Cross Guitars - projects and restorations

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Cross Guitars - projects and restorations

Post by CROSS_guitars » Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:03 am

Thought I may as well just start my own thread with random updates.

Here's my Huon pine Jag/Jazz that I am reworking. Finishing it in true oil.
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Post by Mechanical Birds » Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:03 am

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Post by CROSS_guitars » Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:28 am

Starcaster project. Made from Paulownia.

Binding is glued, top is carved and back cavity is routed.

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I went a bit too deep with the routed on the bottom 2 pot holes. I reinforced it with a piece of maple.

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Post by Deed_Poll » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:18 pm

I like it! The jag / jazz pickguard is cool how it evokes a Yamaha SG2/3.

Is the Starcaster a solid body or hollow? I could imagine Paulownia might be light enough to make it solid?

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Post by CROSS_guitars » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:58 pm

It's very light. Yeah, I'm going to keep it solid. Might rout some F holes in it though.

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Post by dmb » Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:02 pm

Love the pine-o-master, it would look sweet with a black headstock. Did you laminate the body, or was it recycled? I love the join lines showing through.

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Post by CROSS_guitars » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:48 pm

dmb wrote:Love the pine-o-master, it would look sweet with a black headstock. Did you laminate the body, or was it recycled? I love the join lines showing through.
Yeah, It's laminated from one long strip which I cut in to pieces. It was probably going to be used as a window frame. the lines you can see are visible because that part of the timber was a bit more aged and dirty.

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Post by Deed_Poll » Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:36 am

I think it's awesome without the F holes.

If you were going to do F-holes in future, I have a crazy idea.

How about doing a rear rout cavity (like you've done for the controls) on both sides, cut the F holes into that and mount stealthy thumbwheels into the sharp middles of the F-holes to adjust the volume / tone? Combine with rear routed stealth pickups and an end pin jack for the ultimate undercover solid body electric masquerading as an archtop!

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Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:53 am

CROSS_guitars wrote:...Finishing it in true oil.
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So, you're Tru-Oiling over the decal too, instead of clear laquer?
This is something I'm wanting to try myself. If so, how do you apply it?
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Post by mgeek » Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:15 am

niiiice

Looks quite Jansenesque- ie, way more interesting than a straight Fender replica

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Post by CROSS_guitars » Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:16 am

No. I have only finished the body in tru-oil. I started finishing the neck with it but wasn't happy with the results so I finished it off off Vinyl sanding sealer and polished it to a semi sheen.
I'm sure tru-oil would work pretty well but it just takes a bit more patience.

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Post by CROSS_guitars » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:24 pm

This thing is finished and wired up now.
Sounds great!


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Post by HH1978 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:04 pm

Really nice! What are the pickups? P94?

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Post by CROSS_guitars » Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:18 am

HH1978 wrote:Really nice! What are the pickups? P94?
thanks.
Not quite sure what brand they are. They are Alnico p90 humbuckers. Sound pretty nice.

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Post by CROSS_guitars » Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:37 pm

Custom Kraft inspired headstock but with a 'swoop'
Birdseye maple angled head.

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