new guitar build... Nova mk.II

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new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by niksureal » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:48 pm

building my first guitar in at least 3 years. its much more fun than i remember. this is kind of just for fun/prototyping a new design.
going for a combination of mosrite, harvey thomas, guyatone etc. i think it turned out pretty cool. excited for the rest of the parts to arrive.

the specs are going to be:
24.75 scale maple/rosewood neck
filtertrons
2x on/off pickup switches
vol/tone
mosrite style bridge/vibrato
black edges to gold inner metallic burst

got the body done today:
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dont judge my messy control cavity. my jigsaw broke and i freehanded it with the router. ha.

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by PixMix » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:26 pm

I really like the shape of the body. Nice work! Are you making the neck too?

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by niksureal » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:04 am

PixMix wrote:
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I really like the shape of the body. Nice work! Are you making the neck too?
Thanks. I just ordered a neck with a paddle headstock. I got rid of some essential tools back when I decided I didn't wanna build guitars anymore so fretting etc is out of the question at this point.

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by niksureal » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:53 pm

just made the pickguard. the rest of the parts are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. hopefully i will get paint going this week.
sorry for the dark pictures, live in a cave.
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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by ThePearDream » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:34 pm

This looks awesome. Is that mdf you're using?

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by niksureal » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:34 am

Yep, MDF. I usually do "prototypes" in MDF. It's so cheap that if I hate it or fuck it up, it's no big deal.

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by niksureal » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:06 pm

everything but the neck arrived today. got electronics done and the pickup routs enlarged (the template i used first was too small).
neck was supposed to be here. was planning on measuring the bridge placement with neck and center line so i could do the primer. maybe tomorrow. oh well.

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by niksureal » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:46 pm

well, it's finished.
the black/gold burst was a definite bust. decided to go for wedgewood metallic (charcoal/purple/blue combo)

overall i am pretty happy. turned out better than id hoped, aside from the paint issues.

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by kdanie » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:11 pm

I dig it!

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:54 pm

That's sweet! Nik, your projects are always unique and epic!!!
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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by sirspens » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:03 pm

Great build. Now mess up that headstock with a logo!

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by niksureal » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:44 am

thanks!
i did order some single coils for this a while ago and they should finally be here this week so ive already got plans to mod it.

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by ThePearDream » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:39 am

That looks fantastic. Familiar yet distinctive. And I like the color, I'm glad that the black/gold burst didn't work out.

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by smjenkins » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:20 am

That looks really great. I'm digging the parted haircut look of the head stock. You should make a logo that looks like a pair of glasses. ;D

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Re: new guitar build... Nova mk.II

Post by niksureal » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:38 am

Thanks! I'm still really happy with it. Thinking of building another guitar already

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