be a Slim Profile. .810" at the first fret, .980 right before the taper to the heel. These measurements include the thickness of the fingerboard.
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    [quote author=brucewayne131 link=topic=21976.msg262905#msg262905 date=1322262151]
    Current SG horns? HELL NO PAL ! Those are accurate early 60's horns along with the bevels ;)[/quote]

    The upper horn on both my early 60s SGs comes almost to a point. That's partly due to the back of the body by the heel being chamfered down into the neck joint. I'm sure mine aren't the exceptions. :-\ :?
     
  10. SG Lou

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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build

    Had some time off so I worked on Tony’s SG a little more.



    I used a Laser Level to align the neck center to the center line of the body.

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    Using Carpet tape I taped these laminate faced guides around the tenon of the neck.
    I also added a piece of vinyl tape to each side of the guide to make the size just a hair smaller then the actual tenon size.

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    Then routed the tenon.

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    Perfect fit !

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    Now comes the “Acid test” - hanging by the neck with no glue in the joint ,
    SUCCESS !

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    Marked the center line for the bridge right at 24.75”

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    P-90 Sized cavities drilled and routed out.

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    Aligning and drilling the wire channel….You can’t imagine how much I prayed the bit doesn’t wonder and come out the top or bottom of the body.

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    Perfect !

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    Bridge Stud anchors drilled and pressed in…but not before running the ground wire !

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    Starting to look like an SG !

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    That’s all that I had time for. Will probably contour the back of the neck and glue it up next week.

    We’re getting there, slow but sure !
     
  11. Col Mustard

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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-6

    that's great, thanks for posting all these fine shots. I'm not even a Iommi fan, but it knocks me out to think of making a guitar and shaping the very neck that a performer you look up to is going to use to make music on that you love. bending and inserting the very frets...

    for me, it's a rare thing to be able to look over your shoulder and see how my favorite guitar comes together. so I appreciate that very much. You didn't say much about making the bevels, but I was admiring them. That's hand work with rasps and files, isn't it? It's one of my favorite parts of my SG, I can sit and gaze at mine while the instrument is on a stand, the bevels really make it for me and I liked yours in these photos.

    looking forward eagerly to more.
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-6

    [quote author=Col Mustard link=topic=21976.msg263079#msg263079 date=1323281939]
    that's great, thanks for posting all these fine shots. I'm not even a Iommi fan, but it knocks me out to think of making a guitar and shaping the very neck that a performer you look up to is going to use to make music on that you love. bending and inserting the very frets...

    for me, it's a rare thing to be able to look over your shoulder and see how my favorite guitar comes together. so I appreciate that very much. You didn't say much about making the bevels, but I was admiring them. That's hand work with rasps and files, isn't it? It's one of my favorite parts of my SG, I can sit and gaze at mine while the instrument is on a stand, the bevels really make it for me and I liked yours in these photos.

    looking forward eagerly to more.
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    So true, this is very special to watch happen, thanks!
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-6

    looking great! The fretboard really is sharp and should contrast nicely once the finish is applied. Love the thread O0
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-6

    [quote author=oldrockfan link=topic=21976.msg263082#msg263082 date=1323287942]
    looking great weas! The fretboard really is sharp and should contrast nicely once the finish is applied. Love the thread O0
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    It certainly does look great, and I'm sure your praise will please weas. ;)
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-6

    [quote author=sgtbeefheart link=topic=21976.msg263089#msg263089 date=1323304681]
    It certainly does look great, and I'm sure your praise will please weas. ;)
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    Huh?, What?? :dontknow:
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-6

    [quote author=guitarweasel link=topic=21976.msg263098#msg263098 date=1323318554]
    Huh?, What?? :dontknow:
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    ORF has modified his post to deny you the praise he initially afforded you. :)
     
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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-6

    [quote author=sgtbeefheart link=topic=21976.msg263104#msg263104 date=1323356979]
    ORF has modified his post to deny you the praise he initially afforded you. :)
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  18. oldrockfan

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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-6

    hehe, I think I must have been a little punch drunk from working out on my muscle car and being around all that primer and undercoat ;D

    dont' want to derail this thread which is destined to be major coolness!
     
  19. SG Lou

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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-25

    Ready for the Cherry Finish :coolsmiley:

    Neck shaped, Frets leveled, crowned and polished and entire guitar sanded up to 220 grit.

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    Re: Tony Iommi's SG Build / Updated 12-25

    Hi Lou

    Absolutely wonderful job you are doing there. I bet Tony is going to be absolutely STOKED!!!

    Master craftmanship!

    Best wishes

    Alex
     

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