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    Thought I'd share some pics of a "build" that began last summer. I purchased this Peavey Wolfgang partially finished body blank from an individual on Facebook who was helping clean out the old Peavey Plant #2 in Meridian. I believe Hartley sold or gave the old building and all of the leftover materials to a church; they ended up with about half a dozen of these partially finished bodies and I requested one with a tune-o-matic bridge (I'm not to keen on Floyds these days).



    I thought it would be a fun project to take on especially since most of the difficult work was already done, such as the neck pocket routing, top carve, bridge route, etc. This one is interesting in that instead of basswood the body is a BIG one-piece chunk of mahogany. Must've been some kind of test case. It also sports a really nice piece of maple on the top.



    Rear view of the mahogany back.





    Over the weekend I figured it was time to at least start on it, so I took it over to my Dad's place. He's dabbled in just about every form of carpentry/woodworking that I can think of in my 36 years, and needless to say his shop is much betterequipped than mine.

    First step was freeing the body from the blank, which was an easy job with the bandsaw. After that, we cleaned up the bottom edge of the body using a router with a flush trim bit.


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    The body was pretty thick to begin with, more in the Les Paul territory than Wolfgang. After testing some scrap pieces with a 1/4" roundover bit, I decided to go with a more aggressive 1/2" roundover on the back. I was really pleased how this turned out; definitely different than what you usually see.








    I was going to do a slight roundover on the top but the arch on the top makes it difficult since it throws off the router baseplate. I looked into other ways but I ended up just knocking down the sharp edge with some 120/180 grit paper. I think it'll be just fine.
    This is before sanding it. Notice how sharp the edge is:




    Off to a decent start!



    Also, while I was taking down the edge I did a little sanding on the top then rubbed a little water on it. Itíll look good eventually:




    You'll notice that I didn't mess with the heel yet. I'm going to wait until I get the neck so that I can properly match everything up. I contacted Scott Fletcher a while back about getting one made for it eventually. Since the body is mahogany, my logical thought it to do the neck mahogany as well and turn this into a Les Paul slayer. I've read before that some people think mahogany bolt on necks aren't stable but Scott tells me its fine. John Suhr builds plenty of bolt on guitars out of mahogany also (ala the Pete Thorn model).

    There's a few other odd things I can do before I'm ready for the neck. I need to get some extra long drill bits to drill the holes from the switch cavity to the pickup cavities, and also connect the pickup cavities to the rear control cavity. Pot holes need to be drilled also. I'd REALLY like to countersink the pot holes like PRS does but I'll have to do some measuring and soul searching to see if I'm brave enough to attempt that!

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    I saw these for sale in that Facebook group! Super cool that you nabbed one, and your progress so far is great.

    So, mahogany neck, rosewood board? What finish? What pickups? I'm so looking forward to seeing this finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I saw these for sale in that Facebook group! Super cool that you nabbed one, and your progress so far is great.

    So, mahogany neck, rosewood board? What finish? What pickups? I'm so looking forward to seeing this finished.
    Yep, I'm thinking mahogany neck and rosewood board. Pickups will probably be something lower in output, like the DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary. I've got one of those in the neck position of a Strat and it sounds really good.

    As far as finish, I want something that makes the guitar look like wood instead of something dipped in shiny plastic. My dad makes custom bowls/vases with his wood lathe and he's got this concoction of stuff that looks great on those. I can't remember what all is in it but it's mostly tung oil and beeswax. Haven't decided if I want to stain the top or not; I think it would look nice without color but then again I'd LOVE to have a top color like this:

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    I did a birchwood-casey gunstock oil and wax finish on this mahogany body. I did probably 6 or 7 coats of oil and then finished it off with the wax. It came out great and has aged really well (it's about 6 years old now). A little stain to bring out that grain and then your dad's concoction would be awesome.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I did a birchwood-casey gunstock oil and wax finish on this mahogany body. I did probably 6 or 7 coats of oil and then finished it off with the wax. It came out great and has aged really well (it's about 6 years old now). A little stain to bring out that grain and then your dad's concoction would be awesome.
    Nice!! I've one the Tru Oil on actual gun stocks before and have been pleased with the results.
    BTW, where did you get the neck for that build? Love the spoke truss rod wheel at the heel; ALL guitars should be built that way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoKart Mozart View Post
    BTW, where did you get the neck for that build? Love the spoke truss rod wheel at the heel; ALL guitars should be built that way!
    Yes! Spoke truss rod adjust at the heel or the Gotoh side adjust that Warmoth uses should be standard. They're so convenient.

    That guitar was built by Best Guitar Parts with wood that I supplied them from a mahogany tree that stood at my wife's childhood home. The only wood I didn't supply was the rosewood fretboard. Best Guitar Parts is now known as Sound Guitar Works, and it was actually Scott Fletcher who recommended I use them. I've never purchased anything from Scott, but I've only heard rave reviews, so I'm sure the neck he's building you will be great.

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    As another pickup thought, I just got an older Les Paul Classic, where the previous owner had installed Seymour Duncan '59s. I was going to maybe swap out at least the neck, but they sound amazing in that guitar. Just another inexpensive option, as my guitar is also mahogany/maple.
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    Not much progress to report. I started looking around for bridge hardware a couple of weeks back. I knew that the actual tailpiece and tune-o-matic were made by Gotoh but I couldn't find the smaller tune-o-matic bushings/posts ANYWHERE. Since the bridge is recessed it requires a smaller post without the big thumbwheel like you'd see on a Les Paul. Even tried contacting Peavey parts a few times but no luck. Well, who saved the day? None other than Mr. Jim DeCola himself (he was the original Wolfgang desginer when he was at Peavey, now head luthier at Gibson). I got in touch with him and he sold me a full set of hardware that he had.



    Since Scott's tied up right now, I've decided to go with Musikraft on the neck. I contacted them and asked if they could do a mahogany version even though it wasn't listed for that model on their website. They said no problem and it'll only be a $30 upcharge. I did some measuring on a production Wolfgang to compare to this body; the neck pocket on the project body is right at 1/8" deeper, so I'll have to see if Musikraft can accommodate that slight tweak.

    One thing I'm a little concerned about is the weight of the body. I put it on the scale the other day and it's over 7.5 lbs!! If I had known it was going to be this hefty, I probably would've removed about 1/2" from the body while it was still in the square block.

    Which reminds me...bought this 97-ish beaut on Reverb a few weeks back as an impulse buy. Figured I could use one for measurements and such, plus a got a great deal (that was my justification anyway!)
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    Dang, I actually thought the extra thickness was kinda cool, but if you're wanting to lighten it up, it's not too late.
    A 16" planer would be a real nice machine to have access to, in which case you would make a platen for the body to sit in face down, with a few support blocks affixed in strategic locations, to support the face contours and prevent it from rocking front to back, or side to side, and then run it through the planer and shave the back down. A few spots of hot melt glue on the blocks should secure the body to the platen well enough to get the whole thing through the planer.
    This would be the time to do it, before you get too far on the rest of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turnbuckle View Post
    Dang, I actually thought the extra thickness was kinda cool, but if you're wanting to lighten it up, it's not too late.
    A 16" planer would be a real nice machine to have access to, in which case you would make a platen for the body to sit in face down, with a few support blocks affixed in strategic locations, to support the face contours and prevent it from rocking front to back, or side to side, and then run it through the planer and shave the back down. A few spots of hot melt glue on the blocks should secure the body to the platen well enough to get the whole thing through the planer.
    This would be the time to do it, before you get too far on the rest of it.
    I do have access to a planer but I couldnít really think of a good way to hold the body face down without it rocking. Thanks for the idea on the support blocks...never thought about gluing them. I think Iím just going to let it ride though and go with the full thickness.



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    Cool project GM!! Looking forward to the results!


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